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Home Inspector Nightmares: Vol. 6

This batch of photos from our buddies at Structure Tech in St. Paul, MN. illustrates the wide diversity of problems created by good intentioned but poorly informed DIYers.

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When Copper and Steel CollideCourtesy of Structure Tech

When Copper and Steel Collide

And it's called galvanic corrosion. But it can be prevented if you connect dissimilar pipes the right way.
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See-Through PlumbingPhoto: Courtesy of Structure Tech

See-Through Plumbing


We've been through this before. Don't use those stupid flexible plastic drain lines! If you have this kind of plumbing you better learn to how to clear clogged drains. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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Liberty BellStructure Tech

Liberty Bell


It's cracked like the Liberty Bell. But this cracked chimney liner needs to be repaired to prevent a chimney fire.
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Ice warsCourtesy of Structure Tech

Ice wars


Did you know that freezing water exerts 50,000 lbs. per square inch? That's a pretty good reason to winterize irrigation systems. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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How not to add lightingStructure Tech

How not to add lighting


Pretty sure this wiring system won't pass the electrical inspection. There are right and wrong ways to hang a ceiling light, and this is the wrong way. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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Proper grounding-not!Structure Tech

Proper grounding-not!


OK think about it. This guy grounded to a PLASTIC COATED gas line. Unless they changed the rules, plastic is a non-conductor. How many other electrical mistakes do you suppose you would find in this house? Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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Why buy studs?

Why buy studs?


Use up all that scrap 2x4. This might work structurally, but it’s definitely not the right way to frame a wall. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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Floating stairsCourtesy of Structure Tech

Floating stairs


Just what on earth supports the top of the stringers. This builder could benefit by studying up on how to build stairs.
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Structural stuccoStructure Tech

Structural stucco


The studs have completely rotted away leaving only the stucco to do the support work. Sistering new studs alongside the old ones would solve the problem. And if you have a similar problem with your floor framing, you can sister floor joists too. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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Sump pump smartsStructure Tech

Sump pump smarts


It may look smart. But you're not allowed to run your sump pump discharge into your home's sewer pipes. This is another example of someone who should study up on the right way to cure a damp basement problem.

Want more home inspector nightmares? Check out volume 7!