100 Home Disasters Waiting to Happen
It’s only a matter of time before these real-life home improvement fails become disasters.
Hot air goes up-cold air goes down
Rorschach door painting
Some people should skip the hand-framing and stick with roof trusses. That way you don’t need to be a skilled carpenter.
Water runs uphill right?
Burglar Proof — Absolutely!
P-trap, not mouse trap
Cold air return
Now THAT’S a hot lead!
Lamp in the freezer?
Blue light special
50% off on railings. Let’s go!
Vertical skylights are great
Iron lung in the basement
Nicely warmed jackets, all ready for snow shoveling
What’s wrong with this picture? Let thee count the ways…
Attic stairs sans treads
It’s all Greek to me
Tin can alley
Who needs a steel post-of the right length-that’s anchored, or something?
Dueling appliance doors
Grow your own hardware cloth
Framing with scrap lumber
Porcelain throne for the uninhibited
So much for the one place a guy can be left alone! Delores wanted to make sure that she could give Ron additions to his to-do list at all times. Time to plan out some bathroom walls!
Who needs a “Pee”-trap?
“See, this way the city can’t monitor the water going down my drain and I don’t get charged for it. And if I’m not feeling like using the toilet, I can just let loose anywhere in the basement!” Yes, it’s true. In order to work properly, a drain actually has to be connected to something.
Beer case insulation
Uncle Cooter never minded living in the attic. Nope. Not one bit. Not sure what the R-value of cardboard boxes is, but I am sure that using actual insulation in the attic would be better.
Guess where the couch was…
Tree eats cable
Larry, Curly and Moe
Apparently, there was one shingle from the old roof that just had some sentimental value. But eventually, he’ll have to give up on sentiments and replace the shingle.
Walter White’s stovetop
So I asked the plumbing guy at the home center….
DIY water heater/still conversion
Toasted curtains. Where’s the jelly?
Find the piano in this picture
400-lb coat rack
Draft hood follies
Maybe one last piece of ductwork wasn’t all this installer was short on. The draft hood above the water heater allows a draft so the warm air can go up and out. The ad hoc draft hood at the top not only doesn’t do anything, it can allow carbon monoxide back into the house.
Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
Overhead tub spout
Wonder what the bedroom ceiling looks like?
Where there’s a will…
Scarf joint madness
Why fix a roof leak when you have cookie sheets?
Wooden electrical box
See, the problem is, electricity can spark and wood can burn! This would probably be fine if they put a legitimate electrical box inside the wooden box.
SEAL team 7 training stairs
Is this foam the fireproof kind?
Does this ductwork make my butt look big?
Rube Goldberg’s basement
Not that anyone ever would…
Roughing in for a centrally located sink
Can’t even come up with a theory on what’s going on here. Perhaps some instructions on how to connect a sink drain would be helpful.
At least they’re stainless!
Kilts and skirts not recommended
Oh, how you laughed as I collected all those free tile samples. Well who’s laughing now?! Another three months and we’ll have new carpet in the living room.
Long and winding road
Tin pan alley
Cooling fins-or radiator fins-you be the judge. Or maybe it’s an attempt to stop the mice from using the ductwork as an elevated expressway?
THE scene from Alien
Wood dowels can be real problem solvers
Patchwork quilt for houses
Maybe the shingles spell out a cry for help to passing airplanes? I think this fella is just collecting all the leftover shingles from his roofing contractor buddies. Perhaps it’s time for a roof tearoff.