Best Defect Poll for August

I would like to thank all that have participated in the Best Defect Picture and would now ask all to vote when you get a chance to look over these good defect pictures.

Thank you.

Venting extraordinaire…
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Crawlspace framing… can you spot the defect?
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Improper use of a bottle jack.
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Home less than 10 years old.
Office addition added off the Master Bedroom within the Attic above Garage…
Problem was the Garage Attic was originally truss framed.
Gusset plates were cut with a sawzall leaving 2x4’s for roof framing…
Only a few small areas visible with regard to framing…

This was not original to construction but… the Homeowner had actually paid a Contractor for this installation…

Estimated cost of repair projected at $35,000 to $55,000 plus…
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Someone used nails and screws at a repair of the exterior sheathing. These are screws and nails that went through the backside of the panel in the garage.
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Not as good as Troy’s but found this on a builders warranty inspection yesterday. This was for the water heater and the client stated when they adjusted the temperature of the water heater, it tripped this breaker. I think we now know why. The client had already paid to have a licensed electrician to come out and look at the panel and he told them everything was ok, collected his $60 for the service call and left. It’s unbelievable someone could go home and go to sleep at night, much less collect a fee knowing this is a disaster just waiting to happen. I turned this breaker off and recommended them to contact a qualified licensed electrician immediately to repair. This home was built in November of 2011 and with all the deficiencies found, it confirmed why buyers of new homes should get an inspection.

People are crazy! This is so stupid it’s funny. At the end of the inspection the seller shows up acting like a used car salesman LMAO telling me and my client how great everything in the house was. Struck a nerve when he was bragging on the electric. I pulled out the camera and told him check this out. LOL “This is your electrical panel”

If you can’t see it in the photo the main service line has a nail torqued down to it. Not only was there 2 breakers double tapped this one pictured had two different sizes 12 gauge and 14 gauge wires. The other breaker was tapped with aluminum wire and copper wiring. Complete mess!
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I came across this today, what were they thinking
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Found this the other day.
Apparently condenser theft is a problem in this area. :razz:
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I was too short to get the ladder down. I had to get a ladder, to get to the ladder. I occasionally need my ladder to get the top screws on service panels
Long day

That first step is a killer. At least the doors were locked.
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Drove past this the other day and had to stop. People do the dumbest things.


This is the "New & Improved and Safer Than Ever Before!" FPE Spice Rack Edition

For those of you who are just dead set against that factory cover clashing with you interior decorating skills.

Unfortunately the other items in the kitchen are Not Safe For The Workplace and so I have not included the frontside view of the spice rack.

I found this during a Homeowners Insurance New Policy Inspection.
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Ok, this may not technically be a structural defect but it falls into the catagory of slob defect. I inspected a single wide this week that had way too many issues to mention here. (Like the door knob on the back exterior door was broken. That was no problem as the guy simply took 2 “L” brackets and screwed them into the door and the jamb to hold the door shut. Rather permanently. So the fact that there were no smoke detectors in the trailer really would not have mattered since they would probably not have been able to escape anyway.)

These pictures are from the master bath and the guest bedroom. Worst place I’ve ever inspected…
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Pictures are good keep them coming and we will have two Polls this month at this rate.
Thanks to all for sharing.

Now Vote.:slight_smile:

Please remember that I am limited to 25 pictures in the poll, so it is imparative that you post only 1 most important that shows the defect.

I appreciate all that participate in this monthly Award.
We will have one more poll this month if the pictures keep coming in.

Remember, 1 picture per person per month.


On a St. Catharines home inspection, I’ve seen something just like number eight, but to a lesser degree. Who ever does these crazy installations must just run and keep running. How do they live with themselves?

At least it keeps the home inspections interesting.

those are some great pictures Marcel…

#3 and #8 appear to be tie.
Keep up the voting. :slight_smile:

I’m really trying to get brain wrapped around #14. Why would someone have a drill battery, a butcher knife and Gorky magazine in the bathroom with them?!

Dang it auto correct! Girly magazine.

With the looks of the surroundings of that room, I would not even want to know what went on in there. :shock:

“Gorky” was funnier! :mrgreen::mrgreen:


Congratulations to Peter Russel for Winning the August Part I Poll
for Best Defect Picture this Month.


Make sure to vote on Poll #2 for this month. :slight_smile:


Peter, you will be pooled in with the other winners for a poll at the end of the year.