WTF Picture of the Day

Found on microwave oven.
They chopped the appliance cord plug, and inserted it into a computer power cord EC-320 style.

But hey, it was protected by the plastic baggie, with a zip tie! And they connected the equipment ground!

The bag has been peeled back to improve the photo quality.

Referred them to ACE hardware with catalog number of an extension cord.


Good catch.
Unsafe/dangerous/hazardous/vulnerable/risky appliance circuit cable to extension outlet termination.
Refer to a licensed electrical contractor/appliance technician for correction.

Makes the job fun even as you shudder.

Did you find that before or after you tested the microwave?

During :wink:

Staples used to hold fiber optic cables (puncturing a single ply roof).

Update: the fiber company took responsibility, and will pay for the patches.
Note also the jacked out roofing screws on the parapet edge.

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12 month warranty inspection. Furnace is in the unconditioned attic. HVAC installer didn’t have the ability to calculate lengths of B vent flue connectors for the furnace.

Solution: Use a piece of aluminum dryer venting to make final connection to furnace. Fortunately this homeowner had his inspection before his first heating season.


Oooh, classy. Is that also a crack in the grey pipe for a condensate drain?

It is not it’s just a black fiber on the pipe. The condensation you see is coming from the poorly insulated line set material as it enters the air handler.

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Another WTF.

So… is it a vent? Or a trap? Maybe a ventrap?
Wanna make bets what’s in there now?

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I’d guess an outdoor washer with that standpipe🙂


Yep, Just like Grandma’s house. An old wringer type washing machine.

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Traps don’t vent, soooo…


But unused traps go dry, thus… a vent. Until it rains, then it’s a trap. Or mosquito breeding ground AND a trap. Sort of.

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Yeah, could be. But zero evidence in the galvanized on that side of any sort of hose bib, tap, or faucet.

And it’s kind of high for any form of drain, how exactly would you get the wash water into it? The top of the pipe is about chin level.

The rubber couplings (as opposed to Oakum) date it, but I’m not sure when. Any clue when those started to be used?

Soon this black goop will take over the world and it won’t matter. I stand by my original statement. It was designed as a trap…so I would be thinking drain all the way. Maybe an old dog washing station someone rigged up or a pot sink for a now non-existent greenhouse. The possibilities are almost endless.



Oh, did I mention? The vertical part (5 or 6 feet tall above the trap) is actually over the property line.

Anyway it’s dry now, so it’s a vent until winter rains come :-).
The black goop is just outside your house now, and spreading.

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As Brian said, it’s a drain regardless if the trap is dry or filled with water. A trap is not a vent fitting. I do understand where you’re coming from.

The trap is dry now. Thus, the fitting is presently acting as a vent, meaning as liquid flows down the main pipe, air will come in this fitting.

If later rain fills the trap, it will cease to operate as a vent.

A plumber will need to determine a course of action: complete it as a vent, or cap it and move on. That in turn will depend on if venting is needed at this location. If it’s used as a P trap, then it also needs a vent.

Absolutely incorrect. If you know anything about vents you’ll know that a vent cannot tie into a drain at a horizontal transition. It is not a vent, it is a dry trap. Thats all I’m gonna say about this subject.

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