Top 10 of 2012

It’s been another busy year at Errickson Home Inspections. Thanks for your continued support! You get to see some interesting stuff as a home inspector — some amazing things people have added to their homes and some things that just leave you scratching your head in amazement.

Without further ado, here’s the third annual top photos of the year:

10. Just a little off the top

Ceiling fan, top bunk

Ceiling fan, top bunk

I would avoid sleeping on the top bunk!

9.  What are the chances this will leak? (Answer: 100%)

Vent located in a poor spot on the roof.

Vent located in a poor spot on the roof.

8. A very poor (and dangerous) repair to the main electrical service entrance:

Call an electrician

Call an electrician

The service mast was broken, so now the main electrical wires were routed along the roof and metal gutter and attached under the meter. Time to call a professional.

7. Melted temperature dial on a water heater:

Water heater not combusting properly

Water heater not combusting properly

This water heater was pretty old and having some problems to say the least.

6.  Bad chimney:

Crumbling chimney

Crumbling chimney

Do not use!

5. Damaged chimney:

When you improperly vent your furnace and water heater into an unlined chimney, this is the damage it causes.

Deteriorated chimney

When you improperly vent your furnace and water heater into an unlined chimney, this is the damage it causes.

4. This furnace burner chamber was so filled with rust it didn’t fire up!

Dangerous furnace

Dangerous furnace

It got red-tagged and shutdown by a HVAC technician. Luckily no one got hurt.

3. Collapsed dryer vent:

Collapsed dryer vent, now venting into the attic space.

Collapsed dryer vent, now venting into the attic space.

There was so much lint (a fire hazard) in this attic. The vinyl vent is a bad choice too.

2.  Avoid deck parties:

This undersized deck post is also supporting the balcony above. That's quite the bow!

Undersized deck post

This undersized deck post is also supporting the balcony above. That’s quite the bow!

1. Rusted furnace flue pipe

Rusted furnace flue pipe

There were some dangerous holes in this furnace flue pipe (think exhaust gases in the house).

Honorable Mention:

bags of empty beer cans

Bags of empty beer cans in the attic space

There were nine bags of empty beer cans in this attic space – I wonder when the party was??

Barbie

A whole room dedicated to Barbies

Improper gas install on this water heater.

Improper gas install on this water heater.

Looks like just the right length! But not a proper installation.

Damage from a litter box

Damage from a litter box

I’m amazed at the damage a cat can do to sheetrock.

Zap!

Zap!

 

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About Jon Errickson

A home inspector in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area.
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1 Response to Top 10 of 2012

  1. That ceiling fan photo is crazy.

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