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Please send us (publicrelations@oahi.com) photos of the amusing“What Were They Thinking?” items you come across during your home inspections (protect client’s privacy please) so we can share them here and on social media.

Please include captions and explanations as to what the issue is.  Photos are also posted to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: #WWT

Bob Brander, RHI • HomeCheckups  Bob is a also an OAHI board member.

    bob_bradmder_july_2021_wwtt_p7055787_0.jpegThe dryer won over the bathroom exhaust fan.

    bob_brander_july_2021_wwtt_p7055745_0.jpegThe better way to support electrical wiring.

    bob_brander_july_2021_wwtt_p7135939.jpegElectrical tape works better than duct tape for plumbing leaks!

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Murray Parish, RHI • Parish Home Inspections • Murray is a also an OAHI board member.

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Missed the ground.

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 Main sewer pipe visible. Evidence of lowered basment done poorly.

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"How often do I need to change the furnace filter?


Leigh Gate RHI • Home Advantage Property Inspections • Leigh is a also an OAHI board member.

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Cooling condenser units removed from under the balcony, live wiring left in place.

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Climbable, second-storey deck rails are even more exciting when they are only three feet high and rotted!

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Climbable, second-storey deck rails are even more exciting when they are only three feet high and rotted!

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If you are going to install a subpanel above a basin, make sure the knockouts are removed and the bus bar is clearly visible!

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200 Amps, no cover, wires everywhere. At least it is hanging over standing water!

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Please send us (publicrelations@oahi.com) photos of the amusing“What Were They Thinking?”  Please include captions and explanations about the issue.

  20200723_131337.jpg200 Amps, no cover, wires everywhere. At least it is hanging over standing water!

  20200919_101833.jpgActive knob and tube wiring in the attic, underneath the glass batt insulation equals radiant heating?

  20200919_101904.jpgActive knob and tube wiring in the attic, underneath the glass batt insulation equals radiant heating?

  20200919_113458.jpg The crawlspace furnace exhaust was completely corroded and disconnected. Luckily there were no pesky CO alarms in the home to disturb the residents.

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$2M home with a small break in the ABS water heater vent pipe.

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$2M home with a small break in the ABS water heater vent pipe.

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New meter base was installed at the pole…. This one was almost three feet off the deck floor, cover broken open and LIVE. 

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This is what happens when you park your truck on the septic field…. The snow melted where the effluent was coming up out of the ground. The inspection was the morning after a foot of new snow fell.

  20210123_101218.jpgThis is what happens when you park your truck on the septic field…. The snow melted where the effluent was coming up out of the ground. The inspection was the morning after a foot of new snow fell.

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If you are going to put your kitchen sink next to the electrical panel, make sure the cabinetry prevents access or cover removal!

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Beautiful income suite built above the garage! Floors were chilly though....

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Beautiful income suite built above the garage! Floors were chilly though....

  20210131_103956.jpgIf you are going to put your kitchen sink next to the electrical panel, make sure the cabinetry prevents access or cover removal!



 

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 “Yes... the dryer is co-vented with the range hood...the thermal camera loved the heat coming out of the range hood...”

 

This "What Were They Thinking" photo is from Eric Hart of Hart Home Inspections.

 

 

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"Need a GFCI breaker on your glass fuse power panel? Just add one!

Glass fuse panels don't have a breaker! That's a whole new generation of breaker panel!!
This household installed a GFIC breaker to comply with a spa tub electrical requirement.
Couldn't be bothered to upgrade the power panel. 

The panel is about 50 years out of date."

This "What Were They Thinking" photo is from Bob Brander, RHI, of HomeCheckups - Residential Building and Property Inspections — and an OAHI board member.

 

 

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The stairs are not designed as per good construction practice. The steps should be at least the width of the door opening and not oriented at 90 degrees to it. The existing configuration constitutes a trip hazard. I suspect the reason it was done this way is that properly designed steps would hinder the ability to park a car inside the garage.  

                                             This "What Were They Thinking" photo is from Jean Laframboise, P. Eng., RHI of InSpecRes Inc.

 

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