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A few weeks ago I posted a beautiful tile shower in a new construction house. 

Well, this is the other side of that coin. 

This tiled shower looks like a child did it, complete with a drain not set to the proper height. 

The cut tiles are also so sharp you'll need to wear flip flops so you don't cut your feet. .

I know it's hard to find help, but what builder would try to pass this mess off as acceptable? #newconstruction #homeinspector #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #homeinspector #wecandobetter #shower #tileshower
Never ever sit on a bed in a staged house. Things are rarely what they seem. 不不不 #flipped #fliphouse #stagedtosell #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #mrflipper
I had another Brown Recluse Spider house last week. Over 25+ spiders found roaming the home. In the basement, first floor, garage, and attic.

This one was in the north east corner of Louisville. 

Check out this little baby I was able to grab a shot of before it darted off and disappeared. Be sure you get sticky boards and place them in your home and garage.  #brownrecluse #recluse #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
I would have returned the ceiling fan and got one a bit smaller, but you do you! #ceilingfan #whateverittakes #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
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You never know what you'll find when looking at the labeling of an electric panel.

I've seen 'cooker' used for range/oven. 

I've seen 'dinning room' for dining room. 

But this one may take the trophy. #spell #electrician #electricpanel #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
We appreciate you cleaning up a bit for the home inspection. 亢 #cleanbathroom #pee #gross #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
With the heat of summer pounding down on us, double check the plug at your window A/C unit if you have one. 

These things take it right to the edge of power consumption and weakest point is where it plugs into the wall.

This one was close to catching fire and looked perfectly fine until I unplugged it.  You may not be able to see such damages while it's plugged in.  #fire #housefire # #airconditioning #windowac #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
Last week I found a Brown Recluse Spider problem in 75% of the houses. 

A problem being 5+ spiders in each house. 

It's amazing to see how much they have spread in the Louisville area over the past decade or so. 

I encourage everyone to set sticky traps around their house and monitor them for these dudes. 

It's likely only a matter of time before they find your home. 

This image is a large adult with 3 baby's hanging out in a bathtub.  Check out the size difference between them! 

You can learn more about these poisonous spiders here 

https://abihomeservices.com/brown-recluse-spider-in-kentucky/

#brownrecluse #spiders #louisvillerealestate #homeinspector  #homeinspection
This is what you get when you hire the cheapest contractor- another poorly installed radon mitigation system.

Every radon mitigation system should terminate above the gutter of the building. 

This is so you don't push Radon back into the building through windows and soffits. 

If you look closely you can see the stain on the brick just above the end of the pvc pipe because the installer was too lazy to run another 10 ft of pipe. We can do better. #radonmitigation #nrpp #radon #tryagain #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #abi
Here is a thermal shot of the attic framing  from yesterday afternoon. 

Obviously this is surface temperature and not air temperature, but I don't care. 

When the 2x4 trusses burn you as you monkey through the attic it's too damn hot. 休休 #hot #attic #thermalimaging #flir #homeinspector #homeinspection #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
Tell me why are we, so blind to seeeeeeee! 塔塔

Yeah. I'm old. 

#floormats #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #gangstasparadise
It's been nearly 100 degrees every day for the past week or so. 

This old nasty crawlspace almost got me. 12" of clearance, snakes, water damaged, mold, the works. I was under there for nearly 45 minutes. 亢 

After pulling myself through the 3rd layer of Hell I had to take a break. 不 #crawlspace #oldschool #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #oldhouse
Well...that's one way to cap a chimney I suppose.  

Does anyone know the burn rate for shingles? #shingles #chimneysweep #chimneys #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
Big shout out to the installer who laid this shower pan. Beautiful tile work. #newconstruction #tile #homeinspection #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #homeinspector #showerpan
Here is a profile view of a modern day brick house. These walls are classified as a brick veneer, but the brick is a full width thick.

You can see the void in the wall assembly between the masonry block structure and the back of the brick. 

This is known as your air gap. How wide this space has to varies depending on where you are, but I find that 1 inch is a great rule of thumb.

All masonry claddings absorb water, they are very much like a sponge. We install this dead space between the brick and the masonry/wood framing to prevent that moisture from wicking back into the structure.

Most of the time it performs perfectly fine. However, I have had three litigation cases in the past two years involving improperly installed brick veneer that had a filled air gap with  mortar from sloppy masons. All three houses had catastrophic water damage, mold, unsafe living conditions.

Such a simple detail is critical to every day performance of your brick house. #brickmason #brickveneer #brick #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #airgap
I like people with a sense of humor, but coming down into a dark basement is creepy enough without being scared. 喫不 #basement #creepy #nicelydone #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
I saw these in a freezer last week and thought to myself this has to be the most honestly named ice-cream ever. 不不不 #i歹icecream #fatboy #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #freezer
Please stop installing satellites on your roof. Holes in your shingles are a very bad idea! 攻攻

This newish roof will now need to have the dish removed, the shingles stripped back, the damaged plywood replaced, the corner re-roofed. #dish #justsayno #leaks #leakingroof #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #abi
Have you guys ever seen a privacy fence made of metal stamped roofing panels? 

I sure hope they built it strong as it's now a giant wind block. #privacyfence #metal #diy #notsureaboutthis #homeinspection #homeinspector #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #louisvillerealestate
It started raining during a recent home inspection and it only took about 10 minutes for this scene to show up. 

The sellers disclosure stated that there is a small leak along the back wall in heavy rains. 

When qualifying details are used to explain a bad situation I typically find folks will twist things around a bit to downplay the issue at hand. 

'Small Leak' & 'Heavy Rains' 

What is a small leak? How much is a heavy rain? 

I think most people would call this more than a small leak.

Wouldn't you? 

When it comes time to sell your home, be honest about things. 

Don't downplay issues for the short term. What you say can and will be used against you if need be. #leakingbasement #heavyrain #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #sellersdisclosure
They used crown molding as chair rail. Talk about a dust catcher. 仄儭 #crownmolding #chairrail #noclue #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate  #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
Another new construction home with sloppy siding work. No J-channel trim along with a missing kick-out flashing. 

How a 'professional' could screw up this badly is beyond my comprehension. #wecandobetter #newconstruction #newhome #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
Ah yes. Nothing like cat spray to make a house smell like home. 亢

All 3 bedrooms had markings.  Multiple markings. At least they didn't have 25 plug-in air fresheners trying to cover the smell. 仄儭 #cats #burnitdown #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #cleanyourhouse
What happens when the builder runs out of your flooring mid-job? 不不不 

They finish the installation and hope you don't notice the color change. 丹儭 #newconstruction #flooring #wecandobetter #homeinspection #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate
These poor homeowners were neighbors to one of my gigs last week. 

Another MSV installation failed. Can you see the flex seal along the roof line and the dark stains under the gutter? It's a valiant effort to stop the water, but the only 'fix' is to tear it all off and start over.

1. The MSV should be a couple of inches above the shingles to act as a capillary break. 

2. The kickout flashing is missing, Which typically leads to a small hole that will allow bulk water to seep in behind the MSV around the gutter.

3. The dark staining under the gutter tells me that the wall below this area is suffering catastrophic water damage. It hasnt rained here in about a week, and you can see the stark color difference between the rest of the MSV, and what is under the gutter.

More than likely that wall is mulch around the door. #msv #stone #stoneveneer #manufacturedstone #kickoutflashing #kickout #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
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Most of my post are of the silly, crazy things I come across on a daily basis. This one is a bit different.

This house has the electric service hanging on by a thread...literally.

This is a very dangerous situation. 

The support guide wire failed, and there is a small section of rope holding the really heavy cables in the air and attached to the fascia. If that white link fails, there is a good chance the live cables will drop and pull loose from the house. 

Most of my stuff is not life threatening, this one is. Don't play around with electricity folks, it is and always will be undefeated. #danger #electrician #electric #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
This seller was nice enough to label the switches throughout the home. 

Just about every old home has a mystery switch (or two) that doesn't seem to work anything. Do you have one? #mystery #electrician #whatdoesthisdo #homeinspection #homeinspector #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #louisvillerealestate #lightswitch
I was shadowed by Rita this week to see if she was interested in getting into the home inspection biz. 

She doesn't do ladders well so I don't think she is cut out for all the climbing that is required. 

None the less, she was great at napping on the job and watching those evil squirrels trying to get into the house. 

Good luck with everything, Rita!  #training #dogsrule #i歹dogs #employeeappreciation #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate
What's your best guess? Did the cat get stuck in the dryer? 

All jokes aside, dryer vents have to be kept cleaned, or you are playing with fire. 休休

A clogged vent can lead to poor performance of the dryer at best, and total failure / house fire at worst. 

Most folks do not maintain their vent, or clean it as they should. 

This is especially important if your dryer vent runs up. Most residential dryers struggle with long vertical vents because they don't have enough power to push the heavy wet lint up and out. 

Clean your dryer vent annually! #dryerfire #dryerventcleaning #clean #housefire #cleanyourvents #homeinspection #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate
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Is this the definition of good enough? I have so many questions. Who? Where? How? And Why? #wecandobetter #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
Don't forget the deceptive photography. 

Some agents are pro's at making crap houses look great on Zillow. 

Am I right? #readbeteeenthelines #househunting #maytheforcebewithyou #goodluck #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
Aww yeah, back with some more of that high quality new construction work. 

Check out these back porch steps. 

It may not show up in the picture, but these have a downward slope  because they are sinking into the soil from the lack of a solid base.

Obviously, this will only get worse with time. When I asked the builders if that was a temporary set of steps he looked at me puzzled and 'no, why do you ask.' 

No reason at all. 丹儭

#newconstruction #homeinspector #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #homeinspection #louisvillerealestate #wecandobetter #safetyfirst
I think it's time for a new water heater. This one just whispered 'kill me'. #waterheater #itstime #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
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If you are looking at older houses to buy, pay attention to the type of plumbing drains that are still in use. Old galvanized steel and cast iron were commonly used up until the 1970s until modern pvc took over. 

The metal drains like to clog and rust from the inside out, so you can't tell much about their condition from looking at the surface. 

This old cut away shows perfectly what these old drains can look like after years of use. 

If your new home has the old metal drains, you should be ready to replace them at any time.  #castiron #plumbing #plumber #homeinspection #homeinspector #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #louisvillerealestate #newpipes #cloggeddrains
Pro tip from ol' Ben. If your partner is clogging the sink with long hair, pick up one of these for their next birthday. It's a barbed flexible snake that will remove most clogs with ease.

It's a practical president, that they will appreciate for years to come. 

I gave one to my wife a few years ago and she still brings it up about how 'special' of a gift it was! #winning #browniepoints #cleandrains #protip #snake #hairclog #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
Full disclosure, this is not my pic. 

I don't have the back story on when/ where this happened, but wanted to point out that the bees gained access to the inside of this panel by one of the knockout holes not being filled as it should.  Had everything been as it should there is no way for the bees to get in.

Animals and insects are looking for shelter, and what is better than a steel box (your electric panel)?

It's crucial you don't leave knockouts open, or you may have this kind of fun... #electrician #newpanel #homeinspection #homeinspector #louisvillerealestate #homeinspectorlouisvilleky
Check out the inlay work on this hardwood floor. So rare to see this type of detail on a newer home. 

Whoever did this, I tip my hat to you! #hardwoodfloors #inlay #homeinspection #homeinspector #homeinspectorlouisvilleky #louisvillerealestate