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     The title of this post is only loosely related to the post----it is a super inspirational movie that is based on a true story of a real Rocket Scientist.

     I wish my job was Rocket Science----but for the most part it isn’t. 

     Home inspectors need good observation skills.  Some would argue that teaching that part is the difficult part----if it is possible at all.  With enough time and commitment one can learn everything one needs to know, and can become very good at figuring out things, but the ability to “SEE” is more difficult to learn and teach.

Gotta be a Tiger in the bedroom     When things are not right, the things that are “not right” must jump at the inspector like a hungry tiger---almost as if the defect is finding the inspector as opposed to the other way around.  Beginning inspectors are so intent on finding defects that they often look right past things that would otherwise have them for lunch if those things hadn’t already eaten the previous inspector.

     That said----some things jump out of the shadows more easily than others.

     Take this picture for example----if there is anything I can’t stand it is obviousness (to loosely quote Mickey Rourke in “Barfly.” 

(Vent pipe not long enough and missing its flashing)

     Perhaps the plumber didn’t get paid.

     Perhaps someone ran out of weekends.

 

Charles Buell

 

 

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Comment balloon 20 commentsCharles Buell • February 05 2009 08:46AM

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Charles, hard to tell what we're looking at here.... is that a vent pipe, almost making it out through the roof?

Wouldn't they be having some serious interior water damage due to the "fantastic lack of flashing" surrounding the "almost non-existent" vent pipe?

... and how curious that the squirrels in your region, seem to chew in perfect little semi-circles.  (What does Nutsy have to say about that?)

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Alan, yes---you are seeing it correctly.  And, yes much leaking into the wall structure below.  It does kind of look like the work of Nutsy doesn't it?  Actually several small holes were drilled to create a hole large enough for the pipe.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I've come across a couple of situation along this type of work on vent pipe myself before. I can just image the damage on the interior. Good picture.

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Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 9 years ago

Roy, not all that uncommon is it.  Ub this case it was messing up the floor system under the toilet.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, please tell me a plumber didn't do that.  I'm sure it wasn't, they would have used a reciprocating saw and the hole would have been 2' X 2'.

 

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Jack who ever it was they need to be spanked silly:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie,

I have never seen one quite that short. I have seen short ones but that is an award winner.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

Is that tiger hungry. If so, perhaps he could come to the big barbecue that I will be hosting with Mr Jimmy Q.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie - that simply cannot be a plumbing vent.  Maybe a cannon or mortar.  It is loaded from above.  I see gunpowder stains everywhere, so my theory should be spot on.

Who is it pointing at?  Maybe Mrs. Kravitz across the street.  She is VERY nosy...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Steve----what ARE you talking about?

Nutsy, I showed him a picture of you and then had to spend an hour cleaning up the drool off the floor.

Jay, well it is a good place to NOT drop a match down in.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Nice pictures and new fonts!  You're still growing, Mr. Charles. 

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles.

Me and my close friend Mr James will be having a barbecue that will not soon be forgotten. I have been brushing up on my recipes and sauces. Some like it spicy.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Nutsy, one thing is for sure----you won't remember it:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Barbara, still waiting to see the big changes on yours:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

Would you have a favorite barbecue sauce you could recommend to me and my family. We would like something that is very good on all dark meat. Would you suggest smoke or hickory? Maybe some squeezed lemon too. Ha Ha Ha, quite the jokster aren't I Mr Charles.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, That is enough to make my head hurt. I guess that they ran out of weekends...

Your building consultant in the Nashville, TN area ~ Michael

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Michael, I know I do:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie - just curious if there was extensive water damage and mold?

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 9 years ago

Carol---yes of the deal breaker kind:)  This was a minor problem compared to other issues.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Missed it by this much!

It's nice to see Nutsy taking a real interest in BBQ. He should be able to give me a few tips before being the main course.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

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