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Best of 2014

Happy New Year to everyone!  I thought I’d take a few minutes to look back on 2014 and reflect on some of the more memorable photos I collected (unfortunately many pics just are not saved).  If your home happens to be included, please know, I’m laughing with you.  Here we go.

Check it out…I installed an egress window well.  OK, I’m getting to the well part.

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Alternative – and effective – use for a car jack.

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Air-conditioner coil used for handrail.  Nice.  Now I don’t need to install one.

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A home-made air exchanger (homeowner was an engineer…..I’m just saying).

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In the time it takes you to make this label…….you can actually fix this toilet.

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“Exhaust vents shall maintain a continuous positive slope so that the exhaust vents properly” (clarification: positive means up).

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This homeowner was having a sale 🙂  Right before the inspection 😦
Thanks for setting all the breakables out for me.

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By the way, Everything is for sale…..including……Dr Scholl’s foot spray.
If it’s half used, can I pay half?

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How much are these new?….I think I’ll pass.

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I wonder if this basement has ever had water before?  What do you think?
Maybe it’s just a clever way to water the tree.  Don’t underestimate human ingenuity.

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Where the heck did the ladder go?  I haven’t seen it since fall (fall of ’05).

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Whenever I see this, I immediately begin worrying.

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What do you mean it’s wrong.  The water goes down, doesn’t it?  Well….doesn’t it?

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There is a product for gaps like these.  It’s called flashing (not to be mistaken with spray foam in a can).

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Speaking of spray foam……Not sure why the opening to this block was sealed.  It’s an interior wall.  At least no bugs will crawl into the opening….after they are already inside the home.

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“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

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I’m sure that wire from 1920 is quite capable of powering the light….and the opener….and the wall outlets….

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This sink drains into the shower.  I hope you don’t mind toothpaste residue on the shower floor.

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How about if we just drain the air-conditioner into the toilet as well?  Hey, it all goes to the same place.

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I see alot of scary decks.  This one is up there.

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Not sure how the single-ply beams hadn’t tipped over yet.  But give it time.

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Gas pipes can make effective door stops.  I’d probably just go with the traditional hardware……I believe it will set you back $2.50.

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Dang….I swear I measured that twice.

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This home had ice dam problems and the roof was raked from the deck.  The roof rake was then naturally stored next to the deck……also right next to the power lines.  Please don’t lift the rake from here.

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This garage door track was approximately 4 opens away from separating from the wall.

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Notebooks are great for…. stopping that rattling noise.

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This staircase likely was not stable when it was first built.  Now it’s just a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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Deferred maintenance……..Or clever substitute.  It all depends on how you look at it.

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Nice wire junction here.

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Flashing was installed at the base of this chimney.  That’s good.

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Of course this won’t work real well.  Almost done though!

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This pipe makes a great clothes hanger.  Of course, not the best idea, since the pipe is carrying explosive natural gas.

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I never did find a drainpipe for this basement bathroom sink, and wondered where this water ever flowed to.  Perhaps a large bucket was used at one time.

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Any thoughts on where water will flow when it rains?  If you said inside the garage, you are correct!

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When this back side addition was built, the power lines were not relocated.

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Now they touch the roof.  Please stay off the roof.

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Hey, it feels pretty stuffy in here.  Can you turn the fan on?……..wait!  turn it off!  Turn it off!


This window well cover also substitutes as a great trap for humans.  I think the same design was used by the VC in the Vietnam War.

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Zinc strips are effective at controlling algae growth on certain types of shingles.  I suspect the manufacturer wanted ALL of these to be placed at the ridge area.  Of course this does have a nice artistic look to it.

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This furnace exhaust pipe had separated in the attic and was allowing exhaust fumes to accumulate in the attic space.  That’s a bad thing in case you’re wondering.

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Chimneys are usually out of sight – out of mind.  This one looked pretty bad on the outside…

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…and even worse on the inside

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Here’s a strange one.  The chimney – clearly visible in the attic – was no longer in use.

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But why was it not visible in the basement?  Something is supposed to support it (usually a footing).

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There is now a nice pantry in the kitchen where it once existed.  Perhaps the top shelf is supporting the chimney now?  It’s not falling down, so I’m sure it’s all good.  Right?

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This house comes with a wood burning fireplace!  🙂  Unfortunately it does not come with a chimney 😦
– notice the daylight coming through the windows.

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This townhome did not come with a washer / dryer and this was the only place for it.  Hope the furnace never needs to be replaced…or repaired….or accessed in any way (there is that filter issue).

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When entering the garage from outside, please be aware of the IMMEDIATE step up.

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Uh, don’t use the bathroom if your shoe size is greater than 6 (it used to be size 4…prior to the modification).

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Standing at the rail is not recommended, so don’t put the keg there either.

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I don’t think this utility pole was included in the original design plan, but it is now CRUCIAL for support.

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The kids at this home must not have been tall enough to dunk.  Lucky for them.  This would have ripped off rather easily.

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Some product brands are more effective than others.  Very true with gutter guards.

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This is a nice looking staircase.

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But I just could not figure out what those posts were supporting.  I don’t think the fascia board has much load.

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This dryer vent had separated from its roof penetration and was blowing into the attic.

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On the up side……the lint accumulation was a nice way to increase insulation depth over time.

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Does the home come with frames that match?

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I just like this one.

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This is one of the more obvious homeowner repairs I have ever seen.  Trusses were cut for the opener installation, which is never ok.

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Gotta give the homeowner credit for effort though.  Amazingly, this pattern was exact at each truss.  Obviously this was carefully thought out.

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I don’t know why, but all of the engineered truss plates had been replaced in this garage roof structure.

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……pretty sure these plates were not “engineered”.

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Newly installed dishwasher and range!  Do you actually need to use the bottom rack?

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Sometimes you see cool stuff just driving to and from work.  That must have taken some time to balance properly.  Watch out for the bumps.

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This car must be sweet!……on the inside.

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  1. Bret Hubert
    January 14, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Love the pics!
    Hope you and your family are well.
    I moved to Florida so maybe won’t have any more business for you.
    I appreciate all your great service over the years.

    Be well,

    • February 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Bret – Thanks for writing. I’m happy to hear you are in a warm place and hope things are going well. You were a great guy to work with over the years and I really appreciated your business – particularly when I was in my first few years. Take care of yourself. I hope to run into you again sometime. Tim

  2. Girish Jorapurkar
    January 15, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Thanks for sharing. That was a good laugh to start the day. Happy New Year! /Girish

  3. Tyler DeArmond
    January 15, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Very fun pictures! Thanks!

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