| December 7, 2012

One of the many things to do before moving into a new home is have it inspected.

More often than not, things check out OK… but we've all heard a horror story or two.

This Old House shares some of the most outrageous home inspection violations we've ever seen:

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

"I'm guessing that a beer bottle is not an approved duct-support system. This may show my age, but it looks like (from the bottle) that this was done on a weekend—the old commercial did say, 'weekends are made for Michelob.'"

Tim Hemm
Tim Hemm Inspections
Yucaipa, Calif.


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Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter
Keg Stand

"I always recommend Guinness kegs for girder support, as I assume that 'Tastes great, less filling' means Miller Lite kegs are not as strong."

Robert Galster
Pillar to Post/Cape May County
Woodbine, NJ

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter
Fireworks Finale

"I found an illegal firework next to a flying splice (a spliced wire not in a box, which is itself a fire hazard)."

Kevin Robinson
KR Home Inspection
Pacific Grove, Calif.


Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter
Where There's Smoke There's Fire

"I guess someone was sneaking cigarettes and figured he or she would hide the butts somewhere where nobody would find them—like inside the electrical panel, where a fire could damage the whole house's system."

Tim Quinn
Pillar to Post – Pittsburgh
Monroeville, Pa.


Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter
Precarious Party

"Recipe for disaster: Start with a vacation rental, add 2 margaritas, a bit of dark nighttime and a hot tub on a cantilevered and rail-free deck—seemingly built without adult supervision. Expect the hospital stay to be, oh, about 2 years."

Jason Gingery
View Point Inspections
Santa Cruz, Calif.

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Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter
Sure to Blow Off the Roof

"Look around those attics. You never know what you'll find. This WWII mortar shell was not marked 'inert,' so it was suspected live. The fire department was called, who called military specialists to remove it. It was found to be a dud, but the neighborhood was snarled for several hours."

John Dirks Jr.
Arundel Home Inspection, LLC
Severna Park, Md.

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter
Blows My Mind

"Excuse me, sir. Why do you have a box of explosives in your crawl space? And why is there a wire attached to it? Never mind, I'll be leaving now."

Dan Chapleski
True North Inspection Services
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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