Hall Of Shame or Are you Serious?

This is our hall of shame. We have collected these pictures over the past 9 years both from our own inspections and other inspectors. We hope you enjoy them



Shame  - Page #2  Furnace fireplace, chimney and roof issues  
 Shame - Page #3  
New Construction Issues
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Builder cut these joists short and didn't connect them. Found in crawl space.

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Have no clue what this builder was thinking and even worse how the building inspector overlooked this. 

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Long rafter span that really needed engineered trusses. Referred to a structural engineer

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On upper right the framers fixed this engineered truss which changes its strength. 

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The framers wasn't paying attention to the blueprints and \ the shower drain ended up directly over a floor truss. Rather than slow the job down, the floor joisted was "notched". Building inspector should have caught this.

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Almost got the beam under the rafters. Does 50% right count? 

This was a dryer vent that was creatively run. While I give the installer points for the solid pipe, they did take a sawzall to the rafters to make it fit

The floating beam.  "We don't understand why we are getting cracks in our walls"? The builder could have built up the pocket with a layer of mortar or add metal shims.

These little metal plates are really important and this truss has very little strength when its gone!

This was found in a pre-drywall inspection. Two floor joists were compromised in this installation.

Priceless!!! - couple of issues, the most obvious the missing P-trap but the second is the block wall. I guess they were short and needed to complete the wall with what was available. Where was the general contractor?

Saw this on a 1 year warranty inspection. All the piers were pour properly except this one. It was so far off the framers had to pull the column over but could only get 25% on it on the edge of the pier.

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This was a bearing wall and the plumber had to run a few water lines. One or two holes is ok but 16 to 20 really reduced the strength of the beam. 

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New house in Anacortes. This was the area over the master bedroom. Someone forgot to insulate the entire attic area. House had been given final sign off by building dept. 

Capped vents. Plumber forgot to remove these after inspection. These would cause slow drains and gurgling. 

House had a slight list so builder added steel beams to straighten the home. As a buyer wouldn't you want to know this???

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Oops - bolts didn't line up with post so two bolts will have to do!

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Not sure what there were trimming but they went a little too deep and cut halfway through the floor joist. 

Builder didn't seal the outer wall and probably should have installed perimeter drain system

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"Well the stairs are pretty close and if we add this backer plate it will be alright" Nope, this is a safety item - put too much weight on it and you got real problems

Builder always call inspectors picky when we call them on leaving wood scraps in the crawl space. Here is a good example on what happens to wood.

I don't even want to speculate what form of biological it was!

No flashing. The only thing that will prevent water from getter behind this homes siding will be caulk. Not good!


Solid Beam cut away by homeowner??

Plumber needed through beam rather than around it!


Large Cut outover a doorway in the beam

Notched concrete beam with lots of cracks!!

Existing Homes

Cinderblocks - 101 uses.

Firewood not exactly straight cut!

Not much support left

This post split right down the middle!

Weight limit 25lbs!!!!

The used the 12 penny nails recommended but didn't nail into anything solid!!

Go to Shame Page #2 Furnace, Fireplace , Chimney, roof
Go to Shame page #3 Plumbing
updated 2/25/10

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