Sherlock Homes Inspectors,
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Sherlock Homes Inspectors house of horrors!
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This is a collection of photos from
home inspections, projects & witness statements, where people
have actually paid for this standard of work. Or worse still,
cowboy contractors who have literally taken a substantial
deposit from the client, started the project to show faith &
trust, and then ran!
Read how someone was charged
a staggering $1,236.00 for this side show!
Hard to believe that some
actually boarded up their only means of escape from the basement
How not to install a step
We actually saved this couple
from thousands of dollars with this money pit. It was then sold
to another couple who had the misfortune to hire an uneducated
and clueless inspector who said the 'attic' was fine!
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Attic money pit facebook
The owner & landlord of this
property who lived in another province, he engaged the
services of a building contractor to renovate the basement of
this property and received regular updates by phone etc...
He then became suspicious
after paying them in excess of $33,000.00 and the calls became
less frequent. He then contacted us and asked if we would check
on the construction work as to progress and be prepared to
project manage the remainder of the work etc...
When we arrived at the
property this is what we found! After looking at the drawing,
the door had been cut into the wrong side of the foundation
wall, the interior work was just as bad, the door in the picture
with all the concrete splashed over it, this was the finished door and
The next couple of pictures
show the state of things etc... the amount of work in monetary
terms that had been completed was no more than $10,000.00 -
other contractors were drafted in to put things right and complete the
work to which the owner has now filed a law suit against the
A client of ours in Okotoks
paid a contractor in High River a $1,000 per day to construct
this deck - which now has to be removed due to the shocking
construction standards & for safety. Why cut the wood when you
can cut the downspout - seriously!?
Incorrect sized support posts
He must have forgotten the
This and other hazards at
If that post could talk, I'm
guessing it would say: "I just
about made it!"
How not to keep the glass window bead in place.
This is the result of having
no extraction within the bathroom area - Mould!
A bunch 240Vac single cables
- no mechanical protection - all bunched through wood feeding
Main 240 Vac supply from the
main terminal junction box to the distribution panel, which had
no safety seals on the cabinet door.
The cable has no mechanical protection and is very brittle due
to long term UV exposure!
No locks or safety seals in
Mounted at that height with
no seals or locks - a child could easily lift that cover which
exposes them 240 Vac!
During a home inspection in
Calgary, the client asked why he and his family receive a shock
whenever they touch the sink and the fridge together.
I then put a test meter across the sink and fridge and found 29
Vac present - long story short the fridge was not grounded at
"Would your current Home
Inspector have gone this far & discovered the problem?"
How a Calgary "Red Seal
certified electrician" connected & left a 4 x 4 box when he
realised he could not get the cover on - which is way over the
allowable space anyway!
The same electrician pulled a
permit, inspected by the City of Calgary inspector - deemed
"good to go" - and yes that bus has 240 Vac going through it!
When fitting a mirror in the
bathroom & its a little too wide, why not cut the receptacle
cover plate to suit?
heating seen through the eyes of a Thermal camera.
This is the the type of
heated generated, only visible via Thermal imaging, when you
have an underrated breaker and an excessive load.
In this case, it was a
20 Amp rated breaker drawing a measured 24 amps under full load.
Tiled shower base leaking
from the upstairs en-suite to downstairs hallway.
More Home Inspection &
horrors to follow!
G M Rose - CMI