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    Remodeling Nightmares

    Got these pictures in an email last night, It's truely amazing what people do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    Got these pictures in an email last night, It's truely amazing what people do!
    Wow. I've seen, and done , some dumb stuff in my time, but this is way beyond my experience. Don't think I've ever seen stuff quite this bad - unless you count the time I found some knob and tube wiring in an old house I was renting that had been cut to allow the end of an extension cord to be spliced in. The extension cord had the plug end cut off and then dropped through a hole in the floor above to provide for an outlet in the bedroom.
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    So there are parts of America that are sub-standard to many third-world countries, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    So there are parts of America that are sub-standard to many third-world countries, eh?
    Oh, I don't know. The town I was living in had once held the Guinness record for having the most bars and liquor stores per square mile in the US. That doesn't sound third world to me.

    Hmmmm, it might explain the wiring though.
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    I'm not surprised at the pictures. I see stuff like that all the time. Whats worse is subcontractor's will try to get away with things like that on new work if you don't keep an eagle eye on them. If it wasn't for work like that I wouldn't have a job.

    The last remodel I did , when we tore the sheetrock off the walls all of the wiring was just spliced in the wall. No j-boxes, wirenuts or electrical tape. Who knows how long till the house caught fire.

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    Dan, I asked you not to take pictures of my house when you came over last week!

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    Hey, I kinda Liked that "New" Storage" area, 'cause it has some Real Good Possibilities.

    Just think, when someone comes in and asks to borrow a tool, just say "Sure, help yourself, it's in the Storage cabinet on the Wall There".

    Hmmm....... maybe I should just make a "Loaner Tool" cabinet and wire up a dummy thing like that inside it, maybe that would work too.
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    I wonder if these works were made by professional or DIYers, having said so, it seems that there are this kind so called "professionals" everywhere.

    I can recall the story of an old lady who had her closet redone, and soon after having it finished she called a plumber asking " I do not why, but each time I flush the toilet the gas heater goes on"

    You've guessed right, the guy had connected the hot water pipe to fill the toilet reservoir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Bienlein View Post
    No j-boxes, wirenuts or electrical tape.
    My nightmare neighbor who we all hoped would sell his house quickly when he listed it, failed an Home Inspection sent by potential buyers. Mr. Handyman he isn't, having finished his basement 'all by himself', he saved lots of money by not working with a licensed electrician.

    I'm sure it didn't help when he got into a fight with the inspector, and told him where he could put his inspection report.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    ...You've guessed right, the guy had connected the hot water pipe to fill the toilet reservoir.
    I've actually heard of doing that (on purpose) - It's supposed to help prevent condensation on the outside of the tank in very humid environments.
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