Photo #7 Overheated wire The wiring coming off the 2nd breaker has
seriously overheated at some point, burning the insulation. All electrical
issues of this nature are safety issues which should be repaired ASAP.
Photo #8 Furnace burner problem
The burner or vent on this furnace has a problem and the flame rolls out at
startup. This scorches everything above and beside it. NOTE: For all you
technical types looking at this, the shield was in place prior to taking the photo. I removed it
temporarily for a better picture.
Photo #9 The joys of flexible ductwork This is a section of flexible duct in an
attic. With this particular type, the outer lightweight plastic layer (the thin gray
deteriorates over time. Since this is all that holds the Fiberglass insulation in place,
it pretty much fillets itself as this outer restraining layer fails. Then all
you have separating the heated or cooled air (which you've paid dearly for) from
the attic air is the innermost very thin layer of
Water (and other things) won't naturally flow uphill The availability of easy to use plastic
plumbing has unfortunately encouraged a lot of do-it-yourselfers who would have
been better off staying on the couch watching Bob Vila reruns. If you look
carefully, you'll notice that the drain actually rises past
the trap. This section must be sloping downward for a properly functioning
drain. The water pressure in the drain above the trap will force the water out,
but not at a proper rate. Eventually, solids will settle in the line and it will
A disconnected section of ductwork in your home does more than just waste
energy. Consider what happens if it's in a crawlspace with an assortment of animals
and bugs who just love the easy access this gives them into your home.
Photo #12 Ewwwwww! Another disgusting sewer issue. There are
definitely times when a zoom lens is a wonderful thing. This is a
leaking toilet drain. Enough said about that. I only included it because it
gives anyone still looking at these photos a special two-for-one deal! Check out
the stellar work on the small brick piers supporting the bath floor. Sharp eyed
surfers will notice that actually there's a third issue--the furry white and tan
mold on the floor joist in the upper left of the photo. There is a leak from
above which is not visible in the photo.