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Unthinking Installation

This is a hose bib on a new house.  It has never been used.  It may never be used!

At my house, the hose bib is by itself.

It is not near an electrical junction box!

It is not so close to anything else that the handle cannot be turned.

It is not so close to the wall (here 1/4") that installing a hose is not difficult.

It does not pull 3" out of the wall of my house.

It is usable and I can use it.  In fact, it is easy to use!

This new hose on this new house is none of that.

IT IS ALSO NOT SMART!!  THIS HAS BEEN LOOKED AT EVERY DAY BY SOME BUILDING CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR FOR SOME TIME AND NOTHING WAS EVER DONE ABOUT IT!!

Apparently it was also approved by the County.  Hmmm...  Apparently all the foresight that went into this installation is to code.  Remember, the "Code" is a minimal standard.  This installation certainly is ALL of that!!

My recommendation:  While it doesn't take a home inspection to see some unthinking installations, when you are buying a new home, get a home inspection!  THAT shouldn't take a lot of thought...

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 19 commentsJay Markanich • December 02 2009 05:52AM

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Jay,

As we know many times the codes do not make sense when put up against common sense.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi. Thanks for this.

In my house I do not have access to the pipe or shut off valve for one of my hose bibs. It's behind the wall of a bathroom renovation done by previous owners. If I ever sell my house, will this come up in home inspecion (in your opinion)?

Posted by Jane Jensen (Century 21 New Millennium) over 9 years ago

Just because it complies, does not make it a good idea or safe.

Posted by Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker, Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA (http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com) over 9 years ago

Larry - they certainly don't address everything!  But, as you say, certainly at times they don't address common sense.

Jane - I would bring it up.  That is a sign of unprofessional work.  Did they give you a permit for that remodel?

Heath - my point exactly!  And all the rest...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

When you see this, you are compelled to question the quality of the rest of the construction. Really poor supervision.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 9 years ago

Jay,

 When I was a kid we use to get Readers Digest in it there was a section TOTBAL (There Ought To be A Law) You should send tis in.. It just lacks common sense

Posted by Paul Guenther, Empire West Title- Chandler, AZ (Empire West Title Agency) over 9 years ago

Roy - I vent all the time.  My phrase for it all is "7-11 Construction."  They go by 7-11 in the morning and say they need this or that many of whatever "profession" and they get this...

Paul - as much as I would like to outlaw stupidity (particularly on election days) I doubt I would be heard...  or you, for that matter!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, you forgot:  "Not so close that you could not put a bucket under it."  It is amazing the places we see these things.  I like the ones where they put a hose on it permenantly and then install the deck around it so that you couldn't get the hose off if you wanted to.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

HA!  Charlie, I have never seen a builder do that, but you know it would not surprise me!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay- I am speechless. I guess the only thing I could say is WOW!

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago


Eric - that is exactly the word I used when I pulled into the driveway!  I saw that and the roof installation on my previous post before I got out of the car.  I also said, "Uh oh..."

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay..That looks pretty dangerous to me..Yikes...

HelpfulHannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 9 years ago

Well, yes Hannah!  And hard to use.  I understand that my client wants them to move it.  It's been there a long time by now, it should have been moved prior to any home inspector showing up and identifying it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay I'm still surprised that it got past the code inspector. It certainly would have not here unless the guy just didn't look cause he was a friend with the builder or general contractor or some lame thing like that. I hope your client succeeds in having it moved since it's pretty much useless as is. 

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 9 years ago

Well, Sue, it got by.  I am not surprised anymore.  The County inspectors are not in houses very long around here.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Gotta wonder what building inspector was sleeping on the job....hose bibs are  in several locations on our house...and then someone....decided in ground sprinklers were a "gotta be" so we have sort of forgotten they are they there...everything like that has to checked off a list on inspections here...with permits on absolutely everything !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 9 years ago

S&D - that's the only smart thing to do.  If underground stuff freezes it is ruined.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay,

Frankly I would have been shocked if the code inspector did notice it or mention it.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

That's exactly what I said on my website in the explanation under that photo, Steve.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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