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My Chinese Fortune Cookie Was True!

I had a fortune cookie the other day that said, "You discover treasures where others see nothing unusual."  Gee, that happens to me every day!  That's my job!

The other day was no different.  The house information listed a new cook top.  Being 25 years old that would not be unusual.  And this is one of the treasures I discovered:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will notice a couple of things.  The cable which serviced the old cook top is large and protected with metal.  The cable that came with the new unit is similar.  That is for a reason.  This is a large amperage device.  It is dangerous!  It needs that protection and should be properly installed, by a professional!  The connection you see is live!  Who knows how long it has been this way.  If the wire nut on the hot wiring should accidentally come off and someone touch that connection it would not be pretty.  Were children living there?  Children play with interesting stuff.  Hmmm...

These two cables should join inside a junction box on the back wall of the cabinet, it should have a water proof cover and the new cable should be secured such that it cannot be accidentally pulled anywhere.

My recommendation:  Always read the fortune in your Chinese cookie.  It might portend something real!  Oh, and hire a home inspector when you buy something.  Just to see what treasures he might come up with...

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 24 commentsJay Markanich • March 21 2010 06:27AM

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That is a scary picture. I would be scared to cook in that kitchen.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing this story. It is always a good idea to have installations done by experienced professionals.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Can you imagine Gita!  And with children at your feet?  Nothing else in the kitchen was replaced.  I have to think the old one was a caked mess and they decided to "spruce" up the kitchen.

Roy - I would never think to install such an appliance myself!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Perhaps it was installed by the former home owner who had little knowledge of the correct way to install anything electric. It is amazing how often that is what happens with a DIY job.

Posted by Mary Strang over 8 years ago

Jay,

I want to know what you ordered before they brought your fortune cookie.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 8 years ago

Mary - you are probably right, or by a neighbor or "Uncle Bob," my favorite person to blame.

Mike - I had the "Happy Thai Family."  It is chicken, beef and shrimp, with mixed veggies and it is HOT.  I like Thai food because it mixes sweet, sour, bitter and salt in one dish.  I like the fortunes, but never play the numbers...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

That's it! I'm ordering Chinese today. Forget cooking.

Posted by Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent (Realtor) over 8 years ago

Enjoy Terri!  I recommend the Thai food.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

hey Jay...you just "plugged in to" your own new marketing trademark....we used to have a home inspector who brought both agents and the buyer cookies to the inspection...you could bring custom fortune cookies...and it will be their good fortune to have you as an inspector !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 8 years ago

This is a scary picture, I am going to look under my cabinet and see how mine is done.

Posted by Diane Williams over 8 years ago

that photo is very frightening...what are people thinking when they do that??????

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 8 years ago

S&D -  I took your advice and brought a boatload of fortune cookies to the realty office I spoke with last week about Chinese Drywall.  It went over well!

Diane - weeellll, it should be in a box attached to the wall.  Unless it's gas of course...

Barbara - I don't think people realize how very dangerous that sort of thing really is.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, I am willing to bet that every home inspector in the country has that same photo----shocking. :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Jay,

 I'm sure whoever wired the cooktop thought is was just temporary. Those types of things have a way of becoming permanent though. At least until the home inspector finds them. lol

Steve

Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) over 8 years ago

The only thing different is they forgot to hang the whole thing on a nail in the back of the cabinet :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Charlie - the photo I published I got from you...  don't you remember?

Steve - perhaps, but they sold the house.  Also, the new cooktop had been used, so it was not "brand" new.

Charles - you look a lot like Charlie B.  Thanks for stopping by!  The nail was missing, this is true.  Galvanized.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay,

I had a house yesterday full of that kind of unsafe electric. At least that kind of thing is easy to report as a batch of need to be corrected issues.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Mr Jay,

Mr Charles does NOT have such a photo. When he did a similar post months back, he asked permission to use one of mine. Mr Charles is a know it all. Take it from one who knows.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Steve - 'tis easy to report 'tis.  But that it fits my cookie fortune so well is impressive too!

Mr. Nutsy - you caught me.  That was really my photo.  Your King of the House probably has a few very similar ones too, which I probably could have used and gotten away with it.  But not with you on the case.  You are detail oriented, that is for sure.  Of course, you can see things up close better than I.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay that squirrel needs to be de-tailed!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Jay- its dangerous sometimes just to go outside, at least the people should make sure the home is safe.

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Charlie - Steve says he is very detailed.  Oh, you meant...

Eric - yet we go out every day!  I did not stage that, but of course the people had moved out.  It might have been curled up on the shelf, but dangerous nonetheless!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Hey Jay I'm not sure that treasure defines what we find. On the other hand maybe they are a treasure of sorts if it save the buyer money and prevents mishaps.

 

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 8 years ago

Jack - one man's trash is another man's treasure.

I think I saw that on a Chinese cookie too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

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