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New Construction Best Practice - And Here, Disposal Cable Protection

It is always pleasing to run across a new construction best practice - and here, disposal cable protection.

A disposal cable is supposed to be attached to some structure, typically the drain line, within inches of the disposal. 

The cable also needs to be clamped into the unit, with a connector clamp.

This installer has gone the extra mile.

And this installation is a

Best Practice

Truly it is a pleasure to see!

Not only is this cable attached to the structure, with three nylon straps here (!), but it is protected!

The cable is on the floor of the cabinet, and therefore slightly vulnerable to damage from things put in there.

So this installer cut and fitted a plastic conduit to protect it to where it goes back into the cabinet floor.

This conduit is ALSO attached to the structure!

Yes, the disposal has its own circuit.

There are other good things.

Can you see them?

The service lines for the sink hot and cold water valves are the braided metal, less vulnerable to breakage. 

The dishwasher service line is in the back of the cabinet and has an air hammer expansion knob.  There is plenty of room for storage.

The dishwasher drain line loops over the disposal before it connects.

And the trap servicing both sinks is properly done.

What we see are the different trades not only working together, but doing so professionally!  I love it!

My recommendation:  when I see good things on new construction (or in any inspection) I bring it up to the buyers.  It makes for a more complete, and satisfying, home inspection.  WHEN A BEST PRACTICE IS EMPLOYED, THERE IS ALWAYS MORE DOWNSIDE THAN UPSIDE!  I like to mention it!

 

 

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 35 commentsJay Markanich • February 22 2013 02:06AM

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Good Morning, Jay. I don't think I have seen an installation quite like this one but if it works, why not!

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Seeing something done correctly is priceless. Iure does give a buyer a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 6 years ago

The conduit is certainly a new practice, at least from my experience Michael.  But certainly a best practice.

Joe - I love saying good things to buyers.  The experience evens out and they feel better.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

That is a very clean installation.  I'm always impressed by good clean installations like that.

Posted by Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself (RE/MAX Centre Realty) over 6 years ago

It makes the cabinet stand out Marc, and in the future there is plenty of room for stuff.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago
Jay, it makes good sense and a 'clean' installation. Good blog post. Thank you.
Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) over 6 years ago

I am glad you enjoyed it Norman.  It is a very clean installation!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago
Thanks for sharing, just learned something new.
Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 6 years ago

I did too David.  I had not seen this installation before!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Morning Jay good post and it is nice to see best practices taking place.  the housing industry has taken a beating however it is on the road to recovery.  It starts with the builders building a quality product and this builder has got the message. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 6 years ago

Maybe these trades are reading your blog and finally doing things right,

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

James - this sort of thing is always terrific to see.  If this is a recovery it is a slow, slow boat.

That's got to be it Gabe!  All logged in!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I think I may be tearing up Jay, a thing of beauty.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 6 years ago

That is well-ordered work, right Tom?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

My question....are the water shut off valves the proper ones for PVC?  I almost ALWAYS see the copper pipe versions with the pressure washer used on plasctic pipes, to the point of almost cracking the pipe :-0

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 6 years ago

Jay, this was done by a plumber who take pride in his work. Looks good!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 6 years ago

Justin - the copper tops, onto which are attached the valves, marry real well with CPVC.

Mike - it does look good.  And he wasn't the only trade under there.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Very neat installation indeed. Very refreshing. Ok, being me... it bugs me that the guy didn't just go ahead and run the conduit all the way into the disposal. I keep looking back to that part of the picture. picky, picky, picky

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 6 years ago

You need something to grab if the cable needs to be removed Fred.  You back from catching sharks?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Jay, for sharing your experience and your photograph.  We always recommend a professional home inspection.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

A sound practice Roy.  The camera is pretty important too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay: Some people still take pride in their work. We, as Realtors, need to keep track of those who do. You are certainly on that list for home inspection in your area.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 6 years ago

Thank you Hella.  I love seeing work done with pride too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Mu goodness you can eat a meal in that space...it is so clean and pristine....Things look good when preesnted this way even making a a nice business card for someone

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 6 years ago

Good point Richie.  So often on new construction the cabinets have sawdust and are messy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

It's always nice to see work well done, Jay.  I saw an electrical service the other day and I actually applauded.  It was one of the best I've ever seen, and it was worthy of note. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 6 years ago

It's always fun to see Mike.  And it's important to know that there are people still out there in the good-work camp.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

They do it all the time here Jay. The conduit stops at the bushing and the wire runs to the connections.

Yes, I am back to work now... and I still have a good attitude! That should last a few days :-)

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 6 years ago

Sounds like South of the Border work, Fred.  Oh wait, that's in South Carolina!

Shark meat freezes well.  Enjoy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay -- thank you for sharing this Best Practice format of doing things, so they will not create undue problems in the future.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

Steven - that's why I started my group, Best Practices.  Look it up!  The posts are about good things that are done out there.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good to broadcast the good news on inspections...rather than just cautions and warnings.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 6 years ago

I agree S&D.  That's why I started the Best Practices group a couple of years ago.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Who came first, the plumber or the electrician? Good results arise from coordinated effort. That comes from planning and supervision. WE Want More.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 6 years ago

The plumber I suspect Robert.  The electrician needed something to attach things to!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

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