What I'm Seeing Now


I Need Support, You Need Support, And Gas Lines Need Support Too

Well, it is true - I need support, you need support, and gas lines need support too.

Gas lines in particular need support!  You don't want them to sag, especially near a joint!

This is the final walk through of a brand-new house. 

Seeing a 16' long gas line on the brick wall of this house I looked carefully at its support. 

Not good.  It was such a long line there were three supports.  Horizontal gas lines in this fashion should have a support every 4' - 6'.  That long a run is very heavy.

Look what they used!  Plastic anchors! 

I wouldn't use plastic anchors in my house to hang an important personal item on the wall!  I don't use plastic anchors for much at all.

Plastic anchors are NOT, NOT, NOT made for applications with brickwork, and for such heavy materials!

What should be used instead?

Lead anchors have been around for a long, long time.  They are tried and true.

There are other anchors, even stronger anchors, but this is a gas line that may need to be removed at some future point.  You need good support, but support where the screws, or bolts, can be removed.

Those plastic anchors did not even last a couple of weeks!  And with good reason.


And, what do you know, the gas installation on the house had had the County approval sticker!  Methinks, well mebets (to invent a word), that the County never bothered to walk around the house to have a peek at it.  It did snow a couple of days ago when they did their inspection.  Walk around the house.  Not today!

This is a large house (five-car garage) and this gas line services a Generac generator large enough to virtually power half the house in the event of a power failure.  Can you imagine a gas leak near a generator? 

Also, this is LP gas!  Liquid Propane is exceptionally volatile and explosive!

My recommendation:  it's the little things!  Plastic anchors on brick might seem like a little thing.  There were a lot of seemingly little things on this new construction inspection.  The opener did not operate the door to the microwave; a chip in a granite counter top; the connector clamps were loose under all three panels boxes (!); the receptacle into which the third dishwasher was plugged was behind the dishwasher and on the floor (!); aluminum wrap on exterior wood trim was not installed with aluminum nails (!); many wall switches were upside down*.  Some of these are "little" things that can eventually add up to big, expensive or important!  And these and more were found.  All say the same thing - UNPROFESSIONAL WORK. 

And THAT, brothers and sisters of the congregation, is the BIGGEST problem with new construction.

Get a home inspection on new construction!


To me, on a single wall switch, up is on and down is off.  That would bug the heck out of me as a homeowner!



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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


Comment balloon 10 commentsJay Markanich • March 20 2014 05:29AM


Hi Jay,

As in my areas, the sticker for approval is there but the work is incorrect. Sure this was not an Uncle Bob Job or maybe a Nephew Willy job? They were heading Eastwards.  The local JHA's simply don't pay attention to details.

Have a good day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 6 years ago

That is especially strange...at least from here...not to have been caught by a much earlier inspection....glad you had your catcher's mitt on !

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

No way Clint.  New construction and CUSTOM home!

Don't know how long this has been there S&D.  But not good now!  I saw this just yesterday.

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

Good morning Jay,

It was too far to the local hardware store; lets use what we have on hand!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 6 years ago

There is actually a Home Depot a mile away Raymond.  I personally never go to HD, but for lead anchors you can't go wrong.

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

Jay, Now if I had gas lines here I would want them to be properly supported. But you know those anchors are probably so expensive ;)

Anyway off to a new construction this morn. Should be fun.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

When dealing with custom builders, it's wise to visit some homes in the area that they've constructed in the last year or so.

Construction permits are not that difficult to obtain.  County stickers will be posted if the toilets flush. 

Round and round we go. 

Where the new owner will realize the cost of buying this home is when they try to sell and it's they that will have to pay for the defects.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Lead anchors got to be what, Don, 45 cents a piece?  Of course I say that sarcastically.  The real problem here is ignorance, as you know.

Thinking like that is not taught and only learned be experience Lenn!  If you visit the large, new homes off Reservoir Ridge Road in Ashburn you will see they all have new EPDM roofs, all done right!  Gee, why?

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

Sounds like those County inspectors are as good as the ones we had here before the commissioners fired the entire building department and shut it down. Useless.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 6 years ago

That's a big yuck Marte.  So now what does the population do when buying homes?  Who determines code compliance?

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

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