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Bungee Me

Bungee me. 

The Bungee cord (sometimes spelled Bungie Cord) is an elastic cord originally developed for the airplane industry.  As a strong elastic cord, surrounded by a woven wrapping, it was able to be wrapped around early-on airplane parts to hold them in place.

If you go to a site that describes the purposes of bungee cords, it might say something like:

"to provide a means of securing objects while providing support and absorbing shock."

Well, I can say, I could sure use a little of that lately!

Maybe I could see if Wrench has a few bungee cords around the garage.   He can probably show me how to wrap those things around myself for support and to absorb shock!

So, when I saw this creative new light fixture the other day, I thought it might just be the perfect use of the bungee!

Sure, the fixture is loose, it's slipping down and water can get behind it and into the electrical connection, but after all, the cords are non-conductive and probably long lasting!

At least this homeowner was consistent.  Inside one of the kitchen chairs had wobbly legs and they were secured pretty tightly with two bigger bungee cords!  And duct tape...   No kidding.

So, I guess the old adage applies:  if the cord fits, wear it.

My recommendation:  creativity will never die.  There must be a way around hanging a light fixture that is too big for a base.  And the bungee cord may just be one of them!  Don't get, um, hung up  on appearances.  This may be a trend that is soon to take off!  Or go up.  Or get our minds wrapped around.  Whatever.

 

 

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 32 commentsJay Markanich • May 26 2015 02:58AM

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Good morning Jay.  At least the owner was consistent.  I would like to see the chair with the duct tape.  Sounds like something I would do...

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 3 years ago

Who knew ?  More uses for this elasticity than anyone could imagine...yicks !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 3 years ago

Kind of like cross training James.  Are bungee cords for lights and chairs like cross dressing?

S&D - isn't there a super hero that can become really elastic?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

I'm giving that homeowner an A+ for creativity and an F in problem solving. I also hate it when the door smacks into the porch light fixture as this one appears to. On a personal note, I love bungee cords!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) about 3 years ago

Tom - once a homeowner insisted on a certain front porch light and had to notch the storm door to be able to open the door and accommodate the shape of the fixture!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Now I have a use for all those extra bungee cords!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 3 years ago

Jay Markanich Bungee cords and duct tape are part of my arsenal. They are good for adding items to the "Get around to it list"

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) about 3 years ago

Good morning, Jay Markanich OMG....I can't believe someone is holding the light fixture in place with a cord.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 3 years ago

I'd have been disappointed if he didn't have duct tape.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Of COURSE there was duct tape!

Actually fixing the issue obviously was not on the home owner's agenda.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 3 years ago

Jay- a good friend of ours used duct tape for just about every fix .  I wonder how many bungee cords are holding up the house!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 3 years ago

I am not ashamed to admit that this mirrors some of my thinking at one point. Sometimes a person takes their know as far as it will go....Then, bungee, Velcro and as Lenn Harley brings up...duct tape kicks in. I am improving with age

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 3 years ago

Jay Markanich So what you are saying here is this home needs just a bit less of Bungeology? Some of the stuff you must see, but then, we see it too!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) about 3 years ago

Personally, I would have gone with duct tape or a large lag bolt right in the middle.

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 3 years ago

I'm thinking bare bulb hanging by the wires would have been OK too. Melting the vinyl just a little bit. 

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) about 3 years ago

Raymond - break out the pack and look around the house!

Doug - like the house first aid kit!

Two to be exact Barbara!  And a fine job it is.

Lenn - when you do it, do it right.

Kat - some things are definitely back burner.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Kathy - a house in our neighborhood has many fence sections held up with duct tape...

Velcro would have been similarly non conductive Richie.

S&N - I wonder if ANY home should have less Bungeology.  That might throw off the balance of the universe.

That would have tightened it up and made it more waterproof Fred.

You've obviously been to my neighborhood Scott!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Those outdoor lights are pretty inexpensive. I don't understand going through all that trouble with bungee cords instead of just replacing the fixture. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) about 3 years ago

Right now, in my condition, I could really benefit from a couple of soft bungees Nicole.  But I did not have any fixtures replaced.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

This home owner obviously has an aversion to duct tape unless he was concerned that the tape would block the light from getting out

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 3 years ago

It frightens me that anyone thinks this would be a good solution. It's like the homeowner's misguided version of 'do the best you can with what you have.'

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 3 years ago

You may be on to something Ed!

Chewing gum makes a good sealer too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

John - and with so much so readily available - duct tape (many colors now), clear packing tape, chewing gum, drywall screws - gee, the list may be endless.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jay, That is to facilitate bulb replacement. You know how hard it is to change those bulbs?  

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jay,

Duct tape and bungee cords work great, but don't forget caulk.  A carpenters best friend!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 3 years ago

Everything is a snap Don!

Stephen - never discount the stick'em, waterproof'em of ABC gum.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Hysterical but quite ingenius.  The average Joe would have used Duct tape, especially since it now comes in clear.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) about 3 years ago

I suggested a lot of other things above C&D!  All just as appropriate!

Yes, genius and creativity will never fail.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Okay, I chuckled. The home inspection reveals a lot of interesting information. Sometimes good entertainment, too. 

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 3 years ago

Entertainment with a point, Cheryl.  And I really could use some bungee cords for myself lately!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Always find your posts interesting and usually funny. Some things you just can't make up!

Posted by Keith Whited (RE/MAX Gateway) about 3 years ago

Thanks Keith.  In the olden days, before photos, people wouldn't believe me.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

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