What I'm Seeing Now


When The Cable Guy Shovels The Snow In The Attic

This is what you get when the cable guy shovels the snow in the attic.

On new construction it is best to get subs to do things in proper order.

What if the cable guy is scheduled to show up AFTER the insulation is blown into the attic space?

Gee whiz, Mr. Wizard, that might not be the best time!

Starting at the attic access opening, the cable guy decides to begin his journey to the rear of the attic where his wiring has entered the house.

My client had paid for EXTRA insulation, bringing the R-value up to 48.  That is a lot of extra insulation!  He paid for the EXTRA insulation because he wanted EXTRA protection against heat and cold.

Enter the cable guy.  "Wow, this stuff is really deep!  I'm going to have to move it out of the way!"

Using what must have been a snow shovel, the cable guy pushed and piled insulation to the left and to the right.

A pile here and a pile there.  It was a regular blizzard up there!

With his goal in mine, about 35' from the attic access opening, he continued on.

Finally arriving at the rear of the house, he had to move the insulation out of a large area so he could know exactly where to run the cables.

Well, such a large area means moving a whoooole bunch of insulation!  Let's just put it over here.

In the area he cleared to drill his holes and run his cables, the insulation ranged from 0" - 6".  In other words, he had taken the insulation from the paid-for EXTRA R-48 down to R-0 -R-14.  That is not exactly the intent of the EXTRA puff-puff.

Darn good thing my client had paid for all that extra insulation!  There's nothing like value when you make a wise purchase!  Oh, and the peace of mind!

My recommendation:  have a home inspector stop by to make sure you are getting what you paid for when you buy a new house!  On new construction inspections anything goes.  This home inspector does not know what he might find.  But new construction inspections are usually a lot of fun!  And when you hear the door bell and the words, "Cable guy!", watch things very carefully.



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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


Comment balloon 12 commentsJay Markanich • June 12 2016 04:30AM


Good morning Jay. It i only a benefit if properly distributed. Some people just don't get it! And one of them, is the cable guy! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

Good morning Jay Markanich OMG.... what a horror show.... the poor unsuspecting buyers who fail to have a home inspection prior to closing....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) over 4 years ago

Good morning Jay and what a mess and who would have thought that there would be snow in an attic?!  So glad that I live in the tropics and I only worry about woodpeckers pecking on our stucco exterior.

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) over 4 years ago

Cable 101 apparently not taught when they hand out the  shovels...yicks !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 4 years ago

Wayne - the cable guy has his job and the insurance guys theirs.  "That's not my job..."

Barbara - and my client could not be present due to a work circumstance.  So he trusted me completely.  And benefitted from that trust.

Susan - that is white, fiberglass insulation.  My sarcastic word was snow, and the image of  the cable guy using a snow shovel up there.  It looked like it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

It's pretty sad, S&D.  Everyone knows that insulation is only valuable when it is present.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay Markanich It appears like this will be an easy fix with a leaf rake and some patience and filter mask. Good reminder!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 4 years ago

Dish installers are no better... lol! Where is that truss again? Here, no here, no here...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 4 years ago

Ugh. At least the insulation is still in the attic and can be reshoveled.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

S&N - hopefully.  So much has been crushed that they likely will need to add more to bring it up to R-48.

Fred - it's all about getting in and getting out.

Kat - hopefully!  At least it isn't as heavy as snow!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Wonder how he got the snow thrower up there!?  Good thing the electricians and plumbers showed up before the drywall guys.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 4 years ago

It was the Handyman In A Blower (Attic Size) 1000, Stephen.

Compact, strong, great range.

Who doesn't have one?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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