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Gingersnap
07-05-2008, 12:17 PM
Never underestimate cheap, easy or stupid in home maintenance

A downspout drain from the roof gutter into the house leaves home inspector wondering, "What the heck where they thinking?"

Darrell Hay

Special to The Seattle Times

DARRELL HAY / SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE TIMES

Oops! A roof drain pipe directed into a home flooded the crawl space and left an opening for rodents.
Quite regularly, as a home inspector, I see run-of-the-mill "bad" popping up. Occasionally "that was really dumb" makes an appearance. But you know you are in rare air when "Hall of Fame Stupid" presents itself. Now, gentle reader, is one of those times.

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Do not adjust your glasses. Yes, that is a downspout drain from the roof gutter into the house. Water is efficiently directed from the roof into the crawl space. As one might imagine, the crawl space was full of water. Not just standing water, but A LOT of water. If this had been done on the other side of the home also, we could have termed it "sea trials," taken the bolts out of the foundation and checked the whole works for buoyancy.

(snip)

The coup de grâce was that the crawl-space screen, after being pushed away for the pipe, was left off so rats could — and did — get in. That was priceless.

The good news is that several feet of water kills the rats that may happen to wander in.

I suddenly feel about 50 I.Q. points smarter than I did 10 minutes ago. :)

Seattle Times (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/homegarden/2008033829_hay05.html)

Teetop
07-05-2008, 12:45 PM
I do "handyman" jobs on the side. It amazes me of how shabby or down right stupid some things people do (and charge an arm and a leg to do!).

Bubba Dawg
07-05-2008, 01:07 PM
Cheap help is the most expensive kind.

Maybe it was a doi-it-yourself job? Or a do-it-to-yourself job.

hampshirebrit
07-05-2008, 01:18 PM
Hey, I found out a couple of weeks that the waste pipe for my water tank in the loft runs UP HILL ! ffs. Now I have to shell out bucks to get it fixed.

This type of shit happens far too often. :mad:

Bubba Dawg
07-05-2008, 01:29 PM
Hey, I found out a couple of weeks that the waste pipe for my water tank in the loft runs UP HILL ! ffs. Now I have to shell out bucks to get it fixed.

This type of shit happens far too often. :mad:

Amazing. A plumber once told me that there are only three things to know about being a plumber:

One Side is Hot.

The Other Side is Cold.

And S-H-I-T don't run uphill.

megimoo
07-05-2008, 02:04 PM
I suddenly feel about 50 I.Q. points smarter than I did 10 minutes ago. :)

Seattle Times (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/homegarden/2008033829_hay05.html)He was obviously 'saving water' in case of a drought !