Cutting corners – Panel opening.

hole cover

It’s a cover and yes… it’s a cover for electrical box, but it’s not a cover for this electrical box.

It looks like a frugal and creative solution.

It is the cover for common wall/ceiling connection boxes and it does prevent errant fingers or tools from being poked in where they should’nt be.
However, considering that the parts actually made to cover those openings are very inexpensive (A pack of ten is less than $2.)

Think about it…….Is it really a good idea to sink a few screws into a hot electrical panel?

And do you think this was done by a liscenced professional electrician?

Where else have corners been cut?


N.B. Notice the hand labeled numbering system imposed on the breakers.

Manufactureres label the odd numbers on one side and even on the other.

You can even see the numbers stamped in the face of the panel (on the right).

But they are upside down to us!.

Without even opening the panel cover I know I’m going to find “issues”, if not outright “errors”, and that’s exactly what I found.


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How Does A Flipper Like Their Eggs…?…………………….The Lazy Flipper’s Fridge

How Does A Flipper Like Their Eggs……………………..The Lazy Flipper’s Fridge 

Have you heard of this one ?;

How does a flipper like his fried eggs…………………I don’t know, but you can bet they’re not sunny side up!

And – What does a flpper keep in his fridge?;

Not much, right?

And there’s a few more paint touchups tp be done. (Paint roller and brush are wrapped in a plastic bags and put in the fridge to keep them from drying between coats of paint – so you don’t have to wash and clean them each time.)

it’s powered, that looks normal, but nobody uses it. There’s no food in it.

And it rocks back and forth. When I look under I can see it’s up on blocks, kind of like a wrecked car.

This fridge is a total prop. It’s staging. It has a stainless steel exterior finish. That’s why it’s there.


So this property is a flip. Bought to fix up the finishes and sell for quick profit.

If you care about the difference between a renovated property or a flip (and for the money you should) then you need an inspection by an experienced professional.

There may not always be a used paint roller in the fridge to tell you.



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The Double Header…Raining On You, Times Two!

The Double Header: Concentrates the rain to get BOTH shoulders as you walk up the stairs!  (This is #2 in a series on a single flipped house.)


flippers incomplete system

Yes that’s right.

The original owner of this flipped property installed the gutter system to keep you dry, from the roof runoff at least, when you walk up the steps to the side door. (The everyday entry for the family).

The flipper replaced the old wood steps and landing, removing the downspouts in the process. And then he left things ‘up in the air’, literally!  It probably wasn’t raining on the day that he finished or hoped it wouldn’t be when the house was being viewed.  It wasn’t raining when I inspected but I did not miss it.

Now look at this configuration.  This is the bottom edge of a flat low slpoe roof surface with a wider overhang where the side door is The trough or guttering is continuous. It’s all a the same height. OK

So why are there two downspout drops here in the same area?  Why is it like that?

The answer it the gutter troughs are basically level.  There is no grading, no slope to cause the water to drain to a lower point where the downspout is positioned. This incorrect.  The minimum is a 1″ drop in 12 feet.  I recommend more as such a minimal flow is easily disrupted or blocked.

So the gutters ‘pond’ (fill up with water) till it reaches the downspout drain, but some water always stays there. Its like having a bath tub that tilts away from the drain.  There will always be a puddle of water in it.

That ‘ponding’ causes side effects.   Leaves collect there.  They compost to a mud.  This raises the water levels and causes furthur blockages.  Water can be held against wood facia boards causing them to rot.  Metal clad facias still have wood behind and the metal cladding has overlapping joints, but they are not sealed.  Water will get in.

What does this show us?   stain detail

It routinely overflows and drips, so that means the downspouts are often blocked. We also see facia details that tell us it is made of wood, covered in the red toned metal and the joints are overlapped but not sealed.


As an experienced professional inspector I will understand that the original guttering was not correctly installed.

The gutters remain unsloped, prone to ponding and overflowing and will need more than normal maintenance to keep clean and operational.

There are conditions conducive to the rot and decay of the roof facias. The metal flashing will keep any such condition hidden for a long time, but I will be advising my client of this risk.

And of couse the downspout system remains incomplete, ‘up in the air’ where the flipper left it.


This is #2 of a series on the same flipped house.

1.     Skippy will’ve skipped, before the water starts to drip.

2.     Double Header…Raining On You, Times Two!

3.     A Case Of New Not Being Better … A Stair Story 

4.     Posting soon: A Case Of More Not Being Stronger…..A Stair Story. 

5.     Posting soon:  The LANDING Looked Good But Is There A CRASH In The Future?

6.     To come – landing/deck

7.     To come – electrical

8.     To come – exterior & landscaping

Please remember to have an inspection during the real estate process to help eliminate any of these concerns! Put our experience to work for you.


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