Next Time Hire A Pro Vol. 11
Next Time Hire a Pro” is full of questionable designs and less-than-stellar work. Have fun and don’t be too judgmental. You’ve probably done some stupid things too...
Hire a pro
It’s true that not all homeowners can afford to hire a professional for each home repair and improvement, but not every project is DIY friendly. Sometimes calling a pro makes more sense and will save you money in the long run.
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Missed it by that much
Looks like the HVAC technician took an early vacation, or the roofers forgot to reconnect these exhaust ducts to vent hoods on the roof. This is going to exhaust warm, humid air (from kitchen and bath fans) into the attic, creating the perfect conditions for mold and mildew. In the winter, frost will build up in the attic. When that frost melts, it will damage ceilings and give the false impression that the roof is leaking.
Proper exhaust duct installation
Exhaust ducts should always be insulated so moisture won’t condense on the inside or outside of the duct. And, of course, they have to exhaust outdoors, not into the attic.
Fake access panel
Building codes require an access panel behind bathtubs so you can access the fixtures and drain lines if they need work. Here, someone was trying to fake out the building inspector by installing a false panel. Nice try.
The right way to install an access panel
Generally, creating an access is just a matter of cutting a hole in the drywall behind the tub plumbing and installing a panel. If the access is in a closet, just cover it with a piece of plywood. If it’s in a finished room, use a more decorative panel.
Don't kill a lineman
This homeowner is powering the house with a portable generator by plugging it directly into a house circuit. He’s made a double-end male plug so he can plug in an extension cord from the generator. Yes, it works. And yes, it’s extremely dangerous. If the main breaker isn’t turned off, electricity is getting pumped right into the power grid outside the house. Linemen working on the electrical system down the road could very easily get electrocuted.
Install a transfer switch
Appliances or other devices should be plugged into the generator itself using an extension cord. If you want to power a few vital circuits, you can do that through the main panel, but the generator has to be wired through a transfer switch with a power inlet receptacle (powered by the generator) that is then connected to those circuits in the main panel.
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