There's an old axiom from house framers that is so poignant and true. It says "nothing strikes more fear into a framer than a plumber walking by, with a Sawzall"...
It is truly amazing what some plumbers will do to accommodate a fixture. Here is a picture of a toilet installation. The plumber cut through a main support in the house.
Structural issues are extremely important when considering the purchase of a house. Through years of experience, these are the sort of issues I can detect. Structural issues can cost thousands to fix, if at all!
In addition, this house had knob and tube wiring (K+T). K+T wiring was the first form of wiring that was used in houses until the late 1920's. It is obsolete and considered a safety issue. Most insurance companies will not insure a house with K+T and will insist on removal. K+T removal is not difficult, just messy (since holes need to be cut in plaster walls and fished through flooring) and expensive depending on the extent of wiring in the house. Here is a picture of an old "fuse panel" that is a sure-tell sign, there is K+T in the house.
Here is something you don’t see every day when inspecting a home, but it is useful when talking about electrical wiring & construction techniques. In fact, you have to ask, “Why would anyone do this? […]
What is knob and tube wiring? Just as the name suggests, there are 2 parts. The knob is a porcelain part sticking out of the side of the joist and the tube is the porcelain connectors that run throug […]