Combination wind chime/light fixture?

By
Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.
http://actvra.in/n9n

Probably not, but when the wind blows the downspout will likely rattle a bit.

Wind Chime Light Fixture

I can just imagine the light patterns flashing around the yard when it is windy and the light is turned on.

Of course it needs to be fixed.  Sooner or later, the wires will fray and possibly short out.  The frayed wires could also result in the gutter and downspout becoming energized.  Energized gutters are never a good idea and will do nothing to keep the squirrels or rats off of them.  

The aluminum ladder leaned against it from the ground could be a problem though for the unsuspecting person doing their annual gutter cleaning.

This is a pretty simple fix for the electrician---but a fix that should not be put off.



Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector

Posted by

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Seattle Home Inspector

Click on the Rose A Group by any other name. to check out: AHA!---A Forum of Landmark Proportions---your Group

PS, for those of you that are new to my blog (or for some other "unexplained" reason have never noticed)sunsmileall pictures and smiley-face inserts (emoticons) (when I use them) have messages that show up when you point at them with your cursor.

My WORDLESS WEDNESDAY pictures and some selected POEMS & STORIES.

Just quack on me to subscribe

 

The Human Rights Campaign   QR code for Charles Buell Inspections Inc  ASHI.org

 

WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the leaf to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Groups:
BananaTude
Dedicated Bloggers
Sparky's Plumbing
WeBlog Anything (almost)!
"Whacked"!!!
Tags:
light fixtures
electrical safety
wiring

Comments 34 New Comment

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the eye to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Ambassador
2,342,450
Lenn Harley
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate

What is so surprising about that defect is that the home owner didn't fix it prior to a home inspection.

November 16, 2011 03:18 PM
Rainmaker
538,591
Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com

I'll bet you use a fiberglass ladder too.

Mel

 

November 16, 2011 04:01 PM
Rainer
231,486
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial

This one was obvious to the untrained eye. For everyone like this you see, there are probably 10 more similar problems, but ones that are much harder to spot!

November 16, 2011 04:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,324,989
Vickie Nagy
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932

Well, this home will not sell with FHA financing until the exposed wires are covered! FHA rules are a bit more rigid on the appraisal perspective than other loan products.

November 16, 2011 04:33 PM
Ambassador
1,068,218
Charles Buell
Seattle Home Inspector
Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Scott---same here---but most homeowners buy the cheapo aluminum ones

Debbie, thanks---was actually kind of surprised to see this one get featured:)

Anthony, there is no end to what one can find on an inspection

Sally---people sometimes need to think about how they spend their money :)

Steven---while this is uncommon, it is quite common to see the swivel bulb holder drop down such that the bulb rests against the siding.

Lenn,  just a case of leaving "something" for the inspector to find no doubt :)

Mel---absolutely---would not be without it

Donald---most likely

Vickie, when one looks at the FHA inspection form it is amazing what they aren't interested in as well.

November 16, 2011 04:44 PM
Rainmaker
1,249,329
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time

Quite obvious "fix" and I, too, wonder (as Lenn does) why this wasn't taken care of.  Hope the rest of the property wasn't this . . . combined!  LOL

November 16, 2011 05:00 PM
Rainmaker
563,424
Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Charles, the title got me... I have a combination pot rack/light fixture and thought you were going to show me something new...

November 16, 2011 05:22 PM
Rainmaker
647,360
Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Charles:

Dangerous condition which anyone who has any brains could see.  I am sorry to hear that squirrels and rats wouldn't be effected by frayed wires.

November 16, 2011 06:15 PM
Ambassador
1,068,218
Charles Buell
Seattle Home Inspector
Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Carla, I could think of lots of things like this that should be taken care of prior to inspection---but then I wouldn't have a job :)

Chris---sorry about that :)

Evelyn, well unless they can figure out a way to ground themselves at the same time.

November 16, 2011 06:22 PM
Ambassador
767,381
Robert & Lisa Hammerstein
Bergen County NJ Real Estate
Keller Williams Valley Realty

Charles - Once again you brought a smile to my face. It sure can be an amazing journey out there in the inpsection world.

November 16, 2011 08:32 PM
Rainmaker
740,802
Jon Kolsky
REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty

Cool blog! I like wind chimes in the desert, I ride quads and dirt bikes in the desert, the homes out there seem to have at five wind chimes per home. btw they don/t look like that!!!

November 16, 2011 08:33 PM
Ambassador
1,550,626
Christine Donovan
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Donovan Blatt Realty

Charles - I'm not familiar with the windchime light fixture combination.  Perhaps it's a new trend that they are trying?  LOL

November 16, 2011 08:36 PM
Ambassador
1,068,218
Charles Buell
Seattle Home Inspector
Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Robert and Lisa, on most days it is too much fun to actually be called work :)

Jon, I would hope not :)

Christine---while wind chimes made with incandescents is going to be problematic---perhaps we will start to see them using LED's :)

November 16, 2011 09:19 PM
Rainmaker
211,445
Michael Dagner
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
Brokers Guild Classic

Hi Charles, don't a lot of pre-60s houses have decorations like that?  Like your profile picture..too cool!

November 16, 2011 11:27 PM
Rainmaker
68,045
Janell Kittleson
Property Management Software & Tenant Screening
Rentec Direct

Yikes!  I bet you see things all the time that make you do a double-take.  You ough to make a coffee-table book on all your finest.  :)

 

November 16, 2011 11:28 PM
Rainmaker
1,217,935
Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Personally I think that is a very well done science project checking lots of things - wind, earth rotation (a pendulum), electricity (remember Franklin?) and directional light waves.

And your problem with all this learning is...??

November 17, 2011 06:42 AM
Rainmaker
1,775,119
Gabe Sanders
Stuart Florida Real Estate
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales

Charles, I wish you wouldn't publish pictures of my home without permission!  :-)

November 17, 2011 08:26 AM
Ambassador
1,068,218
Charles Buell
Seattle Home Inspector
Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Michael, thanks---pre-60's houses have lots of things indeed :)  Glad you like the frog---I keep trying to find something to change it to but the frog holds his own

Janell, I guess I could just set my blog up on a kindle or something :)

Jay, my only complaint is that it doesn't have a stick attached to make drawings in the sand below.

Gabe, sorry about that---it may or may not happen again :)

November 17, 2011 10:57 AM
Rainmaker
229,481
Reuben Saltzman
Minneapolis Home Inspections
Structure Tech Home Inspections

What's that pipe next to it? 

November 21, 2011 09:53 PM
Ambassador
1,068,218
Charles Buell
Seattle Home Inspector
Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Well there is the downspout and then there is the vent for the oil tank

November 22, 2011 01:27 PM
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the tshirt to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Ambassador
1,068,218

Charles Buell

Seattle Home Inspector
Ask me a question
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the world to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information