every time I look at this, I see something new.

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24 Responses:

  1. netik says:

    This makes me want to pull out a crowbar and fix it.

  2. gytterberg says:

    I've lived in houses like that. This one place didn't have a single right angle in the entire building. Not floor to wall, wall to ceiling, wall to wall, inside cabinets or closets... anywhere. It was like the product of some singular mad builder who eyeballed everything. And was blind in one eye.

    That place even outdid this picture in a single area, however: everything had barcodes and price tag stickers still on it. The toilet. Lightswitches. Door thresholds. Sometimes they'd be partially buried under paint or caulk.

    • belgand says:

      My current place has a really awkward hallway leading from the front (where the door and kitchen are) to the back (where the living room is) which kinks at just the right angle to make it almost impossible to get a couch back there. We eventually found a one-armed chaise lounge that we were able to just barely get through, but nothing else would go. Also the majority of the walls have big buttresses at the baseboard so nothing will sit flush against the walls.

      It's an in-law though, what did I expect? Basic competency?

  3. well, seeing as how five-gang plates used to cost about 17 dollars up here, yeah.....

  4. buz says:

    The missing screws!
    Where do they go?
    Why does it bother me?
    I'll never know!

  5. grahams says:

    This reminded me of This Old House's great series of photos they call "Home Inspection Nightmares"... When I first came across that site, it sucked down a good part of an afternoon.. It appears they've expanded the collection since my last visit..

  6. httf says:

    yeaaahhhhh... I noticed that. But they wouldn't want to rip out that wall because it gives them more hanging space. Gnah.

  7. pikuorguk says:

    The stairs in my house slope backwards. I have to warn every visitor to my home about this otherwise four steps up I'm guaranteed to hear a "whoa! *thud*" as they slip down the stairs and bang their head on the ceiling.

    Oh yeah, that's the other bit... there's a "walk in wardrobe" (it's a small room) over the stairs, so half way down the stairs you have to bend in two.

    It's like someone designed the stairs to make people fall down them.

  8. tjic says:

    There are books, Neo... endless books, where electrical fails are documented.

    I recommend the "circuit" that's an extension cord run up a gutter downspout.

    Or the two extension cords duct-taped together and taped to an empty milk jug ... as a float ... so that they can span the swimming pool...

  9. taskboy3000 says:

    You know, I'm used to seeing code that looks like that. It's nice to see that hardware folks can have similiar "requirement misunderstandings."

    Of course, having just installed my own RJ-45 jack, I have a bit more sympathy for this "hack."

    Five switches and the dude was committed to putting the junction box in the wrong place.

    We've all been there.

  10. vxo says:

    This looks like something I would have done when I was like 11 years old.

    I got shocked a lot back then.

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    and this entry that goes with it :
    http://osmium-ocelot.livejournal.com/80904.html

  12. coldacid says:

    Somehow it reminds me of a story of one of your former places of residence.

  13. 29. What is he trying to tell us?