Re: Response to DDIY Don't do it yourself and all DIY shows
I too have made a career out of repairing the F-ups of others. While things I find might amaze me, I am no longer surprised by them. A current issue <no pun intended> is with an electric waterheater that has a refrigerator outlet tapped off it. The waterheater isn't heating, time to call in the electrician.
I had a not-so-handy homeowner that thought he knew how to do wiring. Problem #1, he reversed the hot/neutral wires. Problem #2, they had mice that liked the insulation on the wires, so he used metal tape to cover the exposed wires. There were other things too, these were the biggies.
Another recent find, a "contractor" built a transition roof between the main house and a detached addition. The old roof/walls were leaking and he told the owner that it all had to come out and be redone. He tore out everything, including the slab. When he rebuilt it, there was NOTHING that was done right, literally, from the slab to the roof. The slab isn't flat and it isn't done right. The walls were poorly framed, sad considering they were only 44" long, and the siding didn't match the existing siding, he used masonite instead of T1-11. The roof eave didn't match the house eave, neither did the fascia, and there was no flashing from the roof to the vertical wall and he did not tie the roofing into the valley along the house. The very first rain storm the whole thing leaked like an S.O.B. When I demo'd the wet walls and ceiling, you could see daylight along the valleys because there was nothing done properly. Sadly, this was the 3rd project this homeowner had this idiot do, the others were a remodeled bathroom where everything was poorly done and MDF was used in the window sill of the shower window, and finally, he overlaid the roof. We stripped the roof to the deck, reframed the addition transition, then tied it all together properly, no more leaks.
The stories are endless, and when you see the work of these inept people, "licensed" or otherwise, makes you wish there were better laws and regulations out there to control it, but the flip side is this, all the laws and regs in the world can't fix stupid, it just makes the work all that much more expensive and harder for those of us who have dedicated our lives to doing the job right. What we need are laws against stupid!
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!