Photos Of The Week!

Ah yes,  the Friday before a long weekend!

Some of you are mailing it in at work today.

Some of you are being grinded like crazy to get everything done before your workplace closes down for three days.

And some of you are working all weekend, so you don’t even want to hear about Thanksgiving.

So for all of you, here are some of the funnier, stranger, and more questionable things I’ve seen so far this fall…

funny dog pictures :


Let’s be serious for a moment, folks.

Who doesn’t love a good hoarder house?

For the person living next door, or across the street, this is awful.

But for those driving by at 40 KM/H, it gives you 0.8 seconds of amusement, and that’s what really counts…

313 Manor Rd

I checked with the seller here, and he does have faster internet than what I get from Rogers at home:


Maybe the worst “den” I’ve seen in a long time?


Or what about this den, which I found on a floor plan for some new condo development?

Seriously, since when did a hallway become a “den?”


Worst backsplash you’ve seen in a long time?

I know what you’re thinking: “Is that kitchen backsplash, that’s supposed to be installed horizontally, on the wall of a bathroom, installed vertically?”

Yes.  Yes it is…



I think I’ve found a worse backsplash.

I mean, this isn’t exactly kitchen backsplash on the wall of a bathroom, but it’s pretty bad:



We should cover this in a future blog post, but for now, a photo will suffice.

“Kitec” plumbing is the new “knob-and-tube” wiring, if you will.

Insurance companies are starting to charge massive premiums for homes with Kitec, and condominium Status Certificates are disclosing the existence of Kitec in the executive summary.

Here’s what it looks like:


Kitec was used in both houses and condos from about 1995 to 2007, but is no longer in use.

The problem, so say the many litigants throughout North America, is that the pipes corrode at a faster rate than intended, and that leads to “pipe failure,” or pipe bursting to be blunt.

HERE is a great article from 2015 by Bob Aaron.

We’ll talk about this more in a future post.

Here is a “lockbox wall” at 75 East Liberty Street that rivals “the lockbox pole” at 50 Lynn Williams for “worst lockbox situation in the city.”

This is the designated location for all three condos at 65, 75, and 85 East Liberty.

Nearly 1,200 condos, and one location.

The unit I was showing had the following showing instructions: “LBX in P1, code 1972.”

No business card on the back, no identifier, no ribbon, nothing.  My client really wanted to see the place, so we tried about forty lockboxes before we found it.


I love pot lights.

Who doesn’t?

But this family room ceiling had twenty-five pot lights on the ceiling, not including the extra ten on the bulk-heads.

I really don’t know why crappy and/or first-time builders try to think outside the box:


Why am I showing you a photo of hangers?

What’s so interesting about this?

Well, this was a vacant condo, and the agent clearly did the staging himself, as evidenced by the crusty old blue couch in the living room, and the mattress on the floor of the bedroom with linens from HomeSense – complete with the packaging in the bathroom vanity.

But staging a CLOSET?  That’s really something.

“Those are staging hangers,” I told my client…


I’m not an engineer.

I’m not a nuclear physicist.

And I’m not a qualified home inspector.

But I don’t think this is the proper way to secure a fence that’s about to fall down and crush your child:


And last but not least, if you love feet as much as I do, maybe you love using other people’s greasy sandals!

I mean, I’m sure you understand…


Have a great long weekend, everybody!


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  1. Condodweller says:

    I’d hate to live next to that hoarder due to the fire hazard. The aerial antenna has nothing to do with internet speed. It’s used for OTA as discussed here before. Unless you like paying $100 per year for TV the antenna works nicely for free TV. I was watching HD digital channels for free before any of the utilities started with HD.

    I used to have a place that had a “den” twice the size of the one in the picture. It wasn’t called a den at the time but it was just big enough to fit a desk. The one on the plan is actually a den; it just happens to have a door to a bedroom at the back of it but then again I’m a glass is half full kind of guy.

    The backsplash is totally a personal choice. I don’t recall tiles coming with instructions that they must be installed horizontally. Someone decided to break from the norm and use mounting them vertically to create a feature because that’s what they like. It’s their house, who are we to judge. I actually like the second one, it looks like a Mediterranian terracotta style.

    Re the sign about the “greasy” sandals, I guess it just comes down to respect. I realize when people make comments they tend to start from their own perspective so if your sandals are greasy, it’s fair enough to assume everyone else’s are as well. I know one can be desensitized if they spend their days walking through other people’s homes on a daily basis. However one shouldn’t forget that it is still their home and they should be afforded some basic respect while one is there especially if they ask nicely (they did say please, and thank you) and went out of their way to make it possible to do what they ask. Even if one is not comfortable with using the provided sandals, it’s not difficult to understand the intent and spirit of the request so that one might comply without resorting to using the provided sandals. I assume they had a sign at the front door to please remove shoes, therefore, it would be really easy to pick up one’s shoes from the front door and put them on instead of the greasy sandals while on the balcony. Perhaps etiquette while showing someone’s home would be a good topic for a post. You could be a positive influence on future buyers and other agents and make the selling process a little less stressful for the owners.

    i realize this Friday post is meant to be funny and light-hearted, but it rubs me the wrong way when I see other people’s effort poo-poo-ed on.

    Happy Thanks Giving to everyone!

  2. Joe Q. says:

    David —

    (1) I think the issue with Kitec is not really the pipes, but the *fittings* (connectors), which were made of an unsuitable alloy and thus corrode and fail at an excessive rate.

    (2) Pot-lights: better hope that homeowner uses LED bulbs, as even with “low energy” halogens (35 W) those 35 pot-lights will use about as much electricity as a continuously running hairdryer.

  3. Libertarian says:

    At least the hoarders lawn is in decent shape, especially compared with the yard to the right. Or is that one house as opposed to two semis?

  4. IanC says:

    That’s not a fence support – it’s a racoon ramp !