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The WOW Factor - A Shocking Situation

The wow factor – a shocking situation

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The wow factor – a shocking situation

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You never know what you’ll find when you start poking behind the walls. Jim Melnik, owner of Before & After Home Improvement in Timmins, Ont., was in for a shock when he was called in to replace a bathroom exhaust fan. When he peered into the crawlspace to access the old one he spotted four uncapped electrical connections.

“Not only were there open connections but the box that the power was taken from had been drywalled over so it was not accessible. To make matters worse, cardboard boxes and old papers were stored around the opening just waiting to catch fire.”

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The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

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The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

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Fred Feyen of Feyen Construction in Chatham, Ont., shares this weighty story.

While doing some interior renovations at a client’s home a few years back, I noticed a significant sag in the centre of the garage roof. My curiosity got the best of me so I grabbed a ladder, lifted the attic access lid, and got the shock of my life. Sitting on three trusses in the centre of the attic was a pallet of 300 bricks weighing about 2,000 lbs.

Apparently the previous owner built an addition years’ earlier and decided to save the extra bricks, storing them right in the middle of the garage attic, pulling the trusses down. To top it off, there was a beautiful sports car sitting in the garage right underneath the bricks.

The solution was an easy fix: His two teenage sons were recruited to remove the bricks immediately.

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The WOW Factor

The WOW Factor

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The WOW Factor

Illustration: Brett Lamb

When we first saw this photo from Joey Biasucci of SalDan Construction Group in Toronto, we almost couldn’t believe it was real. Alas, it was all too real.

It’s insane what goes on in our business. The owners had paid for this more than a year earlier. It was a two-storey home with three kids living in the home. And, yes, the stroller was being stored right there! I remember saying to the owner that if it’s not me that does this job, make sure someone fixes this! And he looked at me like I was crazy, like there was nothing wrong with it. Unreal!

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