The Spider Under the Floor
This is one where the more you look the worse it gets. Yes, that T-joint is really just tape (and it's upside-down). Thanks to user a-cat-named-OJ on the social media site Reddit for the image.
Like a Train Wreck in the Mechanical Room
I don't think an installation can possibly be this bad right off the bat. I think this is a succession of ill-equipped, uninformed, lazy people trying to address a cascading series of problems, each only making the situation worse than it was before.
Found on the FaceBook page of Outlaw Mechanical with the caption, "Wish they would have chose Outlaw the first time." Wise words.
No Tee? No Problem!
This is about as basic as bad plumbing gets. Last-job-on-a-Friday type of stuff. Out of sight, out of mind--until the problems start. Thanks to user in33daj33p on the social media site Reddit for the image.
Lazy, Sloppy, and Just Maybe Lethal
It's easy to laugh at an installation like this—I mean, the expansion tank is unsecured and looks like it's been connected with garden hose—but then you notice the uncapped gas line. Dangerous stuff. Thanks to user DaSnookGuy23 on the social media site Reddit for the image.
Plumbing by Dr. Seuss
Yes, those flexible connectors sure are a time-saver. Of course, this installation is going to be clogged up half the time, and probably stink up the kitchen the entire time, but you DID manage to save a few minutes.
Thanks for the picture goes to user WheresYourWife on the social media site Reddit.
Well, they were kind enough to label it
I mean, at least they marked the "hot" and "cold" supply, right? Means they're trying? I guess? And it's kind of sort of like they marked the fitting depth, too. Effort.
Thanks for the image goes to user Ijustwanttomakeaname on the social media site Reddit.
Are you SURE I need to replace that water heater?
I don't think I've ever seen such a bad case of corrosion go unchecked for so long. Proof positive some homeowners will ignore a problem well past the point of crisis.
Thanks for the picture to Tipton Plumbing via Twitter.
Breaking code requirements by trying to meet code requirements
This was a bit of a head-scratcher for us. Our speculation is that this is a public bathroom that requires hot water, and the tiny tank water heater was the cheapest thing the installer could find.
BUT, because of where it's placed the sink is no longer ADA-compliant. Back to the drawing board! Thanks for the picture goes to user iamnomoney on the social media site Reddit.
Whoever installed this water heater discovered they didn't have room for the draft hood, so they just left it on top of the unit without installing it! An inefficient, hazardous set-up from day one.
Thanks to the good people at inspectapeida.com for the image.
How do you light a toilet on fire?!?
Turns out, the answer is a plastic toilet and unattended candles. A straight forward pull-and-replace job, so not the worst thing to walk in on, but pretty shocking all the same.
Thanks to user 1111race22112 on the social media site Reddit for the image.
If it looks that ugly, it's probably wrong
I'm not saying the prettier a piping job is the better it will work, but you have to admit there's a strong correlation. This may get the water from A to B, but it's going to cause nothing but problems over the long-term.
Thanks to user adub_ya on the social media site Reddit for the pic.
Everything but the kitchen sink -- under the sink
Believe it or not, this actually passed both the county inspection and the buyers inspection.
There's a LOT going on here -- the trap is in the way of the disposal, for one thing -- but kitchen island venting likely contributed to the problem.
Snaked right through the side of the pipe
Some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning. This plumber was peaceably snaking out a clogged line when he heard a sudden crunch. A quick inspection of the basement found he'd punched right through some very old, corroded pipes.
Thanks to user SeanRays on the social media site Reddit for the picture.
Nipples you don't want to see
And why, you may ask, are the nipples on the top of this water heater pointing towards each other? Because the tank is bulging like a balloon from the thermal expansion just below - Yikes!
They cut a few corners in Panama City
This photo comes from a reader down in Panama City, Republic of Panama.
I think maybe this one time I'll just let the picture speak for itself.
Do you really need five manifolds?
This photo was sent in by Kenny Down of Cool Air Mechanical. Kenny was at the home to install a dehumidifier when he came across this piping "upgrade". Perhaps the installer was some kind of frustrated artist? Thanks for the pic, Kenny.
It just makes no real sense. Why have the vent outside the wall instead of a sanitary tee inside the wall? From Reddit user alexanderbopp.
One for the DIY'ers
From Reddit user utidl46, we get this lovely picture of a job done by someone who wanted to do-it-yourself. He explained that "There's a cracks between the giant blob of solder and the cast iron pipe. It's been like this for over 20 years. ... But it didn't though that solder cracked off within a year of that person doing it and the insulation is soaked all the way up to the top of the cabinet and that Leak is on the floor. I can't even imagine what is happening behind the wall in the basement."
Super Mario World
Every time we see PVC piping gone crazy we wonder, was it poor planning, or poor execution? Either way, these results are more something Mario the plumber should be jumping through than a licensed plumber should be putting their name to.
The sit sideways toilet
No, there's nothing special in the design of this toilet — but you still have to sit sideways to use it! Also, you have to step over it to get to the shower. Many thanks for the image from the good people at www.thisoldhouse.com.
How NOT to install a disposer
Well, first there's the near-insane use of PVC -- but that's par for the course for hack jobs like this. Then there's the lack of clean-outs -- which really doesn't much matter since all of this needs to be ripped out.
For some reason what REALLY gets me is that black electrical tape junction box. It's the little things that surprise you.
Thanks to user SupplyHouseTeam on the social media site Reddit.
Shoddy gas line
Our friend Jason Shadowen, Electrical Detectives, Energy, Illinois, posted this photo from Fowler Heating & Cooling, Marion, Illinois. Fowler went to a home where an 87-year-old man had asked a contractor to run some new gas line for him. Instead of running it under the house in the basement, they ran it along the outside of the house and used the hose bib for a pipe hanger. Fowler says that it encounters this kind of shoddy work on a daily basis.
"Neat"? Not so much
"Neat" was the title of the Reddit post where user combateer posted this picture. It's...quite the opposite, as nothing in here looks the least bit sanitary.
A rope-hung urinal
This homeowner got all fancy when hooking up this basement urinal: hung from the ceiling by ropes, plumbed with a hose, and drained into another hose hook up. Why not just use the sink? Photo from Ken Meyer, ACI, Portico Home Inspection LLC
Portland, OR, and courtesy of The ASHI Reporter.
Failed relief valve? No problem!
All you have to do is elevate your water heater a couple feet off the floor and put the drainage bucket on a pulley connected to the ball tap. Bucket fills, sinks, tap shuts off. Problem solved -- and you didn't have to spent $20-$40 on a new relief valve!
Thanks to user coldism on the social media site Reddit.
PEX tubing gone wild!
Imagine coming across a system like this. Then imagine having to fix it! The unenviable task went to John Adams, Adams Plumbing & Heating. Thanks for the pic, John.
Awful, awful water heater install
Here at the Nightmares Gallery we've seen some terrible things done with braided hose pipe, and some abominable misuses of PVC pipe, but even innocuous (insulated) threaded copper pipe can make for a horrible outcome when the installer doesn't know what they're doing. Found on Pinterest from Kevin Szabo Jr. Plumbing (who probably had to fix the problem).
Three traps -- no waiting!
Sometimes, it seems with hack jobs like they just put together whatever they had in the bag at the time and called it a day.
Thanks for the image goes to user coolhandluke45 on the social media site Reddit.
Job not well done
This mess of a picture comes from Reddit user lookatthatsquirrel, who said "Yes. This is the manifold painted. I'm the electrician on the job, but I did plumbing for a good part of my early career. The service is pretty close to the boiler and water heater. While we were pulling feeds, I noticed the dope. I always hated dope, rather just use tape instead. A lot easeier to keep neat and was always taught that it was easier to get the fittings apart later. I will probably be a smartass next time they are there and ask if they ran out or bought stock."
The customer wanted to know if this boiler was fixable. Umm, no. Photo courtesy of Tony Hilliard, Area51HVAC.com.
Just because you're using flexible plastic piping in an application is no excuse for this kind of work.
Solvent weld wipeout
Dude, it's PVC pipe, not brain surgery. Why is this so hard?
Just tear it all out and start over!
From what little sense I can make of this installation there are at least two T&P valves and an expansion tank. So... what? Maybe a solar system that got installed then disconnected? Whatever the real story is, it's a prime example of cutting corner after corner until all that's left is a mess. Tear the whole thing out and start over. Thanks to user sikjonas on the social media site Reddit for the photo.
Never let an electrician install your plumbing!
The former owner of this house, an electrician, decided to do his own plumbing. The installation includes found abs, conduit, thin wall PVC, sch 40 PVC and a piece of concrete pipe. Thanks to user nedreck89 on the social media site Reddit.
Even more fun with PVC!
It's gotten to the point we could do an entire gallery just out of bad PVC piping. Did they run out of more appropriate sections, do you think? Or did they just not care?
I guess an installation like this means an extra square foot or so of shelf space — but you do have to work off the assumption you'll never ever have to open the top of the toilet tank. Credit to the folks at lightersideofrealestate.com for the pic.
Leaky pipe? No problem!
Just jam some toilet paper rolls in there. This photo from a club in Las Vegas courtesy of Sr. Content Producer Candace Roulo.
Some days, it's a struggle to stay out of your own way. Photo from Melanie McLean Aldrich via Mechanical-Hub.com.
This picture and story come from Reddit user Dleslie212, who said: "This customer had a remodel done on his house about five years ago. Apparently, the plumbers taped together a few peices of pex and tried to use them to fish a test ball from the manhole right outside his garage upstream to a wye, and then forgot to mention that they left the pex lines inside his sewer line." Visit here for more pics: http://www.reddit.com/r/Plumbing/comments/2ujdka/fun_job_of_the_day/
There had to be a more efficient way to pipe this. Well, at least they painted the pipes to match the walls.
THIS is the only cleanout in the house?!?
Who in their right mind puts the only cleanout in the house right above the fuse box? To be fair, the fault might lie with the electrical contractor, but it looks as if the line was run after the fuse box was installed.
The plumber who had to fix this nightmare ended up pulling the toilet to snake the line, and then moving the cleanout. Picture credit goes to user Johnthemox on the social media site Reddit.