This is the world’s largest flashlight. It was built by German electronics company Zweibrüder Optoelectronics GmbH & Co. The 100,000-lumen flashlight is just over 13 feet long and 3 feet in diameter. It has 19 LEDs, which are 13 times more efficient than the equivalent 250 conventional light bulbs. Visit Inspector Outlet for the best deals on LED flashlights.
This fireplace is in The Old Shute Barton House in England. Its hearth is 10 feet deep. It is described as “so large that two oxen could be roasted at once.” The non-fortified medieval manor was built in 1380. Take InterNACHI’s free, online “How to Inspect Fireplaces, Stoves, and Chimneys” course.
This is the Alexandria Spite House in Virginia. This historic 325-square-foot home on Queen Street in Alexandria’s Old Town is only 7 feet wide and 25 feet deep. A “spite” house is often a building constructed or modified to create obstructions. This spite home was built by John Hollensbury in 1830. Hollensbury owned an adjacent home and was disturbed by horse-drawn wagons making their way through the alley running between his and his neighbor’s homes.
This is one of the first thermal imaging cameras used for home inspections. It cost $40,000 in 1972 (about a quarter million dollars in today’s money). It is on display at the Inspection Museum in Boulder, Colorado.
This is 22-karat gold toilet paper. This 3-ply toilet paper is produced by Toilet Paper Man, a company in Australia. Each roll sells for $1.3 million. Take InterNACHI’s free, online “Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors” course.
In 2014, Janice Gould and her partner Rick Cooper of Port au Choix, Newfoundland, Canada abandoned their home because it was so buried in snow that only the very top of the roof was visible. According to InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice, a home inspector is not required to remove snow, ice, debris or other conditions that prohibit the observation of the roof surfaces.
This is the first modern clothes washing machine. It was made in 1920 by the Laun-DRY-ette company and is still fully functional. It is on display at the Inspection Museum in Boulder, Colorado.
These steep roofs are in Vleuterweide, The Netherlands. Roofs tend to be steeper in northern climates to keep heavy snow from building up. Take InterNACHI’s free, online "Certified Drone Pilot Training" course."
“Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection” is the best-selling home maintenance book of all time. It is in its 11th edition and has sold more than 2.4 million copies. It costs $2.70 each, and there is no extra charge for a home inspector to have his or her own customized cover. Order “Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection” today.
This is the world’s longest seamless gutter. It’s 456 feet long and was installed in 2012 on the Fortune Building in Saginaw Township by M&M Seamless Gutters of Essexville, Michigan. Take InterNACHI’s free, online “How to Inspect the Exterior” course.
This is the largest residential swimming pool in the U.S. It is just outside of Houston. The pool’s owner, Mike Mobley, paid $3 million to have it installed. It has slides, waterfalls, a bar, a rock climbing wall, rope swings, and even a lazy river. And, no, it is not open to the public. Take InterNACHI’s free, online “How to Inspect Pools and Spas” course.
This Eveready flashlight was patented between 1894 and 1899, making it one of the very first battery-powered portable flashlights. It is on display at the Inspection Museum in Boulder, Colorado.
A house in Clinton, New Jersey, was discovered to have the highest indoor levels of radon in the U.S. Radon levels in the house reached 7,000 picocuries per liter. A person exposed to such high levels of radon suffers the same risk of contracting lung cancer as if he or she smoked 350 packs of cigarettes a day. Take InterNACHI’s free, online “Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider” course.
This is the world’s tallest tripod orchard ladder. Constructed primarily of wood, the ladder stands 30 feet and 2 inches high and weighs approximately 500 pounds. It is used at the Dickenson Family Farm in Summerland, British Columbia. Take InterNACHI’s free, online video “Ladder Safety” course.
This house has more defects than any other home in the world. It is InterNACHI’s House of Horrors® Home Inspector Training Facility, which is an actual house built inside a commercial building. The house contains thousands of built-in defects. Inspectors can go through the house, the attics, and the crawlspaces to learn how to recognize defects. The House of Horrors® Home Inspector Training Facility is open every weekday and is located in Boulder, Colorado.
The Vortex House was created by artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. They turned two abandoned homes in Houston, Texas, into a mind-bending art installation known as “Inversion.” Using wooden boards from the outside of the houses, they created a large funnel-like vortex that runs in between the two houses. The homes have since been demolished.
Certified Master Inspector® is the home inspection industry’s highest professional designation. All Certified Master Inspectors® have completed at least 1,000 fee-paid inspections and/or hours of training and education combined, have been in the inspection business for at least three years, abide by the inspection industry’s toughest Code of Ethics, and agree to submit to periodic criminal background checks. Find a Certified Master Inspector®.