Whether you are a home inspector or not most people would not have any trouble identifying the object pictured below. It is of course, a simple ordinary nail-set.
Today’s exercise is more about entertaining you with an exceptionally “inventive” and “unorthodox” use of a nail-set. A use that would not likely be the first thing one would think of as a solution for such a problem.
Being a recovering New England Yankee, the concept of finding a workable solution to almost any problem utilizing unlikely materials is not foreign to me. I have seen leaking pipes duct taped, I have seen pipes patched with clamps and gaskets, and I have seen wood driven into holes in pipes.
This was however, the only time I have ever seen a nail set driven into a hole in a pipe.
This solution has obviously worked for a long time—-and who can argue with success. Given that this is a plumbing vent pipe instead of a drain pipe likely accounts for some of the success of this unorthodox solution.
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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