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Santa Won’t Be Visiting These Homes: Home Inspector Nightmares, Holiday Edition

Santa's got a big job, and these homeowners made it a heck of a lot tougher.

Santa lost his bootCourtesy Structure Tech

Santa lost his boot

No, this isn't a trash can. I think a good chimney cleaning is in order. Check out these funny (and heartwarming) stories of kids meeting Santa.

Pillars of the earthCourtesy Structure Tech

Pillars of the earth

Lots of bad bricks here that a little tuckpointing may have prevented. At least it matches the rest of the chimney.

Liberty BellCourtesy Structure Tech

Liberty Bell

It's cracked like the Liberty Bell. This cracked chimney liner needs to be repaired to prevent a chimney fire! Check out these hilarious and wacky holiday gifts people really received.

Brick Work Gone BadCourtesy Structure Tech

Brick work gone bad

Some repairs are so neat and well-executed that you barely even notice them. Not this one, though.

Boy-O-Boy!Courtesy Structure Tech

Boy oh boy...

Not only is this chimney badly deteriorated, it's almost completely missing any clay or metal liner. This is the poster child for why you should have your chimney inspected. Get a laugh from these hilarious letters to Santa from real kids.

What's wrong?Courtesy Structure Tech

What's wrong?

Let me count the ways...broken chimney cap, missing mortar and bricks, all that's gonna cause a few leaks. This chimney needs some major repairs.

Toboggan ice-dam solutionCourtesy Structure Tech

Toboggan ice-dam solution

Granted, this is quite a clever setup. But it seems like it might be less work to just fix the ice-dam problem! This odd fix is right up there with these 25 funny and relatable Christmas family photos.

Walking in the winter wonderlandCourtesy Structure Tech

Walking in a winter wonderland

If only the squirrels living in the soffits would quit using this vent to drain their bathwater...I guess they just don’t understand ice dams.

Grow your own hardware clothCourtesy Structure Tech

Grow your own hardware cloth

Keeping rodents out of your chimney is important. But there are actually store-bought solutions for adding chimney caps that work better. Here are some more photos of home improvement fails that will make you cringe.

Water runs uphill right?Courtesy Structure Tech

Water runs uphill, right?

If so, the shingles are upside down. Gutters and downspouts are generally at the bottom of eaves.

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Originally Published on The Family Handyman