El Dorado Hills - Homes & News - DeeDee Riley Realtor: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Door Locks

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Door Locks

Crutch - noun - /krutch/ - a long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support by a lame person.

My first introduction to a crutch was in reading Uncle Wiggily books as a small child.  He had a barber pole crutch to help with his rheumatism, and was never without it.

I was pretty sure I knew what a crutch is used for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you did too, we were both wrong!

Yesterday, on a home inspection with AR's Renee Montgomery, we ran into this.

Oh, it's a long stick, with a crosspiece at the top, but in this case it does not support a lame person.

And it's working pretty well!

The door on the left had the hardware still in place to lock the door.

But the right door had no hardware, and since the garage door opener was disconnected and not operating, there was no way to lock the door.  An enterprising person, with a vision for multi-use, found this crutch somewhere in the house and put it to use.  And it works great!

When a house is for sale it is not a good idea to have an unlocked door.  Too inviting!

When is a door not a door?  When it's ajar!  And ajar, it's an invitation...

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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Comment balloon 32 commentsJay Markanich • December 31 2010 08:02AM

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Whatever works! Thanks. 

Posted by Jane Jensen (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 8 years ago

I've always assumed there had to be some good use for those things after their initial use. Can't get rid of them at rummage sales and the thrift stores don't want them. Considering what the hospital charges for them it's a pretty expensive lock but at least it's doing something usefull.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Jay. Never a dull moment...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

That's right Jane - if it works!  And in this case it did!

Bob - wow, I've never tried to get rid of one!  But now I know what else they are good for.

Michael - no, and that hardwood crutch was solid and a great fit!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay,

Gotta appreciate ingenuity that does not involve destroying the house.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) almost 8 years ago

Jay, love the title of your post and the photo is just perfect...you made me smile.  Thanks and Happy new Year.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) almost 8 years ago

I agree Mike!  No harm, no foul. 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay - this is great. 

Posted by Mark Woodward, We bring the flooring store to your door (Floor Coverings International) almost 8 years ago

And, Rene, I had that exact Uncle Wiggily book!

Well, Mark, at least the crutch is a good hardwood, I think maple!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Great idea.  Makes for a great conversation piece.  Cute photo for the inspection report. 

Posted by Renee Marrs Caperton, Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate (Marrs & Associates) almost 8 years ago

Well.  I admit to being "garage door challenged".  That said, I wonder if the original use for that crutch might have been caused by another home owner "fix".

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Renee - this was just a fun post.  But it does show how things can be used otherwise!

Lenn - I could have another post today about how accidents often aren't "accidents," but set ups!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay, they may also be a good "back-up" if the Billy Chews" don't work.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) almost 8 years ago

Now some of those Choose Yer Chews! would have been perfect!  What were they thinking with that stupid crutch?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Looks like the home owner really got a "leg up" on that one! Ha!

Posted by Sam Fischer almost 8 years ago

Good one!

It's a bummer, Sam, when you need a crutch even to do the simplest things...    ;)

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

And here I was thinking "ingenuity"!  Gotta think someone would have taken that down for a Home Inspection and maybe -- just maybe, would have already fixed the door . . .

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

And spoil the fun Tish?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay - Homeowner "creativity" never ceases to amaze.  I guess it's better than just nailing it shut.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) almost 8 years ago

Hard to nail a metal garage door John.  But just some hardware is all that is needed.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay,

A great bit screwdriver is popular for jamming the garage door mechanism too.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Jay, I have heard of a making a "crutch for a lame duck."  So this is most likely a "crutch for a lame door."

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 8 years ago

The west coast is on line!

I actually see that a lot Steve, but this was so unique I thought I would have some fun.

Charlie - and in keeping with the true definition of crutch!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Thi s is both ingenius and utter stupidity.  Very creative problem solving but stupid to leave that way when house ins on the market.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 8 years ago

Well, Debbie, I don't know the history of this house.  I don't think it is bank owned, but the sellers have not been there for some time.  It might be that the Realtor had to creatively lock the door, and I couldn't resist the fun post!

Renee may know more than I!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

That is a novel use for a crutch! Wishing you and your entire family a wonderful 2011!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

So that is what you are supposed to do with crutches after your knee surgery! I have a pair of aluminum ones, do you think they would work as well as a wooden one?

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) almost 8 years ago

Barbara-Jo - thanks and the same to you and yours!

Cynthia - apparently!  I am sure that aluminum would do just as well!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

All I can say is WOW!!!  Amazing what people use!   My Mom and Dad lived in their home for 32 years before we convinced them to move!   It took Dad about 4 months to get everything finished....he had an incredible knack for doing everything handymanitis like...and most was only finished 95% of the way!    he has learned in this new home that it is better to do it right the first time and then be dne than to have to go back later on! 

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) almost 8 years ago

Deborah - if it works for you it is fine.  But maybe not good to sell it to someone else!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Well I guess, it saves them paying to get it fixed!!!!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 8 years ago

I imagine the leg that needed that crutch was more expensive than the garage door DeeDee!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

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