Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part V

-  This is known as double tapping, and falls under home-inspection-defects-101. The circuit breaker shown below had two wires connected, but was only designed for one wire. ..More

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Problems with LP SmartSide® installations

- . Without a doubt, the most common installation error that I find with LP SmartSide® is missing paint at the cut edges.  The manufacturer requires all exposed surfaces to be primed and painted ..More

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How to find a great home inspector

-  I’m not going to say what web sites these are, so don’t ask :-). . * There are other online web sites that allow you to see ratings for home service providers, but the way that these service providers get work, and therefore get rated, is by paying money for every lead they get.  I truly believe that the best home service providers don’t need to use these services, so are not listed in their rating system ..More

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Attic inspections: opening sealed panels

-  That’s my story, always has been, and I’m sticking to it. . Should home inspectors open up “sealed” attic access panels?  Heck yes.  Every time, unless the owner or buyer specifically says not to ..More

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Using an infrared camera to find an overloaded circuit

- Aren’t infrared cameras great?  I think they’re great. .  This test doesn’t require the use of an infrared camera though; I’ve heard of some home inspectors using an infrared thermometer to slowly scan an electric panel to look for hot spots, but I’ve never had much luck with that myself ..More

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