Q&A: What’s the difference between home inspection organizations?

- I may send Debbie a private email explaining why I’m an active member and supporter of ASHI, but I’ve found that debating pros and cons of home inspection organizations gets home inspectors WAY more whipped up than politics or religion. .  I like to think of myself as a teacher; not as a preacher or a politician ..More

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Pre-Listing Inspections: How One Inspection Could Have Saved Over $13,000

- I’ve given many anecdotes of how home inspections done for sellers can help the whole transaction go smoothly, but I recently had a real estate agent share a story with me that tops ’em all. . This agent was an investor in this deal, and he tells the story in his own words: ..More

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Saddle valves: cheap, easy, and wrong

-  If not, this project will cost about twice as much by using a push fitting tee. To replace a saddle valve or tee off an existing water line, start by obtaining the needed parts. .  I’m assuming the saddle valve is connected to a ½” copper water line.  If you’re comfortable soldering copper tubing and you already have the equipment to do it, this project will cost about $10 ..More

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Q&A: Why is there a lock on my circuit breaker?

-  If the circuit breaker trips, the power will be cut off, regardless of whether or not the handle is allowed to move. . So anyways, getting back to the original question, the simple answer is that this lockout device will not interfere with the operation of the circuit breaker.  To demonstrate, I installed a circuit breaker lockout at my own panel and made a little video clip.  Check it out ..More

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Exposed light bulbs in closets

- . The diagram below, used with permission from the fine folks at CodeCheck, shows the current requirements for lights in closets based on the NEC ..More

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