My favorite tool: the Milwaukee M12 FUEL™ 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver

-  I used to just wear a tool belt with a tool pouch during my inspections, but now I also use a drill holster so I always have this drill by my side.  Even if I have small projects that I’m working on inside my house, I go out to my truck and grab the impact driver. This little cutie isn’t the first impact driver I’ve owned, but it’s without a doubt the best. .  I can’t live without it.  I’ve gotten so spoiled with this thing that I basically refuse to use my screwdriver for anything.  I need the impact driver ..More

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47 Home Inspection Issues in Under 3 Minutes, Explained

- I’m using a Protimeter Surveymaster moisture meter in the scan mode to identify a leaking tiled shower. .  As I get my moisture meter close to the shower, the indicator light turns red, indicating the subfloor is wet ..More

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When HRVs suck on both sides, it’s a safety hazard

-  If so, have an HVAC contractor fix it. My advice to homeowners, home inspectors, and HVAC contractors is to check HRV exhaust terminals for dirt and debris, as shown in the photo at the top of this blog post. .  This is a clear tipoff that the HRV is sucking air into the home through the exhaust.  The next step should be to turn the HRV off, turn the furnace blower fan on, and then see if the HRV exhaust terminal is pulling air into the home by repeating the test that I showed in the video above ..More

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DIY urinal installation, my tale of woe

- So that’s what the two junction boxes at the ceiling are all about.   Lesson learned: look twice, drill once. ..More

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Exposed light bulbs in closets

- Electrical inspectors, electrical snobs, electrical purists, and about 90% of the home inspectors that I know will argue that if this product is simply screwed into a porcelain lampholder that is rated for incandescent bulbs, it’s not meeting the electrical code and is not an acceptable repair.  After all, if it was that simple, wouldn’t an even easier repair be to replace an exposed incandescent bulb with a CFL or LED bulb?  I suppose so, but in both of those cases it seems like the exposed bulb would be damaged far too easily and possibly be replaced with an exposed incandescent bulb. ..More

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