Attic inspections: opening sealed panels

- . Attic access panels are typically never really “sealed” anyway; they’re just incidentally covered over with some type of ceiling texture as part of the construction process.  There are a bazillion things that can go wrong in attics, including new construction attics.  This should help to underscore the importance of attic inspections, especially on existing homes.   Remember, those were all defects on new homes.  Just click this link to see a bunch of photos showing attic defects in new construction homes ..More

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Who to trust: your home inspector or the seller

-  When someone disputes my findings, they’re usually wrong.  This doesn’t mean they will, but you can’t say they’re not biased. .  I’m a home inspector with no bias. The less selfish reason that I want my clients to tell me about any disputes is because I really am confident in my work, and I want to take care of my customers.  Home sellers, on the other hand, clearly have a financial interest to minimize or dispute issues that I find with their home.  I have no financial incentive to inflate a problem or minimize a problem ..More

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Shoe storage solution: a wall of shoes

- . My mother-in-law shared a facebook post with me, showing coat hooks mounted near the floor for shoe storage: ..More

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Problems with LP SmartSide® installations

-  Even when a gap is left here, it’s usually not what the manufacturer requires. . A 3/8″ gap is a BIG gap ..More

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Using an infrared camera to find an overloaded circuit

-  That generally applies to circuit breakers or wires over 140° Fahrenheit. .  The images below show a couple of nice examples of this. In some cases, however, we find wires or circuit breakers that are so hot that we don’t even bother testing the amperage; we just say it’s overheated, it’s a fire hazard, get it fixed ..More

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