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As funny as that phrase sounds, it has more than a ring of truth. It is exactly how I felt recently pulling up to a house for an inspection. The address hadn't rung a bell, but now sitting in the driveway I recalled the property. I was able to determine I had inspected the house six years ago. Si...
Anyone over twenty, well maybe a little older, may remember the Great Karnak, a character portrayed by the legendary Johnny Carson. Karnak was a seer, a prognosticator of magnificent skill. By holding an envelope to his forehead, Karnak could recite the answer to the question on the card sealed i...
When given our first key as a young person, spontaneously we lose it. Is it any wonder so many kids have a key dangling from their necks. You search the house, frantically lifting and turning every object within arms reach. You swore you left them hanging from a hook on the wall in your room. Now...
I recently wrote a post about a flipped property with a very uniquely flashed chimney. This infamous chimney was also itself repaired with similar quality workmanship. The crown had been rebuilt and perhaps new chimney liners installed at the top portion of the chimney. As everyone knows, a chimn...
When speaking with prospective clients, if there is one word that makes me groan, not necessarily out loud, it's the word flip. As in the house is a flip. This four letter word can be cleverly disguised in other forms, such as rehabbed or remodeled, but it ain't fooling me. What a flip means to m...
People can lose their temper for a plethora of reasons. From the mundane to the strange, what burns someone's wick down to ignition can run from mysterious to obvious. One can not always know what might "set someone off". Something that gets under my skin as a home inspector is inspector myth. My...
An old poem tells of a progression of events leading to a lost battle that begins from the lack of a nail. The lesson is that from humble beginnings a huge disaster may be set. There is much truth in that logic. Walking the exterior of a single story ranch house recently, I noticed staining on a ...
Grouping like things together would seem to make sense, at least in most instances. In a house the pipes and wires are more or less grouped together for convenience of installation and function. When electric wires are installed in a house, not unlike pipe, certain rules apply. The rules or codes...
Lately here in Connecticut the weather has been described as steamy. Not outrageously hot, it's the tropical humidity that the makes the air heavy, sticky and just plain uncomfortable. Steam is also still used for heat in many homes here in Connecticut. I often find new and old boilers set up to ...