home inspector: Baker Home Inspection Eyes For Today Bad Circuit Breaker - 02/06/09 11:52 PM

 
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What will we find, during your Home Inspection?

We don't want to find FPE Stab-Lok Circuit Breaker's being used

 
 
 
 
Don't let this happen in your home
When a Home Inspector comes along a FPE Electric Service Panel, it can put them in a difficult situation. When doing a whole Inspection of a home. You see these panels do perform their intended function, … (7 comments)

home inspector: My over due Book MeMe - 01/01/09 12:01 AM

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I was tagged for this Book MeMe, back on 24 Nov. by my frirnd Robin Scott, she is a very nice lady.


 If you'll cilk on Robin's photo, it'll take you to meet her. You won't be soory you did.
Robin forgive me for being so late postten this post.




I have had this book seting on my disk from the day I was tagged.



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home inspector: Can a Home Inspector determine! - 06/28/08 10:07 PM
 

 
 
 
 
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You may ask if there is a way a Home Inspector can determine if the moisture that he or she finds is from seepage or from conensation.
The answer would be yes, your inspector could tape a small mirror, plastic, or even some aluminum foil to the surface of the foundation of the home, ether the inspector or the client can go back to the home several days later to see if there is any moisture on the surface of the material … (3 comments)

home inspector: The Inspection of the Basement - 06/27/08 06:49 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
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You just maybe wondering, how much time it takes for the basement inspection, by your Home Inspector.
Will it really depends on a lot of things. Like the extent of the basement area (the overall size of it), how much difficulty there is to moving about in the basement, the amount of and the type of equipment there is, if there are any crawlspaces that also have to be checked, there is always the thing with how accessible the home owner … (14 comments)

home inspector: An important part of living green! Claremont, New Hampshire - 06/01/08 03:08 AM

 
 
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You and your family should enjoy the outdoors
A very important part of living in a green home is to appreciating why you went to all the effort to create a home that would sit lightly on the land, and compliment Mother Earth. Whether it be weeding your flower garden, enjoying a meal outdoors with your family, reading a fine book on your front porch, or even working on your laptop under a tree in the backyard.
Being outdoors will put you in … (46 comments)

home inspector: Some strategies for avoiding moisture problems in your home - 05/31/08 11:41 PM

 
 
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Eliminate moisture sources in your home, by never drying firewood indoors.
It's also not good to have too many houseplants in the living areas of your home.
Install quiet bathroom fans and be sure to use they when useing the shower. If your bathroom fan is too noisy, you and your family are very unlikely to use it.
Install a kitchen range heed fan that exhausts to the outside of your home. The best one is a variable speed model that is quiet … (26 comments)

home inspector: Home Comfort without cooling the air - 05/31/08 10:53 PM

 
 
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When useing air conditioning in your home, you shouls keep in mind that comfort is what you and your family is after, and not a specific air temperature. To help reduce your air conditioning needs, one strategy to do this is to raise your own comfort level. By dressing in light clothing will help to some extent during warm weather days. If you use, ceiling fans and or portable room fans will help provide the airflow that will evaporate moisture from your skin … (20 comments)

home inspector: You may have a Claim to Receive Benefits - 05/26/08 09:08 PM

 
 
 
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If you own a home or other structure that has Polybutylene Plumbing was used in it.
You just may be eligible to receive benefits from a Class Action Settlement, thats been approved by the Chancery Court in Obion County, Tennessee. The case is entitled Cox vs. Shell Oil Company. This lawsuit was brought to court on the behalf of homeowners that has polybutylene plumbing in their homes.
You could be eligible for relief ifen your home has polybutylene plumbing pipe that has insert … (11 comments)

home inspector: Memorial Day, Do you know the Rules for the Displaying of our Flag! - 05/26/08 12:05 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 I well give my life to Protect Our Flag!
 On any given day or given time!
God Bless The U.S.A.
 


 The Continental Navy used this Flag.





 
 





































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home inspector: Common Defects that can be found in a Steam Heating System/Homebuyers - 05/24/08 10:22 PM

 
 
 
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The radiators are pitched the wrong way
The radiator's air vent has been painted or dirt has plugged it
The radiator supply valve is leaking
The radiator is not located on an outside wall
The radiator is cracked, and leaks when it's on
The radiator has been disconnected
The low water cut off valve is mired in mud and sludge
The low water cut off valve is leaking or has extensive rusting
The water sight glass is too high or too low
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home inspector: What makes up a good Electrical System in a home Springfield Vermont - 05/22/08 10:37 PM

 
 
 
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The following list is considered a minimal what a good Electrical System should consist of. I most of the country.
 
A minimum of 100 amp, 220 volt service for a single family home. ( a 200 amp is really better to have now a day's)
Two or more 20 amp kitchen appliance circuits
In a kitchen an outlet is required at each counter area thats wider than 12", they shoud be GFCI
A 20 amp circuit for the laundry room, exclusive for the draer outlet
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home inspector: A little on Siding on a home: Springfield Vermont - 05/21/08 10:19 PM

 
 
 
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No matter how much a contractor or a salesperson trys to persuade you that siding is perfect, there's just no such thing as the perfect siding. All of them have advantages and disadvantages, and they all deteriorat at some point. Just some faster than others.
It's up to your Home Inspector to determine if the deterioration is significant enough to note to you.
For example, minor hairline cracks just a few inches long are typically ignored or written up as cosmetic. If there … (3 comments)

home inspector: Potentential Cross Connection Problem with Well Heads: New Hampshire / Vermont - 05/19/08 10:26 PM

 
 
 
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One common problem is when the top of a well casing has been cut below the ground lvel and buried. When this has been done it's just about impossible to get a good seal in a steel well casing underground. Most well drillers cut the last section of casing with a torch that burns it off, this will not give a clean cut.
Now this puts a lot of slag on the linner side of the casing, when it's done this way the … (3 comments)

home inspector: Laundry tub faucet with a hose hook up on it: New Hampshire / Vermont - 05/18/08 09:36 PM

 
 
 
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The laundry room faucet is another hose hook up connection that typically gets overlooked by Town, city and county inspector's. Such a faucet with a large tub underneath it can easily become a cross connection. All a owner would have to do is place a short piece of hose on the hook up and leave the end of the hose lying in the bottom of the laundry tub. Whatever is in the tub, like ink dye to any toxic chemicals that may have … (7 comments)

home inspector: Outside hose faucet's: Vermont / New Hampshire - 05/17/08 10:25 PM

 
 
 
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There are two outside hose faucet's that can present you a potential cross-connection problem. The through the outside wall faucet and any yard faucet's there may be.
Lots of folk's well use the outside faucet to spray their insecticides and to fertilizers on their lawn. A cross-connection from one of these faucet with out any kind of back-flow prevent er, can end up affecting more than a single home in an area.
Just about any town or city has a horror storie concerning … (7 comments)

home inspector: Cross-Connections, Part 1: New Hampshire / Vermont - 05/17/08 08:22 PM




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One way folk's can get typhoid is by it being spread by sewage contaminating their water used for drinking or to wash their food and dishes. Typhoid is one os several water transmitted diseases that can spread from sloppy plumbing practices that is created by a cross- connection.
Knowing what to look for will bring cross-connection problems to light before a family tragedie can occur. This very often overlooked inspection of the home, is one of the most important your Home Inspector should do.
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home inspector: Cross-Connections - 05/17/08 01:51 AM


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You may be asking just what is a cross-connection.
It's a physical connection from something that contains potable water to something that holds nonpotable water. This gives you the potential for water contamination.
The most common cross-connection problems now a days homes bring in sewage, herbicides, insecticides, and garden fertilizer to your drinking water system. However a cross-connection dose not have to involve potable water.
Two problems have to occur at the same time before your water supply can become contaminated. A … (6 comments)

home inspector: Bath Tubs with a fill spout inside the tub - 05/14/08 09:37 PM

 
 
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On some old fashion bath tubs, the fill spout is located inaide the bath tub. The problem with this, is that you don't have the required 1 inch gap between the spout and the overflow area. If the spout can be under the water in the tub, then it can siphon anything surrounding it back into the water lines.
Because the overflow drain of the tub is below the spout, most folk's think there's not going to be a problem with this setup, but … (11 comments)

home inspector: If You have a Spring Fed Water Source: New Hampshire / Vermont - 05/13/08 02:15 PM

 
 
 
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The idea of having pure spring water fed into your home can be an appealing one for sure, but it is not without it's potential drawbacks. Spprings can be relatively easy to contaminate, as some very nice folk's found out, that called me to do an Inspection of at their home.
Family member's of the home had been geting sick. Their Doctor said their problem had to do with the water. When I got to the home, the first thing I did was go right to … (15 comments)

home inspector: If You are Buying a Home with a Private Sewer System: New Hampshire / Vermont - 05/08/08 09:07 PM

 
 
 
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First Time Home Buyer's and Home Buyer's, Here are some things to do and not to do, for a private sewer system.
 
Do
 Have the cesspool pumped out on an annual basis.
Have the septic system pumped out every two to three years.
Have the system inspected on an annual basis.
Know the location of the inspection covers of your tank.
Always conserve water.
Have the system maintained.
 
Don'ts
Be sure not to overload the system with extra water from your washer.
If you … (13 comments)

 
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