Home Improvement

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By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 26
     On July 4 of this year I stepped into my garage and felt that familiar squish on the rug at the foot of the steps that told me my water heater had sprung a leak. Drats! I could think of better things to do on the 4 July than to change out a water heater. Thank goodness, the big box stores we...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 8
  Let's Be Clear Sir, Your Concrete Deck is Rotted.   No one likes to hear that they have dry rot in their deck structure or home but it is best to find out early. I got a call from someone who did her research and found me on the internet while searching for lightweight concrete deck contractors...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 7
Great information from home inspector Michael Thornton, in Brentwood, TN. Hybrid water heaters are new to me; perhaps they are to you, too. When it's time to replace your current water heater, consider the energy savings as well as the initial cost, and fine the right answer for your needs. Read ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 5
As I was typing in the Title of this blog today I realized that this post would have nothing at all to do with the kitchen remodel! Yesterday was all about the plumber continuing to put in new valves for the showers, and the bath fixtures and new toilet guts. That's a technical term. We are putti...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 18
  It's Behind the Frig, Who's Going to See It?     I was replacing kitchen counters today in Cameron Park, and came across something behind the refrigerator. I realize that not all repairs are as good as others, but it should look like it was done professionally. This area around the water line f...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 27
The Pros & Cons of Swimming Pool Ownership   When we built our swimming pool sixteen years ago we didn’t give any consideration to the pros and cons of building one.  Many homeowners love swimming and swimming pools, but deciding whether or not to have one requires serious consideration.   Safety...
By Cheo Lopez
(Carpet To GO)
Comments 1
QuartzLock comes pre-mixed in 9lb and 18lb buckets, making it easily applicable and ready to use.  This Urethane based grout gets its vibrant color from ground quartz and requires no sealing after application.  The urethane makes is less porous so it resists dirt and staining.  Have you ever had ...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
Comments 8
 Summer is behind us and we are entering Fall.  As the season changes, homeowners need to prepare.  Here is a short but important checklist that will help you prepare for the Fall/Autumn Season.     Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts Trim trees and bushes so nothing is touching...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
Comments 0
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
Comments 341
FREE LEED BD & C STUDY CHART.   If you are going to take the LEED AP exam for Building Design & Construction (LEED BD & C) here is a one page excel spreadsheet cheat sheet chart that is FREE. It will help you remember all the prerequisites and credit for LEED Green Building Design and Constructio...
By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 16
Fun and Useful Energy-Saving Projects I don't know about you but I love to save money; especially, while having fun. Please click on the link below to view these 4 easy energy saving projects from Houselogic:   http://www.houselogic.com/blog/saving-energy/4-fun-and-useful-energy-saving-projects/ ...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
Comments 7
Preparing for the LEED GA exam from USGBC.     The exam is ever changing with different questions but here are the basics that I used to pass the LEED Green Associates (LEED GA) exam in 2010.   1. Take a “LEED Green Associate Core Concepts” class, live presentation at a local community college. T...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 15
Unlimited Time Offer – Free Feng Shui Readings of Your Home! I am offering free feng shui readings to the first 100 people who want a feng shui reading of their home. This offer is open until I have performed 100 readings, for free. If you are a Temecula Valley California homeowner I would be ava...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Comments 5
I would like to explain what exactly is a GFI. A GFI, or GFCI, as it is known, stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It looks like a regular outlet, but it has two little buttons in the middle. There’s a test button and a reset button, and they are designed to turn off when they detect mo...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Comments 3
I was at a customer’s house in Greenwich, CT last week when he was complaining that his furnace was not getting power. I started at the electrical panel and tested each circuit breaker. Each breaker had the right voltage, so I know the problem was not outside the house, and not in the panel.  He ...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
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The technology of LED light fixtures is rapidly improving in the market.  After the ban of 100-watt incandescent bulbs, the growth of available replacements has ballooned.  75-watt incandescent bulbs are also on the way out, and 60-watt bulbs are next.     When energy-saving light bulbs first cam...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Comments 3
Reversed polarity is common problem in many homes. Typically, at least a few outlets were changed by someone who was not an electrician, and might have miswired them. Here is a great article about why reversed polarity is a problem. Any time  I inspect a house where an amateur has been doing elec...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Comments 5
A missing knock out blank is one of the most common electrical problems I see in homes. I see it all the time, and try to correct it. Donald Hester wrote a great article about why this situation can cause problems. Missing knock out plug, no big deal… maybe?    Wenatchee and Quincy Home Inspectio...
By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Comments 1
Kitchen outlets sometimes do not work because of a tripped or broken ground fault circuit interrupter.  Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), also known as a GFI outlets, are required in kitchen and other areas of the house where there is a high likelihood of encountering moisture or water.  G...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
Comments 74
Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration. 1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of...