Deck Guardrail Inspections

- My standard method for testing guardrails has always been to just push on them a little. .  Home inspections are supposed to be visual, I know, I know… but I like to touch stuff.  Once a guardrail moves an inch or two without much pressure, I stop pushing; I don’t want to be the one to break it.  If they feel weak, I recommend having them reinforced or rebuilt ..More

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Low levels of carbon monoxide will not set off UL listed CO alarms

- This has happened to me dozens of times, so I have to assume it happens to other home inspectors around the country every day. .  I report a problem with a gas appliance, saying there is exhaust gas leaking in to the house, and I say it needs to be fixed because it’s a safety hazard; exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide ..More

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Attic Fans Won’t Fix Ice Dams (or anything else)

- While the photo above of a desk fan installed in someone’s attic is a little silly, the person who installed it obviously thought it was a good idea. .  There are actually fans made specifically for attics.  Most need to be connected to a 120 volt power source, but there are also solar powered fans available, such as the one pictured below.  This one was sold at Costco for a while ..More

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Improper Shingle Nailing

- When shingles are improperly fastened, they have a tendency to slide and rip out of the nails holes, and this won’t be covered by the manufacturers warranty. .  When the entire roof covering is installed like this, there is no simple fix.  Either the new buyers need to accept the fact that their roof will be prone to having shingles blow off, or the roof covering will need to be repaired or replaced ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2012

- .  Don’t ask us how we know.   DO NOT test the oven if you ever come across this defect – a huge fireball will shoot out when you open the door, which will singe your hair and give you half a heart attack. Exploding Range – what happens when you take a range designed for natural gas and install it in a home with LP gas?  You create an explosion hazard ..More

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