A Better Allen Wrench

- . One day, my wife and I were putting something together that needed a lot of allen wrench turning, and I started telling her about how I should buy a set of allen wrenches that have socket wrench ends on ’em, like the set pictured below ..More

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Poorly Insulated Eaves at Old Houses

- . When we inspect houses, we frequently make recommendations for more insulation in the attic, but one challenging place to properly insulate on old houses is the eaves ..More

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Observe and Report? That’s for Mall Cops, not Home Inspectors

-  I don’t mean to imply that an ASHI inspector will write a better report than an InterNACHI member, but their Standards of Practice certainly demand a higher minimum. Interesting.  If you were hiring a home inspector, wouldn’t you expect them to explain problems and tell you what to do?.  I try to avoid any ASHI vs. InterNACHI discussions, but this is one major difference that I’ve never noticed before. ..More

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Stucco Homes

- Alan Powell said that while the holes they drill in stucco are 1/4? holes, they don’t drill through the drainage plane behind the stucco.  The only thing that penetrates the drainage plane behind the stucco are the pin probes on the moisture testing device, which leaves 1/8? holes.  When you think about all of the holes that get created in the drainage plane with staples and whatever else, the holes made by the pin probes will be quite insignificant. ..More

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

- This is only a partial list of the places that you could have exhaust gas leaks in your home, but this easily makes up 95% of the exhaust gas leaks that I find during home inspections.  If you suspect an exhaust gas leak in your home at any of these locations, hire a professional to check it out. ..More

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