Stone Siding Installation Defects

-  This guide is packed with diagrams showing how to install the material, based on generally accepted methods. While newer stucco installations are done quite well, the folks installing masonry veneer seem to have a lot of catching up to do on proper installation details. .  When I inspect masonry veneer, I use the Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association’s installation guide, which you can find here – MVMA installation guide ..More

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Chandeliers Above Bath Tubs

-  This comes from section 410. 10(D) of the NEC.  The idea is that you’re not supposed to be able to stand in a wet tub and change a light bulb at the same time.  This book is based on the 2011 National Electric Code (NEC), which prohibits any part of a chandelier from being within the shaded region shown below. I think this is a great look, but as a home inspector I’m going to be a wet rag and say these are all improper installations. .  The diagram below comes from Code Check Electrical 6th Edition ..More

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Plumbing Vents Covered with Frost

- Another way to help prevent plumbing vents from getting covered over with frost is to keep them short. .  The plumbing code requires plumbing vents to terminate at least 12″ above the surface of the roof to help prevent the vents from getting blocked with snow, but the higher the vent the greater the potential for getting blocked with frost ..More

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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part II

-  I broke the attic access seal on a new construction home about two weeks ago and found the light was left on in the attic. It’s very rare that we don’t ‘break the seal‘ at the attic access panel in order the inspect the attic. .  This is an important part of every home inspection, even in new construction ..More

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A Primer on “S” Traps

-  When water sits in the trap, sewer gases stay out. .  I’ve actually found this condition on a number of larger occupied houses.  The easiest fix for this is to periodically run a little water in the plumbing fixtures. The purpose of a trap is to prevent sewer gases, and possibly vermin, from coming in to the home.   As a longer-term solution, you could also pour RV antifreeze in to the drains; that stuff won’t evaporate.  Have you ever noticed some nasty odors in a bathroom that you never use?  It’s probably because the water in the trap has completely evaporated, allowing sewer gases to come in to the home ..More

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