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inspection: Did you play with Mercury in Grade School? by the Central Kentucky Home Inspector - 01/06/08 02:19 PM
I finally figured out what happened to me in grade school. It was the mercury, in the broken thermometers, that we played with. Remember those little silver balls that would roll around, break apart and come back together. Roll them from hand to hand. Everybody thought it was pretty cool stuff back then. Did the teacher give it to us or did we break the thermometers on our own. Heck, I don't remember. I just remember how cool it was to play with the little balls of mercury. While surfing around today, I ran into this article about a lady who (28 comments)
inspection: An Irish Ghost Story from The Central Kentucky Home Inspector - 01/05/08 07:49 PM
(No it ain't mine and I don't know the author of the joke.) This story happened a while ago in Dublin, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, its true. John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a storm. The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped. John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into (8 comments)
Ooooops! She changed it. Want some really good home cooking?? Want family entertainment without the booze hounds?? (disclaimer: I'm a frequent customer but don't have any financial interest in the place) Go North, young man! Or old man, young woman, old woman and all those family ages in between. That's about 5 miles north of the Scott County Courthouse in Georgetown on Highway 25. Beverly Nobles' Cedar Post Restaurant, Georgetown, KY fills one need, good home cooking, 6 days a week (Mon - Sat) from 6:00 AM to at least 8:00 PM (later on Friday & Saturday nights). On Saturday nights, (and now Friday nights too!) Karaoke takes over (12 comments)
inspection: Unbelievable "So This Is Christmas" Song & Slideshow - 12/22/07 04:45 PM
I don't know who put this together. I don't even know where it comes from. BUT, it is beautiful and I wanted to use it so share my wish with you. For those who celebrate it with me: MERRY CHRISTMAS For those who celebrate in other ways: HAPPY HOLIDAYS
"So This is Christmas" Song & Slideshow I don't know how to start it automatically so it's a download from my file manager on my web server. I hope y'all enjoy it as much as I do.
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inspection: How long will "it" LAST!! by Erby, The Kentucky Home Inspector - 12/20/07 12:41 PM
A recent post by Shawn Martin ( Life Expectancies of components in your home ) got me thinking. Early on, I had agents complaining about my statements regarding home appliances (water heaters, furnaces, AC, etc) being at their end of design or useful life. Well, I think it's important for people to know how old these things are and how much longer they could reasonably expect them to last. Apparently my clients felt it was important too as they kept asking me how much longer "it" would last or how old "it" was. As support for my statements, I've been passing out (7 comments)
inspection: Did you ever just want to slap an idiot upside the head! - 12/15/07 09:31 PM
PREFACE: I know there's good and bad in every field (including mine) so don't go there. This is about the bad and YOU know who YOU are! Did you ever just want to slap an idiot upside the head! When I find outlets that nationally recognized safety standards say should be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected, I always recommend a safety upgrade to my clients. I've taken so much flack from real estate agents about this so many times I've lost count. "Why do you have to bring that up. It didn't have to have it when this house was built so it doesn't have to (20 comments)
inspection: Kentucky Home Inspector on How Much Does An Inspection Cost??? - 12/12/07 06:11 AM
So you're spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home purchase, and paying the realtors 5 - 6% ($5,000 - $6,000 per $100,000) of the home's value. (Where do you think the seller gets the money to pay the realtors?) Now it's time to find a Home Inspector and find out what they are going to charge. No matter how much you pay for a Snickers Candy Bar or, where you buy it, you still get a Snickers Candy Bar. Same quality. Same taste. Same appearance. No matter how much you pay for a can of Campbell's Tomato (9 comments)
inspection: Kentucky Home Inspector on "Making your HOME ready for Winter!!" - 11/15/07 07:38 AM
Winter is coming. Is your home ready to keep the heat in and the cold out? Taking care of these issues can make your home more energy efficient. Winterization saves YOU Money! 1. Set the water heater temperature to no more than 120o. (Temperatures above this level can cause severe burns.) 2. Insulate the water heater and all water pipes in unheated areas. 3. Installing a low flow shower head can save about 1½ gallons of hot water per minute of use. 4. Insulate air ducts in crawl spaces, attics and unheated garages. 5. Caulk around windows and doors; places where brick façade and siding (23 comments)
inspection: Kentucy Home Inspector finds himself on Active Rain thru GOOGLE! - 10/26/07 05:25 AM
For the last couple of years one or another of my website ranks pretty high for just about anything to do with Kentucky Home Inspectors or Kentucky Home Inspections. BUT, not quite so high when a city name is plugged in front of those. (Yeah, I'm working on it.) One of my habits when I need to look at something on my site is to Google a home inspection term, find my site and then click on it. Helps me stay on top of where I'm ranking for different terms. Today, for example, I googled "Winchester Kentucky Home Inspectors". Wow, right there after the Kentucky (18 comments)
HELP!!!!I came back from my morning inspection to find that my house has been infiltrated with spiders & ghosts. My wife & two grandsons say they didn't have anything to do with it! I'm not sure if I should believe her!
Anybody know how to reach the Ghostbusters. Wanna recommend a good spider killer! (9 comments)
inspection: Kentucky Home Inspector goes Marketing (Fishing) - 07/15/07 10:24 PM
What a day it was early last week. I had two inspections within 20 miles (or so) of Cave Run Lake. One of my favorite places in Kentucky. But, at about 11:45, as I'm finishing up my first inspection, the client for the second inspection calls. He lost his financing. Inspection cancelled. What does a Kentucky Home Inspector do when a client loses his financing & cancels the inspection. Why, go fishing! After all, it was only 20 miles (or so) away from where I was for the morning inspection. (I guess that's why I carry fishing gear in the van.) I left my morning (18 comments)
inspection: Kentucky Home Inspector on How NOT to Lose Leads & Referrals - 07/04/07 12:04 PM
Has a referral source ever found you years later and said, "I kept trying to find you to give you a lead but I couldn't find you!" What kind of e-mail address do you have? Who OWNS your cell phone number?How many leads will you lose because someone you trust is wily.(or something changes in the business like the broker changing domain names. Thanks Margaret) Is it really YOUR e-mail address or does it belong to someone else?Is it really YOUR cell phone number or does it belong to someone else? Someone like your broker, employer, ISP (Internet Service Provider) or one of those FREE (10 comments)
inspection: Kentucky Home Inspector on Ethics - 06/30/07 06:42 PM
Stay with me for a minute or two as this can get kind of confusing: Broker "A" represents seller "1" who is also buyer "1" represented by Broker "A". Seller "1"s house has been on the market for several months.. Broker "A" represents seller "2" who is also buyer "2" represented by Broker "A". Seller "2' (aka Buyer "2") decides to buy seller "1"s house. Broker "A" recommends that seller "2" (aka Buyer "2") have a home inspection done and happens to know just the person to do it. Who is it?? Why Inspector "A" (a licensed home inspector) who also happens to be a real estate (7 comments)
inspection: Kentucky Home Inspector on Flu versus Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - 06/30/07 04:55 AM
The flu and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning share many symptoms: headache, dizziness, nausea, weakness, confusion and fatigue. However, while CO poisoning does not come with a fever, the flu does. If you have flu symptoms, but no fever, remind your physician about the possibility of CO poisoning. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that over 200 people a year die, while thousands more are treated for CO poisoning by hospital emergency rooms and private physicians. Other organizations place these estimates even higher. How can you prevent becoming an annual statistic from CO poisoning? •· Have all gas burning appliances inspected and serviced annually by (3 comments)
Erby Crofutt, the Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY HI-2041
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