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Knob-and-Tube Wiring Electrical Wiring - 02/26/10 03:05 PM
First of all let's give credit where credit is due. I am reblogging this because I think it is a good subject and was very well done. The gentleman's name who originally posted this is Mr. Fred Sweezer Sr. and there is a link to his website at the bottom of the post. Thanks Fred for a great blog post! Via Fred Sweezer Sr. (Home Inspection Services): Knob-and-Tube Wiring
Knob-and-tube (K&T) wiring was an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings, in common use in North America from about 1880 to the 1940s. The system is considered obsolete and can be a (4 comments)
Keeping the Faith - 02/26/10 08:15 AM
If you've ever run upon hard times, whether caused from your own actions or outside influences you know how important it is to keep the faith. If you're like me, when things are slow you tend to self reflect and try to figure out the reasons why, rather than just riding the wave and letting things take their natural course. I am a highly motivated go getter type that doesn't like to sit still for very long, so slow times can take their toll. Lately things have been somewhat slow. So being the personality type that I am, I start analyzing and trying (2 comments)
They're not the Traveling Wilburys... - 02/24/10 12:04 PM
On a recent commercial inspection I was performing I came across the largest termite shelter tubes I have ever seen. What appears to be a crack in the wall in the picture on the right is actually a shelter tube built by Eastern Subterranean Termites. These little critters live in the soil and are not as destructive as the Formosan termites which are typically found in the southern states, but just the same, you don't want them in your house, or your commercial building! The reason for the shelter tube is to protect them from the elements. These little guys dry out easily and (4 comments)
Home Inspector Cedar Rapids reaches the boiling point - 02/18/10 05:20 PM
Home Inspector Cedar Rapids reaches the boiling point from time to time. As a home inspector I get to see and hear some different things from time to time. On one inspection I was informed that I would not have to inspect the heating system because that had been contracted separately by the home buyer. I was also informed that the buyer was fortunate enough to have found the person who had installed the unit to do the inspection. He just happened to do work for the owners and had only installed the boiler a few years ago... More like 21 years.
For (0 comments)
Home Inspection Cedar Rapids IA, Waterloo IA, We are not the Judge - 02/13/10 08:26 AM
Home Inspection Cedar Rapids IA, Waterloo IA, We are not the Judge of what the buyers motivation is. I have talked with many real estate agents and brokers who have expressed concern over what might be said by a home inspector in regards to the condition of the home vs the asking price during the course of a home inspection . In my opinion it is not the job of a home inspector to be commenting on the price vs condition of a home, before, during or after the home inspection has been completed. When someone calls Eastern Iowa Inspection Services for a home inspection they will be asked several (1 comments)
Home Inspectors in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls Iowa - 02/09/10 07:01 PM
Home Inspectors in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls Iowa are numerous. As a perspective home buyer you want to hire the best you can get while spending as little money as possible. It is no secret that Eastern Iowa Inspection services is not the highest and not the lowest priced inspection company around. That is by design. We are a family owned and operated company that believes in value and quality. As a professional home inspector I get to meet and serve many perspective home buyers. It is always a great experience to help people gain an understanding of the home and it's (0 comments)
Relocating to Cedar Rapids, Iowa - 02/08/10 09:39 AM
As a Home Inspector that provids service to Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls and many surrounding areas it is with great pleasure that I often meet and perform home inspections for people relocating to my service area. One of the great things about doing home inspections for people relocating to my area is that I am a member of a local group of businesses that meets weekly called BNI. Within this group we pass referrals to one another when the opportunity presents itself, have lunch and keep our finger on the pulse of things. The members of the group hold each other to very high business practice standards. (0 comments)
What is success? - 02/07/10 06:55 AM
My eight year old son asked me the other day about success. "What is success daddy?" Interesting question. I must have been running my mouth to my wife about different perceptions of the topic. I have to admit the question caught me off guard a bit. Fortunately, I think that is when the real truth comes out. I told him, "Success is defined by each person a little bit differently than the next." You can imagine the response to that one. I went on to tell him that I was talking to mommy about my work and that if you love what you (2 comments)
Furnace filters and reality - 02/06/10 11:49 AM
Today I would like to discuss furnace filters with you. As a home inspector that services Cedar Rapids IA and Waterloo/Cedar Falls IA, I see a lot of furnaces on a weekly basis.I think a basic description of the method in which a furnace works is a good place to start. A furnace heats our home by moving air over a heat exchanger via fan and through a series of supply and return ducts. So, what we have is a circuit that starts at the air handler which pushes air over the heat exchanger, into the supply/distribution ducts. Air then returns to the furnace via the cold air return ducts (2 comments)
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