kentucky home inspectors: The foibles of stinky plumbing traps and vents! - 06/06/10 06:43 AM
Does your sink or shower smell?  Do they talk back to you (gurgle) when draining.  I'd bet you have a venting or trap problem that you're not aware of yet.  Plumbing Drain, Waste and Vent systems carry away waste while keeping the sewer gas smell from coming back up into your house.
You can read more about the right way on InspectaPedia as I just want to show you some of the
"DO NOT DO THIS" pictures of stuff I've found.
Plumbing Drain Vents & Plumbing Noises
Drain piping should always have a smooth interior wall.  Do NOT use the … (7 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Oh dear, Self. I think I'm going to have an accident! - 04/23/10 04:57 AM
Quite a few (or should I say a LOT) of the things this Lexington Kentucky Home Inspector (and many other inspectors) warn you about Kentucky Home Safety are just like that seat belt in your car.
You really hope you never ever never NEED it.
BUT, if you're driving down the road and suddenly say to yourself, "Oh dear, Self.  I think I'm going to have an accident!" (though most of us use a shorter two word phrase that starts with "OH") it's way to late to reach for your seat belt.
Enough of us need that seat belt every year … (7 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Going around the block to cross the street - 03/31/10 10:33 PM
What's a Kentucky Home Inspector to do when you gotta go from point A (Richmond, KY) to point B (Nicholasville, KY) with a big river between the two.
Well, I could use the interstate and suffer the traffic of Lexington, KY to get from a home inspection in Richmond, KY to a home inspection in Nicholasville, KY.
Or I could  have a peacefull back country experience and see some great Kentucky countryside and Kentucky horse farms.
There is, between the two, the oldest continous operating Ferry in the United States, the Valley View Ferry on Tates Creek Road.


kentucky home inspectors: Best BBQ in Central Kentucky & Karaoke Too! - FAT BOYS BBQ - 11/18/09 08:48 AM
Best BBQ in Central Kentucky & Karaoke Too!


Located on Cincinnati Road five miles north of Georgetown, Kentucky is the best little BBQ Joint and Homecooking Restaurant in Kentucky!  See the bottom of this post for directions on getting there.
Now throw in Karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights, some mixed live music on  some other nights, and you have all the great eating and entertainment you'll  need to fill your evening.
The Sampler Platter will fill most of you beyond capacity. 
 C'mon out and see
'The Fat Boys - Frank & Johnny".
Tell them Erby … (9 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Are you a PERFORMING ARTIST! Kentucky Wants YOU! - 11/13/09 09:53 PM
You may already know that The World Equestrian Games (the equestrian Olumpics) are coming to Lexington Kentucky the Horse Capital of the World on September 25 - October 10, 2010.  More than half a million people are expected to visit the games during their run.  (I think I may just leave town and avoid the crowd)

BUT did you know that the Kentucky Arts Council is looking for Kentucky performing artists to show their stuff at the Kentucky Experience Pavillion during the games.  The Pavillion will provide performers with a stage to show the world the different aspects of … (2 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Kentucky Housing puts up $5 Million for First Time Home Buyers - 10/27/09 11:56 PM
Saw this online this morning and wanted to share it!  More good news for first time home buyers but a short timeline to "git er done"!
============================KENTUCKY HOUSING CORPORATION (KHC) HAS SET ASIDE $5 MILLION FOR THIS PROGRAM FOR NEW RESERVATIONS THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2009First Home ADVANTAGELOAN AMOUNTUp to $4,500 In $100 increments. Defer payment untilJuly 1, 2010.WHAT IS IT?Second mortgage with P&I payments deferred until July 1,2010.ELIGIBLE USESDown payment and closing costs related to a home purchase.BORROWER ELIGIBILITYMust obtain a KHC first mortgage through an approved KHC lender and be a first-time home buyer.INCOME AND PURCHASE PRICE LIMITSMust meet KHC … (3 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Kentucky Horse Park features John Lyons - America's Most Trusted Horseman - 10/27/09 02:30 AM
That's right. John Lyons is coming to the Kentucky Horse Park on January 16 - 17, 2010. It'll be the opening event for the Kentucky Horse Park's new Indoor Arena!
LEXINGTON, KY (October 27, 2009) The Kentucky Horse Park and the Center for Women in Racing announced today that they are partnering to bring world-renowned horse trainer, John Lyons, to a symposium extravaganza weekend in the new state-of-the-art Indoor Arena January 16-17, 2010.

       "Circle of Champions 2010: A John Lyons Symposium" will be the first major event and trade show in the Indoor Arena in 2010, and will serve … (2 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: KREIA Announces 2010 Board of Directors - 10/17/09 06:09 AM
KREIA - Kentucky Real Estate Inspectors AssociationHome Inspectors Helping Home Inspectors The Kentucky Real Estate Inspectors Association (KREIA) ( ), formed to promote ethics and education in the Kentucky Home Inspection Industry, announces the election of the 2010 Board of Directors. Electronic copies of KREIA Press Releases are available on line at:   Frankfort, KY  --  October 9, 2010  --  KREIA, the Kentucky Real Estate Inspectors Association, elected the 2010 Board of Directors at the KREIA Annual Meeting, held October 9, 2009 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Frankfort, KY.  KREIA Members constitute approximately one third of the Kentucky licensed … (3 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: KREIA - Kentucky Inspector Education - 09/25/09 11:51 AM
October 9th & 10th, 2009  -  Frankfort, KY
CLICK HERE for Agenda & Costs for the Fall 2009 KREIA Conference.
The Kentucky Real Estate Inspectors Association Inc. is pleased to announce that a Fall 2009 Continuing Education Conference will be held October 9th & 10th, 2009 in Frankfort, KY to provide KBHI (Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors) approved continuing education credits for renewing your Kentucky Home Inspector license.
You'll be able to get Kentucky state required & KBHI  approved continuing education at this event. 
Don't overlook the value of meeting informally with all the inspectors attending and … (1 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Inspectors should police themselves, SHOULDN'T THEY! - 12/28/08 10:53 AM
Inspectors should police themselves, shouldn't they!
You'd think so, but no mechanism exists for that policing other than the free market and some weak licensing laws.  Here's a take on it from one of my fellow home inspectors:  Posted with permission but I've decided to withhold his name.  I will send him a link to this sad commentary on our profession.  If he desires to identify himself, he can do so in the comments section.
To all of my Fellow Home Inspectors:
I have a story to tell that may be a little long winded but bear with me; it … (22 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: REDUX 2008 - "So This Is Christmas" Song & Slideshow - 12/22/08 01:54 AM
I shared this with some people last year as it so adequately expresses Christmas.  I love it.
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 to share my Christmas wish with you.
For those who celebrate it with me: 
For those who celebrate in other ways: HAPPY HOLIDAYS
It's a Power Point Presentation and I don't know how to start it automatically so it's a download from my file manager on my web server.  Click on the Christmas Card to see the slideshow.  Give it … (4 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Fall color in Madison County, Kentucky - 11/30/08 07:16 AM

A month or more ago, as I was travelling through Madison County, Kentucky I took these pictures of the fall colors with the express intent of posting them here.  Better late than never, I guess.
The first one just kinda stopped me in my tracks as I was travelling the road.  Bright sunshiny morning with a full sun shining on these trees.  I couldn't resist.  I turned around and went back to get this angle and shot.  The second one is thru the windshield as there was too much traffic to stop.  I gotta love the fall colors.
Before … (9 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Poisonous Critters in the Crawl Space by Erby the Central Kentucky Home Inspector - 04/02/08 08:14 AM
I've been fortunate that in all the crawl spaces in all the world (that I've been into) I hadn't yet found any of those nasty poisonous critters that tend to inhabit those dark nether regions of a house.
Until TODAY that is.  Inspecting a brand new (one year, never been occupied) home in a subdivisiion north of Georgetown, Kentucky. 
Fortunately I saw her before she saw me.

Pretty as she was, there was still an audible "pop" as gloved hands sent her to Heaven.  Along with a short note in the buyer's report about treating the crawl space for … (38 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Spring is blooming in Casey County, Kentucky by Erby the Central Kentucky Home Inspector - 03/31/08 10:29 AM
Today I had an occassion to visit Casey County, Kentucky .  The morning was a bit wet as it rained almost the whole home inspection.  Lord willing, the creek won't rise and flood the house I was inspecting.
Strangely enough, the property was located on "Dry Creek" Road.  Just didn't look very "DRY" to me.
BUT, passing back through Liberty, Kentucky, I realized the rain had stopped.  The sun hadn't quite come out, but look at the signs of spring in front of the Casey County Courthouse. 
Blooming going on!
But the Casey Count courthouse square was a busy place.  After five minutes, … (3 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Rainbow at Sunrise (Sun Dogs) in Georgetown, KY by Erby, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector - 03/28/08 02:56 AM
The other morning, I was out on my second run of the day (yep, I'm an early riser) and noticed a rainbow at sunrise over Georgetown, Ketucky.  I snapped this picture and wanted to share it with y'all.  I actually took several but shooting into the sun isn't exactly my strong point.
See the rainbow ends at both sides of the sun??
Yeah, there's a  little snow on the ground, but it was gone just a couple of days later.  That's what I like about the weather here.  We get these little touches of winter, play, and then it's gone again.  Not much … (11 comments)

kentucky home inspectors: Kentucky Home Inspector on Haunted Houses & Carbon Monoxide! - 12/04/07 06:56 AM

Is your house haunted or are you being poisoned by carbon monoxide?
More Stuff I didn't know I didn't know!! 
Back in June of 2007, when I first joined Active Rain, I posted an article I'd written some time back titled
"Is it the Flu or Carbon Monoxide"
based on research I had done when I had time to do such things.
A few minutes ago, while flitting around one of the inspector message boards, I responded to a light hearted post about funny things said one of which was "paranormal home inspections.
Surprisingly, there are people who advertise as paranormal home inspectors and have … (12 comments)

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