habitec home inspections: Nashville Home Inspections - What's Wrong With This Picture? 12.1.12 - 12/01/12 09:57 AM
Nashville Home Inspections - What's Wrong With This Picture? 12.1.12
Look at the picture below.  You are in a crawl space looking at the moisture barrier that covers the floor of the crawl space.  What's wrong?
HINT:  Duct tape really has very little use in home construction.

ANSWER:  Moisture does a real number on duct tape.  Moisture is common in a crawl space.  So using duct tape in the crawl space to hold the moisture barrier to the foundation block wall probably will not last very long.  In fact it probably will take just a few days and it will look … (1 comments)

habitec home inspections: Nashville Home Inspections - What's Wrong With This Picture? 10-29-12 - 10/29/12 11:17 AM
Nashville Home Inspections - What's Wrong With This Picture?  10-29-12
Please look at the photo below.  I found this on a roof at a plumbing vent penetration.  What's wrong?
HINT:  Do-It-Yourselfers love duct tape.

ANSWER:  The neoprene composite boot for residential plumbing vent penetrations is good for only 7-8 years before they start to crack due to the effects of sun and rain.  There is a cheap fix available at most home supply stores that is a boot sleeve that simply slips down on top of the damaged boot.  You cannot see the damaged boot in the photo above because a … (0 comments)

habitec home inspections: Nashville Home Inspection - What's Wrong With This Picture? 10-28-2012 - 10/28/12 11:01 AM
Nashville Home Inspection - What's Wrong With This Picture?  10-28-2012
Please see the photo below.  You are outside a home looking at the back side of the basement exterior wall.  What's wrong? 
HINT:  Hangers belong in closets.

ANSWER:  Funny thing is it probably does some good.  But using a hanger wedged under the vinyl siding to hold a piece of screen over the dryer vent is not in the building code.  Or the good idea code.  Plus, those little plastic louvered covers are cheap, work much better and pretty much close completely when the air flow stops, keeping most of … (0 comments)

habitec home inspections: FIRE!! Do you have an Emergency Action Plan for a Fire in Your Home? - 10/13/12 11:03 AM
FIRE!  Do you have an emergency action plan for a fire in your home?
Look at the pictures below.  Recently I inspected a townhome that was inhabited by a family of 5.  The three children were about 5, 3 and 1.5 years old.  All bedrooms are upstairs in the two story townhouse.  Across the street was a terrifying scene shown in the pictures below.  A row of 5 townhouses exactly like the one I was inspecting.  Obviously a horrific fire had devastated four of the units in the row of townhomes.  Reports indicate a propane gas grill may have started the fire.  … (2 comments)

habitec home inspections: Cat-Like Home Inspector in Nashville Tennessee - 10/09/12 03:56 AM
Do you need to hire a Home Inspector in Nashville Tennessee with cat-like abilities?  Check out the photos below.  This may be the guy for you!

 "I think I can, I think I can!"

"I know I can, I know I can!"

And then he was gone!  Luckily I was up on the roof to grab him and send him back down to earth.  The REALTOR on the ground took these photos.  This all went down, or up, on a recent home inspection near Franklin Tennessee.
Thank you,
Richard Acree

http://habitecinspections.com
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habitec home inspections: Nashville Home Inspector - What's Wrong With This Picture? 7-29-12 - 07/29/12 12:39 PM
Nashville Home Inspector - What's Wrong With This Picture? 7-29-12
HINT:  Why is there a bucket under that pipe? 

ANSWER:  Something is leaking!  It should not be there, unless of course it is needed.  So what can be the source of the leak.  Well, that white pipe looks suspicious doesn't it?  So, to fill in the missing pieces, you are standing in an attic looking down at the attic floor.  That white pipe is a plumbing vent pipe.  The kind that goes up through the roof and sticks out the top of the home.  Almost every home has them.  But … (2 comments)

habitec home inspections: Nashville Home Inspector - What's Wrong With This Picture? 6-8-12 - 06/08/12 10:20 AM
Look at the picture below.  This is a roof-top vent cap for an HVAC furnace.  What's wrong?
HINT:  Most metal vents are made of smooth metal.

ANSWER:  Dents come from impact.  Unless there was a menacing contractor up there on the roof who went nuts with a hammer, these dents are likely caused by hail.  Next thing to do is check the condition of the roof shingles.
Thank you,
Richard Acree

http://habitecinspections.com
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habitec home inspections: Nashville Home Inspection - Electrical Installation - What's Wrong With This Picture? 12-14-11 - 12/14/11 01:49 PM
Nashville Home Inspection - Electrical Installation - What's Wrong With This Picture? 12-14-11
HINT:  Junction boxes should be used for junctions.

ANSWER:  Junction boxes should be used to house any junction of electrical conductors, or wires.  But, junction boxes, like the one in the picture above, should not be used to rig an outlet so one can plug in an extension cord.  So there is a lot wrong with this picture.  Junction boxes should be used only for conductor junctions and the box should be closed after the wires are joined and inserted.  Outlets should be housed in outlet electrical … (5 comments)

 
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