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)

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)

home inspections: Nashville Home Inspection - Proximity of Vegetation to the Structure - 6.13.11 - 06/14/11 03:28 PM
Nashville Home Inspection - Proximity of Vegetation to the Structure - 6.13.11
Look at the picture below.  Is this tree too close to the house?
HINT: We should not try to live like the Swiss Family Robinson.

ANSWER:  YES!  In this case the tree was there first and the homeowner actually built into the tree.  Sort of like the Swiss Family Robinson.  I know this can be charming and interesting, but at HABITEC we recommend at least 18" between vegetation and the structure.  Inspectors have different numbers, but I don't know of any who approve zero inches.
Thank you,
Richard … (2 comments)

home inspections: Nashville Home Inspection - SNAKE! - What's Wrong With This Picture? 5/12/10 - 05/12/10 02:45 PM
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Now onto the blog:  Nashville Home Inspection - SNAKE! - What's Wrong With This Picture?  5/12/10 
HINT:  RUN!!

ANSWER:  RUN Faster! 
Actually, it's not that big of deal.  Sure, it was about 5' long, but it is a relatively harmless rat snake.  One of my Inspectors at HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, serving Nashville and Middle Tennessee for Home and Commercial Building Inspections, met this guy today while conducting a Home Inspection.  Once they had been … (1 comments)

home inspections: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - HVAC Supply Duct Installation - What's Wrong With This Picture? 3/29/10 - 03/28/10 09:23 PM
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Now onto the article.  Nashville Home Inspection - HVAC Supply duct Installation - What Is Wrong With this Picture??
HINT:  Just do it?  Works on the track, not in a house.

ANSWER:  I don't really have an answer for this, except maybe "Just don't do it?!"  But for those who cannot see it clearly, yes, that is a NIKE shoe box used to complete a line of HVAC.  The box and a tube of caulk! :(
Thank you,
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home inspections: Nashville Home Inspection - Furnace Issues - What's Wrong With This Picture? (6/26/9) - 06/26/09 12:18 PM
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Nashville Home Inspection - Furnace Issues - What's Wrong With This Picture?
Hint:  You are looking at the inside of an HVAC split system interior unit after the front cover has been removed.

 
Answer:  Rust!  Lots of it.  But the unit was 18 years old so some deterioration is expected.  But not this much.  The rust happened because the insulation on the line set that tracked into this unit had deteriorated above the manifold … (1 comments)

home inspections: Nashville Tennessee Home Inspection - Brick Veneer Ledge - What's Wrong With This Picture? (4/17/9) - 04/18/09 02:19 AM
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HINT:  Did you ever wonder how those brick veneer walls stay up there? 
 

ANSWER:  Brick veneer walls exceeding 4 ' in height require a concrete foundation to rest on and usually there is an angled metal drip edge between the bottom row of bricks and the concrete foundation.   Wainscots not exceeding 4' may be exempted depending on local codes.  However, bracing any veneer … (0 comments)

home inspections: Nashville Home Inspection - Plumbing Vent Pipe - What's Wrong With This Picture? (3/24/9) - 03/24/09 12:59 AM
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Now on to the article:  Nashville Home Inspection - Plumbing Vent Pipe - What is Wrong With this Picture? 
HINT  :  Creativity without restraint can lead to chaos.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANSWER:  Well, it is creative.  Maybe even artistic?  And as a guy I admire the use of duct tape.  But connecting/taping bathroom exhaust vents into the plumbing drain, waste and vent system can lead to unexpected and … (2 comments)

 
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