nashville home inspector: Nashville Home Inspections - What's Wrong With This Picture? 11-4-12 - 11/04/12 09:54 AM
Nashville Home Inspections - What's Wrong With This Picture?  11-4-12
Look at the picture below.  The picture was taken from the top of the roof of a new home, looking down into a valley of sorts.  What's wrong?  Is that a piece of debris left over from the roofers?  Or is some new type of "gutter guard"?
HINT:  Gutters should used at the end of the roof, not the middle.

ANSWER:  No, it is not a piece of debris.  It is a piece of gutter installed intentionally toward the end of the valley.  Apparently in an attempt to direct runoff … (0 comments)

nashville home inspector: 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)

nashville home inspector: Nashville Home Inspection - What's Wrong With This Picture? 10-19-12 - 10/19/12 12:05 PM
Look at the picture below.  Do you know what's missing?
HINT:  Try to get a grasp on things.

ANSWER:  It looks nice enough, doesn't it?  New paint and all.  But let's count the steps.  I count 5, when you include the last step up to porch.  So what is missing?  How about a "graspable handrail"?  A graspable handrail is recommended any time the number of step risers is 4 or more.  So you might say they have it in the 2x4 handrail on the left, right?  Not really.  There is a very specific definition of a "graspable handrail".  In fact … (0 comments)

nashville home inspector: Do you remember the old Jenga Game? - 08/20/12 11:18 AM
Look at the picture below. What's wrong?
HINT: Do you remember the game Jenga?  A HABITEC Home Inspector recently came upon the the situation below.  What's wrong?

ANSWER: Well, when you are down in the crawl space and no one is around to see what you do, or don't do, just grab anything that will fill the void, right?  Just like the old Jenga game, where the challenge was to stack loose wood as high as possible and hope the entire game did not collapse, at least not while you are down there.  Must have been what the guy who created … (8 comments)

nashville home inspector: 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)

nashville home inspector: Nashville Home Inspection - Electrical Panel Issues - 10-17-10 - 10/17/10 01:53 PM
Nashville Home Inspection - Electrical Panel Issues
Bugs in the electrical panel, what harm can that be?  Well, look at the picture below.  Any harm there?  How did this happen?
HINT:  Bugs, like water, need a hole to get inside the panel.

ANSWER:  Electrical panels have concentric circles called knockouts.  They are used for entry/exit of conductors (wires).  An electrician can literally knock them out to allow conductors to pass through, a great little feature of all electrical panels.  But, if they are knocked out and then not used, a hole will remain.  Holes in the electrical panels can allow … (4 comments)

nashville home inspector: Nashville Home Inspection - Orange Plumbing Pipe, What is That For? - 09/30/10 05:47 AM
Nashville Home Inspection - Orange plumbing pipe, what is that for?
So you are walking around the new house you bought and you see a panel on the wall in the garage.  You look inside and you see the orange plumbing pipe in the picture below.  What is that?  I thought most plastic plumbing pipe was white.  Like PVC.
HINT:  Orange is one of the colors in a flame.

ANSWER:  So this orange plumbing pipe is used for a fire suppression sprinkler system.  It should not be accessed by a plumber for any part of the supply system to the … (1 comments)

nashville home inspector: Nashville Home Inspection - Settlement Issues - 9.15.10 - 09/14/10 09:40 PM
Settlement around the outside of a home can show up in many different ways. Look at the picture below.  Can you see an indication of settlement at this front porch?
HINT:  Despite all the hype lately about the "green movement", going green is not always a good thing when talking about a home.

In the view above look across the front brick steps at the color changes.  Now look below at the closeup of the left corner of the entryway.  Hmmm.  Now something is suspicious.  Why is the brick so green?

ANSWER:  So what we have here is an area … (13 comments)

 
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