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This is a 15 year old house.  My clients have lived there from day one.  They wanted an inspection, and in particular a thermal image inspection.  There are hot and cold spots. One complaint the woman has is that when she sits at the dining room table, a mere 6' from that window, she feels a bree...
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.   It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."                                                      William Pitt The youngest person to be elected British Prime Minister, Pitt had it right! How often do we hear that we...
A neighbor of mine is interested in putting solar panels on his house, "to have [his] electric meter roll back and take money off [his] electric bill."  Well, it isn't that simple!  Or possible really.  Why? Often I drive through neighborhoods and see old solar panels on a house.  This is the vie...
It's not often we are able to bring you two fine products in the same week! Hi folks!  Billy Jays here! I know when you are sitting under your fine patio roofs, especially those so low to the ground, you are wondering what in the world you can do to kick it up a notch!  Something to make it more...
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."                                                     Winston Churchill Churchill was a man with a backbone.  He came along at exactly the time he was needed. ...
Do you have a little walk way or patio behind the house with a roof over it?  And does where that roof connects to the house need some dressing up? Well, wonder no more about what to do! Hi, Billy Jays here! All you will need, all you will EVER need, is Tar Yer Top!         Yes folks, no matter h...
At Mr. Jay's School Of Inspectology we never forget our motto: Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology. Where the learning never stops. You can check out, but you can never leave. Do you know why we can say that boys and girls?  Because the sort of things found during a home inspection are the same ove...
Hi boys and girls!  This is our third lesson! Let's get to the bottom of this thing, in more ways than one! Remember, we have a loose gutter that dips in the middle.  When it rains hard water flows over and onto the box window and front porch below. Judging from that caulking, this has been happe...
Hi boys and girls!  Mr. Jay again.  Let's follow up on yesterday's lesson! Remember at Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology the learning never stops.  And we really don't want it to anyway! So, we sure had a lot of answers to yesterday's question. And good ones! Remember what a gutter is. A gutter i...
"Where should I put a carbon monoxide detector?" That is a question I get a lot during home inspections.  And this one - Is carbon monoxide lighter or heavier than air? Of course, any time you have gas appliances or a wood-burning fireplace, you should have at least one carbon monoxide (CO) detec...

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