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There were so many things about this deck, I could call it a comical deck, but the comedy won't last long. It is comical for two reasons: 1.   Flipper has apparently never built a deck.2.   There was a final County inspection of the house with an Occupancy Permit. Here are two examples of my prob...
"If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) That is the real quote.  There is a s...
I was called by a couple to evaluate what might be causing a problem with their condo.  Over the phone I heard, "You know there's an odor, but you don't know why." Everyone notices it.  There is no mold in the house.  There are no stains.  It is persistent.  We notice it as soon as we walk inside...
While going down a very bouncy staircase to the basement, I thought that I may have found the stairway to heaven. When a staircase is that Bouncy, with a capital "B," hitting it with enough energy or weight it might just become somebody's stairway to heaven! Viewing the underside from the closet ...
Inspecting a seven-year-old condo a week or so ago, one of the things discovered was mold.  MOLD IS NOT THE PROBLEM - YOU MUST TREAT THE SOURCE. My clients were not present at the inspection.  They are an investor couple and have employed me many times, sometimes while not attending the inspectio...
Sometimes things need to be investigated even when they are only slightly cracked and leaking. This flip was "totally renovated." The house was built in 1953, a VERY good year! That means the house is strongly built, solid, probably still full of things done in ways they don't do today.  For inst...
A recent home inspection found me near Fredericksburg VA, and a house on the Chancellorsville Civil War Battlefield. This is where Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was shot and mortally wounded. I needed to stop by. Not having time to take in the whole battlefield, I wanted to see where General Jackson...
I received a phone call from somebody I did a home inspection for 5 years ago.  He was happy with my service then and recommended me to his church.  They wanted me to do an inspection on a house in Washington DC the church had owned for many decades.  The widow of a former church rector still liv...
This sediment trap may be prone to less sediment.  For sure it is prone! Gas appliances should have a sediment trap. There are various nicknames for the technique, but we'll go with that one. The sediment trap is the vertical, downward protrusion under the gas line.  It's purpose is to capture se...
"Necessity never made a good bargain." Benjamin Franklin (1705-1790) You ever notice that this is how gubment works? Here is the process: Gubment creates a disaster. Let's take banking.  It happens slowly. Centuries of successful banking practices, proven through experience and data, needed chang...

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