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Home Inspector - Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - 3380-000723

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2012 

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Yes, to quote Jackie Gleason, how sweet it is!! I rarely stay up as late as I did last night.  It was worth it!  It was wonderful! Ending fabulously, I slept very well.  It has been a while since the playoffs. This is the back side of a T-shirt my brother gave me for Christmas.  The front side is...
12/30/2012
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When I do new construction inspections, of course I check the house out for its features.  And this is a wonderful media room! I arrived before the buyers for a pre-drywall inspection and looked around a bit.  I knew exactly what this room is to be!  It is huge, 16'x26', in the basement, with two...
12/29/2012
A lot of thinking went into how electrical systems are grounded - and our homes involve a protective earth, AKA equipment grounding conductor - an Ufer ground. My Oxford Dictionary defines ground as:  an electrical connection to the earth. Typically, and traditionally, grounding in houses has bee...
12/28/2012
Due to travel schedules a client needed an inspection December 26.  Most people aren't in the mood for such a thing, like the sellers!  But they wanted to sell their house and consented before Christmas to the date. The night before and that morning we had a small, slushy snow fall.  By morning t...
12/27/2012
A recent new construction inspection showed a flap-covered vent discharge very high on the sided wall.  It's very high, so the higher the vent, the higher the pressure, right?  My distance eyesight is an excellent 20/5, and such that I see things closer than basic 20/20 eyesight.  I could see fro...
12/27/2012
Anytime you hear that one size fits all, you can be sure that it isn't true.  It simply can't be.  Things, situations, needs and people are all different! So when I see an old panel box with all old breakers in a flipped property with the sign out front that says, "MUST SEE INSIDE!", I know it wi...
12/25/2012
"Our goal is to be a retailer with the ability to see opportunity on the horizon and have a clear path for capitalizing on it.  To do so, we are moving faster than ever before, employing more technology and concentrating our resources on those elements most important to our core customers." Macy'...
12/25/2012
The Christmas tree tradition is generally attributed to Norse legends and German practices.  The German tradition is said to begin with Martin Luther who saw a group of snowy fir trees and was so impressed with the gentle quiet of the sight that he decorated a small tree in his house for his fami...
12/23/2012
Some things never change.  Like Santa.  There he is, every year.  Ready and waiting. This is about my two visits to Santa, fifty seven years apart. I grew up in Washington DC.  In DC all the big department stores would decorate their windows for Christmas.  All the best stuff would be advertised,...
12/21/2012
We went on our annual Festival of the Lights trip to the Washington DC Temple grounds. Considering that there are over 500,000 lights no photo can do justice.  The scene is beautiful. Every year the temple grounds and Visitor's Center are so decorated during the entire month of December.  In this...
12/20/2012
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