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

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2012 

Jay's Saturday morning haiku - 14 The English form of the traditional Japanese Haiku includes any or all of the following: The use of 17 syllables, in the form of three lines, with 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively.  Some haiku may employ 10 - 14 syllables, but 17 is traditional. The use of a sea...
01/20/2012
Sometimes I can drive by houses and see problems from the street. This house was no exception.  Here is one way to tell when there is poor insulation in the attic. These clients needed for me to arrive early.  I got there just after 7am. Notice the addition on the left side. See how the heat from...
01/19/2012
We all know Elmer's Glue should not be used to install most housing products, but what really happens when faux stone is installed with faux glue? Actually faux stone is not installed with glue at all, but a mortar-based mastic.  It is heavy stuff! IT MUST BE GLUED ON CORRECTLY OR IT WILL NOT STI...
01/18/2012
From many (wonderful) excursions into crawl spaces, home inspectors all know that wood gets slippery when wet - resulting in rot. First we need some excuse to stay wet all the time. Let's not have gutters on the front of the house! In addition, the soil in front, and sidewalk, and porch (!), shou...
01/17/2012
“There is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as ...
01/16/2012
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One thing wood does not like is continually touching something wetter, so moisture isolation is necessary when it does. That is why there are many things for separating wood and water.  Deck posts rest on metal stools or feet.  Wood beams are separated from foundation walls 1/2" with metal shims....
01/15/2012
Like a preposition, a home inspector's job -- on new construction, look under things! In school I learned that a preposition is a word that describes what you can do to a building.  Over, under, inside, betwixt, beside, well you get it. Hey, that pretty much describes a home inspector's job! And ...
01/14/2012
Jay's Saturday morning haiku - 13 The English form of the traditional Japanese Haiku includes any or all of the following: The use of 17 syllables, in the form of three lines, with 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively.  Some haiku may employ 10 - 14 syllables, but 17 is traditional. The use of a sea...
01/13/2012
  Dateline Northern Virginia:  In a move unprecedented in building history, a Northern Virginia builder, too humble to be named, has decided to bury one downspout on every new house built.  This one fabulous yet ordinary downspout will be dedicated to providing water to a parched region of the wo...
01/12/2012
Removed Energy Guide sticker - is this a pattern? Here we go again.  New construction.  Client not knowing if he should have an inspection or not.  Finally, a friend convinces him he should hire me (a different friend from the one who HIGHLY recommended me). The top line says, "Federal law prohib...
01/11/2012
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