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Hi friends! Billy Jays here! So often we all enter or exit our homes, looking to one side or the other, to see a plain Jane hose hooked up to the bib. And I know that so often I have thought, "Billy, that is one plain Jane hose hooked up to that bib."  Well, I know you have too! And there can be...
"Force always attracts men of low morality." Albert Einstein (1879-1955) When someone wants to spend a lifetime in gubment, it is about force. When someone in gubment does continual end runs around the Constitution to "get things accomplished," it is about force. When gubment programs are impleme...
This staircase could make you a flying buttress! A staircase is supposed to aid us in going up and down, but not in going down really fast.  This particular staircase I would not go up or down, and during the home inspection I did not want the client or Realtor (AR's Brian Block) to go up or down...
Jay's Saturday morning haiku - 12 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...
It is always interesting when a furnace blows cold air.  I get interesting phone calls all the time.  This one was from somebody who felt cold air blowing on her as she slept in her bed at night.  She had paid more than one HVAC company to come to investigate her furnace, which, they determined, ...
Whenever you want to make sure a tenant has a private entrance, and want to entice a client, why not put a roof over the entrance staircase? Why not put in a belly button roof? Now why would anyone call this a belly button roof? After all, it's perfectly dry, shingled with durable shingles, the b...
It was the mystery of the new circuit breaker. The inspection involved an REO, and vacant for some time.  The buyer called me to set it up and asked what kinds of things we might find.  I said that there was nothing typical, but often on such properties there is a lot of homeowner installations a...
"You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for." Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) If you have never heard of Napoleon Hill, you should get to know him.  His book, Think and Grow Rich, is one of...
Integrity is a misunderstood word.  Integrity is an under-appreciated state of being. Integrity is not honesty.  It is more than that. What does integrity mean? Hint:  it shares the same Latin root as the word "integer."  An integer is a whole number. According to Oxford, integrity means:  1  the...

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