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2013 

The Realtor called me many times after the final new-construction inspection that began with this roof, this time saying that the supervisor told them, "Your inspector pushed down the insulation just to take a photo of it." Yeah, right. Do you see how erratic and fluffy that is? Does it look smas...
10/27/2013
HVAC systems in the attic can control the AC condensate many ways. Best Practice is to have the system sit on a drip pan.  There would be a primary condensate line.  But if it clogs there is a drip pan underneath to capture water.  That pan can control any excess water two ways.   One is a float ...
10/26/2013
Doing an inspection on a house with a very high radon result, I surmised that ducts under the slab present possibly an insurmountable radon problem. And why wouldn't they? The radon result on a recent home inspected was very high.  The ducts under the slab ranged from 8" to 24" deep. Further, the...
10/24/2013
My day started with a very early inspection, after which nothing was scheduled, so I grabbed my daughter and we took a drive on Skyline Drive.  Near us the Skyline Drive meanders 105 miles along the top of the Virginia Blue Ridge mountains, and along the Appalachian Trail.  It is a slow drive, wi...
10/22/2013
      "The great blessing of private property, then, is that people can benefit from their own industry and insulate themselves from the negative effects of others' actions.  It is like a set of invisible mirrors that surround individuals, households, or firms, reflecting back on them the consequ...
10/21/2013
I love going into a pre-drywall inspection and find things that are excellently done - like, for instance, steel beams with a great butt. What, you say?  Steel beams have a butt?  Yes, when they are butted one up against another! This is a large house, with two steel beams holding up the main lev...
10/17/2013
Doing a new construction inspection, with a flat, front-porch EPDM roof, it's hard to do, but I found every mistake possible on one brand-new roof. For the client, to say it was disappointing would not begin to approach their true feelings.  This house provided me 8.5 pages of notes, and I write ...
10/16/2013
Likely for the first time in family history, I got together with my son to have three generations watch the Redskins game. How fun is that!  It's possible that my brother and I watched a game on TV some four decades ago with my mother and grandmother, but I don't remember doing it and I doubt it ...
10/15/2013
"And so, in one case," said he, "I once got a flogging for not deciding correctly.  The case was like this:  a big boy with a little tunic, finding a little boy with a big tunic on, took it off him and put his own tunic on him, while he himself put on the other larger one.  So, when I tried their...
10/07/2013
It's supposed to rain today, hard.  I will proabably get some calls. Why do I say that?  Because (my fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Summers would be upset that I used "because" as the first word in a sentence), um, because I am not only a home inspector, I have a thermal camera! Not many in my area do...
10/06/2013
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