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2017 

Do you think this energy loss all over the house doesn't add up?Perhaps 10% of the energy loss in your house happens through exterior wall penetrations like receptacles, switches and canister light fixtures.Spots this poorly insulated can be a significant loss of energy over time!Some builders wi...
03/30/2017
What happens in a flip when the new range is deeper than the old one?And, (this is a big AND) the dishwasher door no longer opens!Surely the Flipper knew the dishwasher door cannot be opened.The dishwasher cannot be moved further to the side.And the range cannot be moved further toward the wall.N...
03/27/2017
What would you think at final walk through if landscaping was dead?We scheduled the walk through.  We went to the walk through.  The doors were unlocked by the builder for the walk through.It was time for the grand presentation - the great reveal - of my clients' new house.  And we were there to ...
03/26/2017
Look closely.  Which is the manhole and which is the manhole cover?             Take your time.Look over both photos carefully.Now, please do not think I wax chauvanistic by referring to that hole as a "manhole."While I did not see the particular hole in the top photo being dug, I have looked and...
03/25/2017
When guardrails are removed they should be put back!Barriers and restrictions are there to avoid consequence. Many people regard laws to be restrictive and to prevent us from "having fun."  Take the speed limit, for example.  Nobody has ever gotten a ticket for staying within the speed limit.  Th...
03/24/2017
This is a mouse highway into your house.What is?  A door?  Trees overhanging the house and a roof vent?  A hole beside a window?It's where the AC lines attach to the house!Typically these lines are near to the ground, or easily accessed by climbing mice from the unit.They merely follow the trail ...
03/22/2017
This much missing insulation can influence a whole room.It doesn't seem like a lot, but with insulation just a little that is missing goes a long way toward dramatically increasing energy bills.This subject house was advertised to have had a new roof installed just a few years ago.It was an older...
03/21/2017
Heat pump or resistance furnace - which one do you want to turn on?A heat pump provides heat two ways:1.  The mechanism is essentially an air conditioner with the ability to work backwards.  To heat a house it literally compresses the heat from outdoors and brings it inside.  When it's too cold o...
03/20/2017
With a heat pump a resistance furnace should come on only when asked.A heat pump provides heat two ways:1.  The mechanism is essentially an air conditioner with the ability to work backwards.  To heat a house it literally compresses heat from outdoors and brings it inside.  When it's too cold out...
03/20/2017
With a heat pump the resistance furnace should come on only when asked.A heat pump provides heat two ways:1.  The mechanism is essentially an air conditioner with the ability to work backwards.  To heat a house it literally compresses heat from outdoors and brings it inside.  When it's too cold o...
03/20/2017
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