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2011 

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We all have been under pressure. Stressed to the limit, deadlines looming, the tension building, about to explode. Having had another career before home inspections, it was no different, if not worse working a "real job". While that kind of pressure is common in the working world, as a home inspe...
03/31/2011
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The winter of 2010 - 2010 was indeed a hard one here in Connecticut. Record setting snow fall has caused untold damage. Ice dams and leaks were extremely prevalent after the first big storm. More snow came and roofs started to collapse. While doing a home inspection yesterday, I saw a few reminde...
03/30/2011
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Stairs, most houses have a set. Most people hardly give them a thought. Truth is they are inherently dangerous. A set of stairs must be built within certain parameters to reduce the possibility of falls and injuries. You can't make any set of stairs completely safe. Kids will slide down the raili...
03/29/2011
Beauty is said to be only skin deep. A pretty face can conceal a dark heart. And so it can be with houses. Buyers are wooed by the charms of granite counter tops and gleaming hardwood floors. The luxurious tile shower with multiple spray heads and the verdant greenery of the yard. They sign the s...
03/28/2011
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Plato said, "The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life." In other words before you begin a task, a career or any endeavor in life, no matter how big or small, you should first obtain the knowledge so that you may significantly increase the possibility of succ...
03/27/2011
As a home inspector here in Connecticut I have seen more goofy repairs or installations made with caulk and duct tape. Recently in two different homes about a week apart I saw the same exact wrong plumbing installation. I would almost suspect by the same "plumber" because of the similarity in the...
03/26/2011
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One important part of the energy audits I perform here in Connecticut is the infrared thermal imaging scan of the home. Infrared shows the home in a whole new light. Infrared light to be exact. What infrared can show is where heat is escaping from the home. In this way I can demonstrate to the ho...
03/25/2011
Grandfathered. That is a word I hear often as a home inspector. Not because Connecticut has a lot of old homes, which is not what the term implies. Grandfathered means to exempt something due to its age.  For example the stairs do not meet code, but they are grandfathered. Now the first thing to ...
03/23/2011
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I'm sure most everyone has watched a cartoon where a couple of characters are in a boat that springs a leak. They frantically try and bail out the water before they sink. As the situation becomes desperate, they try and plug the hole with all manner of ridiculous stuff. Kind of like the people wh...
03/21/2011
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There are two certainties it is said when it comes to concrete, one it's going to get hard, and two it's going to crack. It is hard to find a concrete surface without cracks. Home inspectors are ever diligent in their search for cracks in concrete, especially in foundations. One type of foundatio...
03/20/2011
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