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2011 

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I love watching a good mystery or espionage movie. The plot twists, the deception, double agents, not knowing who the real bad guy is until the end of the film. It's great fun. That might be why I also love inspecting houses. Sometimes there maybe deception, plot twists and a little skullduggery ...
04/30/2011
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Seeing the destruction in Japan caused by a massive earth quake a few weeks ago has made me think; what happens to a home when it's built on unstable ground. In Connecticut earth quakes aren't at all common. Yet not all the ground is necessarily solid. While inspecting the exterior of a house on ...
04/28/2011
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As a kid growing up here in Connecticut I loved climbing trees. I took great pleasure in scaling the highest trees I could find within my mother's line of sight. Her yelling at me to come down "before you break your neck", spurred me to climb higher still. Not being afraid of heights is indeed a ...
04/27/2011
In my post yesterday I had a picture of an unsafe deck railing. The railings were the tip of the proverbial iceberg as far as deficiencies with this particular deck. A much more common issue I find is with the ledger board attachment and flashing. The ledger board is where the deck attaches to th...
04/26/2011
Home inspectors are not omniscient, all though at times there seems to be that perception. I have heard on many occasions, "the inspector should have caught that". This includes things like damage found inside walls, leaks that occur years after the homeowners have moved in, and stuff that doesn'...
04/25/2011
In our world there are certain basic natural laws. One which I comment on to customers all the time is gravity works. Drop a hammer it's going fall to the ground. When it comes to water it will always run down hill. These principals help dictate how our homes are built. Staying out of the rain an...
04/21/2011
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Like any profession, inspecting homes takes and unending amount of knowledge. In order to stay current inspectors need to take continuing education. The state of Connecticut requires home inspectors to attend 20 hours of continuing education per licensing cycle (2 years). A good number of inspect...
04/20/2011
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I think it's human nature to purposefully forget when something bad has happened, either personally or on a broader scale such as witnessing a natural disaster. The emotions we feel at the time are strong and unpleasant, subsequently we push them away into a dark corner of our mind, buried deep u...
04/19/2011
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Being in hot water is no fun unless you're at a spa. As a kid growing up here in Connecticut, I found myself in hot water occasionally, when I wasn't going to church or helping the needy.  If you believe that I have some cheap ocean front property for sale in Kansas. In our homes there is a means...
04/18/2011
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There are times during the course of our day when something crosses into our sight that sets off an alarm in our brain. Some people may call this a little voice or intuition. Home inspectors, at least this home inspector, heed the brain whispers. On a recent rainy morning I had spied an odd white...
04/16/2011
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