home inspections connecticut ct: Down Hill - 09/06/14 10:31 PM

We’ve all heard the saying, crap flows down hill. A simple principal related to gravity and the known tendency of water to flow from a high point to a lower point. That is how the drains in our homes operate; by gravity. When gravity is against us, a pump is installed. Yes you can also push crap up hill.
While gravity is reliable as rain, unless you live in California, drains are not. Or perhaps I should say people. Drains are reliable, as long as people install them correctly and more importantly use them properly. Since we humans tend to … (8 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: The Weight of Gravity - 06/06/14 09:50 PM
There are a four basic physical forces in the universe which govern all things great and small. Two of these forces I would believe are familiar to all humans, electromagnetic and gravity. We are all intimately acquainted with gravity. It is the force that adheres us to the earth and causes us to hit the floor when we roll past the edge of the bed. Surprisingly it is the weakest of the four basic universal forces.
Gravity acts on everything with mass and it is theorized it can even act on light. What this very simply means is the more the mass of an … (34 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: A Well Marked Trail - 03/24/13 09:37 PM
The highways and byways, the arteries of travel and commerce. They are essential to our lives, as I was so harshly remind this winter after being snow bound for just three days. Even the creature's of forest use paths to get from point A to point B. After all when an easy way is found, it makes perfect sense to use it. 
In the course of inspecting homes, it is not unusual to happen across a well worn creature path, in for example the attic. What we see in the photo is a dark trail along this electrical conduit that runs … (12 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Wordless Yellow Sky - 01/04/12 06:58 AM
 

 
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home inspections connecticut ct: Gemini - 12/26/11 11:36 PM
Two of something should be twice as good as one. Every kid I know always wants two scoops of ice cream, not one. Twofer sales are another perfect example of two is better than one. Of course there are instances where two of something might not be as good as the one. Like the two cozily together chimneys I found poking through a roof on a recent home inspection. Sure these two chimneys aren’t identical, they must be fraternal twins, but they are close.

Too close.
So close in fact the installer had to remove the counter flashing from the … (20 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Santa’s Not Going to be Happy - 12/10/11 12:40 AM
With Christmas just 15 short days away (What!) preparations for the jolly old elf’s visit are in hyper drive. The anticipation is ramping up to the fever pitched crescendo parents endure on Christmas Eve into Christmas day. If there is one thing all little tykes are worried about at this time of year it’s the chimney. This is Santa’s gateway into their home and it better be ready mom and dad!

Well needless to say I was extremely concerned the other day when I received an email from a dad anxious with some recent repairs to his chimney. Seems after … (15 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Designing A Great Escape - 02/10/11 12:29 AM
Right now most everyone around most of the country must be thinking of escaping to a warm island retreat with the winter we're experiencing. But I am not here to offer tips on choosing a travel destination. The other day I wrote a post about required egress in a bedroom, specifically the window dimensions. The window shown in the post was one of those small windows commonly found in basements. A few of the comments alluded to how these small windows are really never safe at any time. I would tend to agree with those statements, all though when sleeping you're … (11 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Everybody Loves A Hot Shower, But This Is Ridiculous - 02/07/11 12:53 AM
If there is one thing I love on cold winter morning is a nice hot shower. I like the water to be just below scalding so my skin tingles. Takes the chill right out my bones. Now some people may think that's a bit extreme. Others may think I need to ramp it up a notch.
I happened across some folks who may think I'm a sissy for wanting just a hot shower. The people who live in this house might be into extreme sports like skydiving or heli-snow boarding judging from their bathroom.
That's the homes main 200 amp electric … (17 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: My Right Hand Man - 02/02/11 12:10 AM
Some things in our jobs are indispensable. For me as a home inspector it's tools. I have acquired many over the years. I look to acquire more in the future. Its part "need" and part fun. And yes ladies it also a guy thing.
One of the very first tools I bought was a moisture meter. I still have it and use it on every inspection. There is nothing that I would trade for my moisture meter. The only other tools I would rank as important are my plug tester and voltage detector.
So often during any inspection water stains or … (13 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: What Is Professional Responsibility? - 02/01/11 12:38 AM
As a home inspector in Connecticut I am a licensed professional service provider. There are many licensed trades and professions in my State, many of which are associated with people's homes. A license requirement means there is a defined amount of training involved in order to ply that particular trade or profession. A license also implies a higher level of skill and most importantly responsibility.
The license holder is held ultimately responsible for the work they perform. Lose the license, lose your livelihood.  In other words if you or someone working under your license screws up, you are held accountable.
On … (9 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Out of Sight, Out Of Mind - 01/27/11 12:03 AM
Out of sight, out of mind, that's a very old cliché meaning what we don't see, we don't think about...until it's thrown up in our face. Yesterday I wrote about homes where owners prioritize aesthetics over function. In so doing create difficulties in maintaining important systems and even hazards. The interesting twist to this mind set is there also seems to be little concern or caution on the part of the homeowner. The practice of modifying the home or an important system in what might be a potentially detrimental condition appears to never occur to homeowners who are aesthetically inclined.
The … (19 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Lint Wash - 01/24/11 11:29 PM
The laundry is one home feature that has moved up the importance of location ladder over the years. I make this observation by what I have seen through my years of inspecting Connecticut homes. With older homes, the laundry is almost always in the basement, as homes get newer the laundry is often on the one of the living levels. The kitchen seemed popular for a time, now near the bedrooms appears to be preferred.
If the home is older or the laundry happens to be in the traditional location of the basement, people will often have it moved on up. … (13 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Which Way Do You Lean? - 01/24/11 12:02 AM
Often when someone asks us which way do we lean, they are referring to our opinion on some current issue or perhaps which political party one prefers. Leaning implies movement in one particular direction. The most famous example would have to be the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy. That building still hasn't fallen...yet. Some day gravity will win out, as it eventually always does, and the tower will lean no more.
With inspecting homes when I find things that lean it is almost with out exception not a good thing. Some leaning can be serious, some not so bad. When … (6 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Determination And Persistence, Ingredients To Success Or Failure - 01/22/11 12:35 AM
Determination and persistence, ingredients to success or failure, these qualities at first glance wouldn't be perceived as ever leading to failure. Drive, perseverance, resolve, these are qualities we associate with winners. Yet can tremendous effort turn to fiasco?
As a Connecticut home inspector I see the efforts of people that have gone awry. All those qualities were evident in the task and it failed miserably. I often refer to these projects as creative construction. This brings up another important quality, self awareness. As humans we are the only creature that is self aware. We can not only think, we can imagine. … (11 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Should The Exercise Room Be Cold? - 01/18/11 11:51 PM
Exercise is a subject that seems to be on a lot of people's minds. I hear and see a great deal of conversation and print devoted to the topic.  Many home buyers I deal with often discuss where to put the exercise equipment. I know personally how difficult it can be to find space for a tread mill. Some folks add other things such as weights, an elliptical and other assorted equipment.
I myself prefer to do sit ups and jog every morning,
I sit up in bed and jog my memory. Badda boom.
Since you work up a sweat when exercising … (8 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: A Snow Load Tester - 01/17/11 11:11 PM
Last week Connecticut experienced a record setting snow storm that dumped up to 29 inches of snow in some towns. I'm sure I have inspected in every town that had the full 29. Walking around houses in snow over your knees has to be like slogging through a massive bowl of pudding. The difference being the snow is oh so very cold.
With all that snow piled up comes weight bearing down on homes. The first thing you think of is the roof, but what about a deck? What about a deck that is structurally inferior?
I found such a deck covered … (13 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: How Far Should The Home Inspector Go? - 01/16/11 12:47 AM
Two posts this morning have led to this post. First was Jay Markanich's post on the Home Inspectors Hippocratic Oath which in turn inspired Lenn Harley's post, What About Home Inspection Interference By The Seller?
Lenn described a situation in which the seller has left important areas of the home blocked and therefore uninspectable. Every inspector comes up against road blocks on every inspection. Most homeowners put little importance on access to their electric panel or water meter. To most homeowners I believe these things are just something that has little significance, consequently they pile stuff around the water meter or … (20 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: The Outlet, The Switch And The Light - 01/14/11 11:37 PM
Home inspection is an interesting profession, you almost always find something new and exciting while poking through someone's home.  Often times the curiosity is benign and not reason for any real concern. Then there are the whoppers, problems which can, in some instances, actually pose a potential danger.
While inspecting a 40 year old raised ranch style home not long ago I came across what I would term some extremely unique wiring. The home had clearly been not particularly well maintained with some "Uncle Bob" type work here and there. The customer had said to me several times she though there … (12 comments)

home inspections connecticut ct: Wordless Wednesday -- A Little Color On A White Day - 01/12/11 12:39 AM

 

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home inspections connecticut ct: Myths And Fire Place Legends - 01/11/11 12:22 AM
The other day I wrote about a wood stove sharing a chimney with a home's heating system boiler. The gist of the post was installing a wood stove into the chimney flue for the heating system is not only a dangerous practice, it may not be allowed by building codes and or the manufacturer. I had touched on in the comments about inspector myths concerning stove installations. There seems to be more than a few of these in the home inspections industry. One of these myths has to do with wood stoves installed into fire places.
For years in Connecticut I … (13 comments)

 
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