home inspectors connecticut ct: Mr. Plumber Meet Mr. Electrician - 10/07/10 12:53 AM
Introductions are nice. You get to meet and exchange pleasantries. Then there is usually some conversation. I often wonder if the tradesman every meet and greet.  Better yet do they "do" lunch. What a nice way for them to get to know each other and their respective trades.
Here is a fine example of not knowing your fellow tradesman. The plumber or perhaps general contractor ran this pipe for the sump pump right in front of two electric panels. The hose was far enough from the main panel to get the door open...barely, but it's still too close.
There is to be a … (15 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Wordless Wednesday - Rings - 10/06/10 01:19 AM

 
 
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home inspectors connecticut ct: Treasure Hunter - 10/05/10 02:24 PM
Wandering through attics and basement as frequently as I do it's not uncommon to stumble on something unique. I'm not intentionally treasure hunting or snooping. Well I am snooping but in a sleuthy sort of way. An unintentional benefit of poking around is finding neat stuff. At least I think it's cool. Sometimes I find a toy I remember fondly as a kid or perhaps a book. Other times it's an old record album, knickknack or poster. Whatever the discovery it often stirs a twinge of nostalgia.
Antiques aside there is so much treasure inside homes. Finding an old soft drink … (12 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Your Mother Always Told You Smoking Was Bad - 10/04/10 08:17 AM
Kids always know more than their parents and who ever listens to their mother. As a reformed smoker I'm entitled to a little sanctimonious preaching, so in my mind smoking is a filthy, disgusting habit. Yet I don't like making every smoker some kind of societal pariah for their addiction, especially when it used to be cool to smoke way back in the day. Boy were we dumb.
This same concept of smoking being bad can be said of other things. Take for instance your boiler. Actually a boiler does smoke when it's running, but that should be occurring in a … (15 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Could This Be Catching On? - 10/03/10 01:57 AM
A few months back I wrote about a new feature for the home I found during an inspection. This is unquestionably out of the box thinking. Way, way out of the box. I could see some merit in the idea, but felt it was ahead or perhaps behind it's time. Well can you believe it; someone picked up the ball and ran with it.
You can imagine my surprise when I rounded the corner of this home and found;
The Mother-In-Law Exit
It's not often you find similar innovative thinking and design on two separate homes. There may be some kind … (18 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Bricks Aren't Just for Building Walls - 10/02/10 02:41 AM
The humble brick, it has been a building block for centuries. Like many building materials, people seem to find new and creative uses for the brick. I showed a very inventive, albeit precarious use of bricks the other day. So it comes as no surprise the innovator that did the first job also likely did this one.
This is the heating boiler for home. It looks innocent enough, but take a close look at the top of the unit. That thing popping up is a cover for a flue pipe attachment. You know, the place where the smoke goes into when … (8 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Now That's Hot! - 10/01/10 02:05 AM
Getting into attics has to be one of the more challenging parts of inspecting a house. Most accesses are small holes in a tiny closet. On top of that there is almost always stuff in the way either in front of the opening or just inside the attic by the hatch. Some days I get lucky and the attic is accessible by stairs, either pull down or walk up. That always makes the inspection a little easier not having to lug a ladder through the house.
Once in a while I find an attic access on the outside of the house. … (11 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: There's Something Screwy Going On - 09/30/10 09:07 AM
There's something screwy going.  I find myself saying that every once in a while during an inspection. I'm going through the house and happen upon some oddity that starts my head to hurting from me scratching my scalp in wonderment.
Here is a great example of a head massaging moment. This screw jack was obliviously a bit short for the job. So what's a person to do when the jack doesn't measure up for the task at hand? Why grab some bricks and other stuff and shim it of course. That'll hold everything up real good. Yes sir it sure will now … (13 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Wordless Wednesday - Take A Peak - 09/29/10 01:19 AM

 

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home inspectors connecticut ct: Another Gulf Oil Spill in the Making? - 09/28/10 12:11 PM
That title might be a slight exaggeration. Okay a big exaggeration, but I wanted to get your attention. For those individuals who have or had an oil heating system, you are undoubtedly familiar with the tank where the oil for your furnace is kept. Some are inside the house some are on the exterior and some are under the ground. Just like anything oil tanks wear out. What happens when an oil tank wears out? It springs a leak. When that happens other little gushers are sure soon to follow. So what's the solution to a leaking oil tank?
Simple call … (6 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Electrically Stimulating Stretching - 09/27/10 12:04 PM
I seem to be running into electric service wire problems lately. On this Connecticut house there were two problems, one partially caused by the other.
The first issue was the height of the service wire. Judging by the equipment it would appear this service was never high enough from day one. The electrician who installed the mast oh so many years ago looks to have taken the shortest route to the street, not the tallest.
The wire should be a minimum of 12 feet above the ground to be considered safe. This wire might be 10 feet high at best. On … (5 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Satellite Like Accuracy - 09/26/10 10:35 AM
Satellite dish antennae are a common sight these days on many homes. As a Connecticut home inspector I have developed a un-appreciation for the installers of these roof sails.
I find more often than not poorly installed dishes and wiring. The installation method that drives me absolutely bonkers is the chimney install. This when some installation guru in is infinite wisdom sees the brick and mortar of the chimney as a good anchor point for his television roof top lollipop.
But I'm not here to talk about that particular install method. Instead I want to discuss the more common screwed into … (8 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Tales From The Flip: A Closer Look - 09/25/10 01:21 PM
Since the picture I posted from yesterdays blog was a bit small and a long shot, I thought I would post some close ups of the fine examples of plumbing work.
 
 
This is the main waste pipe leaving the home. Nice reduction. If your asking where's the clean out, it can be found much further up the line.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Just above the first picture is this tee in from the first floor bathroom and laundry.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
That's the 2 inch waste line form yesterdays picture. … (12 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Tales From The Flip; Have You Seen The Plumber Or What's Wrong Here? - 09/24/10 02:31 AM
The flip house, usually pretty on the inside, bad where it most matters. It's no secret what a house flippers goals are; buy a low priced "distressed" (POS) property, pretty it up for as little money as possible and then sell it for the most money possible. A simple plan, but in actuality it's often a recipe for construction disaster.
The whole process of the flip is, as with most business ventures, bottom line driven. Costs must be kept on budget and over runs to a minimum. A small construction budget or unexpected expenses will often result in creative solutions for … (12 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: If The Deck Is A Movin' - You'd Better Stop a Groovin' - 09/23/10 02:06 AM
A deck has to be one of the more sought after features in a home. Relaxing out on the deck on a nice morning enjoying your coffee is definitely one of life's simple pleasures. Unless the deck collapses, now it's a nightmare. Truly the likely hood of a deck falling while one or two people are on it is very slim, but put a group on a poorly supported deck and you greatly increase the odds. Either way there is no need to tempt fate.
Look at this large deck. Part of it is built on the ground and part off … (11 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Wordless Wednesday -- Bridging The Gap - 09/22/10 12:39 AM

 
 
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home inspectors connecticut ct: Beautiful View -- Norwalk River Connecticut - 09/19/10 01:07 PM
One of the benefits of being an inspector is some of the beautiful views I get to see. This vista is from a roof top patio over looking the Norwalk River in Connecticut. It was a bright afternoon made for lingering just a little longer in the warm sun. With a view like that could you blame me?

 

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home inspectors connecticut ct: That's Not Puddin' Down There - 09/18/10 10:04 AM
You kind of have to be thankful for indoor plumbing. Can you imagine having to go out side to the little shack in the back yard every time you had to do your business? Everyone has I'm sure had to use something similar at a park or an event. The worst part has to be having to see all that stuff just below the seat. Never mind the stench!
So you have to wonder why when a contractor removes a toilet from the basement floor, why doesn't he have the plumber seal the opening. I mean he must have gone to … (8 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Peeling is for Bananas - 09/17/10 11:52 AM
Peeling is for bananas, but not for paint. Peeling exterior paint is all too common a find during home inspections here in Connecticut. Take for example this dormer, one of three on this side of the home. In total this home had five, all with peeling paint and wood decay.
The problem began before paint was even applied to the wood. The clapboards were installed right against the roof shingles. Ideally there should be a gap left between the wood and the roof. When the paint was applied the section of wood against the roof never received primer or paint.
Bare … (6 comments)

home inspectors connecticut ct: Wordless Wednesday - A Back Yard Beauty - 09/15/10 12:51 AM


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