home inspectors in connecticut ct: Commode Commander - 08/24/12 09:51 PM
As a home inspector here in Connecticut, one thing I have seen a lot of are toilets. Yep, no avoiding it, they are in every house. Most houses have more than one bathroom, so they also have more than one toilet. Sometimes there is even a toilet without a bathroom. Unusual, but not all that rare.
One thing about toilets is they are all basically the same. Sure some are white, some are green and some are blue, but the shape and design are all pretty darn similar. They all work the same too, everything goes in the big pool and … (10 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Out of Bounds - 08/21/12 10:32 PM
For anyone who has played sports, out of bounds has clear meaning. In our everyday lives it can be less defined. However in our chosen profession it's again often pretty clear where the limits lie. The limits of a home inspector's professional responsibility are continually being examined and questioned. Not necessarily by the public or those in the real estate profession, all though that is true, but by the inspector's themselves.
Home inspectors must continually gain information through continuing education classes and through their own research. Inspectors who wish to stand out from the pack often obtain special certifications which require … (10 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: An Unusual Choice - 08/14/12 10:09 PM
Unusual choices, I find them quite frequently while inspecting houses. Sure there is no accounting for some ones personal taste, they may find the bright green walls in the dining room appealing. On the other hand when it comes to the choices made for repairs and construction, personal taste should be extremely limited. While the methods of accomplishing the same task are as varied as the people who perform them, it is the end result that matters.
In construction there is little formal instruction, because in the state of Connecticut contractors are not required to be licensed. The learning is often … (9 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: No Squash Could Mean Squish - 08/12/12 09:53 PM
I bet for many not having squash would be a delight. I for one always enjoy a nice helping of most any variety of the tasty gourd. The word squash also has non gastronomic meanings. For example the racket game. Not sure how they came up with the that one. I think the most common connotation would have to be to compress, for instance, squashed like a bug. As a home inspector, I prefer not to find building components squashed.
Houses, to somewhat over simplify, are built of wood sticks stacked and nailed together. In more recent years the "sticks" have … (12 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Fact is... - 07/30/12 09:44 PM
Stranger than fiction or so it's said. As a home inspector in Connecticut, I happen upon the strange and unusual, and dare I say innovative, at least several times a month. The mind it is also said works in strange and unusual ways or am I mixing up my adages. No matter, the creativity of people will never cease to amaze me.
Take for example this nice little ranch house. You may be able to tell that this part is an addition. Nothing strange or unusual about that, right? But if you're sharp eyed you might be able to spot something … (30 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Time to Pull the Plug - 07/26/12 10:19 PM
Being a home inspector means that I am not an specialist in any one area. Home inspectors are generalist. Now there are some inspectors I know that hold trade licenses and therefore would be considered an expert. That would not be me however.
Since I am a generalist, I have to be careful not tread into the experts territory unless I am confident in my information. For example with heating and cooling equipment it is generally not wise to call a unit in need of replacement. While a furnace or A/C compressor may in fact be close to a hundred years … (32 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: The Advantage is Fear - 07/24/12 10:05 PM
I was recently contacted by a homeowner who was seeking direction and advice on maintaining his home. He was in a quandary over suggestions he had received related to preventing ice damming. His concern stemmed not from the snow and ice damming that occurred around the area in the winter of 2010 - 2011, but instead from some hired "experts". His story from my perspective is one that demonstrates how fear and ignorance can be used to swindle unsuspecting homeowners.
This homeowner, will call him Mr. D, clearly meticulously maintains his house. It is very clean. Mr. D being someone who … (52 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Christmas Decorations in July?! - 07/22/12 10:01 PM
Inspecting the exterior portion of a townhouse style condo recently, I noticed a few bright streamers attached to the corner of the building flapping in the early morning breeze. My first thought was, someone has left their Christmas decorations up a little long. As I walked around the exterior I noticed more of the same streamers attached to the building.
These bright and shiny streamers actually have a purpose. While they may appear to be a decoration, they have nothing to do with Christmas. They actually have a very specific purpose.
Can you guess what these streamers are doing?
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home inspectors in connecticut ct: Now That Ain't Cool - 07/06/12 09:49 PM
Cool has for generations of young and old alike pretty much means basically the same thing. From the Fonz to Ferris Bueller cool means popular, awesome, groovy, wicked or fly. When something ain't too cool, it's not okay.
With the temperatures in the 90s lately here in Connecticut, cool also means staying cool and that means air conditioning. Central air is popular here, all though not in use for more that three to four months a year, many house's have a system.
Part of my routine for checking the outdoor compressor is to look at the units data plate and open … (12 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Toasted Marshmallows - 07/04/12 10:17 PM
Ah summer, a time for campfires and barbeques. There is nothing quite like cooking over an open flame in the great outdoors. Its hard to beat the flavor enhancement of wood smoke. When the cooking is done and the meal has been eaten, it is time for desert. When there is a camp fire going or even a charcoal grill, marshmallows are sure to be part of the dessert fare. There is something magical about toasting and eating marshmallows around a fire.
While imagining toasting marshmallows is a comforting image, finding toasted electrical wiring does not make one all warm and … (10 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Another Brick in the Wall - 07/01/12 09:28 PM
I can remember back when I was a teenager waiting for the latest Pink Floyd album to come out, The Wall. What me and the rest of the crowd found excellent was this Floyd album was a double. Twice as much music to enjoy. You can never have too much Floyd.
The other morning while wending my way through a large, maze like finished basement, looking for things interesting primarily only to me, I opened a door and found a wall. It was not The Wall, but a brick wall. It did immediately strike me that this was an odd place … (10 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Inspected Once, Twice, Three Times - 06/24/12 09:41 PM
In the present state of the real estate market, multiple inspections occurring on the same house has become common. For one reason or another, and I take those reasons with a grain of salt, a house doesn't make it to the closing table with a previous buyer(s). In this month alone I have inspected two properties that had previous buyers and inspections. One of these homes had two buyers and two home inspections.
With both these houses I was informed of the previous inspections by the listing agent. This information was said in such a way as if to say, "your … (38 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Kindergarten Electrical - 06/22/12 10:20 PM
One topic in school science was electricity. My two girls have both had this subject in elementary school over the last few years. Both have come home with various projects involving batteries, wires and the construction of a basic circuit. Dad was like a kid in a hardware store.
What is taught to the children is that electricity needs conductors in order to flow and create a circuit. The other part of this lesson is insulators. Electricity can not flow through insulators, only conductors. The kids easily grasp this concept and have fun making circuits.
Some where along the way to … (8 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Where's Fluffy? - 06/07/12 09:04 PM
Have you ever happened upon a product with a name that seems just oh so fitting? It's name alone conjures up images of said item performing with Herculean strength and style. Car names like Mustang or Viper sound awesome, but Le Car not so much.
The other morning I opened a sink cabinet and was greeted by the big, bold Bone Crusher! The Bone Crusher is an under sink garbage disposer. I think the marketing team should be given big bonuses for coming up with the name.
While the name is fitting, its not such a good idea to put anything … (13 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: It Grew and Grew - 06/05/12 09:51 PM
It can be mind numbing to realize how something we own or indulge in has become a huge almost out of control monster. For example that collection of beer cans from around the world or a figurine set that looks like Times Square on New Year's Eve.
Or a house that over the years has grown and grown through addition after addition.
Such was the case on a recent home inspection. The original home was a modest cape code style with it appeared three bedrooms. The home was now a small manor with five bedrooms and no less than five additions. … (8 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Connecticut's Bloom in Bloom on a Wordless Wednesday - 05/29/12 08:59 PM
 

 
 
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home inspectors in connecticut ct: Pretzels, Braids or Twists? - 05/25/12 09:52 PM
Everyone enjoys pretzels. They go so well with certain adult beverages, mustard or just by themselves. The most common form of pretzel is the familiar twist. There are also braids and pretzel sticks. No matter the form, they taste delicious.
Pretzel has also become a word associated with something or even someone that is twisted. My favorite being Pretzel Logic.

When inspecting an electric panel in a Connecticut home recently I was reminded of pretzels, braided pretzels. Now I'm certain when most people look at the inside of a standard house electric panel, they are reminded of another food, spaghetti. … (28 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: An All Electric House - 05/20/12 09:46 PM
Yes its true, there are many all electric houses. No gas or oil to provide heat or hot water, which in Connecticut can be a very pricy way to run your home. For those who aren't aware Connecticut has some of the highest electric rates in the country.
As a home inspector in Connecticut inspecting the electric system is one part of the home inspection process. One of the most important parts of the electrical system in each and every house is of course the electric service panel. Typically the panel is located in some out of the way part of … (8 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Making Permanent Bonds - 05/12/12 10:09 PM
On this mothers day, we celebrate arguably the strongest bond in nature, the mother child bond. No atomic attraction, no chemical bond, not even gravitational pull can be said to be as powerful. A mother's dedication is so inherent, she will sacrifice her own well being to protect her children.
Since I am a home inspector, I may not possess strong motherly bonds, but I do seek out bonding. No, not hanging out the guys, I look for it in electrical panels.
Electrical bonding and grounding is a subject that will put the most enthusiastic student into a stupor. Believe me, … (6 comments)

home inspectors in connecticut ct: Everyone Loves a Warm Bath - 05/06/12 09:04 PM
You have finished up a long work out session with the lawn or maybe you just finished exercising, you're sticky, stinky and your muscle ache. A nice hot bath is just the ticket to loosen those tired tight muscles. If you happen to have whirlpool tub, so much the better.
I see whirlpool tubs in quite a few homes I inspect here in Connecticut. I also see many that aren't used often. How do I know? When I fill the tub and run those massaging jets, black goop spurts into the bubbling water.
Part of inspecting a jet tub is as … (8 comments)

 
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