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2008 

A water heater is an essential item in every home. For safety every water heater requires a Temperature and Pressure Relief (TPR valve). If the water heater overheats the water, the TPR valvle will prevent it from exeeding 210 degrees or about 80 psig.  If either limit is exceeded, the valve open...
09/04/2008
A house is a structure full of walls, doors, and windows. A home is a structure full of warmth, emotion, and safety. If you work hard and are fortunate, your house is your home. It is easy to take you home for granted, but some short reflection now and then will help.
09/04/2008
The most common form of stucco or "exterior cement plaster", when applied to a wood frame structure requires precise and labor intensive installation: 1.  Wall prep with 2 layer of house wrap of with vapor permeability 2.  Plan and properly install plastic, premolded, joint edges and weep screeds...
09/04/2008
Most properties I inspect that are in foreclosure have greater problems: 1.  Usually the utilities have been off a long time, thus no A/C and lots of mold.  2.  Also, the sink p-traps dry out so it smells like a sewer. 3.  The evicted owners vandalize the property removing anything of value: ligh...
09/04/2008
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Every home in Florida should have a full gutter system to drain water off the roof and direct it away from the house.  In a two inch rain, a 2500sq.ft. house will shed more than 3100 gallons of water!! Without gutters the soil around a house becomes saturated, which will lead to errosion, uneven ...
09/04/2008
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Impact windows are high tech, can be expensive, but will avoid the cost of shutters, plus they are great sound proofing, and they prevent breakins. Every impact window sold should come with a certificate or a special label indicating it was tested and certified to meet Florida Building Code (FBC)...
09/04/2008
Attic insulation is measured by Resistance (R) to the flow of heat.  Different materials provide different insulation capacities.  General, one inch of insulation will provide an R value of 2-3 units.  So, six inches of insulation will provide a rating of about 12 to 18. Insulation is usually fib...
09/04/2008
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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters prevent electrocution and should be installed: 1.  within 6 feet of any sink 2.  along all kitchen counter areas 3.  at any and all outside outlets 4.  at all garage outlets They can either be present at the outlet receptacle or may be installed in the electrical...
09/04/2008
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Smoke detectors need to be installed in every sleeping room and each hallway leading to sleeping areas.  There must be a smoke detector on each level of a residence. The smoke detectors (new homes) should be directly wired  to 110V, with battery back-up, and they should be interconnected.  So, wh...
09/04/2008
The National Electric Code or NEC is updated about every three years. The NEC is actually maintained and updated by the NFPA, National Fire Protection Association. NFPA manages, maintains, and updates 300 codes and standards on a regular basis.  The NEC is volume number 70 of their 300 codes. The...
09/04/2008
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