I assume when the fireplace industry named them “Vent-Free” the move was to play upon the term “free”. I’d like to offer you this opportunity to watch a short video (with Quiz) and to read this article by Dr Allison Bailes. I often quote Dr Bailes here on Real Estate Reality and do so again: Yeah, […]
I got a call from a past inspection client this morning. He has a valid concern: frost forming and water dripping from his decking – inside his attic. The frost forming in his attic is basic building science. 1) Super cold temps (frigid air) are present in your attic and mixing with 2) Warm moist air […]
I am available for Ride-Along inspector training. Please adhere to the following. Before the Inspection | On the Day of the Inspection | After the Inspection As part of being an ASHI Associate on an ASHI Parallel Inspection, your responsibilities include: Being respectful of the full ASHI Certified Inspector (and possibly another ASHI Associate) before, during and after […]
I remember that morning like it was yesterday. I had traveled to a west coast city for a business meeting. I awoke earlier than usual and for some strange reason I felt the need to take a walk. My hotel was located in a fairly safe area of town and gave in to the urge. […]
HOUZZ SLIDE SHOW :: Bathrooms by the Numbers If you’re considering upgrading your home’s bathroom one of the first questions to ask yourself is does this make a smart investment. Other than the kitchen, the bathroom is the most renovated room in the home and in terms of value you’ll recoup, on average, about $6.50 […]
Over the years I’ve built hundreds of fireplace mantels. I’m often asked: What is the typical and safest distance between the mantle piece and fireplace? RULE OF THUMB (considering the mantel is wooden) The most common measurement is to place it 12″ above the top of the fireplace system, and for every additional inch that the […]
We know that efflorescence is a fine, white, powdery deposit (see photo at right) of water-soluble salts left on the surface of masonry as the water evaporates. These efflorescent salt deposits tend to appear at the worst times, usually about a month after the building is constructed, and sometimes as long as a year after completion. Three conditions must exist before efflorescence will occur. If one is left out, efflorescence cannot form.