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How Can I Tell If I Need Gutters?

Maintain positive drainage by not allowing water to puddle near the foundation. The proper slope (angle of our lawn) should be at least 5%. That means your lawn should slope away from your foundation and be 5 inches lower, 10 feet away from your foundation.

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Wood Deck Framing Regulations Get Tougher and More Expensive

A new treated wood industry standard requires “Ground Contact” rated lumber even for above-ground deck joists and beams.

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Construction Coaching – Wet Lumber

:: Nail Pops – Interior Trim Cracks – Bowed Stud Walls :: These conditions could have very little to do with the quality of the sub-contractors and more to do with how the builder stored his lumber during construction, the temp and moisture level present at the time the frame is being built and how […]

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How to air seal the wall cavity and prevent improper insulation install.

5 Things The Seller Can Do To Prepare For A Home Inspection

Each week handymen across the country earn great money repairing homes under contract for sellers who listed their “not ready for prime time” home. There are literally dozens of issues I find each week that, if repaired in time, could have saved the seller hard earned cash. Most repairs are simple and could have been […]

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Lead Paint Warning

Lead Based Paint

If it’s red – there’s lead! We tested this window last week. Are you buying an older home (prior to 1978)? Your real estate agent will ask you to sign a lead paint disclosure statement (An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards) encouraging you to consider having your home tested for […]

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How Secure Is Your Folding Stairway Pulldown

Normally, you’d find a string hanging from the cover of the stairway. For outside locations that might present a bit of a security issue. A quick pad lock will help secure the hatch. Done…unless there was NO string to pull!

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Dryer Fires – How Safe is Your Home?

Statistics show that more than 15,000 residential house fires a year are caused by poorly maintained dryer vents. Here are some tell-tale signs of trouble ahead. The home I inspected had a vertical, schedule 40 PVC pipe installed in the wall that terminated through the roof. Peeking into the vent just behind the dryer, I […]

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Gary Smith - Home Inspector - Stairway

ATTIC STAIRS = Energy Wasting Hole in Your Ceiling

I’ve lost count of the number of homes I’ve inspected that have folding stairway built into the hallway or laundry room ceiling. More often than not the folding legs are not trimmed to the correct length or properly secured to the framing. That condition has the potential to create a fall hazard.  Additionally, the stair’s […]

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