When the house was remodeled and the electric service upgraded the electrical inspector failed the inspection and notated three items that required correction. Somehow this was overlooked and the house was sold to a new owner who had it inspected before move in. The issues noted on the back of the inspection tag should have […]Read More about Updated Wiring Issues Never Corrected
Churches and other places that have large gatherings generally have restrooms that are large with numerous commodes separated by partitions, each with its own door. So imagine our surprise when we came across this bathroom in a church Sunday school that gives the phrase “public toilet” a new meaning.
Looking at buying a new house? Or possibly you already own one. If it’s an older home from the first half of the 1900’s look at the electric meter base. That’s the metal part that the glass attaches to, if it’s anything other than round you are good! If it’s round it’s only rated for […]Read More about You Need a New Electric Service
Inspecting a movie theater we came across the water fountain, or should we say a family of water fountains! Who needs popcorn and sodas with this attraction in the hallway.
When it comes to garbage disposals there one common issue that seems to repeat itself house after house. The problem is that plumbers are not electricians and electricians are not plumbers. Most garbage disposals do not come with a power cord attached which means that the plumber has to do his/her best to wire it […]Read More about Is Your Garbage Disposal a Club Member
In the photo there is a big nut on the pipe going into the controller of this furnace. As piping is connected together coming from the controller and in the opposite direction from the gas line you need a way of connecting both pipes: a union. There is a lot of discussion about there being […]Read More about Union inside Furnace enclosure
An old bank building from the early 1900’s has a series of these heavy fireproof doors dividing up the basement so that any fire caused by exploding boilers would not spread throughout the building. These “Fyrgard” doors were made by The Richmond Fireproof Door company of Richmond Indiana. Founded in 1891 and had a 50th […]Read More about The Company No Longer Exists, their doors do!
A higher efficiency furnace costs more than a standard furnace. Manufacturers realized there was a simple way to make a relatively ordinary furnace high efficiency and add a few bucks to the price. The idea is simple and straight forward. A gas furnace sucks in air and burns it with the gas, the air and […]Read More about “Incomplete Installation” of Furnace
This was a first, a rental water heater! In 23 years and more than 10,000 inspections I was sure there was not much more that could surprise me, but then there in an older house I am stopped by the very large notice on the water heater saying it was a rental. Our buyer goes, […]Read More about A Rental Water Heater: Who would have though?
Finishing up a one year warranty inspection we did a final walk around the exterior of the home and noticed that the exterior basement window had a slight angle to it. Well boys being boys, we had to touch it, seemed OK, pushed on it, no problem, gave it a pull and out it came, […]Read More about New Construction Oops,
It never ceases to surprise our inspectors when performing a final inspection on new construction, that there is less insulation in the attic than the buyers contract stipulated. Most of the new builds this year are getting between sixteen and twenty one inches of fiberglass in the attic. Before it is “blown in” the installer […]Read More about New Home Inspection, Inadequate Insulation
The home has a very serious termite problem, active termites across full width of the living room front wall right up to the ceiling, across into a bedroom and back along two of the garage walls. It appeared that the home owner was an older person and they had not realized that there was a […]Read More about Home Owner Ripped Off: No termite Treatment
Having spent an hour on the internet I cannot find any information on this portable gasoline powered saw. It has to be one of the earliest portable self powered saws made, one cylinder engine, belt drive (the original was probably leather), steel wheels, wooden chassis with two handles for maneuvering it, a sliding cutting table, […]Read More about Rare Gasoline Powered Saw
Brick chimneys need regular attention and maintenance, neither of which appears to be given to most of them. It is more common to find problems with brick chimneys than not, all of which can be expensive. Price is also based on accessibility, steepness of the roof, height of the roof and of the chimney, dangerous […]Read More about Chimney Issues Explained