Assuming it’s a small leak, one that’s hard to smell, the first thing to do is turn off the gas to the unit. There is supposed to be a shut off valve within six feet of and in the same room as any gas appliance. Turn this off and you should be good. Furnaces and […]
We are always busy with commercial business inspections which are challenging and fun. The commercial properties are all so different, drive thru beer stores, schools, car wash, an animal shelter, convenience stores, strip malls, motels, warehouses, so varied and then last week it was a Chinese restaurant. When we turned on the outside sign a […]
In life I have discovered that it’s a good policy never to assume that something works, that the door is locked, that you have your ticket and passport in your backpack as you head to the airport. Over the last 20 years of inspecting homes, offices, hotels and everything else from Chinese restaurants to schools, […]
The old saying: measure twice cut once can apply to many DIY projects. Before rushing out and buying what you think you need for a project, it can pay off to plan what you are doing. If it’s a big project tape it out on the ground or walls, measure, re measure and make sure […]
Video about reinforcing garage doors. The top of a garage door must be reinforced if it is going to be used with a garage door opener, otherwise the top panel will buckle and possibly rip the door out of the track. These bars or “struts” are not very expensive and are available from all garage […]
Air conditioners (condensers) positioned out of the way in a small space are not unlike unfortunate fliers in economy. They are in a space smaller than required and asked to behave as though everything is OK. When there are two condensers side by side they want 28” of space (yes, like leg room) between them, […]
Video shows connections; Where two electrical circuits share the same neutral wire, the two breakers must have a common trip and be fed from opposite phases which are alternated from one breaker to the next.It is a fire safety concern if they are incorrectly wired and positioned.
Recently we inspected a home in Yellow Springs built in 1920, our report mentioned that there was Knob & Tube wiring in the home. Our client was very diligent and immediately hired a licensed electrician to inspect the wiring and recommend if any rewiring would be necessary. The electrician went through the 900 Square foot […]
Video: Furnace must have a disconnect switch and not always where you think it might be.
In this day and age it’s all about multi tasking in our lives and multi purpose when it comes to equipment. Inspecting a home recently, we were surprised to find a secondary use for a kids paddling pool! Up in the attic, strategically positioned to collect water as it leaked into the attic was their […]
The lovely big new windows installed in this remodeled house “passed” the five point test to determine if they must be made with safety glass. Safety glass required when window meets all 5 requirements: 1) is less than 18″ from floor2) top of glass is more than 36″ above floor3) sash glass exceeds 9 sq […]
Sometimes we all get caught up in what needs to be inspected and what must be repaired when buying a home. All to often we forget what life is all about and what is important in life. Last week I arrived at a very small condo on a bright sunny morning and was greeted by […]
Video shows problem with casement sashes. Casement windows are windows with sashes that generally open with a crank handle and they are hinged at the side or top. All the top of the line casements windows are made of wood, some with an aluminum cladding on the exterior. The area that rots is the bottom […]
Inspecting a house in Xenia recently I got to question the thought process of architects. A nice small 900 square foot ranch did not have much space for the furnace so the architect put it in the crawl space (under the house). This is not a problem as long as it works, but like all […]