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Inspector Writes Article About Kickout Flashings - 0 Replies

The Inspector's journal - Fri, 05/24/2013 - 04:54
An article written by home inspector, Reuben Saltzman in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune explains why kickout flashings are so critical. The article includes a video. Check it out here.

Just Another Home Inspection Nightmare in B.C. - 5 Replies

The Inspector's journal - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:28

Home Inspection Nightmare in B.C.

Kansas Governor Vetos Home Inspector Registrations - 9 Replies

The Inspector's journal - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:22
Wichita Business Journal

Governor Sam Brownback has vetoed Senate Bill 37, which would have repealed the July 1 sunset of the Kansas Home Inspectors Professional Competence and Financial Responsibility Act, which created the board and the registration system in 2008.

In a news release, Brownb...

Realtor Calls Inspections Deal Breakers - 27 Replies

The Inspector's journal - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 05:44
He calls it the "Property Wars" - the process of negotiating, reaching a deal, getting an inspection and then being forced to re-negotiate based on an inspector's findings; and says buyers wield inspections like a bargaining chip - a deal breaker. To learn more, click here.

Canadian Group Calls For Regulation of Inspectors - 5 Replies

The Inspector's journal - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 05:32
An article in the online Daily Commercial News written by a Canadian contruction watchdog group, the Association des consommateurs pour la qualit? dans la construction (ACQC), reveals that group has just published a study that calls for regulation of the home inspection profession in the Canadian pr...

Barry Stone on Clients Attending the Inspection - 24 Replies

The Inspector's journal - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 05:16
Some inspectors prefer to work alone without the client attending; other inspectors prefer to have the client on site. It's a controversial topic among home inspectors.

Someone recently asked home inspection pundit Barry Stone to voice his opinion on the subject. To read his response, click her...

The revolution in home security

Home Renovation - Fri, 06/03/2011 - 13:01
Full control interactive security system. You arrive at the airport for your weeklong vacation and your heart drops as you realize in a panic that you forgot to activate your alarm system. Wouldn’t it be ideal if you could arm it from a distance somehow? Maybe someday in the future you sigh.

Is your home at risk for floods?

Home Renovation - Fri, 06/03/2011 - 12:55
Security systems protect against burglary, fire and floods, too. Over the years most homeowners can expect to experience at least one form of water damage to their home. It could be their washing machine hose that splits, their pipes that freeze and burst, the dishwasher that leaks, toilet that overflows, or water heater that fails.

Home safety checklist for cottage goers

Home Renovation - Thu, 06/02/2011 - 13:21
When you’re going away on your annual cottage vacation you want to rest – and rest easy too. You want peace of mind that your home is as safe as it can be from burglary or other damage.

Don’t let a break–in ruin your summer vacation

Home Renovation - Thu, 06/02/2011 - 13:18
By far, the most common threat to our home while we are away on summer holidays is burglary. Burglary, by definition, is a non–confrontational crime but being victimized can leave a family feeling vulnerable and violated.

Beware of the “silent killer” in your home

Home Renovation - Tue, 05/31/2011 - 11:37
You can’t see it smell it or taste it. It may be lurking in your home and, if not guarded against, can kill you and your loved ones while you sleep. Known as the “silent killer” carbon monoxide takes the life of hundreds of North Americans every year. It is actually the leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America.

WORKING SAFELY WITH LEAD-BASED PAINT

Home Renovation - Mon, 05/30/2011 - 13:55
Until recently, contractors, homeowners, and the general public in the U.S. had little knowledge of the dangers around them as they worked on older buildings. Many historic restorationists who focused on buildings from the 19th and early 20th century knew that the lead commonly used as a binder and colorant in old paint could poison them. In 1971, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) enacted laws to reduce lead in house dust in federally-assisted housing. It wasn’t until 1978 that the US outlawed the manufacture and application of lead-based paint. Most European countries had done so decades before.

Beginner’s Guide to Pool Chemicals, Part Two: Alternative Sanitizers and Maintenance

Home Renovation - Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:18
Swimming pool chemical maintenance is the most essential part of keeping your pool water healthy and enjoyable. There are a lot of sanitization options available on the market, and in this article we’re going to cover alternative sanitizers and specialty products that will keep your pool water sparkling and clean.

How to Shop for a Pool Or Spa Filter Online

Home Renovation - Thu, 05/26/2011 - 12:58
Before beginning your online shopping for a replacement pool or spa filter you should take the time to find out as much information as you can about your existing filter. Note down the manufacturer, model, part number, and even dimensions of your existing filter element that you plan to replace. Just about all of the major pool and spa filter manufacturers have websites where they provide product schematic diagrams which you can use to determine the exact part number of the replacement pool filter you need.

Algae Problems in Your Pool and the Effect on Your Pool Filter

Home Renovation - Tue, 05/24/2011 - 11:02
I'm not quite sure what environmental reasons create the perfect environment for algae. But when this situation happens, it is very difficult to control it with the typical methods.

Beginner’s Guide to Pool Chemicals, Part One: Chlorine and Bromine

Home Renovation - Fri, 05/06/2011 - 13:54
The key to keeping your swimming pool water clean and safe is proper water balance. It’s important to know what levels to maintain and how to adjust if they’re not correct. In this article, we’ll explain the benefits and applications of chlorine and bromine. This easy guide will help first-time pool owners achieve and maintain perfectly sanitized, sparkling clear pool water.

How to Install Hardwood Floors: Moldings and Trimmings

Home Renovation - Fri, 04/15/2011 - 10:51
Installing hardwood floors, especially in a do it yourself project, can be tough. Moldings and trimmings tend to be one of the less familiar topics in the installation process. However, adding these last touches tends to make a huge difference. Below is a brief description on the uses of the most common types of moldings and trimmings used to complete a room.

The Dirty Truth about Carpets

Home Renovation - Fri, 04/15/2011 - 10:47
Would you let your child crawl around in harmful chemicals? We may be doing just that when we put our young ones on the floors of our own home. Reports concerning the links between carpets and sickness are becoming a force to be reckoned with. The chances of have allergies, birth defects and cancer have been shown to increase when unclean, or poorly manufactured carpeting is left within a home.
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