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GFI, Ground Fault Circuit Breakers

 A $15 Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFI)  could save your life,   Don't put it off any longer. One of the most often listed defects found by home inspectors, building code officers and city occupancy officials is lack of ground fault circuits interrupters or GFI outlets and breakers. Where should you install GFI outlets?  GFIs are required by the National Electrical Code (NEC) in all new kitchens, bathrooms. crawl spaces, unfinished, basements, and outdoor receptacles.  Owners Read more [...]

Inspection Terms for Home Inspections

Inspection Terms for Home Inspections Most Realtors are familiar with the inspection terms used in a home inspection report however you may need help with explaining to your client; what they mean or how important they are.  Here is an alphabetical list of the most common home defects found during an inspection and a link to a full explanation of those inspection terms.Asbestos   Asbestos was widely used in building materials until the 1970's.  Although considered a health threat if disturbed Read more [...]

how to sell your home

How to Sell Your Home How to sell your home brings lots of advice, most of it is wrong or useless.  Unless you move every year or so you probably are not prepared for what is coming your way when you decide to sell your home.  Before You List your HomeDo your home work before you list your home.  There are many online real estate listing services that will give you an idea of what other houses in your neighborhood are selling for.  Most sellers believe their home is worth Read more [...]

Aluminum Wiring Problems

Does Your House Have Aluminum Wiring Aluminum wiring was used from 1965 until 1972 in some homes in our area due to a severe shortage of copper.  Originally considered a safe and economical substitute for copper wire, aluminum was used throughout the country.  The aluminum wire used at the time soon developed problems and its use was discontinued in residential branch wiring for 15 and 20 amp circuits in 1972. The Southwire Company improved the properties of aluminum wire and it is currently Read more [...]

Knob and Tube Wiring

Knob and tube wiring If your house was built before 1950 there is a good chance it will contain Knob and Tube  (K&T) wiring.  Knob and tube wiring  was used from the 1880's until the late 1940's.  Knob and tube wiring was almost always installed by a professional electrician.  Knob and tube wiring was considered very efficient and safe.  However as electrical demands increased, knob and tube wiring was phased out and replaced with modern products.There are a number of reasons it is Read more [...]

A Home Inspection May Save You Money

A Home Inspection May save you moneyA home inspection may save you money and  calm your nerves if  you are worried about the condition of the house you are about to purchase.  Have you heard horror stories from friends and co-workers about problems  they didn’t realize existed until after they moved into their new house?  Do you have questions about the house you are about to buy but don’t know who to ask for unbiased professional answers?  Never had a home inspection before?Unless Read more [...]

How To Choose And Install A Smoke Alarm

how to choose a smoke alarmHow to choose a smoke alarm. How to choose a smoke alarm and maybe save your life, is the first post in our series of home improvement and maintenance  tips.  Whether you own an older home or a new home I am positive you will enjoy our plain language explanations of many common problems found in the home.  Please feel free to comment on this post and offer suggestions for future posts. Smoke alarms could save 3000 lives a year We all know a smoke alarm saves Read more [...]

S-Traps vs P-Traps

S-traps are no longer allowed in new construction Years ago most plumbing codes banned S-trap configurations in favor of P-trap style fixtures. S-traps are no longer used in modern plumbing because on rare occasions with just the right conditions the water can be sucked out of the trap allowing sewer gas to enter your home. The risk from sewer gas can be much worse than just that terrible smell. Sewer gases can be poisonous or even explosive and are not to be treated lightly. S-trap failure requires Read more [...]

Stab-Lok Breaker Boxes

Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Stab-Lok Breaker boxes FPE Stab-Lok breaker boxes were widely used from the 1960's thru the 1980's, when they were finally taken off of the market.  Modern Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) circuit breakers are safe and widely used. FPE “Stab-Lok” breaker boxs are a different matter. Used widely in the 1960’s through the early 1980’s “Stab-Lok” breakers are considered to be a fire and electrical safety hazard. These breakers have a history of not tripping Read more [...]