Foundation cracks: get an engineer every time?

- According to the same article, this proper thing to do would have been to invite my client to “seek further evaluation by a structural engineer. ” Of course. Show me a home inspector who is only concerned about their own liability, and I’ll show you a worthless home inspection report. What else would an insurance company want us to do? My problem with this is that it provides zero value to my client. . All it does is protect me and my insurance company ..More

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Hot circuit breakers and dimmer switches

- You’ll notice that I didn’t explain exactly how to correct this. I do this intentionally because I’m not going to do the work. This situation could be easily fixed by replacing the dimmer switch with a simple toggle switch, by installing a dimmer rated for a higher wattage, or by installing bulbs with a lower wattage. . Any of those would be fine, but as the home inspector, I don’t design the repairs ..More

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Egress requirements and the two-opening myth

- There has to be a large group of home inspector trainers who tell home inspectors that every bedroom needs two methods of egress. I’ve heard this repeated by home inspectors in online discussions more times than I can count, and it’s based on nothing. More is fine, but not required. This is a total myth. . A bedroom needs one method of egress ..More

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How to replace a shutoff valve the easy way: use a SharkBite®

- I made a video to show the process, assuming the water piping is copper, and the flexible supply line has already been disconnected. The process is almost identical for PEX and CPVC, but not galvanized steel pipes. Please check out the video below. ..More

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Sewer inspections: old homes or all homes?

- As a home ages, the potential for sewer problems increases. I used to believe that problems with building sewers were almost non-existent for newer, plastic drain lines. J, has shared a bunch of sewer inspection videos with me over the past year showing failed, relatively newer sewer lines. It’s not true. . My sewer inspection guy, Joseph Whitters, aka Sewer Joe, aka Dr. I put together a short video of these defects, along with some commentary from Sewer Joe. Each one of these drain lines requires an expensive repair that I would absolutely not want to get stuck with as a home buyer ..More

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