The Structure Tech training process

- I get a lot of training questions from aspiring home inspectors about how to get into this business and how to get trained. . I have some advice for people who don’t get hired by a company with an established training process, but first, I’d like to share our internal process here at Structure Tech. We’ve worked hard at developing a repeatable training process, largely by following advice found in The E-Myth ..More

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Fire separation between the garage and house; don’t say firewall

- The best term for this required separation is a fire-separation wall. In short, the garage needs to be separated from the house in case of fire, but this isn’t a fire-rated assembly, nor is it a firewall. ..More

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Plumbing Traps

- Every plumbing fixture needs to be equipped with a trap, which is basically a dip in a pipe that stays filled with water. Here’s a video explaining this whole blog post. At least, that’s what it’s supposed to do. A plumbing trap prevents sewer gas from entering your home. ..More

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Running toilet? Check the flapper.

- The chain should be long enough to have a little bit of slack so you don’t need to jiggle the handle to get the flap to close, but short enough to get the flapper to lift when the toilet is flushed. I consider this part to be pretty much common sense; the chain length is easily adjustable. After I recorded this, I realized that I kind of skipped over the chain adjustment. ..More

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Cold hard kitchen water

- Not only that, but the cartridges in my kitchen faucet used to constantly get ruined from the hard water deposits, and I’d have to replace the guts of my kitchen faucet every one to two years. I’d also constantly have hard water deposits build up around my faucet that I’d religiously clean every few months. It was very annoying. ..More

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