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03/27/2016
During a recent inspection here in the beautiful city of Albuquerque New Mexico, I ran across a home that had a handy dandy back porch cover! The rear of the house was facing the south so the rear sliding glass doors were letting in a bunch of direct sunlight I'm sure. So the handy dandy man gets...
03/21/2016
Life as a Home Inspector can be a challenging one, we see all kinds of cool stuff, some amazing stuff, and some things are always good for a chuckle or even a rip roaring laugh! You just don't know, and they all are different! That's what makes it so interesting. The other day I inspected a home ...
03/14/2016
We get hail events here all the time. I would venture to say that for every rain storm event, there is a good probability that it will hail. Hail is a form of precipitation that falls from the sky as pellets of ice. The pellets can range in size from small pea-sized pellets, to hailstones as larg...
02/29/2016
I did this inspection a couple weeks ago, I'm sure not everybody knows what an Evaporative or Swamp Cooler is.  An evaporative cooler (or swamp cooler) cools the indoor air using evaporation.  It lowers the dry-bulb temperature of the indoor air. They have pads that are wet with water running thr...
02/25/2016
I did an inspection last week on a house that has been a rental for some time. I could tell when I was driving up it was going to be a lovely couple hours ahead of me. The place looked run down, as did the others in the surrounding area. I noticed that the attic access was on the gable end of the...
02/22/2016
Toasted... a word that comes to mind when you see a roof surface from a distance, and you already know what's happening up there before you climb that ladder. This one the other day was that way, or so I suspected as I arrived at the location. This house was built in 1936, and had the looks of a ...
02/17/2016
Probably every Home Inspector here on Active Rain has run across and blogged about Federal Pacific Electrical Panels. Well, I run across them here once in a while and last week was no exception. What is a Federal Pacific Electrical Panel and why are they so bad? Federal Pacific Electric Company (...
02/15/2016
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I have seen some really creative ways to run a dryer vent. We all know the dryer vent must discharge outdoors... right? Not into the garage, another room, the attic, it must be outdoors! Why? One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heatin...
02/12/2016
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Well, today I must report another casualty, one in which a Swamp Cooler, or Evaporative Cooler was mounted on a roof surface. I recently wrote a blog about mounting these things on a roof - here. It may not be very timely because we are in winter, but this one caused a major defect and I see it a...
02/09/2016
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