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5 Common Installation Mistakes with Stone Veneer

stone-veneer-blog-image-1Stone veneer, or manufactured stone, has the appearance of natural stone but is made of concrete. The cladding has increased in popularity in recent years among builders and home buyer’s as it provides an upscale look. However, I routinely see incorrect installations that can lead to water penetration and concealed structural framing damage. The Masonry Veneer Manufacturer’s Association (MVMA) has very specific installation procedures that if followed, will result in a cladding that will last for years. Continue reading

Common Installation Mistakes with LP SmartSide®

lp-sidingComposite exterior cladding materials (siding) have gained more popularity over the past 20 years as they provide a high-end look, are paintable and more impact resistant than traditional siding materials like vinyl and aluminum. However, a significant amount of the installations I see in the field are incorrect per the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Below is a list of the more common installation mistakes I routinely see. Continue reading

4 Essential Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

fall houseAs the leaves begin to change colors, I’m starting to think about preparing my home for the fall season. I thought I would share my own personal maintenance tasks that ensure my home is a happy, healthy place for my family. Continue reading

Home Inspection Report Reference Guide

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Shocking Facts About Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)

A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is an electrical device that is designed to prevent injury or death from electrical shock by detecting low level ground faults.  A ground fault occurs when the current is leaking somewhere.  If the current supplied is greater than the current returned for a given circuit the current is going somewhere other than where it should.  Continue reading

Separating Facts from Fiction about Aluminum Wiring

Many homeowners and home buyers tend to overreact when I tell them I found aluminum branch wiring in their home during the home inspection.  They have this preconceived notion that the electrical system is not safe and the home is therefore dangerous.  So I thought I would spend some time to discuss the history, issues, and solutions with respect to aluminum branch wiring. Continue reading

5 Essential Spring Home Maintenance Tasks

Spring is finally here and if you’re like me you’re starting to think about preparing the yard and servicing lawn care equipment.  Perhaps you’re boxing up winter clothes and getting out spring and summer attire, or cleaning out the garage preparing for a yard sale.  These are all normal seasonal activities, but don’t forget about your largest investment; your home. Continue reading

Life Saving Facts about Smoke Alarms

I recently learned several new facts about smoke alarms that could literally save your life.  Just as technology has rapidly changed virtually everything we use for the better, smoke alarms too have changed recently.  Continue reading

Common Plumbing Material Defects – A Historical Perspective

Plumbing materials have changed through the years for the better becoming safer, cheaper, stronger, lighter and easier to install.  All of which adds up to make your home a better place to live. I thought I would devote a little time to discuss common plumbing defects associated with the material used relative to the time period it was installed.  Continue reading