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Your Copper Plumbing Pipes are Shot, NOT

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I recently had an interesting conversation with a client that had contacted a local plumbing outfit to fix a broken tub faucet. After looking in the crawl space he made it clear that the copper plumbing pipes need to be replaced because he saw evidence of corrosion at the joints. The home was 40 years old and there were no leaks, the client is into his preventative maintenance without a doubt. My first thought was to tell him to get a second opinion. Typically copper lasts 70-80 years or more and the green patina at the joints is called verdigris….

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A Visit To The Crawl Space

By | Fixing things, Home Evaluations, Indoor Air Quality, Problem Solving, Understanding your home, Water Awareness | No Comments

Nobody really wants to admit that they have one especially if you haven’t been down there for a while or ever. I just bought a new to me 1988 home and what I found told a story. Fortunately, I had a prepurchase inspection and so there was not much shocking to deal with. As a teaching tool, here is what I found and what I did not find. What I Found I knew that there had been a substantial flood. 30K worth and so there was a nice new Visqueen on top of the old stuff which I thought was…

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Whole House Water Filters

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Nothing gives a guy a warm fuzzy feeling than knowing that your home is protected by a whole house water filter. I took it one further and added a secondary filter beneath the sink that provides water to a drinking spigot and the ice maker in my fridge. All is good unless you forget to change them. Yup, I just purchased a new to me home, and there in black on white was a date that sent shivers through me. That date was 4 years ago. NO, IT COULDN’T BE! Nobody would leave a filter in that long. Turns out…

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I Bought A Cool Tool

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I recently replaced a Garbage Disposal for a friend and struggled to get the darn thing attached to the collar. Then once installed, I realized that I had not installed the little protective rubber piece that keeps big things from falling in and pieces from shooting out. I had to remove and reinstall it. Sweating and cursing I decided there had to be a better way. Well, I found one. I weighed a few and determined that this one was going to last longer and be able to fit into my tool bag easier with less chance of breaking. I…

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Tell Me About Garbage Disposals

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These things were designed as a convenience and have essentially become a necessity. There are all kinds of them, you get what you pay for. A steel interior will eventually rust. A stainless steel one will not rust. Cleaning them periodically with ice cubes and baking soda is a good fix. Old Wives Tales: Throwing eggshells down the drain is a wise move. BUSTED. Do not send eggshells down the monster. It will clog the system. Grease down the drain is OK. BUSTED. Do not put grease hot or cold down the drain or Garbage Disposal. Grease is difficult to…

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How Come My Water Pressure Is Low?

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One of the silliest things I see is when the incoming water line is choked down for a valve then made larger again. What the hell were they thinking? This reduces the volume of available water or gas for that matter. This one goes from 3/4″ down to 1/2″ then back up to 3/4″ Go From Big to Small It is easy to see and such a bozo no-no that I chuckle when I write about it. The ball valve is great it is just the “RONG” size. The Rule of Thumb The rule of thumb is that the more…

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The Location of Things Matters

By | Energy, HVAC, Understanding your home | No Comments

I tend to be very observant. I am always on the lookout for a good story. This one got me chuckling. I went to pump down and disconnect an AC compressor from a home that we were going to do a significant remodel to. I noticed that the unit was quite filthy. A filthy, clogged AC compressor makes me nuts because it decreases efficiency and wastes energy. My HVAC contractor was brushing off lint and got a good laugh. No Wonder it is so Filthy We have some cottonwoods in the area and they are easily cleaned with a steady…

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New Great Use For A Home Inspection

By | Home Evaluations, Understanding your home | No Comments

As I visited with a client that had lived in their home for 20+years. and wants to live out their lives in the same place. As I walked around looking at the overflowing shopping list of to-do’s, it dawned on me. Rather than me telling them what needed to be done, that a third party would be a better way to express what needed to be done. Sure I can remodel the bathrooms and eliminate some bedroom skylights but for the subjective things IMHO it is not my place to say. Who is Best  Suited to Give Advice? As trustworthy…

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My Floor Feels Like A Trampoline

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In an effort to make houses as comfortable as possible you set up your stuff and it looks good, some stuff is fragile and you would assume that the floor is stable but we see all sorts of stuff that flys in the face of a solid floor. The Big 3 Questions Turns out there are all sorts of approved floor assemblies. Back a hundred years ago they would guess at what size boards were good enough, how far to span them, and how far apart they were. Sometimes they would guess correctly, other times the assemblies were left missing…

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How Old is My Water Heater?

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A neighbor of mine had me come over to fix a supply line that had failed on his ancient water heater. Apparently, I had told him a few years ago that the supply line was failing and he needed to fix it. To my shock, he reported that he uses some Flex Seal in an attempt to fix it and ended up having a small flood. The secret is hidden in the serial number. Each vendor has a unique dating system. Look up the make and model to determine how yours was dated. It is hidden on this ID plate….

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