Category Archives: Process


Can I Just Cancel My DIY Channels?

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During a visit to a potential clients home, the recently retired husband asked me privately, “Hey, Joe can a guy selectively cancel just the DIY (Do It Yourself) TV channels?” I about snorted, good thing I wasn’t drinking milk at the time. The rise of the reality show Turns out the golf channel is his favorite. (Where it is summer all the time). His wife was leading me around the home pointing out one project she had in mind, after another. (Ala Mike Holmes) as he was cringing in the background. Although her ideas were sound, we had difficulty settling…

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Engineering 101

By | Architecture & Design, Concrete, Home Evaluations, Problem Solving, Process, Understanding your home | One Comment

We, ” Levco” just encountered another situation where the handy man would not be a good fit. Did you ever get the feeling that the (fill in the blank) just didn’t feel strong enough to hold a few folks in the same place. Weird feeling, trust your gut. I recall seeing a video of a post accident reconstruction. A newly constructed balcony had fallen off the second story of a home and killed a few people. I have seen several poorly supported structures in my day but nothing quite like this one. To be truthful a guy could argue that…

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Smoke Detectors & CO Detectors

By | Architecture & Design, Plans, Process, Safe Practices, The Law, Understanding your home | One Comment

The new 2009 IRC mandates wired together smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors be placed at the entry of each bedroom and outside the bedrooms in a common hall. This means that if one detector alarms then all of them alarm. When remodeling, there is a mandate to upgrade homes when a permit is pulled. Thankfully there are times when it would be a hardship and/or too complicated or expensive to retrofit the entire home. In some cases battery operated devices are still allowed. Essentially, If there is a crawl space below or an attic above then you are able…

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Building Code Updates

By | Electrical, Framing, HVAC, Plans, Plumbing, Process, Safe Practices, The Law, Understanding your home | One Comment

As of January 1st 2011 Boise City along with all of the other jurisdictions that adopt building codes, followed the states lead and adopted parts of the 2009 IRC international Residential Building Code. The last code was the 2006 IRC which was implemented in the same year. Plumbers use their own code 2003 UPC and electricians use their own code 2008 UEC, there are fire codes, mechanical codes, and energy codes to navigate as well. Thankfully the inspectors in this city are fantastic. As long as it is clear that they are not the enemy, they do a great job…

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