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posted on Apr 10th, 2012
plumbing
Flexible Drain Solution
This common solution to difficult drain connections is not approved. The folds in the pipe will collect gunk. read more
posted on Mar 21st, 2011
Ask Mike - Q & A
general
Most walls can be removed or modified, whether they bear weight or not. Many people today want a larger opening between the dining room and the kitchen. Every doorway in your house has a hidden beam across the top which bears the weight over the... read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
Ask Mike - Tips
electrical
Old, Original Electrical Services
Thousands of older East Bay homes still have the original 90+ year old electric services. These are fused systems which are often limited to a maximum of 30 amps. These systems were designed for a home with a few lamps and maybe a radio. Times have... read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
Ask Mike - Tips
general
The building code is updated approximately every three years. The newest code changes just came into full effect in January, 2011. One of the changes which will be of real interest to many homeowners and buyers is a new ceiling height minimum.... read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
subfloor area
House Framing Is No Simple Task
House framing is not child’s play! Many nonstandard repairs and modifications may be functional for a time, but what about when the ground starts shaking? read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
safety first
Dispose of Your Old Chemicals
Many homes have a stock of very old and dangerous chemicals. Proper disposal is important. Most counties have drop-off stations for these chemicals. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
safety first
Unfortunate Ceiling Fan Placement
Honey, would you get the Christmas decorations from the attic? Honey? read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
safety first
Look Out for Old Gas-Fired Heaters
Carbon Monoxide detectors will soon be required. Why wait? Get one now. Old gas-fired heaters may be leaking below the floor level. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
safety first
Unsafe Stairways
Again- watch out for your 2-year old and his little friends. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
safety first
Unsafe Railings
Lovely garden scene; unless you have a 2 year old. Many railing systems are outdated and potentially unsafe. Upgrading is usually not required. Common sense is needed here. read more