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posted on Mar 10th, 2011
roofing
What Condition Is Your Roof Really In?
Roofing which may appear fine from the street is often seen to be in poor condition when viewed up close by your inspector. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
exterior
Seal Windows with Proper Flashings
Caulking is almost never a suitable substitute for proper flashing. Window and door flashings require a high level of care and expertise during installation. Asking “What were they thinking”? would apply here. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
exterior
DIY - Not Always a Great Idea
Wouldn’t glass blocks look lovely honey? Seek professional help. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
Ditch Those Old, Unsafe Heaters
Old room heaters are outdated and potentially unsafe. Time to upgrade into the current century. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
Replace Water-Damaged Ducts
Has there ever been water below the house? That’s a flood line on the side of the ductwork. These ducts should be replaced. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
Duct Taping Asbestos Ducts - Don't do it!
New ducts cannot safely be connected with duct tape to old ducts covered with asbestos material. Time to call a professional. Duct tape is good for many things- except ducts. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
Beware Unwanted Guests
Rodents and small critters love duct insulation. Let’s seal up all those small openings into the subfloor area. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
Improper Dryer Venting
Dryers should vent downwards if possible, but definitely not up the brick flue to the roof! Dryer vent fires are all too common in clogged dryer vents. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Choose Your Plumber Wisely...
The plumber got paid by the hour. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Don't Wait to Fix Your Plumbing Leaks
Its best to fix the plumbing leaks as soon as possible. Don’t wait. read more