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Countertops

Countertops are so common that we overlook them. You might even say, we take them for "granite"! Granite, soapstone, and marble all come in many varieties, are durable, and heat-resistant for most residential needs. These options are exp...
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Abbreviations Part 2

Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Terms. There is so much information to convey in the course of a property inspection that can take a mouthful to say. For ease in writing and internally, we shorten terms and phrases with acronyms or abbreviations. Our in...
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Abbreviations Part 1

Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Terms. There is so much information to convey in the course of a property inspection that can take a mouthful to say. For ease in writing and internally, we shorten terms and phrases with acronyms or abbreviations. Our in...
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Baseboard Heaters Below Windows

Why are Electric Baseboard Heaters below windows? – it never made sense to me that baseboard heaters are located below windows. Windows are typically far less resistant to heat loss than the rest of the exterior wall – whether it is insul...
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R-Value Insulation

R Value (insulation) – insulation is rated by its R Value, or its resistance value. This is the number that represents how much the product resists heat transference. The higher the r value, the better it resists heat transfer. This means insul...
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ACCA

ACCA, or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, is a code regulation designed by HVAC (Heat Vent Air Conditioning) specialists for use by contractors who build structures. As an early reminder, we are not HVAC specialists, and we are not code i...
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Light Bulbs

Light bulbs – there are so many type of light bulbs that it is impossible for me to address. But I will discuss a bit about the five most common around your house. The original light bulb (1) was incandescent. It ran a lot of power through a...
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Main Water Shut Off

Main Water Shut Off Valve could be just about anywhere in or around your home. It is very important to know how to shut off water in case of a plumbing leak flooding your house. There are typically small valves at every water fixture – sinks, t...
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Code Compliance

Code compliance: This is a great idea to protect your home! Each home is different, and there is no single way that every system or component must be installed. Below will provide a base guideline to plan for code compliance inspections in a 2010 hom...
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Furnaces

Furnaces – there are so many ways to heat a home, and even within the specific category of gas fired central forced air furnace, there are several types. I won’t be discussing those types here. Instead, I want to convey how simple they ar...
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