Failed Manufactured Stone and Brick Veneer on New Construction Home.
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Failed Manufactured Stone and Brick Veneer on New Construction Home.

This new construction home suffered catastrophic water damage from a failed MSV and brick veneer installation. The scale of this damage led to a buyback from the builder, and we were able to see first hand how quickly things fall apart from water damage. You won’t believe what happened at home.

ACMV-Manufactured Stone Veneer- The Next Big Problem in Construction
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ACMV-Manufactured Stone Veneer- The Next Big Problem in Construction

LEAKING MANUFACTURED STONE VENEER CREATES MOISTURE PROBLEMS In 2012, I was called in by a homeowner here in Louisville, Kentucky, to look at his 2-year-old custom-built home.  The family had tried to hang curtain rods on the front wall, and they discovered that their drywall was too wet and mushy to hold a plastic wall…

DIY Guide To Blown-In Attic Insulation
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DIY Guide To Blown-In Attic Insulation

ATTIC INSULATION MATERIAL OPTIONS There are many choices available for you when it comes to attic insulation. Let’s take a quick look at the most popular ones, and discuss the pros and cons of each type. SPRAY FOAM INSULATION – If you have the money to pay for spray foam in your attic, then you…

Leaking Manufactured Stone & Leaking Windows Halt Progress on Custom Built Home
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Leaking Manufactured Stone & Leaking Windows Halt Progress on Custom Built Home

A botched stone veneer install on this new construction home has stopped all progress as the homeowners try to figure out their next move. I travel 600 miles to Arkansas and help solve their problems of poorly installed manufactured stone veneer.

Best of 2016 – A collection of Home Inspection Blunders
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Best of 2016 – A collection of Home Inspection Blunders

HOME INSPECTION HIGHLIGHTS 2016 Ah yes, another year has come and gone.  Let’s take a look at my annual top pictures from 2016!  I typically do top a 10, but this year I’m expanding it to 12; there is just too much good stuff not to share it. Once again I wish to say a…

Insulating Your Attic Access Scuttle Hole
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Insulating Your Attic Access Scuttle Hole

Most insulation I find in the attic of homes is air permeable (air can travel through it). This means while your insulation in the attic may slow the flow of heat via radiation, it will not stop airflow from the living space, which carries heat via convection, if there is a path for air to travel. The rule here…

How to Air Seal Electrical Boxes in 3 Steps
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How to Air Seal Electrical Boxes in 3 Steps

HOW TO AIR SEAL YOUR ELECTRICAL BOXES Stopping these leaks or drafts is a small piece of a larger puzzle, but still a piece nonetheless. The first thing you do is kill the power of whatever you are working on.  Don’t try any of this on a live circuit or you could be shocked or…

Best of 2014 Part 2
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Best of 2014 Part 2

I’m a bit later than I wanted to be getting this written, but hey, better late than never. If you missed the first part of this post you can see it here: Best of Home Inspections 2014.  So without further ado, the second half of the Best of the Worst pictures of 2014.   A waterfall…

Best Of 2014  Part 1
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Best Of 2014 Part 1

Another year older, one or two more gray hairs found, and a stack of pictures to choose from.  It’s hard to whittle it down to just a handful, but I selected the top 10 problems found during home inspections this year. A Cold Fireplace – This is a picture from a one year old home.  The owners…

Deck Damage: Is your back-yard escape ruining your home?
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Deck Damage: Is your back-yard escape ruining your home?

With spring just around the corner, your neighborhood lumber yard will soon be full of people buying stacks of treated lumber, ready to build a brand new deck.  Some are DIY’ers, some are paying a contractor, but from what I can see, they all need a little help. Remember the viral video of the Indiana…

Priming…yeah it’s that important.
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Priming…yeah it’s that important.

Priming…Most people hate it.  Why? They think it’s extra work.  I’m here to tell you it’s not, and your finished product will turn out much better with its use. I used to be a manager at a certain big retail giant…let’s call them “Glowe’s.”  One busy Saturday at Glowe’s I was stopped in the lumber department by…