How to Fix A Loose Screw in a Hinge or Door
DIY | Home Repair

How to Fix A Loose Screw in a Hinge or Door

First off, let’s get this straight. If you have a screw loose, I can’t help you with that, and welcome the club!  If you have a loose screw, we can fix that.  This trick will work on any wood surface where a screw is loose or the hole is stripped out to the point that the screw…

ACMV-Manufactured Stone Veneer- The Next Big Problem in Construction
ACMV Manufactured Stone Siding | Building it Correctly | Home Inspection Stories | Home Repair | New Construction | Stories from the trenches | The way it is

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
Attic Insulation | Building it Correctly | DIY | Home Repair

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…

Are Ungrounded Electrical Outlets Safe?
Electrical | Home Repair | Safety

Are Ungrounded Electrical Outlets Safe?

HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE UNGROUNDED OUTLETS Most of the time, you can simply look at your outlets and see if you still have the old ungrounded style or not.  If you only see two vertical slots, they are ungrounded.  However, I see lots of older houses where folks will replace their outlets with new…

Insulating Your Attic Access Scuttle Hole
Home Repair | Be green. Save green. | Building it Correctly

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…

Best of 2015 Part 2
Electrical | Home Inspection Stories | Home Repair | Safety | Stories from the trenches | The way it is

Best of 2015 Part 2

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Best of 2015 Part 1
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Best of 2015 Part 1

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How to Air Seal Electrical Boxes in 3 Steps
Air Sealing | Be green. Save green. | Building it Correctly | Electrical | Home Repair

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…