Mount Washington Kentucky

Mount Washington Kentucky

After seeing a large increase of requests for home inspections in Mount Washington, KY I decided to write this post to try and help my out-of-town folks pull in as much information as possible about the great little town of Mount Washington, KY.

If you are considering a move to the Louisville, KY area, you will not find a faster-growing small town than Mount Washington.

How to age a Bradford White Water Heater?
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How to age a Bradford White Water Heater?

How to age a Bradford White Water Heater Determining the age of your Bradford-White water heater can be tricky if you don’t have the associated table to decode your serial number.   For unknown reasons, some manufacturers refuse to print a calendar date on the label to tell you, the homeowner, when a water heater…

Spiders In Kentucky – The Brown Recluse
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Spiders In Kentucky – The Brown Recluse

BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER IN KENTUCKY Brown Recluse Spiders in Kentucky– To some of us, they are the things nightmares are made of.  Some folks freeze in fear at the sight of one. They can make you produce blood-curdling screams and throw shoes at a wall.  Spiders.  Eight-Legged Freaks.  Demons from Hell.  Call them what you…

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.

How to Fix A Loose Screw in a Hinge or Door
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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
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ACMV-Manufactured Stone Veneer- The Next Big Problem in Construction

Updated for 2020! It’s been nearly five years since I wrote this series about the faulty installation of manufactured stone veneers, and the havoc it is causing unsuspecting homeowners.  I decided it was time for some new information so I’ve updated things with new images and information. It’s all the rage these days: Fake stone siding, manufactured…

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

A poorly insulated attic is easily one of the top 3 things I find in just about every home where I perform a home inspection in Louisville, KY.  I’d be willing to bet it’s like that in lots of other areas of the country as well.  So I decided that when I finally got around to…

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.

Your new flipped house will be a disaster…probably
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Your new flipped house will be a disaster…probably

Man. I’ve had my run of poorly flipped houses this year. So many in fact, that they have their own hashtag on Instagram called Mr. Flipper.  If you don’t already follow me there, you should. I see a lot of crazy things every day, and I post them all on Instagram. I have to admit, I…

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. 12. DIY PLUMBING DRAINS These flex-drains that…

Are Ungrounded Electrical Outlets Safe?
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Are Ungrounded Electrical Outlets Safe?

It never fails. At least once a week I inspect a house that has an ungrounded electrical system.  These are older homes with receptacles (or outlets, as everyone in my neck of the woods calls them) that only have two slots, and are missing the ‘3rd hole.’  That hole is for the ground conductor of…

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

Insulation, air movement, building science, blah-blah-blah. I know, most folks find it boring. But if you like saving money, and living in a comfortable house, stay with me here. One of the most common things I find at just about every home inspection in Louisville is a poorly insulated attic scuttle hatch (that is the spot you…

ACMV Part 3- Wall Details and Drainage
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ACMV Part 3- Wall Details and Drainage

START HERE TO READ THE FIRST POST IN THIS SERIES. THIS WILL HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND THE DETAILS FOR EACH SECTION OF THE ACMV SERIES. As I said before, flat walls are as easy as it gets when it comes to installing manufactured stone.  You really have to try to mess up an open wall, but you know…

Best of 2015 Part 2
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Best of 2015 Part 2

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Should you attend your home inspection?
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Should you attend your home inspection?

Yep, you SHOULD attend your home inspection.  You’ve called around. You’ve done your due diligence, or maybe you’ve gone with your realtor’s recommendation (see why that can be a bad idea here What you don’t know about hiring a home inspector) and you think you’ve found the home inspector you want to use in the purchase…

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…

Doing my job….and people hate me for it.
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Doing my job….and people hate me for it.

I got a phone call this week from a listing agent about a home I inspected a few days prior.  Now, getting phone calls from Realtors  that have questions about a particular item on a home inspection report is nothing out of the ordinary.  But this call was different.  This guy was angry.  He was angry…

How to Prevent a Leaky Basement
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How to Prevent a Leaky Basement

Let me start by saying there is no such thing as a waterproof basement.   When you build part of your house underground, there is always a chance you could get some water leaking in.  Ask anyone who has lived in a home with a basement for a long time.  Most have dealt with water…