Receptacle Testers

Hi Everyone! I wanted to throw up a quick video talking about receptacle testers.  As a home inspector, part of my job is to make sure that all the receptacles in your house are hooked up properly and don’t pose any electrical concerns for you or your family.  I’m able to do that by using…

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Small Branch Aluminum Wiring

Hey Everyone!  I’m back! Today let’s talk about 5 traits of Small Branch Aluminum Wiring that make it different from copper wiring.   I’ve written about the Five most common electrical problems I find during Charlotte Home Inspections, but today I want to add aluminum wiring to the list. Chances are you’ve heard about the dangers of…

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Different Types of Respirators

Howdy Hippies, This blog post is going to be for all the hippies out there. I admit it – I wear respirators. And if that wasn’t enough, mine is actually pink.  Look, I’m a home inspector. I’m in two attics and two crawlspaces everyday.  I’m exposed to fiberglass, asbestos, lead based paint and mold on an almost…

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5 Home Inspector Tools

Hey y’all, Today I thought I would write a quick post about 5 home inspector tools I use. These aren’t all of the tools I use, but they are five that I use at every inspection.   Other cool tools are my Infrared Camera, Continuous Radon Machines and Carbon Monoxide Detector to name a few.   Each…

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Galvanized Plumbing Pipes

Howdy y’all! Today lets talk about galvanized plumbing pipes. If you own a pre-1960s home, chances are your plumbing supply lines are made from galvanized steel. The problem with galvanized pipes is that they often rust and corrode from the inside-out, due to prolonged exposure to the minerals in water.   Here’s a photo of a…

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InterNACHI Certified Inspector

Howdy folks! In this post I want to talk about the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. InterNACHI is is the largest organization of residential home inspectors in the world. InterNACHI certified inspectors are some of the most well trained and well-respected inspectors in the United States.   I’m proud to be a member of InterNACHI and…

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Construction Inspection

Horrible Pier Construction I was recently in the crawlspace of a 1940s home and took this photo.   How many problems can you find wrong with the pier and drop girder? This redefines horrible pier construction. Problem 1 – “Dry Stacking” If you look at the pier, the concrete blocks are stacked on top of one…

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Free IR Scans

FREE IR SCANS – FLIR IR SCAN I don’t charge for many infrared scans (IR Scans).  This isn’t to say that they’re not important, but many Inspectors charge hundreds of dollars for a full IR scan of your house.  I’m not going to charge my customers to scan over the exterior walls and around ducts…

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GFCI Facts

GFCI FACTS Let me lay out some GFCI facts for everyone to enjoy. GFCIs are pretty cool and extremely important in homes, to both prevent electrical shock and minimize the chance and severity of electrical fires. You can click here to learn about Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters Fact 1 – GFCI monitors the amperage between the…

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