Five Common Sump System Defects

-  Some smaller pumps may come with an adapter for a garden hose, but those are the exception.  The size of the discharge tubing should match this; that means don’t use a garden hose.  Using undersized discharge tubing, even at the exterior, will force the pump to run longer each time it turns on, decreasing the life of the pump. Sump pumps typically have a 1-1/4″ or 1-1/2″ outlet. ..More

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A Better Tape Measure

-  If you know of a better tape measure, let me know about it. I wonder what took Stanley so long to come out with one of these?  I’ve been using this same tape measure for about two years with no problems. ..More

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Q&A: What Does a Long Home Inspection Mean?

- . Houses with deferred maintenance (aka – “no maintenance”) take a lot longer to inspect.  It takes time to document problems, and these problem areas then need to be further inspected to help determine what else might be wrong ..More

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Home Inspectors Shouldn’t be Nail Biters

- .  He was given weak advice from a home inspector who spends more time worrying about getting sued than they spend trying to identify problems with a house. Sorry, but I don’t buy into that ..More

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A DIY Test for Furnaces

- .  If the temperature rise is above 60 degrees, there’s a problem. The temperature rise will give a range; for example, the label pictured below says the temperature rise should be between 30 and 60 degrees ..More

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