Frost Heave and Deck Footings

- . Next week I’ll have a follow-up post on a newer style of footing for decks that might just be the next big thing ..More

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Home Inspection Checklist – Interior

- .  Once it gets to that point, it’s time to think about new pipes. On houses with galvanized pipes, we’ll frequently find no water flow at the second floor plumbing fixtures when performing this test. To test water flow at older houses, turn on the laundry sink faucet all the way and then check water flow at the other plumbing fixtures throughout the house ..More

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How to prevent your outside faucets from freezing

- The fix for an improperly installed frost-free sillcock is to have it re-installed with a slight downward pitch. ..More

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An Over-sized Furnace Will Not Heat Your House Better

-  It’s coldest at night, and people that have a programmable thermostat already turn the temperature down at night, so would this really be a big deal?  No, probably not. An undersized furnace will work fine for the majority of the time, but every once in a while it won’t get the house quite as warm as desired.  How bad would this really be?  You’d need to wear an extra sweatshirt sometimes. ..More

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New Electrical Safety Requirement: AFCI Protection for Replacement Outlets

-  For an excellent document explaining the functionality of AFCIs as well as the history of these devices, click here: AFCIs Come of Age. What’s an AFCI device?  In short, it’s an electrical safety device designed to prevent fires.  It looks and acts a lot like a GFCI device in that it has a test button and a reset method, but GFCI devices are designed to prevent people from getting electrocuted, not prevent fires. ..More

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