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Another canceled court appearance. I often don't hear what happens after I inspect a house, and sometimes I get to hear a verdict of a court case. But when they settle before the trial, I don't get...
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Localized conditions usually point to a localized source. I went to a house last week that had some cupping around a bathroom. The plumber had been out and had checked everything. The toilet, sink...
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Well, that was a busted week. I was supposed to testify in court on Tuesday, but got a call on Friday saying they had settled. That left Monday and Tuesday empty, because Monday I was going to end up...
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Flying to a job is always exciting. The trip in itself would be worth a whole blog bit. Let's just say my tools and I got there and back in one piece. A Pelican case really helps when it comes to...
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Last week was a fun one. Only a couple inspections, but it was productive and profitable, and there were no reports to write. The first one was about three hours away, and the major complaint was...
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Sometimes I make men cry. Sometimes I just make them real mad. I inspected a model home last week that had cupped floors and some buckling and squeaks near walls. Comments were flying that the...
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One aspect of being an inspector is that someone is unhappy. I answer the phone and am talking to an unhappy caller, or I show up at an inspection site to one, or often more, unhappy people. I think...
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Proper acclimation of wood flooring is something that comes up with every job. The goal is to get wood to the right moisture content for that particular site, so that any size changes due to future...
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Just when I have an experience with a good installer, I end up with one with a poor installer.  Or maybe I should say uneducated installer.  I visited my sister earlier this week on my way...
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Often I inspect floors installed, sanded and finished by people for whom it's just a job. But once in awhile, I get called by someone who really takes pride in his work. Last week I got a call from...
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