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Here's a photo I took of a wood floor last week:
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This inspection didn't involve a hardwood floor, but it could have. It did have what I would call a "pre-existing condition."
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In my last post, I mentioned a house where a wet crawl space dried such that the beams shrank. But the beams were held in place by hurricane straps, so the beam shrinkage created a gap under the...
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Do you remember "Mr. Know It All" from "Rocky and Bullwinkle"? Bullwinkle would make some ridiculous remark that was completely wrong, but he said it with ultimate self-confidence...
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 In my last post, I incorrectly stated that Michael Vick was involved with rooster fighting. He was not, and I apologize for that error.
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Wayne, I will have a go at the crawl space issue. The critical thing about any crawl space or basement is its effect on the moisture content (MC) of the subfloor. Over time, high RH in the crawl...
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Sometimes, the pests you encounter on an inspection are not the usual snake or spider. Some are sneaky-er, mean-er, and much, much stupid-er.
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I am at my parents' house in upstate New York this week, helping them keep their place intact. Seeing the ones you love grow older is difficult, but it is part of life. The house is freshly painted.
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I'm going to start by answering the question Wayne Lee asked in his latest blog post: Wayne, the short answer on this job is NO. The 18% moisture content of the subfloor is the deal breaker. This is...
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OK, one more crawl space, then I'll try to quit. This 60-year old house was recently remodeled, and now has "humps" in the floor. The previous inspector said the floor humps were from a wet...
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