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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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Is believing that something is true or correct the same as knowing that a fact is true or correct because of rigorous objective examination? Said another way, "Don't believe everything you...
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Another fine week of crawling and sweating. I know it may be petty in the grand scheme of things, but I wish they would put crawl space access doors closer to the hardwood floor area. This house had...
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I just attended a three-day NWFA class on the installation of prefinished flooring in New York City. These classes can be a lot of fun and a great learning experience. Most of us work in a vacuum. By...
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At least I wasn't in a crawl space on this job, and it really didn't involve a floor. Instead it was cypress board ceiling in a beach house. And the complaint was buckling of the boards. So maybe we...
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