Chimney inspections: pass or fail, nothing in-between

- If a chimney flue liner has missing mortar at the joints or cracked tiles, it does not meet this standard of safety, and the chimney is deemed unsafe for use. ..More

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Subpanels: when the grounds and neutrals should be separated

- In short, it’s not always an improper installation if the grounds and neutrals are connected together at a subpanel. . It depends on when it was installed and what else is going on ..More

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Which smoke alarm to buy

- Another simple way to check is to simply detach the smoke alarm from the ceiling and look. . Just turn it counter-clockwise and take a peek, like this: ..More

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Do Home Inspectors Inspect Kitchen Appliances?

- First things first. . Inspection of a kitchen appliance doesn’t require you to be an appliance repair expert. It’s much like testing the function of the HVAC system. Does it operate? Are there obvious defects to the appliance or its function? You aren’t required to report on calibration or the temperature of the oven, for example, or test the wiring inside the unit ..More

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Hazards with aluminum wiring

- . That stuff is all fine. The service wires coming into homes consists of aluminum wiring, and there are plenty of aluminum 240-volt circuits in use today. Aluminum wiring is still used today, and there’s nothing inherently unsafe about it. The stuff that could be unsafe, the stuff that had problems, was a specific alloy used during a specific time, and that’s what this blog post is all about ..More

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