Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Plumbing Valves

If (I guess I should say when...) your shut off valves leaks install a "quarter turn" valve. They are far superior to conventional stop valves.

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Spalling Concrete

Many properties experience spalling concrete and especially this time of year. Here's a nice article from The Family Handyman (11/2011) that explains how it is formed and how to avoid it.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I ran across an article from the ASHI Reporter (March 2011) that identifies preferred conditions for the home inspector upon entering the property. We should all be so lucky... Click the link below and the article is in the "miscellaneous" section:

Working With A Home Inspector

Friday, November 25, 2011

Unclog any drain

Several sources suggest that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for clogged drains. It makes sense I suppose. "This Old House" provides the DIY instruction for getting your drains back in order...

This Old House • Clear Any Clogged Drain

Monday, August 29, 2011

Clog-Free Traps

Here's a nifty new item From PF Waterworks if you have problem drainage...

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Arc Fault Interrupters Circuit (AFCI) vs Ground Fault Interrupters (GFCI)

Don't feel bad about not understanding the difference between Arc Fault Interrupters Circuit (AFCI) and Ground Fault Interrupters (GFCI). I've asked a few electricians to explain the difference with lackluster results - at least not so the average home owner would understand. I hope the following quote from SCC Electrical is helpful:

AFCIs vs. GFCIsAFCIs serve their purpose and must not be confused with a ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI. GFCI devices are designed to provide protection from electric shock. Both AFCIs and GFCIs are important safety devices but they have different functions. AFCIs are designed to identify fire hazards; GFCIs detect and prevent shock hazards. Combination devices housing AFCI and GFCI protection in one unit are expected to be commercially available in the near future.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Furnace Filters

What filter should you use?
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Thanks Micky and Maxine

How to Remove Wallpaper

Wallpaper removal is not on anyone's favorite DIY projects list, but at times, it must be done. The Family Handyman (November 2009) has an excellent article on how best to complete this task.

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Backdraft Damper

I've been asked many times about the cold air that comes from a roof vents/discharge caps. The solution is to install a "Backdraft Damper" as explained in the Family Handyman Magazine (July/August 2011 p. 21).

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Roof Step Flashing

The Family Handyman Magazine (September 2011 p.33), a must read publication for home owners, has a brief explanation and a nice diagram about "Step Flashing".

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

110 Year Old Light Bulb

There is an amusing article from This Old House  about strange but true home news. How about a 110 year old light bulb (click image to enlarge) ...

Late Summer Color for your Garden

Here are some useful tips for adding some color to your garden in late summer from This Old House

Late Summer Color for your Garden

Monday, July 18, 2011

I've been inspecting properties for 23 years and I have never seen cereal bowl "at the ready" while inspecting a refrigerator...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ComEd Energy Usage Tips

Commonwealth Edison offers some "no cost" energy usage tips. All of us should try to incorporate them into our routines around the house (click to enlarge):

And here are a few "low cost" tips (click to enlarge):

Monday, April 4, 2011

Air Conditioning diagram

Since cooling season is upon us, PPI thought you might be interested or curious about how your central air conditioning system works. Below is an exceptional diagram that provides a good understanding of the AC cycle.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


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