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Sometimes----as much as I hate to do it----it is important to stay on one’s own side of the bed and staying on track may not be everything people rail about. I think this work crew probably has no trouble keeping “track” of things. Well trained in all that they do, all they have to do...
People love their ducks decks. Whether it is decks where the surface is made of spaced boards or whether it is a type with a water-proof membrane, it seems like the majority of homes have decks. When the deck is over living space or other spaces that you do not want water to get into,...
Why don’t homes come with owner’s manuals? Because we would not read them anyway----actually, I think we would. Even my run-of-the-mill Jeep Cherokee came with a 248 page owner’s manual----I have to dig it out twice a year to figure out how to change the clock----so I know I use that ...
How can a buyer that cannot afford an inspection afford a house? It is my understanding, that in some areas of the country, it is common, or becoming common, for the home inspector to not bet paid until closing. I am doing my best to understand the reasons for this practice. Where is...
One of the characteristics of incandescent light bulbs is that they produce large amounts of heat----along with the light they give off. In fact, approximately 90% of what incandescent bulbs “do” is heat----as opposed to only about 10% light. This is why the shift to other types of lighti...
Let’s play “Myth Busters.” Everyone knows that it is important to keep the connections between tubs and its shower surround well caulked. I often find these areas recently caulked in an attempt to “spiff things up” for the sale. Take a look at this first picture. This is ...
People like circular windows----or what is known as “circle-head’ windows. They represent special challenges to trim carpenters. If they are not experienced, these trim details often end up poorly done. In this first picture one can see the curved wood trim around this circle-head window...
I can imagine that it was Thomas Crapper’s wife that started the war between couples about leaving the toilet seat lid up or down depending on your point of view. While Thomas Crapper most likely did not invent the toilet, he for sure did a lot to make it popular with his many improvements...