Grounding and Bonding

I would like to keep things from getting too “technical.” I have wanted to do a post about the differences between “Service” Panels (the place where your main breaker/disconnect is) and “Remote” Distribution panels–more commonly known as “Sub-Panels. The main difference between the two–without getting too technical is how the ground wires and neutral wires… Read more »

10 More New Reasons to Check Your Home for Radon

By Lynne Eldridge MD A few years back I came up with some “novel” reasons why everyone should check their home for radon. Hopefully these “10 new reasons” prompted at least a few people to pick up a radon test kit. Remember, it doesn’t take any willpower, you can do it in your PJ’s, and… Read more »

Choosing Your Home Inspector

Let’s face it, buying a home is the single biggest financial decision most people will make. The average person does not buy many homes in their lifetime. Choosing the person you want to inspect the home should not be taken lightly. Here are some things to consider when choosing your home inspector: Are they licensed?… Read more »

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

One of the biggest sources of confusion it seems is what is a GFCI and where a GFCI protected circuit should be used.  First things first.  A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is either a device built into an outlet or a breaker in the service panel that detects when there is a ground fault.  The outlet… Read more »

January Is Radon Action Month

The EPA has designated January as radon action month.  This is a good time to have your home checked for radon if you have never done so.  Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is now the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US, next to smoking.  The radon gas comes from… Read more »

Downspouts

One of the items I write up most frequently is a downspout that empties right at the foundation.  At best they have a 18″ extension that doesn’t drain the water away from the foundation. So you ask, “Why is this so important?”  The downspout carries a tremendous amount of water from the the roof during… Read more »

Attic Ventilation

The more houses that I inspect the more I find with problems with attic ventilation.  You may say, why is that such a big deal?  There are several reasons you want your attic to be ventilated properly.  Here are a few of the most important; Keep mold from becoming an issue.  Without proper ventilation/air flow… Read more »