Does repairing your house now, prevent problems from happening again? Is the contractor feeding me a line? Is that the repair I really need? All good questions, so let us consider the answers.
Archive for the ‘Home Maintenance-Consumer Info’ Category
Insulation does not simply hold hot or cold air in place
When you have an attached garage, or you are creating a conditioned workspace in a garage, you will need to insulate the doors to improve your energy efficiency.
I have been studying insulation lately, and how homeowners could improve their energy efficiency, but then I remembered moisture control.
Insulating a home involves more than the insulation in your attic. Weather stripping for your door is an important step.
Does your sliding door stick? Is it hard to operate? It may need to be cleaned, or it might need an adjustment.
Rules about smoke alarms seem to confuse sellers, buyers, and other real estate professionals, so let us go over some basics.
Can I put new shingles over my wood shingle roof?
I may bring up the idea of green homes a bit, but really the point is to build a home suitable for the climate. In other words, we should consider smart designs, not just green designs.
Attic doors can be problematic, because they allow the temperature from the attic flow through to your conditioned space.
“Real luxury means living in a house which perfectly suits your habits and way of life.” by Johan van Lengen in The Barefoot Architect
Need to understand the latest in home construction techniques? Well, there is a site for you.
There are a few concerns that need to be checked when dealing with an overflowing toilet.
Controlling the flow of water around the home is essential in maintaining the structure of the residence.
Looking at the trend in using solar thermal heating around the world.
A program for learning how to install solar panels.
DIY roof repair with liquid rubber
Home plumbing maintenance and rain barrels.
A home inspection may be your best source to learn about your home’s systems
Discovered an appliance repair advice
Ants found in your electrical
A link to a press release about heating a room with a digital image.
Color schemes can make your home stand apart from the neighbors, and it may be easier than you think.
Save energy save money. An improperly sized AC unit can be a real energy waster, so what size should my AC be? So lets look at sizing air conditioning systems.
Tankless water heaters are seen as a green option that will save you money, but this may not be the case.
Reducing energy around your home involves more than using energy efficient appliances.
The most consistent problem found during a home inspection is not one that would cause great concern for most home buyers, but it is annoying: design mistakes which look bad.
Should taking care of your foundation be part of your home maintenance routine? It should if you want to avoid other problems in your home.
The board along your roof line is called the fascia.As a home inspector, I find moisture damage in many homes when performing my inspections.
During my Houston home inspections, I find non-working equipment, mainly alarm systems. When I check, product manuals for these home accessories are missing. The internet can help.
New info on the Ebooks page that readers should know.
Home inspectors concerned with home safety will now be looking at these water heaters, wall ovens, fire sprinklers, and hurricane building standards.
Home inspections reveal problems with work done by contractors working on your home, and you need the BBB to have the contractor’s work done right.
Green from the Ground Up is a good background and overview of building green, and why this should be the way to construct your home.
Caulking mortar joints can be an easy home maintenance task, but some care should be taken. Home inspections reveal problems here, but there are easy ways to deal with this project.
Home inspectors frequently see the same things over and over again. Here are five common home problems which are easily repaired.
Performing a home inspection during rain is not enjoyable, but it does give you a clear picture of where water can enter your home. Improperly caulked exterior wall joints can cause problems when not fully sealed.
Moisture problems on the home’s exterior are typically found during a home inspection, but with some easy steps can be prevented.
Remembering my days in food service, I knew that metro shelving can be a good option for garage organization, particularly when it is on wheels.
An introduction to rolling shutters and how they can protect your home from intruders and hurricanes.