How Sheet Metal Screws Can Cause Electrical Fires

This defect is usually the handy work of a “do it yourself” home repair job. Learn why sheet metal screws aren’t always best on sheet metal panels.

This Common Chimney Problem Can Lead to Water Damage

People are always asking me about the age and condition of the shingles, but they often overlook the fact that the roof is an entire system composed of multiple components that must work together in order to keep the water out.

Is Your Crawlspace Filled with Termite Food?

Most people enter their crawlspace rarely, if ever, so what the big deal if there’s a little bit of junk taking up some space? You might think that some leftover lumber from construction is no big deal in your unused space, but it can be seen as a tasty treat to termites and other wood destroying organisms.

Improper Exhaust – Don’t Breathe This!

Can you tell what’s wrong with the exhaust in the picture above? I put a nice red arrow to show the problem area so it should be pretty obvious. The unfortunate truth is that this hazardous setup can appear perfectly normal to the untrained eye, but can be deadly if left uncorrected.

This Harmless Looking Panel is a Fire Hazard

This blog focuses on an electrical problem that can look perfectly normal, even to some electricians. In the panel pictured above all breakers work properly, none of them are loose, there’s no sign or scorching, and conductors are wired just as they should be, so what’s the problem?

Grand Home Inspection vs Handymen – Sample Findings Inside

A few people think they can self-inspect, have a friend or family member that is fairly handy around the house, or might even know a contractor, so they could be tempted to make the mistake of doing a simple walk-through themselves or with that friend or family member in place of a professional inspection.