This home inspector’s love affair with flashlights

- The day I got it, my wife had to tell me not to take it to bed. I had no plans to write a love letter blog post about it, but after reading Washington home inspector Rick Bunzel’s recent review of flashlights in the ASHI Reporter where my flashlight wasn’t mentioned, I had to. . The flashlight I’m using now is a Fenix TK35, which I’ve had for just over two weeks, and still quite in love with ..More

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Inspecting Permanent Wood Foundations

- This is the huge one.  If you can pull back the insulation and the wood is stained, this throws up a huge red flag. . Black stains behind the insulation.  If the wood is wet, the water management system has failed ..More

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A Warning About Radiant Barriers – aka Foil Insulation

-   She was convinced that this was a good investment after attending a free dinner, wherein the effectiveness of radiant barriers in Minnesota was highly exaggerated.  The system was installed two days after she signed the contract. . Last week I received an email from a concerned reader who said his 85-year-old mother-in-law had recently purchased a $2,500 radiant barrier insulation system for her 1,800 sf townhouse in Austin, MN ..More

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Dimmer Switch On Ceiling Fan = Fire Hazard

- A safe repair can be as simple as replacing the dimmer switch with a standard toggle switch, but you also lose the ability to dim the light. ..More

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Boiler Inspections – Finding Exhaust Gas Leaks

- .  Even if the exhaust gas leaking out of a boiler has a very low level of carbon monoxide, this is still a potential safety hazard that needs repair. Exhaust gas leakage is a problem because it could contain carbon monoxide, which can be deadly in high enough concentrations.  There is no acceptable amount of exhaust gas leakage. ..More

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