My search for an out-of-state home inspector

-  I got a few referrals from the ASHI online discussion forums, so I contacted the inspectors that were referred, asking for sample inspection reports.  You’d think I was asking for social security numbers. .   If I had found a home inspector with a good inspection report, I would have recommended them, but I couldn’t find one. Unfortunately, many of the inspectors that I decided were the most qualified didn’t even have sample inspection reports on their web site ..More

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Two Ways To Correct An Improper Faucet On An Old Clawfoot Bathtub

-  I found a decent selection of replacement faucets at. A proper faucet for a clawfoot tub will have the opening of the faucet spout located well above the spill line of the fixture, as shown below. ..More

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My Beef With Old Gas Log Fireplaces

-  These have a two-pipe system, which allows them to bring in air directly from the exterior for combustion, instead of using the air in the home.  While they’re usually not intended as a heat source, they kick out a lot of heat, especially if there is a blower fan installed. My recommendation:  Invest in a newer direct vent gas insert.  My wife loves our gas fireplace, and I don’t have any specific problems with it. ..More

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Tankless Water Heaters – A Few More Things to Consider

-  I’m waiting for the price gap between tankless water heaters and standard water heaters to get a little smaller.  I have the temperature cranked up on my water heater with a tempering valve installed, so I never run out of hot water. For me, a tankless water heater doesn’t make sense just yet.  Maybe by the time my kids are teenagers I’ll have a different opinion of tankless water heaters. ..More

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Insulating A Rim Space

-  It’s not as critical as attic insulation and it takes more time, but it’s a good thing to do.  Just don’t use fiberglass. If you don’t have any insulation at your rim space, add this project to your list of ‘to-do’ projects. ..More

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