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    Garbage disposals are not garbage disposals

    Posted on February 10, 2020 by in Fix It & Use It

    I have a complicated relationship with garbage disposals. These small appliances installed in kitchen sink drains are a helpful aid to those of us frequently on dish duty, but they often leak and can cause dishwasher issues. Hopefully this will help clear up a few misunderstandings about how to use them. First, garbage disposals are […]

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    Settling fears about fire sprinklers

    Posted on January 30, 2020 by in Fix It & Use It

    If an actor is trapped in a building and needs to create a diversion for her escape, what is the best diversion? Dozens of Hollywood movies have this dilemma and the common solution is to set off the fire sprinklers. In the resulting pandemonium she escapes as water rains from the ceiling and floods the […]

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    Checking out the “behinds”

    Posted on January 20, 2020 by in Fix It & Use It

    This is a home maintenance article so let me clarify that I’m referencing behinds in your house 🙂. There are a few behinds for you to check out as a home owner where issues can be addressed before they become major problems. Behind #1 – Furnace in the garage. In many homes this will be […]

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    Many (mis)uses of tape

    Posted on December 10, 2019 by in Fix It & Use It

    These uses have not been approved by the author of this article and have in almost every situation failed to live up to the hopes and expectations of their installer. The manufacturer might cringe at the sight. Not even a trained professional is capable of pulling off the following repairs with tape. The following is […]

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    Roof Maintenance – plumbing vents

    Posted on November 30, 2019 by in Fix It & Use It

    There are open pipes sticking out of our roofs. And you might wonder, Aren’t holes in a roof bad? Not in this case. Let me explain what they are and then offer a suggestion for keeping these in good working order in the future. These are plumbing vents so that when you pull the plug […]

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    The p-trap is not a pee trap

    Posted on November 20, 2019 by in Fix It & Use It

    Below every sink and tub is drain-piping shaped like a sideways letter “P”. This is called the p-trap… and, as you might imagine, the source of plumber humor and bathroom misunderstandings. The p-trap performs two important functions. First, it water collects in the lower crook that traps the odorous sewage gases from escaping up through […]

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    Treating gut(ter) indigestion

    Posted on November 10, 2019 by in Fix It & Use It

    Some of you started reading this with concern – I’ll give Mike one paragraph and he better not gross me out. Some of you have dealt with some intestinal issues and thought a home inspector’s perspective might be helpful. And still others of you enjoyed my play on words and hoped more cleverness was to […]

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    What in the world is that?

    Posted on October 30, 2019 by in Fix It & Use It

    Always appreciate the opportunity to be an ongoing resource for clients. One of my clients earlier this year moved in and sent me numerous pictures of items he had questions about. After our email exchange he gave me permission to share the pictures and correspondence. You might have the same question he had! This thing […]

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    So many uses for the common nail

    Posted on October 10, 2019 by in Fix It & Use It

    #1 – Use it as a catch for your gate bolt. With a simple bend of the nails you can adapt to any size latching mechanism. #2 – Do like your great grandpa used to do and skip the peg board – the whole wall is a canvas upon which to hang your tools. #3 […]

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    Can you name this old plug?

    Posted on September 30, 2019 by in Fix It & Use It

    I’m always interested to find old things in my inspections. This home built back in the 1950s had a feature that I had never seen before. I was puzzled until I came across an actual telephone attached to one of the plugs. And it worked!! If you ask your kids what they think this used […]

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