Video post: a comparison of three gas sniffers

- . I’ve done a video comparison of three different gas sniffers. My favorite gas sniffer, aka “combustible gas detector”, is currently the TIF 8900. For this video post, I compared a TIF 8800x, a TIF8900, and a RIDGID CD-100. Just watch the video, and I think you’ll understand why I prefer the TIF 8900 ..More

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Q&A: “What specialized equipment do your inspectors use?”

- . Oh, and by “good blog topic”, I really mean a topic that I would enjoy writing about. I love inspection toys tools.  These are the specialized inspection tools that our inspectors use, along with my two cents on why ..More

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Did your house leak during the storm yesterday?

- . On the other hand, if you experienced water leaking into your home around doors or windows that you know were closed, it’s probably not anything to worry about. I know that may sound too nonchalant, but it’s the truth.  Buildings do sometimes leak under extreme weather conditions. As long as the building can dry out, a one-time leak event probably isn’t going to cause any long-term damage ..More

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Lead water lines: a home inspector’s perspective

- . * Side note: I only mentioned two home inspection standards of practice because the third large organization for home inspectors, NAHI, recently closed their doors. All NAHI members are now members of ASHI ..More

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Q&A: What happens when a permit isn’t pulled for electrical work?

- . For my answer, I’ll assume the work was all done properly and to code at the time that it was installed. The potential roadblocks to selling a home with missing permits might be either during the buyers inspection or during a required city inspection.  I’ll discuss each one of those, starting with the situation that has the highest potential to cause problems ..More

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