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Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
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I realize that roof hooks are a good idea, but I have thought that the installation method could lead to issues, namely shingle damage. Now that they have been placed on homes for a few years, I am starting to see problems arise, where components of the roof hook rust or cause damage to the shingle. From yesterday's inspection, I found a shingle being cut by the roof hook strap. FYI.
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Ban the Can?
I do not think people will give up on recessed lights, but I often find problems with them during inspections. I often find them installed incorrectly, besides the energy efficiency issues.
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Overheard at lunch:
real estate agents behind me were complaining that buyers need to understand that they do not need a home inspection, because the inspections do not help anyone.

Alright, I can understand being upset with a specific inspection, inspector, or report; however, blanket statements such as this say more about the agent than the home inspection industry.

I think one thing that should be understood is that a statement of condition of the home is just that. I never know what will be most important to a client on the report, or what may happen after the inspection has been performed. In the end though, the buyer is better to be informed, especially when making the largest purchase of their lives. 
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I was with my daughters before my afternoon inspection, so I decided this was my place to vent. One daughter did ask if I had a job in the afternoon, so I did respond that I was performing a home inspection, which caused the agents to speak quietly from then on.
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The eco disposer(no power source). Funny that no one thought about the wiring.
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Good. Enjoy your funnies!
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Home stagers usually do not plan anything for the garage, so I was surprised to find this old Fiat decorating the space. Cardboard underneath for the oil leak. So does any stager want to use my 63 Beetle?
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Almost; after opening the garage door, there was room for the panel and water supply.
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Have home inspectors been dropping out of the business? Twice this week I have had calls from Realtors that said they wanted to use my services more due to their home inspectors no longer working.
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Interesting. I have seen builders create boxes for recessed lights, but this one was tied into the framing on both sides (in photo one framing member is covered by insulation) I have not seen them give so much attention to detail.
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Really?
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Yes, but I always thought that was more of an issue in Austrian Empire when your religious beliefs were not quite those around you. ;)
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I wish builders would pay attention to flexible duct installations. #restrictingairflow
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Energy.gov relaunched, and they included this nice infographic, which I thought was a good starting point for consumers wanting to lower their bills.
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Should you have concerns about foam insulation?

I have been seeing more foam plastic insulation being used. Personally, I love the stuff, but I was brought up in the plastic industry. The one thing that I have noticed is a lack of concern among some contractors when applying the material and fire safety. I can understand blown insulation being pushed into inappropriate areas by accident. For example, someone working near a flue or recessed light in the attic causing blown insulation to fall too near; however, foam plastic insulation would have to be applied, and then left in place. I have seen it expand into outlets and fixtures without being cut off. The latest Journal for Building Enclosures has several good articles on this topic. 
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home inspector, consultant
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Chicago and Houston - Chicago
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a Houston home inspector investigating homes and his world
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A Houston home inspector with a love for exploring his town. The son of German immigrants, who did not learn English until he began school. Married to a wonderful wife; I have three children, with whom I spend my playtime.

I am fascinated by the home inspection process, so I blog about what I do to help others understand. I am interested in green building techniques, and helping my clients find ways to be more energy efficient and water efficient.
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  • University of Houston
    English Literature
  • Champions School of Real Estate
    Home Inspection
  • Rice School of Continuing Studies
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