Optimism and resolution meets us in January for the New Year. If home projects are in your plan, this note is a set of clues for the maintenance of butcher block countertops. If your counter top is raw and rough, it will need to be sanded. Clue 1: Sand with Random Orbital Sander hooked to […]

Reviving Butcher Block Countertops

Has your shower lost it’s heat appeal? Lot’s of people have a shower that has a single lever to manage the mixture of cold and hot water. The Problem: Shower only got warm even though the water in the sink was hot. Solution: Replace the faucet cartridge Steps: Turn off water to shower or house. […]

Shower Romance

In a galaxy closer than you think, spring is finally here! As you are getting your yard ready, here are some tips and tick about keep your grass happy! Sprinkler System Activation First Step: See if big leaks exist after turning on water. Once located, fix! Second Step: Sprinkler Testing via the Control Panel- Test […]

Spring is Here! Now, Is Your Yard Ready?!

Home Inspection Word Association: Gardening and Flowers = Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker Denver is a dry environment. If the owner loves to garden then automatic methods of watering are frequently needed. The outside water needs to be separated from your drinking water. The device that enforces this separation is called an Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker. This device […]

Spring Time: Gardening & Flowers

As summer comes to the Colorado front range the focus on lawn and garden heats up. Water Wars in our house focuses on the yearly activation of lawn sprinkler and drip system on the gardens. This year found me focusing on the cost of water and the thrill of new plants. History: We have experienced […]

Water Wars

Even the most sober get snagged by trip hazards over 3/4 of an inch. Houses that have seen changes, commonly have floors that vary in height from room to room. Our home was built in 1941 and has seen it’s share of changes. New flooring lead to a 1.25 inch trip hazard at the door […]

Hazardous Duty

Buying a home can be scary and exhilarating. Most properties have multiple systems that make a home more comfortable and safe. Do you realize the seasons play a role in home maintenance? Lower temperatures bring multiple issues into focus: Switch to heat on the HVAC side. Time to cover the A/C Condenser or Swamp Cooler […]

Halloween Home Inspector

Fall is the time to get ready for winter. The following is a collection of homeowner clues for seasonal activities. Fall Homeowner Checklist: Sprinkler System: Blow water out of lawn sprinkler systems before first frost. Blow out each zone using an air compressor Hoses: Disconnect outdoor hoses from water sources (faucets). A hose left on […]

Fall Homeowner Checklist

Life in Denver can be difficult in April. Main focus: Outside water systems Hoses: Warm days in the 70’s, nights dip down into the 30’s inspires gardening of all sorts. If the forecast is below 32 F, disconnect the outside hose. Leaving the hose on a frost free hose faucet (bib) in cold weather will […]

April Showers Bring Outdoor Watering Systems?!

This clue pertains to electric shock safety. If your home has Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets (Bath room, kitchen, outside, and garage) that are old they should be tested using a good test tool. Good test tools range up to a couple hundred dollars. — or — Have circuits tested by Certified Home Inspectors […]

A Safer 2018 at home