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Not So Shocking Truth

Not So Shocking Truth By Jon Vacha A GFCI outlet is an outlet with the little push button that you see in bathrooms and kitchens. But why is there a push button and what the heck does GFCI mean? During inspection walkthroughs GFCI outlets are almost always discussed. Sometimes the GFCI outlets are ...


Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding By Steve Vacha Vinyl siding is the most commonly installed exterior cladding for residential construction in the United States and Canada.  This siding has low maintenance and does not deteriorate like many other types of siding. However, as with any product exposed to our diverse and sometimes harsh weather it will ...


Going Where Most Home Buyers Don’t Go

Going where most buyers don’t go.   by Steve Vacha So, what is with this picture I took recently at a home?  Looks like a normal electrical panel with a screw driver sitting on top of it. This very scenario killed a young man I am told who was doing mission work at a ...


Pipe Types

Pipe Types By Jon Vacha   The word “plumbing” derives from the Latin word for lead. During much of modern human history, lead was used for water piping due to its malleability. The Romans used lead piping for their aqueducts and bath houses. Lead plumbing lines were used frequently up until the early 20th century. The discovered health risks associated with lead put ...


Composition Board Siding

Composition Board Siding By Tim Krof   Composition siding is a composite wood product made from wafers of wood pressed together and coated in resin, then formed into a board. Composition board siding had a rough beginning.   Weyerhauser was one of the first major producers and their product did not fare well.  As ...


Tips for Summer Maintenance by Steve Vacha   Every season has its maintenance and things to remember. Number one problem for most home owners is not controlling surface water.  Extensions as needed and keep gutters clean. Maintaining sprinkler systems:   Verify it is working correctly and there are no broken pipes or spray heads especially ...