Friday, August 29, 2014

How to make a Kitchen Island



This beautiful and highly functional centerpiece, with two massive turned legs also done in the old pine, is no mere cabinet - it's a statement where old values and new realities fit very well indeed.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hurricane Emergency Board Up Animation - FLASH, Inc.



If your home is not protected by impact-resistant windows and doors, or impact resistant shutters or panels, consider building your own temporary emergency panels. This animation shows you how. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes- FLASH, Inc. www.flash.org

Monday, August 25, 2014

Firewise Virtual Workshop: Mulch Combustibility



Firewise Virtual Workshop: Mulch Combustibility – Choosing the Right Type for Your Wildland/Urban Interface Home

This one-hour video includes a presentation from Dr. Stephen Quarles along with a live "Ask an Expert" segment where pre-selected homeowners have an opportunity to ask a question related to the session's topic. This unique learning format provides wildland/urban interface homeowners with information on how to implement important mitigation modifications at their homes.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

How to Build Walk-In Closet - Modern Colonial Home - Bob Vila eps.2517



Bob talks with Jay Triandafilou (from Architectural Fence) as the crew works to install the perimeter fence. In the master bedroom, Dave Herbert joins Bob to talk about Whirlpool's new Personal Valet, a ""clothes vitalizing system"", being installed in the closet. Meanwhile, carpenter Bob Ryley is in the workshop preparing materials needed to build custom storage spaces for the walk-in closet.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anhydrous ammonia and propane cylinders

SAFETY ALERT From NPGA

INTRODUCTION: Readers of this bulletin should consult the law of their individual jurisdictions for codes, standards and legal requirements applicable to them. This bulletin merely suggests methods which the reader may find useful in implementing applicable codes, standards and legal requirements. This material is not intended nor should it be construed (1) to set forth procedures which are the general custom or practice in the propane industry; (2) to establish the legal standards of care owed by propane distributors to their customers; or (3) to prevent the reader from using different methods to implement applicable codes, standards or legal requirements. The National Propane Gas Association assumes no liability for reliance on the contents of this bulletin. It is offered as a guide only to assist expert and experienced teachers and managers in training in service personnel in their organizations.

Caution!

The brass valve in a propane cylinder will be damaged if it comes in contact with anhydrous ammonia. This deterioration will lead to cracking of the valve body or its components and can ultimately result in a violent, unexpected expulsion of the valve from the cylinder, causing personal injury or death.

Background and Recommended Action

It has come to the attention of the National Propane Gas Association that propane cylinders are being used in the manufacturing of Methamphetamines. This drug is commonly referred to as 'crank'. Manufacturers of this illegal substance are using propane cylinders for the storage and the use of anhydrous ammonia. These cylinders have been found in many states at cylinder exchange and refilling locations as well as in hotel rooms and mobile laboratories, where the manufacturing of this illegal substance takes place.

As observed in the illustrations, a blue-green stain on any brass portion of a service valve is evidence that it may have been in contact with anhydrous ammonia*. The pungent odor of ammonia on or near the cylinder is also an indication. If you suspect that a propane cylinder contains or has contained anhydrous ammonia, exercise extreme caution and restrict access to the area.

It can be dangerous to move the cylinder due to the unknown integrity of the cylinder's service valve. If you determine that it must be moved, keep in mind that hazards due to valve expulsion can be reduced by pointing the end of the container in which the valve is placed away from yourself and others and towards the most safe direction.

Immediately contact your Fire Department, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Unit or the nearest office of the United States Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for information on properly disposing of the cylinder. If these respondents are not sure what to do, for assistance call 1-800-728-2482, which is the contact number for PERS, an independent hazardous materials information resource.

 


*Note: Sherwood valves contain a green coated valve stem. Additionally, a green thread sealing compound is used on some valves. These valves should not be confused with those that have been exposed to anhydrous ammonia.

While we may not inspect portable propane tanks as part of our inspections, I think this is important information as we are often in close proximity to these tanks during an inspection.

Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
IBHS Fortified  Certified Inspector  #FEV32561020109 
ARA Certified Inspector #20302 (Applied Research Associates)
Florida-State Certified Master Inspector Lic. #HI 89
Certified Owens-Corning Roof Data Inspector
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
WDO Certificate #JE190791 
InterNACHI #10071802
362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wiremold: How to Install the Flat Screen TV Cord & Cable Power Kit



The Wiremold Flat Screen TV Cord and Cable Power Kit is easy to install. No electrician or hard wiring is required and installs in under 30 minutes.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Solar power generation


Solar power is a versatile means of generating electricity. It can be used for such purposes as heating water, heating and air conditioning homes and commercial buildings, and powering streetlights. Because sunlight is readily available almost everywhere and doesn't require fuel or a connection to a power grid (an interconnected network used to deliver electricity from suppliers to consumers), solar power is particularly useful for supplying power to remote areas and to some portable devices.

Solar power is used to generate large amounts of power on a utility scale and to supply individual residences and businesses with electricity. This report focuses mainly on utility-scale, commercial, and residential solar power.

Utility-scale solar power plants supply large amounts of electricity to the power grid along with traditional sources of power, such as coal and natural gas plants. Solar power plants typically generate several megawatts of power, comparable to small or medium coal- or gas-fired plants. Plants only now in the planning stages are expected to produce several hundred megawatts,[7] which would be comparable to a medium to large coal plant or nuclear plant.

Commercial solar power is used by business establishments, such as office buildings, warehouses, and retail stores, which are able to install large groups of solar panels known as photovoltaic (PV) arrays, on unused land, rooftops, or parking structures. These panels supplement the building's power supply, and, at times, may generate more electricity than the building consumes. Often, this excess power can be sold back to the local utility company.

Residential solar power is generated by homeowners who have solar panels installed on their roofs in order to provide power to their homes. This form of solar power is increasing in popularity. Residential solar power usually must be supplemented by traditional electricity from the power grid to provide additional electricity when the solar panels cannot meet energy needs, such as when it is nighttime or extremely cloudy.

Although some areas of the United States are better suited for solar power than others, solar energy can be harnessed in any geographic area because of the sun's vast reach. In 2009, California had by far the most solar power capacity at 1102 megawatts, followed by New Jersey with 128 megawatts.[8] Nearly all states in the United States receive more sunlight per square mile than Germany, the world's leading producer of solar energy.[9] Manufacturing of solar power equipment and components is located throughout the United States, with large plants in Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, New Mexico, Colorado, Georgia, and Texas. Other large solar panel manufacturing facilities are planned to begin construction over the next few years in many states.

From http://www.bls.gov/green/solar_power/#growth

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When to Use Sealants on Threaded Plumbing Connections



Making watertight connections with This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey. (See below for a shopping list.)

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Monday, August 11, 2014

What Paint Supplies Do I Need? - The Home Depot



Find paint supply options from The Home Depot here: http://thd.co/1jGVqhH

Get guidance from our in-store associate on paint supplies that will help make your paint project a success.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Thermal Infrared Imaging discovers water intrusion

An Infrared camera is a cutting edge tool that detects water intrusion, & minute differences in temperature.  This cutting edge technology is not only used for water intrusion, but in insulation inspections and electrical inspections.


The picture above is where water intrusion is occurring at the roof line.  This picture is taken and was added to the report.  Without the Thermal Infrared Camera this area would have NOT been detected, because no obvious damage was present.


Do you think this circuit breaker was a little warm?  Notice the right side where the red is located.  This was the circuitry to a pool heater and was very close to overheating.  This was noted and an electrician was called immediately so that no further damage occurred.

Tools and technology cannot be ignored.  Inspectors with the clipboard, pencil, screwdriver and outlet tester are what gives the home inspection industry a bad name.  Home Inspections are our business, this is not a part time job, a post retirement way to pick up a few bucks or a fast way to make a dollar.  This is the profession we have chosen and one that WE set the standards in.

How is this technology useful?

    Moisture Detection in Walls and Ceilings - As demonstrated above, thermal imaging is a great tool that helps to identify water damage in walls, floors, and ceilings. By detecting the difference in temperature between a wet area and the surrounding dry areas, thermal imaging can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible.
    Electrical Inspections - Improper electrical connections can cause power outages and possible fires. We inspect the electrical panels and receptacles to identify issues. Thermal imaging can detect hot spots in the electrical system not visible to the naked eye.
    Wood Destroying Insects - Significant wood destroying insect activity can be detected using this technology due to the heat generated by active infestations.
    Roof Inspections - Thermal imaging can be used to detect the location of the leak  so that repairs can be made. It can also determine when a home has not been properly insulated.
    Plumbing Inspections - Water leaks from the plumbing system often are undetected until damage has occurred. Thermal imaging can detect temperature changes in the plumbing system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue.

Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905

IBHS Fortified  Certified Inspector  #FEV32561020109

ARA Certified Inspector #20302 (Applied Research Associates)

Florida-State Certified Master Inspector Lic. #HI 89

Certified Owens-Corning Roof Data Inspector

Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector

WDO Certificate #JE190791

InterNACHI #10071802

362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214

Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

850.934.6800  (Office)                                         

850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)                         

"Looking Beyond The Obvious"

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Anti-Tip Brackets for Freestanding Ranges




Anti-Tip Inspection Warning

Anti-tip brackets are metal devices designed to prevent freestanding ranges from tipping. They are normally attached to a rear leg of the range or screwed into the wall behind the range, and are included in all installation kits. A unit that is not equipped with these devices may tip over if enough weight is applied to its open door, such as that from a large Thanksgiving turkey, or even a small child. A falling range can crush, scald, or burn anyone caught beneath.

Bracket Inspection

Inspectors can confirm the presence of anti-tip brackets through the following methods:
  •     It may be possible to see a wall-mounted bracket by looking over the rear of the range. Floor-mounted brackets are often hidden, although in some models with removable drawers, such as 30" electric ranges made by General Electric, the drawers can be removed and a flashlight can be used to search for the bracket. Inspectors should beware that a visual confirmation does not guarantee that the bracket has been properly installed.
  •     Inspectors can firmly grip the upper-rear section of the range and tip the unit. If equipped with an anti-tip bracket, the unit will not tip more than several inches before coming to a halt. The range should be turned off, and all items should be removed from the stovetop before this action can be performed. It is usually easier to detect a bracket by tipping the range than through a visual search. This test can be performed on all models and it can confirm the functionality of a bracket.
If no anti-tip bracket is detected, inspectors should recommend that one be installed.


Anti-tip partsClients can contact the dealer or builder who installed their range and request that they install a bracket. For clients who wish to install a bracket themselves, the part can be purchased at most hardware stores or ordered from a manufacturer. General Electric will send their customers an anti-tip bracket for free.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 143 incidents caused by range tip-overs from 1980 to 2006. Of the 33 incidents that resulted in death, most of those victims were children. A small child may stand on an open range door in order to see what is cooking on the stovetop and accidentally cause the entire unit to fall on top of him, along with whatever hot items may have been cooking on the stovetop. The elderly, too, may be injured while using the range for support while cleaning. InterNACHI inspectors who inspect ovens should never leave the oven door open while the oven is unattended.

In response to this danger, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) created standards in 1991 that require all ranges manufactured after that year to be capable of remaining stable while supporting 250 pounds of weight on their open doors. Manufacturers' instructions, too, require that anti-tip brackets provided be installed. Despite these warnings, retailer Sears estimated in 1999 that a mere 5% of the gas and electric units they sold were ever equipped with anti-tip brackets. As a result of Sears’ failure to comply with safety regulations, they were sued and subsequently required to secure ranges in nearly 4 million homes, a measure that has been speculated to have cost Sears as much as $500 million.

In summary, ranges are susceptible to tipping if they are not equipped with anti-tip brackets. Inspectors should know how to confirm that these safety devices are present.
   
By Nick Gromicko, Rob London and Kenton Shepard

Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905

IBHS Fortified  Certified Inspector  #FEV32561020109

ARA Certified Inspector #20302 (Applied Research Associates)

Florida-State Certified Master Inspector Lic. #HI 89

Certified Owens-Corning Roof Data Inspector

Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector

WDO Certificate #JE190791

InterNACHI #10071802

362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214

Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

850.934.6800  (Office)                                         

850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)                         

"Looking Beyond The Obvious"

www.sitepro.us

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Do you try to compete with “Assist to Sell”, “Help-You-Sell” or other discount Real Estate Brokerages?

No?


I would imagine that there are different levels of service that people desire.  I am sure that when it comes to SELLING the home it would make sense to hire a person who actually markets, assists and insures that the house is going to sell.  Hence they may use a full priced Real Estate Listing to get more for their money.  Why do most Real Estate Brokerages charge 6%?  Why not 1% or 2%?  Because it is not financially viable!  To place lock boxes, visit the homes, market the homes, create and distribute flyers and postcards, etc. takes time and money.  All of these items are what professionals do to market a house and actually sell a house.  So why can’t you do this for 1% or 2% ?  Once again, YOU WILL GO BROKE! I realize you are worth the money as do many others.


Let me put the shoe on the other foot.  You want my Home Inspection Company to perform a top notch job at ascertaining the conditions of a home, be responsible for the conditions of the home, warranty the conditions of the home for 90 days, represent both you and your company in a professional manner with late model vehicles, dress attire to represent the professional you are, provide the expensive equipment such as a Thermal Infrared camera (so we can perform the job properly and professionally), take continuing education classes, Pay Taxes, Pay Employees and Pay Insurance for a highly discounted inspection fee?  Just like in your profession, it’s not financially viable.


I still do not understand why some Realtors look for the cheapest inspection company?  YOU ARE RECOMMENDING THEM, YOUR NAME AND REPUTATION IS ON THE LINE.  Is saving the $100 on an inspection worth it when they miss a large portion of the defective items and want stand behind their inspection?


SitePro is the leader in the Home Inspection, in NW Florida because the Realtors that use SitePro are very successful Realtors even in a down market. SitePro stands behind the realtor and protects them with the clients when needed.  SitePro realtor base surround themselves with top notch professionals and demand the best from each of them.  It’s not about the single sale; it’s about repeat business as well as referrals from these people.  They want each and every client to know and experience that they are doing the best for them by bringing in the best to support them.

Here is the greatest thing of all.  How much does this cost the Realtor to surround themselves with the best the area has to offer?  NOTHING...Not one red cent.  Yet they still think they are saving the client money.  If you think using the cheapest is the best way to save your client money, then you should be working at one of the discount Real Estate Offices for that 2% not to include the splits and other costs.


Van Hibberts, CMI


Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905

IBHS Fortified  Certified Inspector  #FEV32561020109

ARA Certified Inspector #20302 (Applied Research Associates)

Florida-State Certified Master Inspector Lic. #HI 89

Certified Owens-Corning Roof Data Inspector

Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector

WDO Certificate #JE190791

InterNACHI #10071802

362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214

Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

850.934.6800  (Office)                                         

850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)                         

"Looking Beyond The Obvious"

www.sitepro.us

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SitePro Residential and Commercial Inspections has taken every reasonable precaution to ensure that any attachment to this e-mail has been swept for viruses. However, we cannot accept liability for any damage sustained as a result of viruses and would advise that you carry out your own virus check before opening any attachment. This e-mail is meant to communicate company related materials only. Opinions expressed by the author of this e-mail are solely his/her own. SitePro Residential and Commericial Inspections will not be liable for opinions expressed in this e-mail.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Weird Noises from Your Dishwasher? Here are some items from GE that could be the problem!



When a dishwasher makes a weird noise, here are some items from GE that could be the problem.  Please watch the video and see if any of these sounds are an issue. SitePro continues to try and provide the homeowners by searching for any support available.


Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
IBHS Fortified  Certified Inspector  #FEV32561020109 
ARA Certified Inspector #20302 (Applied Research Associates)
Florida-State Certified Master Inspector Lic. #HI 89
Certified Owens-Corning Roof Data Inspector
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
WDO Certificate #JE190791 
InterNACHI #10071802
362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
850.934.6800  (Office)                                          
850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)                          

"Looking Beyond The Obvious"


Nothing in this message is intended to constitute an electronic signature unless a specific statement to the contrary is included in this message.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this communication is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed and other authorized to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking any action in reliance of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this message in error, please contact the sender immediately by return e-mail. SitePro LLC is neither liable for the proper nor complete transmission of the information contained in this communication nor for any delay in its receipt.

SitePro Residential and Commercial Inspections has taken every reasonable precaution to ensure that any attachment to this e-mail has been swept for viruses. However, we cannot accept liability for any damage sustained as a result of viruses and would advise that you carry out your own virus check before opening any attachment. This e-mail is meant to communicate company related materials only. Opinions expressed by the author of this e-mail are solely his/her own. SitePro Residential and Commericial Inspections will not be liable for opinions expressed in this e-mail.





Friday, August 1, 2014

Price Shoppers BEWARE!



Home Inspectors are NOT all alike.  You have looked and looked for the right house for you and your family and have taken the purchase very seriously.  Take the time and choose the BEST home inspection to help you with your decision.  You have only one opportunity to get this right, there isn’t a second chance with a home inspection.  Be wise and look over their web page, credentials, experience.  SitePro was one of the first to be licensed as a home inspector within the State of Florida. Quite frankly, meeting with several law makers within the state to pass a law making all inspectors pass a comprehensive test to be licensed.

Warren Buffet said it best "Price is what you pay, Value is what you get".

Remember the small amount of money you save now can cost you thousands in the near future!

Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905

IBHS Fortified  Certified Inspector  #FEV32561020109

ARA Certified Inspector #20302 (Applied Research Associates)

Florida-State Certified Master Inspector Lic. #HI 89

Certified Owens-Corning Roof Data Inspector

Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector

WDO Certificate #JE190791

InterNACHI #10071802

362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214

Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

850.934.6800  (Office)                                         

850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)                         



"Looking Beyond The Obvious"



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