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Continuing confusion over what home inspectors can fix on the job

In a recent column I wrote about home inspectors “breaking” something they have to test. The best example is a GFCI outlet in a bathroom or kitchen. Inspectors are required by the Standards of Professional Practice for Arizona Home Inspectors to test GFCI outlets. My opinion was

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That lazy home inspector wouldn’t tighten my toilet!

I have written in this column before that re-inspections are the least favorite part of a home inspectors job (attics in August rank up there). The first time we’re on site the sellers are very pleasant, and may even offer us iced tea or a cookie (which

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Randy readily replies to random researchers’ requests

Should a home inspector pay for something he breaks? I’ve had a few emails recently about inspectors breaking things. Apparently a column I wrote in 2014 comes up when they are researching. And some have the nerve to email me saying they disagree with me! I replied

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Inspector offers shocking sarcastic snappy answers

I like to give snappy, sarcastic answers. I don’t mean to stupid questions, I mean to all questions. Winston Churchill was very good at snappy answers. Perhaps his most famous was at a dinner where a lady was thoroughly exasperated with Mr. Churchill’s view on world events.

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To RO or not to RO, that is the question

Reverse Osmosis filter system wastes up to 4 gallons of water for every gallon produced I remember a former president flying his 747 jets across the ocean and back to attend a one-day conference on how to reduce carbon emissions. His jets probably used more gas than

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MI Windows tour impresses state home inspectors

I have been a member of the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (azashi) since 1993, and was involved in chapter leadership for 12 years. That included two terms as VP, which in our chapter is in charge of education. That could be a

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Air Conditioners Part II: older refrigerant can be costly

Price of R22 will continue to climb as it becomes rarer Last time the headline for this column read “oversized fuses can be costly.” That meant oversized fuses for an air conditioner could allow expensive damage. This is easy to correct with a couple fuses that cost

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Air Conditioners Part I — oversized fuses can be costly

Watch size of compressor fuses to avoid expensive repairs I am finding oversized fuses at air conditioner compressors more frequently lately. I tell people replacing those $10 fuses may save their $1,500 compressor (and some get mad at me?). Let me explain why the fuses are there.

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Home inspectors are not two-faced about insulation

I received some fan letters this week, including this one from the owner of a home I inspected: “I wish you home inspectors would stop trying to justify your existence. Our home is in city limits and passed all city inspections. Why are you telling potential buyers

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What should, should not, be in home inspection report

I have been asked several times recently (and over the years) to inspect a home in some city I’m not familiar with, such as Tombstone or Tuba City, or Cowlik or Chloride (all real Arizona cities). I always tell them it would be much better ​to find

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