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Electrical

What is an AFCI?

    AFCI stands for Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter. AFCI’s are designed to shut off an electrical circuit if there is a spark in that circuit.  So, if

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    Safety

    What is an Egress Window?

      An egress window provides a secondary way to get out of a room in the event of a fire.  (It also enables a fireman to get into the room from the

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      Electrical

      Knob and Tube Wires

        Knob and tube wiring is an outmoded form of electrical distribution in homes.  It was commonly used until about the 1940s. It gets its name from the

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        Safety

        Is there a tree threatening your house?

          Do you have any trees that are threatening your home?  Based on the last storm, we know how quick the wind can whip up and knock over a bunch of

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          Environmental

          Should I be concerned about Radon?

            Radon is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas produced by decaying uranium in the bedrock that can filter into the soil around the foundation and

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            Heating and Cooling

            Thinking about converting from Oil to Gas?

              During our Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens home inspections, we often hear from our clients that they prefer gas over oil and anticipate that they

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              Building Science

              What does “STACK EFFECT” mean?

                The “stack effect” is a term used in building science which means the whole structure acts like a chimney, simply because warm air rises.  So,

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                Heating and Cooling

                What is a VAV Box in a commercial building?

                  VAV stands for Variable Air Volume.  A VAV box controls airflow in commercial and can be a frequent cause of space temperature issues in commercial

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                  Flooring

                  Engineered Hardwood Floors versus Solid Hardwood Floors

                    While doing our Long Island and New York City home inspections, we are often asked “What’s the difference between solid hardwood flooring versus

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                    Roofing and Gutters

                    Is it okay to have 2 or 3 Layers of Roofing?

                      During our home inspections, we often see more than one layer of roof shingles.  In fact, sometimes we see 3 or 4 layers of roofing materials which

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                      Safety

                      Are your Stairs and Handrails safe?

                        In almost every inspection we see stairs or railings missing handrails or balusters (spindles).  I think about it like this: picture someone

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                        Safety

                        What you should know about Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

                          Like everything else in our technological world, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are getting smarter and better. In my opinion, the best

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