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Vermiculite Insulation

What Is Vermiculte? Vermiculite insulation looks like potting soil. Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral worldwide and makes a good insulating material. What Is The Problem? The majority of the vermiculite used worldwide was from a mine in Libby, Montana. The mine was closed in 1990. As well as being rich in vermiculite, this mine had the misfortune of having a deposit of tremolite, a type...
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Fireplaces

A wood burning fireplace can be a beautiful thing.  It can create a mood, feeling, a scent and a wonderful sound, particularly on a cold winter night.  However, if not properly maintained, it can also deteriorate quickly.  Here are a few helpful points about fireplaces. Did you know that about 90% of the heat generated from a fireplace goes up the chimney? Improper use of a fireplace can cause a...
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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter GFCI's

What is a GFCI? They are often electrical outlets with the colored "Test" and "Reset" buttons. GFCI is an acronym for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter and  have been used in homes since the 1970's Why Are They Important? GFCI's are designed to shut power off if there is a very small leak of electricity (a ground fault). Generally speaking, normal outlets are shut off by a fuse or breaker if more...
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Inspect Before You Renovate

Look before you jump A professional home inspection by a qualified and registered home inspector can help you separate the NEEDS from the WANTS. If you are considering the prospects of undertaking a renovation project, you may wish to also consider having a professional home inspection conducted. It may seem a little strange or counter intuitive to have your home inspected before you do a renovation,...
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Structures

Serious structural problems are a considerable undertaking and a substancial expense. Some can’t be fixed at all. Here are a few of the common indicators. Uneven Floors Leaning House Uneven floors are typical, particularly in older homes. Here is a trick to help distinguish between a typical home with character and a structural problem.Floor sags to the middle of the home is fairly common in...
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