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Dec 9, 2016
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

Were you aware of this? Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) created standards in 1991 that require all freestanding ranges manufactured after that year to be able to support 250 pounds of weight on their open oven doors.

Aug 6, 2016
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

Dryer fires are not something most us us ever think about. However, they are much more common than you might think. Over 2500 residential fires per years are caused by dryer lint fires. Here are two links for you to consider. The first is about the stats on these fires. The second is about an...

Oct 7, 2015
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

Before we can get far into this topic you need to understand the difference between step flashing and continuous flashing. Step flashing is metal flashing, usually galvanized steel but sometimes copper or other metals, and it is normally 10” wide by 7” long. It is bent at a 90...

Feb 14, 2014
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

Home buyers and their agents should make an effort to be sure a home is ready to be inspected before the inspector shows up. Many times I have gotten to a job and discovered that for one reason or another some part of the inspection could not be completed because the home was not ready....

Jul 8, 2013
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

I’ll try to keep this short but it is a concern that comes up from time to time while inspecting houses in South Texas. It is not unusual to see water stains or even black moldy looking areas near or around A/C vents or “registers” as they are called in the trade. I’m...

Jul 8, 2013
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

This is a very simple yet apparently confusing topic. Many home inspectors and quite a few plumbers and HVAC techs use the terms interchangeably and don’t really understand the difference. The general home buyer gives me a blank stare when I mention the need for and lack of a sediment...

Jun 21, 2012
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

Water heaters are one of those things that are taken for granted because they are generally very reliable. Most residential water heaters in my area (Texas) use either gas or electricity to heat the water which is stored in a tank and reheated as needed.  There are also tankless water...

Jun 9, 2012
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

These things may cause a need to water your foundation. If you use a soaker hose, keep it 18” to 24” away from the slab and allow capillary action to wick water back to the slab. A soaker hose placed against the slab can wash away soil needed for support and/or cause small sink...

Jan 21, 2012
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

Effective the first of January, 2012 the State of Texas has adopted and supposedly will begin enforcing the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). It is hoped that the implementation of this code will "result in the optimal utilization of fossil fuel and nondepletable resources in...

Dec 27, 2011
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

Why should I have a new home inspected? This question is asked often but not often enough.  One thing I have learned over the years is there are no perfect houses. No matter who your builder is or how many "City" inspections it has had, some things were missed that will be important to a...

Dec 19, 2011
Ed Fryday, ACI | TREC License: #6932

Electric service drops from a power pole to a home should be at least 10 ft. above the ground or 12 ft. above a driveway. The one in this photo is over the ground but just inches away from the driveway. The pole you see propped against the service drop is a 10 ft pole. Obviously this service...