Chimney & Fireplace
Garage Door Openers
Home Inspection Recommendations
Hardboard Composite Siding
HTPV Vent Pipes
Moisture, Mold, & Wood Rot
Polybutylene (PB) Plumbing
Product Recalls - CPSC
Aluminum Wiring Hazards An insurance company provides a
safety engineers' point of view. Some good historical background on Aluminum
Wiring Information Website - www.inspect-ny.com
A very detailed
web site on the problems of small sized, #10 & #12, solid aluminum wiring in
residential homes. It also includes information on problems with connector
Aluminum Wiring Fix Still Available This (CPSC) Consumer
Product Safety Commission document is announcing that the Tyco AMP COPALUM
connector system will be manufactured until 2005.
Aluminum Wiring Repair is a PDF format document from the CPSC describing
repair techniques for aluminum wire.
The (CPSC) Consumer Product
Safety Commission recommends the use of CO detectors to decrease
the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Also, the article
Monoxide Questions and Answers and the brochure
"Invisible" Killer give practical and helpful information.
Your Family and Yourself from CO Poisoning A practical list from
the EPA of Do's and Don'ts related to carbon monoxide. Also,
information on CO detectors.
Monoxide Poisoning A very practical web site on preventing Carbon
Monoxide Poisoning. Information and Web Site Links on Appliance
Safety, CO Medical Information, Portable Gas Heater Safety, CO Detectors,
Caravan Safety, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Training Room Bacharach is a manufacturer of CO testing equipment,
with detailed information for technicians.
Chimney & Fireplace
Institute of America (CSIA) Helpful information on Masonry
Chimneys, Carbon Monoxide Hazards, Chimney Fires, Chemical Chimney Cleaners,
Wood Stoves and Inserts, Factory Built Fireplaces, Gas Logs, and
Finding a Certified Chimney Sweep.
The National Chimney Sweep
Guild (NCSG) A professional and trade organization for Chimney Sweeps and
the founding organization for the CSIA. Contains a NCSG Members
Locator Search Engine.
Chimneys: Safety Alert
An article from the (CPSC) Consumer Product Safety Commission which
describes some of the fire hazards of metal factory-built chimneys.
Standards for Design & Construction - NFPA 211
How to order a
publication on chimney & fireplace design prepared by the (NFPA) National Fire
Products A detailed web site on the
selection and the use of wood burning stoves, gas logs, and chimney design.
sponsored by various manufacturers.
Gas Logs This is part of a particular article found on
Products that deals with the concerns
about un-vented gas log fireplaces.
Drywall Information Center Detailed information from the Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on what is presently known about
This area of
Tennessee, located near the Appalachian mountains, has the potential
for seismic activity. These
brochures from the Institute for Business & Home Safety, gives some good
suggestions on how to make your home safer & stronger.
Is Your Home Protected? A Homeowner's Guide to Earthquake
- 36 pages.pdf
Protect Your Home Against Earthquake Damage
- 2 pages, pdf
This particular web page of the
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) gives access to a group of very practical
articles on electrical safety:
Electrical Safety Publications
Non-Reversing Openers - pdf (CPSC)
Safety alert. Approximately
4 children are killed each year, and others suffer brain damage or serious
injuries, when a garage door fails to stop and reverse its direction upon
Home Inspection Recommendations
The House Detective -
Good articles on home inspection, written by Barry Stone, a nationally
syndicated columnist and home inspector. Look in the ARCHIVES list to see
the various articles.
Deal Killers: Ask for Them by Name - An article by Barry
Stone, in The Washington Post, discussing the need to find a qualified
Inspectors of North America web site gives compelling reason
for a buyer to be cautious of a home inspector that is recommended
by the real estate agent.
Siding - Class Action
Hardboard Composite Siding - Helpful Web Sites
A list of web sites from different manufactures of the siding that are
involved in the class action law suit, describing the procedures for making
a claim. Also, there are web sites of different companies and
organizations that will give assistance, usually for a fee, to help the
consumer file a claim.
Vent Pipes for Gas Furnaces
HTPV Vent Pipes - pdf (CPSC)
Announced in 1998. 250,000
High Temperature Plastic Vent systems for natural gas or propane furnaces -
joints can crack or separate - carbon monoxide hazard.
Horizontal systems - named "Plexvent" or "Ultravent" - gray or black in
Moisture, Mold, & Wood Rot
Wood Moisture Content The University of
Clemson Extension office provides a clear explanation of WMC, and what are
No Such Thing as Dry Rot A very practical
explanation of how wood can not rot without the presence of moisture. Also,
a basic description of wood preservatives.
University of Clemson Extension articles:
A group of practical, straightforward articles on controlling
moisture in the home:
about Mold and Dampness A Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) brochure on basic mold information, and why mold sampling is not needed.
Questions and Answers on Stachybotrys chartarum and other molds
A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web page on questions and answers
concerning the Stachybotrys chartarum mold and acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage
Guide to Mold (EPA) US Environmental Protection
Agency booklet entitled:
"A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home."
Indoor Air - Mold Resources
An EPA web page on Ten Things You Should Know About Mold, Asthma and Mold, Floods/Flooding,
Health and Mold, Indoor Air Regulations and Mold, and Other Mold Related
Resources and Links.
Free From Mold.org
APA – The Engineered Wood
Association launched the FreeFromMold.org program in August 2004 to
provide an annual inspection and moisture prevention regimen for homeowners.
FreeFromMold.org gives you the tools you need to determine places around
your house in need of inspection for typical moisture intrusion problems and
offers simple steps to fix these problems.
Polybutylene (PB) Plumbing - Class Action
More on PB Piping - ASHI Reporter
PB pipe is a non-rigid, sometimes curved, usually gray (or possibly silver
or black) plastic pipe used in water supply plumbing systems. This
product was involved in a $950 million class action suit due to leakage
Description of PB Plumbing Problem
Enclosed is a brief description of the Polybutylene Pipe (PB)
water leakage class action law suit and how to identify the pipe.
Product Recalls (CPSC)
Find Recalled Products at CPSC
Find articles by the Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on a large variety of products that have
been found to be defective. Items such as dishwashers, ovens & ranges,
furnaces, CO detectors, electric wall heaters, metal fireplaces,
microwave/hoods, attic ladders, surge arresters, GFCI circuit breakers, gas
water heaters, and smoke detectors.
A Citizen's Guide to Radon - (EPA) US
Environmental Protection Agency. A 16 page brochure on the basic issues concerning
radon hazards, detection, myths, and remediation.
Radon Publications - (EPA) US Environmental
Protection Agency. A web page giving access to a variety of
TDEC Radon Program (TDEC) The State of Tennessee Department of
Environment and Conservation web site on radon in Tennessee. Free
radon test kits available.
Physics Society - Position Statement on Radon The Health Physics
Society, a non-profit scientific professional organization of scientists,
physicians, engineers, and others who promote the practice of radiation
safety. In their position statement, in items #2 & #6, they propose that the EPA should
raise the recommended mitigation level to "tens of pCi/L and greater."
Resource Directory - ASHI
Technical and Information Resources (ASHI)
This webpage from the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
contains 30 categories with a total of 462 links to other web sites that deal with
technical aspects of the home inspection process.
Inspecting Asphalt Shingles (ASHI) This is a nine
page article from the May 2002 ASHI REPORTER on how to inspect
asphalt composition shingles, which is the predominant
residential roofing material.
CoolMetalRoofing.org encourages the use of metal roofing and
related products as a means of energy conservation. They provide a
on the advantages of metal roofs.
Maintaining Your Septic System- A Guide for Homeowners is an
easy to read comprehensive brochure, produced by Pipeline, on how
to maintain your system and what should be inspected.
NSFC Septic News
A very straight forward web site devoted to the basics of septic
systems, from West Virginia University.
Septic Systems - What you need to know
A quick reading one page
question and answer sheet from the North Carolina Extension Service.
Septic System Construction Permit The State of Tennessee web site
explains the permit requirements of building a private septic system.
The Septic System Information Website A very comprehensive web
site from a home inspector who has researched septic systems in
Synthetic Stucco - EIFS
- Exterior Design Institute - EIFS The Exterior Design Institute
is a non-profit organization founded for the purpose of training and
certifying Third Party EIFS Inspectors.
dspInspections.com This is a detailed web page of a home
inspector in Rochester MN, providing some good insights on
the EIFS problem.
Web Site - EIFS Industry Members Association web site
provides a description of the Exterior Insulation Finish System
(EIFS), along with advocating the use of synthetic stucco, and addressing
the concerns associated with this product. The EIMA
EIFS Construction provides recommended detailing.