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I had posted this some time ago and everyone seem to have liked it. I have made several changes so instead of listing the changes, here is a new list. For those that don't know, this is a phone list of manufactures that has anything to do with a home or business. Well mechanicals that is. Some ar...
About an hour ago I received an email on my Blackberry. I read through it and placed a call (on my Blackberry) to reply to the mail. I arrived at the office, used my index finger on the scanner lock to fire up my computer, pressed play on my Ipod and logged on to the world wide web. Scanned and f...
New home sales in the U.S. fell in November approaching an 11-year low and signaling the housing recession is not coming to an end anytime soon. The median forecast from Bloomberg was new home purchases fell to an annual pace of 717K, down from 728K in October.The level in September was 716K whic...
I ran into my first home yesterday designed for radon protection. The builder offers this as an upgrade for 200 bucks, a hell of a deal compared to the $2500-$4000 remediation cost. The best part was all the nasty, eye sore duct work was hidden. Only when I got in the attic did I see the addition...
I include a copy of this with the package I leave the consumer and they really seem to love it. Just thought I'd share.  Burglary Prevention Tips Keep your home from being an easy target Protect your home by discouraging intruders from making it their next target. Burglars are less likely to vict...
Fall is upon us and I have these and many more tips at There is plenty for the seasoned home owner or new owner to be.  "A good Realtor keeps an eye out for both sides of the for sale sign"  Fall TipsThe Importance of Fall Fertilizing Fall is the time to feed yo...
I saw these tips and I had to share. As an inspector, like you, I have seen some crazy things out there. This piece reminded me that in a "buyers market" the seller can squeeze in a few more dollars by presenting a better, more kept home. And I have always been told that the kitchen sells the hom...
Have you every needed or have you ever been asked if you had a number for_______? Here is a list that I have compiled over the years. Some of these are "back door" numbers. This comes in handy when you have heard Cat Stephens or Gary Wright for the second time on hold.  BLACK & DECKER Parts    80...
What is EIFS?EIFS stands for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems. The product is also called synthetic stucco, and refers to a multi-layered exterior finish that's been used in European construction since shortly after World War II, when contractors found it to be a good repair choice for buil...
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, looking for ways to respond to the subprime-mortgage crisis, will outline a series of policy changes and recommendations today to help borrowers avoid default, senior administration officials said. Among the moves will be an administrative change to allow the Federal...

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