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Introduction to Historic Masonry / Workshops

Henry Frerk Sons is putting on a very worthwhile workshop series about historic masonry repair.  The classes cover a range of topics including stone repair, lime mortar, brickwork and more. Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, the sessions will help you better understand and use traditional masonry materials. (Sorry, I had to delete the link because Frerk’s…

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How to Choose a Reliable Home Inspector

hoosinga reliable home inspector can be tricky. There are huge differences between home inspectors. Like all professions or trades, the majority are rather mediocre. A small percentage are spectacularly bad. An even smaller percentage are very, very good. You want one of the the good ones. Your home is often the largest investment of your…

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Misleading Home Inspector Certifications

It’s a common question, one I get quite often.  “Are you certified?“.   The answer usually surprises most folks. But homeowners should be aware that even in states regulating home inspectors, no state, governmental department, or regulatory agency certifies home inspectors. Home Inspector Certification is a accreditation bestowed upon us by ourselves. Nick’s organization took…

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An Understanding of Home Inspection Societies

Why are there so many of professional home inspection societies? To answer the question, I have no idea.  There are a lot of them, though. In other professions, one usually goes to school with a mandate in rigorous training, certifications (more on that in another post), and accreditations that, for the most part, are recognized…

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Destroying our Masonry City

Yes, there thousands of wood frame buildings throughout our city, but when one travels the neighborhoods, it becomes obvious very quickly that this is a city built out of bricks and mortar.  Competently constructed masonry buildings need very little repair or maintenance, but it sometimes becomes necessary to perform repairs.  But Chicago is destroying it’s…

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