You Sure Don’t Want To See These Two Kissing!

The Pot Light And The Duct: Anybody who appreciates a good turn of phrase will enjoy this artfull done bit of ‘toung in cheek’ writing. The writer is drawing attention to a serious condition.

This is a re-blog article written by Jay Markanich of Bristow, Virginia. Please follow the links to leave any comments directly on his blog. Thanks

Kids.  I know, I know.  This is a couple you don’t even want together, and you sure don’t want to see these two kissing!

Call me a bigot, I don’t care.  These two simply shouldn’t be together.  Their kind shouldn’t even mingle.

Look at that hot thing – young, petit hard body, great curves, round caboose, maybe a little overdressed.  You can just see how wired and hot she is.  All that clothing though!  She really shouldn’t be so wrapped up.  She needs to show herself off better, let some of her smoking, hot self dissipate.  But still, she’s the light of somebody’s life.

And look at him.  Laying beside her.  Just snuggling up.  Can’t keep his body off of her.  Tall, thin, full of hot air.  He does his best work in the dark.  Just the kind I hate seeing around her.  Just the kind.  And he’s strapped in, ready for the long haul.

I actually feel worse for him than her.  He’s going to get burned, and burned bad!  She’s going to punch a hole right through those skinny ribs.  Funny, at first my instinct was to protect her, but it’s him that needs the distance.  She is stuck in her ways, and will never move.

But he’s stealing a kiss!  What a dope.  He is thin skinned.  He has no idea what he’s in for.

They haven’t been together long, only a couple of days.  And they are both so young, neither knows what it’s like to be really turned on, YET, at least to the degree they will when they get hot for each other.  But once they’re turned on, wow, things will get hot fast!

So what can I do?  I have no relationship with either one.  I’m just a friend looking out for the best interests of someone buying into this whole thing.  They hired me because they know how discriminating I can be.  That’s right, I discriminate.  I’m like that – really critical.  Sure, some people don’t like it, but I am who I am and make money because of it!  And, like the detective I am, I snapped a revealing photo.  Proof!  Right there!

Some very nice people have asked me for my opinion and I intend to give it.


And don’t let them even touch each other again.  Proximity is everything.  This couple was put together through no fault of their own.  But keep them apart.  Forever.

My recommendation:  tough love is very parental, looks cold, but sometimes it’s the best thing.  It’s especially helpful, though, crucial really, in the long run.  The best time to catch a couple like this is on an inspection of new construction, before the final walk through.



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia


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Question : Aluminum Wiring – What Would You Say to Family, Clients.

Question : Aluminum Wiring – What Would You Say to Family, Clients.

I wrote this email answer to a nephew’s question about aluminum wiring systems. (He’s house hunting.)

Aluminum wire replaced copper in the 70s (for a while) because of cost.

Allowances were not made (at first) for the different properties so some problems showed up. (Fires).

– Connections have to be made with wire looped around the screws rather than just under the screws because of the coefficient of expansion for aluminum is greater than copper. They move and loosen with temperature changes.

– As aluminum oxidized it increases electrical resistance, the opposite of copper, so an anti-oxidant paste has to be used.

– Aluminum is more brittle and heats up more than copper, so for a given amperage the wire gauge or diameter has to be larger. (This is sometimes handled by lowering the amperage at breakers or fuses.)

– Outlet, switches and conductors for major appliances have different metals used for conductors (copper) so specially made adaptive plug outlets and switches must be used. (You don’t just find them in ‘Reno’ stores.) (NOW they are appearing, 2014)

Those are the major factors.

If the wire size is correct (or the amperage is reduced), the switches and plugs changed to the correct type, all attachments done as required for aluminum, and the anti-oxidant paste applied to all connections, then the system will be safe and as good as the copper based systems.

This does have to be verified by an electrician with experience in aluminum wiring.  Unless they are over fifty or do a lot of renovations, there are many electricians out there who have never seen it. So ask.

*Sometimes sellers can provide a certificate or receipt from an electrical contractor verifying the system has been updated.

*If that’s the case then there is no real concern for the buyer, except that it will be an issue when they go to sell their house in the future.

*That is something to consider as it will be an increasingly rarer type of system in years to come.

That’s where my email ended. Those last few comments* address the future value and sales-ability of the home.

If you would give that advice to family, would you give it to all your clients?

Or would you leave it to the agents? As an inspector I would say Yes, as it is an element of the physical building.

What would you do?


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Here’s To You, Mr. Handy Home Owner?!

The photo says it all! Why do you need to get home inspection? Look at the photo.

In fact there are some guys (not electricians) who can do it right. But how do YOU know them?

A qualified or liscenced tradesman – contractor has been verified to an acceptable established standard. THAT’s how you know.

Here’s to you Mr. Why-Pay-For-An-Electrician-DIY-Handy-Man-Home-Owner! Why ask for help when you can “get ‘er done” all on your lonesome with some wire nuts, speaker wire, and just about anything else you can find!? After all, in Vietnam you *were* an electrician (you worked on one part of one kind of plane, thus ensuring your ability to do all phases of home construction and residential electrical work). And who needs a cover. Nope, just let the air in: perhaps it will keep the wires cool. Here’s to you! I LOVE the creativity of people! This is almost artistic! 🙂Vancouver Wa Home Inspector, Portland Oregon Home Inspector


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