I like keeping things simple for writing. I do not need word processing power that will let me make booklets or do all kinds of other fancy things. I use a text editor Windows computers can use, and I am happy with it. I can dial back all the extra features to make my work go faster. I do not like the distraction of a bunch of buttons and toolbars while I am actually writing. I certainly do not want any beeps or dings either. I like to just see a white screen with black letters appearing as I type. I will do the fancy editing and formatting later. Continue reading What Writers Want in a Word Processor
After having HVAC repair in NYC, I noticed a weird smell coming from the vents in my home. First it was rather mild, but later it started to get strong and nasty. It was smelling like something had died in the vent. I sent a snake camera through the vent to look around and found a dead rat. The rat looked like it had been there for a few days, and it was horrifying. There is not telling what happened tot he rat to cause it to die in the first place. I don’t know if it crawled in the vent because it was dying, or because it was hiding and died in the process.
I was overlooking something even more shocking, and that was that I had a rat in my vent in the first place. Continue reading An Unwanted Visitor Has Arrived
A building inspector is responsible to look through your property and check for anything that compromises the integrity of it. This professional looks for any damages or malfunctions within the area and generates a report which you can analyse to help you come up with a better decision.
Building And Pest Inspection Checklist
As the owner, it is essential for you to know the things that a building inspector must assess when conducting inspection at your property. Provided below is the checklist.
Doors – Are they planned to fit the frame? All door panels in your building should open and close without obstructing the door frames.
Windows – just like the doors, windows should also open and shut easily. Inspectors usually check for cracked panels, damp damage, and condensation.
Wall and ceilings – surfaces of these areas should be checked for mould and damp markings. Is there any buckling from the doorway? How about irregular areas of mould stains or fresh paint?
Roof – the colour, frame, cover, and drainage are checked here. The type of timber used needs to be determined as well as some hardwood timber can cause sounds when the season changes. Are there water or rust marks? How is the storm water pipes installed?
Kitchen – all fittings in this area should be secured. Check kitchen sink for any damp stains. Are there leaks under the sink?
External wall – inspectors check for any signs of movement here. Materials used may have bowed or sagged.
Sub floor area – the quality of material is checked at this point. Soil surface as well is checked to make sure that water courses are good.
Bathrooms – things checked on this area are the taps, shower screens, sink, bath tub, tiles, shower bases, exhaust fans, hot water source, etc. Everything should function properly.
Toilets – there should be no leaks after flushing. Inspector must look for signs of excessive sealant.
Laundry – overflow drain should be checked. The trough and wall in this area should be sealed and free from rust.
Plumbing – materials used are checked. Are there broken seals and cracks in waste pipes?
Electrical – the fuse box should have modern circuit breaker, wiring cable should be white, and there should be earth leakage safety switch.