Sunday, 1 February, 2015
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House Rules: Vigilante roofers
A Brentwoodian gets some new roofs, whether he wants ‘em or not
House Rules: The sucker lot — don't buy it
'All this land around you is the mashed potatoes, and your house is at the bottom of the dent.'
House Rules: Old wires cause fires
If your house pre-dates the Lyndon Johnson administration, which began in 1963, chances are that the wiring in your house is one generation out of date.
House Rules: Going soft
With good workers in short supply these days, Jowers writes that it’s time for us homeowners to pick up some tools and take care of our own house business.
House Rules: Don't trouble the tradespeople
Jowers writes that short of a tornado, there's no force on earth that can wreck your house quicker than a disgruntled tradesman.
House Rules: Water, water everywhere…
With all the rain recently falling on Nashville, Jowers gives advice for keeping the basements dry — or how to get them dry after they've flooded.
House Rules: You get what you pay for
Jowers breaks the cold, hard news to homeowners that: In the home repair/remodeling/improvement business, there are no half-price sales, no blue-light specials and no discount coupons.
House Rules: Know your home inspector
Jowers gives those in the market for buying a house advice on how to select a home inspector, and no matter what don't use the seller's, he says.
House Rules: Beware the meddlesome seller
If you are one of the lucky ones able to buy a house right now, Jowers' humble home inspector advice is to never ask the seller to fix anything; do it yourself.
House Rules: You are quality control
Jowers writes that over the last few years, he's decided that whether we like it or not, we’re going to have to learn how to make and fix our own stuff.
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