Posts by Darin Magee

Should Foggy Windows be Repaired or Replaced?

   Insulated Glazing Units, or IGUs were first patented in the United States by Thomas Stetson in 1865. But the use of these windows, which incorporated two panes of glass with a sealed space between them, did not become widespread until the 1940s when Thermopane windows became standard. Prior to this time people in colder…

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Historic Home Inspection, Charms and Headaches

    Immediately prior to moving to St. Augustine and opening our home inspection business, I worked for the Department of Defense for six years at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway. Norway is a wonderful country full of beautiful scenery, nature and unique history. Walking in the footsteps of Vikings on a cold misty morning…

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GFCI, Insight From A Home Inspector

   Our marketing efforts have been very successful. What began as a World Golf Village, King and Bear and Palencia home inspection company has quickly grown to include all of Jacksonville, St Augustine, and even Palm Coast. Whereas our initial focus area included mostly newer homes, many of our inspections now are in more established…

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A Typical Week

     Last week was a fairly typical week at F.P.D. Home Inspections. We try to limit ourselves to two inspections a day so we ensure that each house and each report gets the time and attention that they require and deserve. We had the usual mix of homes: big and small, new and old.…

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Yes, You Need A Wind Mitigation Inspection

    Wind Mitigation Inspections We’re fortunate, business is good; the phone rings steady with new and returning customers ordering home inspections. Many of these callers are from northern states tired of shoveling snow and intent on moving a little closer to the sun. Most of them have never heard of a wind mitigation inspection…

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Infrared Technology for Home Inspectors

Infrared technology isn’t new. FLIR, the company that produces the camera that we use at F.P.D., has been making quality cameras since 1978. Infrared technology is used by law enforcement during surveillance, the Coast Guard during search and rescue, airport authorities attempting disease control, and home inspectors looking for a variety of issues in homes…

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Heat Pump Basics Explained

I don’t often have customers who want to follow me during the entire home inspection. It takes about three hours and leads me places that not everyone wants to visit, for example on the roof or in the crawlspace or attic. When they do want to tag along I try to make the experience educational…

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Trust Your Real Estate Agent

When it comes to buying and selling houses, nobody has more experience than a real estate agent. Monica and I have bought five houses and we’ve sold four so we’ve been around the block a few times. Each time we’ve had good experience with the realtors we’ve used across the country and around the world.…

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Infrared Thermal Vision

A home inspector must be a jack of all trades. An electrician only needs to know about electricity, a plumber only needs to know about plumbing, and a roofer only needs to know about roofing. A home inspector needs to know about all of these things and more. Because of this, our knowledge of an…

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Condensation in Double Pane Windows

Condensation in between two panes of glass can ruin your window’s appearance. During home inspections we have seen this on many homes in the past and several recently. It shows itself when the windows have a foggy or misty look. Sometimes you can see the water dripping down the inside of the pane of glass.…

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