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bio website axiomhomeservices.com
location Windham, ME
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General Building Contractor, Certified Home Inspector and Licensed EPA Renovator. I am winding down my years of pounding nails, building custom homes and additions, renovating kitchens and bathrooms, and converting cellars and attics into beautiful living spaces. I am doing more and more home inspections as my bones age and my back gives out. Now I find it easier to look objectively at home structures than to build them. My goal here on Stack Exchange is to help DIY'ers do it the right way and share my years of building experience with them. I may not always give the most popular answer, but I will always give my best informed advise.


May
4
answered Do I need to install a sump pump?
May
4
comment How do you wire multiple outlets between three way switches?
are the outlets switched now?
May
4
comment What are these two drains for?
+1 :unless the third line is there out of the pic, the 2" line with the black cover could be used for a vanity sink. the black cover is probably covering a larger hole in the concrete to facilitate an offset.
May
3
answered Should I use self leveling concrete to repair settlement cracked concrete slabs?
May
3
answered What kind of damp do we have?
May
2
answered Should I install bracing behind drywall for upper cabinets?
May
2
comment Wall load bearing or not?
BTW, if your contractor couldn't figure this out, get a new contractor!!
May
2
comment Wall load bearing or not?
In your pic, are we looking at the ends of the three corner studs coming up through the ceiling? If so, so doesn't look like a supporting wall as the stud ends are not holding any load. In fact, it looks like the joist may be holding the corner of the stud wall in place.
May
2
answered How to get a straight line when painting wall with fillet to ceiling
May
2
answered Wall load bearing or not?
May
2
comment Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
This is actually an important question. As many of you here on SE know, I am a home inspector. We have known for over 15 years that FPE breakers posed a serious safety hazard. I ALWAYS write up pre 2000 FPE panel equipment as a SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD on my inspections. I advise potential buyers, lenders etc to insist that they be removed/replaced prior to closing on any property. Even insurance companies that do inspections will take note and demand replacement. Do not sell them, destroy them so they do not find their way back into a panel to harm someone else.
Apr
30
comment What causes uneven floors and can they be fixed?
@ Celeritas: much easier said than done. the self leveling products are not as easy as they sound. Depending on how deep the dip is, it may be possible to level it with surfacing mortar, but since we have little detailed info, hard to say how extensive the repair would be. Sorry, you aren't gonna get an easy out on this one.
Apr
30
comment Would painting the underside of plywood serve as a vapor barrier to protect the plywood from absorbing moisture?
are you experiencing moisture problems now?
Apr
30
answered What causes uneven floors and can they be fixed?
Apr
29
answered 811 just marked my utilities, can I mow my lawn?
Apr
29
comment Cracks in asphalt driveway
+1 for filling the cracks with a caulking style filler before applying the overcoat sealer. Up north, driveway sealer rarely lasts more than a few years, even the good stuff.
Apr
29
comment Cracks in asphalt driveway
there are lots of sealers in 5 gal buckets, they are rated by years, 2 to 10 yrs.
Apr
29
answered How can I repair damaged gloss of hardwood floor due to spilled scented oil?
Apr
28
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
28
awarded  Nice Answer