Entries by Michael

Cornerstone Home Inspection is now a member of WAFRP.

Cornerstone Home Inspection is proud to now be a member of WAFRP.  The Wisconsin Association of Foundation Repair Professionals – WAFRP – was founded in 2002 to address inconsistencies in foundation repair methods in Wisconsin. In 2003, WAFRP developed the Best Management Standards for Foundation Repair which were then adopted by the Building Inspectors Association of […]

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Knob and Tube wiring, safety hazard?

From Wikipedia:  Knob-and-tube wiring (sometimes abbreviated K&T) is an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings, in common use in North America from about 1880 to the 1930s.[1][2] It consisted of single-insulated copper conductors run within wall or ceiling cavities, passing through joist and stud drill-holes via protective porcelain insulating tubes, and supported along their length on nailed-down porcelain knob insulators. Where conductors entered a wiring […]

Federal Pacific Stab Lok Electrical Panel

Federal Pacific Stab Lok brand of electrical panels and circuit breakers were manufactured between 1950 and 1980.  The biggest issue with the breakers is they do not securely lock into the panel and are often loose which can lead to arcing and potentially fires.  Stab Lok breakers frequently failed Underwriters Laboratory testing and were discontinued, […]

Navigating Foundation Problems: Understanding Causes, Inspection, and When to Seek Professional Help

Sponsored by Cornerstone Home Inspection in Hubertus WI   Introduction A strong and stable foundation is the bedrock of any well-built structure, be it a house or a commercial building. However, foundations can face various issues over time, potentially compromising the structural integrity of a property. In this article, we will delve into the world of […]

Condominium vs Home Inspection: Understanding the difference

“Condominium vs. Home Inspection: Understanding the Differences” Sponsored By: Cornerstone Home Inspection   I. Introduction A. Brief explanation of the importance of property inspections B. Overview of the focus of the article: Comparing condominium inspections and home inspections   II. Purpose of Property Inspections A. Clarify the objectives of property inspections B. Emphasize the role of […]

“What Is Thermal Imaging & Why Is It Important for a Home Inspection?”

“What Is Thermal Imaging & Why Is It Important for a Home Inspection?”   Introduction Brief explanation of home inspections and their significance Introduction to thermal imaging and its growing role in home inspections   Understanding Thermal Imaging Definition and principles of thermal imaging How thermal imaging works in detecting temperature variations Key components of […]

Cornerstone Home Inspection

Home inspections are a vital part of the real estate process, providing potential buyers and homeowners with a comprehensive assessment of a property’s condition. These inspections aim to identify any existing or potential issues that could affect the safety, functionality, and value of a home.

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Fire separation wall missing.

One of the things we look for during the garage inspection with an attached garage is the fire separation wall missing between the house and garage.  In general the wall should be drywalled (5/8 inch thick) and complete with no holes or openings through it.  Any door through the firewall should be a rated (at […]

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