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April  '04

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13 Ways To
Date A Home

Here are some interesting ways to date a house ó just in case you donít know when it was built.

1. Toilet Tank Check. A toilet tank or lid sometimes has a date stamp. A toilet without a date stamp means that it was probably manufactured after 1990.
2. Sink Investigation. By checking the underside of bath, kitchen, and laundry sinks you can find raised numbers on iron fixtures that indicate the date or they may have white-stenciled numbers on their bottoms that indicate the date. 
3. Gas Shut-off Valves.
Look for the gas shut-off valves of water heaters and furnaces for the original municipal inspection tag. If itís still there, it should have a date, often handwritten, with the approval date for gas meter installation. 
4. Breaker Box
Look for dates on labels of the electric breaker box. If the UL symbol is on this tag, immediately below it is the month and year of ULís approval, usually a date within 5 years prior to installation. 
5. Water Heater.
Most water heater labels note the date of manufacture. Some water heaters, however, note when its warranty expires. Remember, yellow energy efficiency stickers first for the SRV or TPR valve became mandatory about 1970. 


6. Heating and Cooling Units. Most furnace and air-conditioning unitsí manufacture date is on an attached label.
7. Sliding Glass Doors.
A home was built prior to 1960 if sliding glass doors are not tempered glass.
8. Rafter Reference.
Manufactured trusses became popular in the late 1960ís. Rafters with center-to-center measurements that exceed 24 inches suggest a home was built before 1960. Full 2 x 4 rafters, also known as rough-hewn, often exceed 24- inch centers and were common prior to 1945. 
9. Firebrick Space Spalling.
Usually indicates 40 plus years. No damper usually indicates the fireplace was built prior to 1940.

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From the desk of . . .
     Arthur S. Lazero

Radio Host!

I am having more fun this year than anyone is entitled. My inspection schedule has been busy, on track to perform 500 to 600 inspections of all types during 2004, plus 50-60 continuing ed. courses for Realtors. Beginning a year ago, I began writing a monthly column for the Frederick County Association of Realtors newsletter on home inspection topics. And I can now count on my fingers the number of months until I celebrate my 60th birthday. 
My responsibilities with the American Society of
Home Inspectors (ASHI) are growing. I am on the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC-ASHI) and on the ASHI national Public Relations Committee. 
Co-Host on WMET 1160 AM Intelligent Radio Real
Estate Today! Saturdays 10 to 11 AM 
The good folks at WMET 1160 AM invited me to
develop a real estate related hour-long show for Saturday mornings, a perfect time for listeners who are planning their weekend household activities, thinking about house hunting or on the way to a home center. Donna Evers, Broker of Evers and Company in Chevy Chase, graciously agreed to Co-Host the show, Real Estate Today. We are a month into live broadcasts and the WMET signal is scheduled to soon increase to 50,000 watts, making it only one of four radio stations in our area with an AM signal that can reach from Richmond to Baltimore. The show is fast paced and packed with real estate/home inspection information. Listen each Saturday as I publicly crash and burn and have fun doing so. 
Gazette Newspaper Column.
Finally, the weekly Gazette newspapers asked me to
author a monthly article focused on home inspection, home maintenance, and current environmental issues. Read Ask Mr. Home Inspector in the Real Estate section the last two weeks of each month, depending on locality.






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