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Darrell Bell wrote:

Does anyone know a Soil Engineer in Orange County area?

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Hi Pasha, If you call this company; they may have a name of someone who could help you. Saber  Please let us know what happens!
January 28 2011
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Is it worth getting a house with outdated outlets???

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Hi jadedea,  Have an electrician check it out. Depending on the house you could have:A ground wire in the box( junction boxes were grounded with a conductor before outlets were) that is easy to connect to the outlet, easy access under the house to run a conductor down from the junction box to the grounding system or as sunnyview pointed out, you can replace outlets with gfci device outlets ( which is more expensive, but, effective).
October 25 2010
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What type of water barrier do you recommend for a basement wall?

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Hi Ryan, Just google  foundation wall drainage plane and also check out this site Wall drainage/waterproofing.  There are two components to this water management issue: 1) Keeping out any water intrusion, 2)directing the water away from the area in question and disposing of it properly. Basically a drainage plane that collects the water at the base of the wall(s) and drains it away from the house!
October 13 2010
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Is it possible to de-gopher a yard?

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Hey socal,  The sure stop at the HD must still be approved by CA as its sold in Ca ?!? anyhow, it is NOT a repellent, it is a poison that is applied prescriptively and is fully effective in about month from what I'm told.  This is a big problem and everyone wants to kill these guys to save their soil stability, but, of course no body wants to kill a beautiful bird of prey.  I think the sure stop kills the little buggers more or less underground as it promotes internal bleeding. I don't have a vested interest in sure stop btw...I just trust the person who told me about it as they are a naturalist to some extent. 
September 02 2010
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HVAC unit stolen in house we're buying...what to do?

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Since you are not my client; please feel free to contact me for an HVAC contractor you can trust. That is if you CAN"T get the bank to get that AC system up and running for you( which I hope you can!!).
August 20 2010
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HVAC unit stolen in house we're buying...what to do?

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Hey housenewbie, You are just down the street from me! I'm sorry this happened.  If your offer was accepted WITH a functioning AC unit in place, I DO NOT believe this is your responsibility at all.  This is a pretty low blow to you in my opinion. What if it were NOT a bank owned home and someone broke in and stole permanently installed components? If you want the house bad enough, then I guess they have you in a pickle. What does your agent say? Every time I have run into this the bank has replaced the components as they should. Is this home in Sunchase by chance?  I see this( and worse) ALL over now ! It makes me mad that the bank would put this on you if it was fine before. Since you are not my client; please feel free to contact me for an HVAC contractor you can trust.
August 20 2010
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Do Rehabs Require A Disclosure?

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Brad nailed it; get an inspection! He is also correct in that getting a great inspection has much value relative to the cost of an inspection fee.   I don't know what a PA purchase agreement/contract looks like,but, here in California there are plenty of opportunities for the seller to check " I don't know" which makes for a pretty uninformative disclosure. Nonetheless; get it and make you your agent impresses them with the importance of being honest and forth coming!
August 10 2010
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Non Toxic Finishing for Hard Wood Floors

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Hi James, Are you saying you used that on stair treads and it worked good? That would be a great testimonial for sure!    I'm a bit of a throwback too and I have been nervous about trying water based clear finishes. I think it would still be "toxic" but, my hands are tired of petrochemicals and I like water cleanup. Thanks !
August 06 2010
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eliminating animal odor

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BioKleen Bac Out works well for many odor and stain challenges. I'm not sure where you could get it at a good price in Denver though.   It does depend on what surfaces have been affected as to what the type and extent of the damage is. As one poster mentioned; you may have to remove floor coverings at some point if that is the area of your concern. If there is need to do destructive testing to assess the damage, you may want to contact an insurance restoration contractor. It can get messy and some odors love to hide. Please let us know what route you take!
August 05 2010
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Home Backyard Fencing

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Third inspector chiming in! Good answers by the other two btw! Especially if you are in fact considering doing it yourself( that's a long fence!) From an inspection standpoint the latest CPVC vinyl fencing seems to be doing OK. Mike and myself are in the Southwest( maybe Brad too?) and the sun has caused real problems with vinyl ( especially the first generation material). I can't say how long wood could last in your area. From a homeowner's standpoint I can tell you I just shopped for a new section of fence this year and vinyl was much, much more expensive than wood. I ended up with block,but, wood was the cheapest by far; it just does not last as long as other non-wood materials.The good news is that getting bids from established. reputable companies in this market generated some very reasonable overall costs.There are lots of designs and tutorials on the net you might want to check out before you get going on this project. Please let us know what you decide!     
August 05 2010
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