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Understanding the Levels of Inspection is not as difficult as the public has been made to believe. THere are 3 levels of inspection as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association Handbook # 211, Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solif Fuel Burning Appliances 2006 Edition. The ...
05/24/2010
This is a highly unkown code, even though it represents law in New Jersey.  Knowing the codes is extremely important when making home repairs of any kind.  Its even more important when repairing a chimney.   Commonly, I will see repairs being done by chimney contractors that are not compliant wit...
05/23/2010
Here are some pointers so that you dont get scammed. If you think you are a victim of a chimney related scam, please contac the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs @ 1-800 656-6225 1. Look out for the telemarketer!! 2. Same day work is NOT legal. In NJ any work over $500 requires a contract, 3 day ca...
05/21/2010
Yesterday I taught and proctored a review and test for the National Fireplace Institute.  The candidates in the class were all previously well schooled, knowledgeable and ready for the review and exam. It was encouraging to see the industry moving forward.  I have taught classes to every aspect o...
05/20/2010
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05/19/2010
  Another example of someone making a quick buck instead of doing it right!!   Unfortunately, a lot of money changed hands for improper work.  THere are several problems ....other than the square peg and round hole.....They are only mounted with 4 dabs of caulk, the lower one washes into the high...
05/19/2010
Sometimes during a real estate transaction the need for an estimate arises, in fact, I think we would all agree that this is a common occurrence.  It is important that we not confuse the difference between an inspection and an estimate. An estimate is a quick evaluation of a specific noted defici...
05/18/2010
There is no secret that chimneys are often forgotten and left to fend for themselves for long periods of time.  Here are a few tips to help extend the life of your masonry chimney:   Annual Inspections/sweeping if necessary.  Your first inspection should be a level II and after that baseline insp...
05/17/2010
The problem is growing and there is no relief in sight. Consumers are being scared into chimney repairs after the "cheap" sweep appointment. DO NOT BE FOOLED. Here are a few tips to avoid being scammed: 1. Contracts are necessary on any work in NJ, PA and Many counties in NY if the work totals mo...
05/17/2010
In the State of New Jersey there is no requirement for one to perform chimney inspections, so as a consumer, how do you know if you are getting the right person for the job? The best advice I can give is you need to hire a F.I.R.E. Certified Inspector.  The F.I.R.E. or Fireplace Investigation Res...
05/14/2010
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