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From a Home Inspector….Don’t Let Your Home Be a Mouse Highway

Mouse Highway!

Some people think that if their house is in “the big city” there is less chance for mice to bother the house.  Not true.  They are around, and when it’s cold they will want to get in.  It’s best not to provide them a mouse highway!

A mouse only needs a space 1/4″ wide to get in!  That’s it.  And they are always looking for those spaces.

Electricity needs to get inside the house.

Large service conductors bring it in.

They need a large hole on the side of the house.

And that hole is typically filled with some form of putty, or a large clamp.

In this house, one block from the United States Capitol Building, the electrical service was upgraded at some point in the past, to a 200amp service.

That required a larger conductor than existed prior.

Outside there was a large gap present.

Inside there is a large gap between the wall and the panel box.

And there is a large gap on the side of the panel box, never sealed!

This is a mouse highway!

So it was not surprising at all when we found evidence of mouse infestation in a house that has been empty for some time.

My recommendation: it doesn’t hurt to walk around the house and look for possible mouse entrances – the electrical connection, where the AC line(s) enters the house, where data lines connect, etc.  You might be surprised at what you find!  Before you put in any putty or other sealer, take a Brillo pad or some other steel wool and put it in the hole first.  Rodents will not try to chew through steel wool.

Reprinted from Jay Markanich – Northern VA Home Inspector

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All You Need is Love

All You Need is LOVE

All You Need is LOVE. It’s astonishing… you only have to flip on your TV or Internet for 5 minutes to get your fill of hatred in the world.  How did we become so uncivilized?  It’s no wonder we’re a society plundering into the depths of despair… with an appetite for cynism, chaos, crime and cruelty.

We spend our days defending our positions, making excuses for bad behavior, pissing in other’s cheerios, pointing fingers of blame, manipulating, one-upping, crossing lines and forgetting what our grand-parents taught us so long ago… treat your neighbor as yourself.  Must we ask… Who’s our neighbor?

Surely, technology has made us smarter than our ancestors, no? We have every tool at our disposal to help us reach for success, but what is success without civility?  Too many societies are filled with hatred and disdain, ruled by ruthless leaders, while the masses follow blindly.  What shall we become?

Perhaps civility should be a required course in our schools today.  There’s something to be said for the ole’ Proverb… ‘Train up a child in the way they should go, and they shall never depart from it.’  Teach civility and perhaps we’ll aspire to reach for it.

The Beatles knew a little something about civility… they said, All You Need is LOVE

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