Learn About Home Systems From a Licensed Inspector
Brian Schnee, owner of KL Home Inspection Services has developed a home improvement course “ TLC for Good Home Health” to help you understand more about your home. As a teacher, licensed home inspector and with over twenty years in the commercial construction industry, Brian offers this information to you in order to help you become a more educated homeowner who is capable of performing some of your own home repairs as well as being able to confidently hire the right professional when one is needed.
The classes and workshops have been held at many venues on Long Island.
There are 8 classes and 6 workshops. The eight classes teach the students how their home works while the 6 DIY Hands-On Workshops reinforce what they have learned in the specific class.
With a target audience of every home seller, homeowner and/or potential homeowner, Brian builds his seminars to address real issues in the homes of his audience. His goal with each seminar is to help students become familiar with the various systems of their home, give them the confidence to make some repairs on their own, and to ensure they can hire the right professional for repairs that are more than they can handle on their own.
TLC Course Objective
TLC for Good Home Health is an interactive home improvement course consisting of 8 Classes and 6 Workshops designed to inspire all homeowners to:
- Keep home repair costs down.
- Make certain repairs at a high level of confidence.
- Hire the right contractor when they cannot make the repairs themselves.
Class #1 The Site Your House Sits On
Do you have:
- water in your crawl space or basement?
- cracks in your foundation walls?
- sidewalks or paved surfaces in disrepair?
Class #1 will explore why these can occur and provide information on how to make repairs. Replacement materials will be presented. Preventative measures will be discussed.
Class #2 Your Home's Exterior
Are you experiencing:
- sagging ceilings?
- unleveled floors
- roof leaks
- chimney leaks
- roof issues
- window or door problems
Class #2 will investigate why these issues occur and suggest possible repairs. We will also suggest replacement materials for all your home's exterior components. Preventative measures will be discussed.
Class #3 Your Home's Interior
Have you noticed:
- doors are not closing without a bang?
- cracks in your ceilings or walls?
- your wooden floors in disrepair?
- rotten boards on your decking
Class #3 will review the causes of these issues and discuss how to make the repairs. We will also present replacement materials for your home's exterior components. Preventative measures will be discussed.
Class #4 Your Home's Insulation
Is your home adequately insulated?
- are your walls cold to the touch?
- do you feel drafts
- where is the greatest loss of heat in your home?
Class #4 will discuss where the greatest heat loss in your home is and the benefits of insulating your home. We will also demonstrate how to install insulation properly.
Class #5 Your Home's Electrical System
Is your electrical service providing enough power to your home?
- Do your lights dim when the refrigerator or A/C unit goes on?
- Are your kitchen and bathroom outlets protected with GFI outlets?
- Do your wall light switches feel loose? Do they work?
- Where should I install smoke/co detectors?
Class #5 teaches us how important an understanding of the the electrical system in our house is and how important it is to have it maintained.
Class #6 Your Home's Plumbing System
You are washing the dishes and you hear a gurgling sound coming from the drain. The water does not seem to be draining as fast as usual. Has this ever happened to you? Is there a problem with a clogged drain or your home's venting system?
Class #6 discusses your home's water supply and sanitary waste systems and all its components. Preventative measures to help maintain our home's plumbing system will be discussed
Class #7 Your Home's Heating System
- For some reason, my boiler never shuts down and the house is very cold. Have you ever experienced this?
- Why is it that one radiator is cold and all the others are hot?
- Do I have to have my chimney lined?
Class #7 discusses types of heating systems, the benefits and disadvantages of different heating fuels, and suggests different heating units to economically heat your domestic hot water.
Class #8 Your Home's Air Conditioning System
- Well, my air conditioning is running, but the house is not getting cooled off.
- I need to replace my window unit, what information do I need to properly size the unit?
- I want to put central air conditioning in my house, but I do not want to install ductwork, what can I do?
- How often should I replace the filter?
Class #8 will discuss the components that make up our air conditioning units, how they work, and how to maintain them properly.
The purpose of the hands-on workshops are reinforce what was learned in the seminars.
Your Home's Exterior
Workshop: Window and Door Weather Stripping
- Do you see daylight between the bottom of your door and the threshold?
- Is there a cold breeze coming into your living room, location may be from the windows?
- Is there moisture in your garage, even though the door is closed?
This workshop focuses on the proper installation of weather stripping around your doors and windows. You will have the hands-on opportunity to install weather stripping yourself.
Your Home's Interior
Workshop: Exterior/ Interior Painting
- After so many years, you have decided that it is time to give your house a new look and a fresh coat of paint is just what you are considering.
- Do you know how to do it?
- Do you know there are different types of paint to use interior or exterior?
- Do you know how to patch the holes and cracks permanently, so they do not reappear after you paint?
- Do you know what caused the paint to peel in the first place?
- Do you know how to mix paint and how to store it?
In this hands-on workshop session, I will address all of these “do you knows” and will give you the hands-on opportunity to make the required repairs and paint different wall surfaces.
Workshop: Wall Repairs
- Wow, a big piece of plaster just fell down in the middle of my living room!
- You know: it’s time to rip out that old tired wall and put up a new section of sheet rock.
- My son just put a big hole in my dining room wall, now what?
In this hands-on workshop we will address the repairs to all of these issues and under my instruction, you will make the tape and spackle sheet, repair holes in the walls that you have created.
Your Home's Electrical System
Workshop: Outlet, switch, and light socket installation
- Are you tired of the light switch not working, how about changing the outlet that just doesn’t work anymore?
- How about installing a convenient USB charger receptacle.
In this hands-on class students will be able to: wire a basic light switch where the power enters the switch; wire an outlet; strip wire; connect a male end to a wire; and understand the meaning and importance of the colors of the different wires.
Your Home's Plumbing System
Workshop: Kitchen Sink and Faucet Replacement
- It may be time to replace that 1950’s pink sink in your bathroom!
- How about that kitchen sink that you can no longer clean with Comet?
This hands-on session students will learn how to remove an old sink, the attached plumbing, and countertop. Students will proceed with installing a new countertop, sink, faucet, drain and all piping.
Workshop: The Home Irrigation System
- What is the difference between a spray system and a drip system?
- Are there different kinds of sprinkler heads?
- Can I add or modify to the existing system myself?
- Can I replace the heads that my gardener destroyed with his lawnmower?
- Do I have to have the system winterized, what exactly does that mean?
In this hands-on workshop students will have the opportunity to build and test a sprinkler system.
KL Home Inspection Services brings a caring attitude to home buyers, you can contact Brian 24/7 365 if you have a home repair issue that you cannot resolve.
Brian will gladly give his series of seminars to any group who would like to schedule him such as VFW, adult education programs, college groups and others. Nowhere else are you going to get a home inspection company that can offer you so much education.
Contact Brian Schnee of KL Home Inspections Services to find out his seminar schedule or to have him come out and work with your group by calling (516) 458-4676 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.