What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

When I bought our current house 13 years ago, the process from offer to settlement was a calm, sedate affair, sometimes waiting weeks for some things to complete. It seems the business has become more hectic and hurried up since that time, though, apparently even more so in high-demand locations like where our current house is located. We accepted an offer on February 10th, on the same day our offer for the next house was accepted.

Now both house inspections have completed. I’m waiting on the inspection report for my house, wondering if I’ll have to fix anything before I turn it in, however I got word that apparently they found only a few minor issues. I went to do the inspection on the new house the next day, and spent some time following the inspector around looking for possible house booboos. It looks like that house is mostly in good order, save for a number of cosmetic items that the current owner hasn’t addressed, old (but working) garage door openers, a non-working sump pump, an improperly installed radon vent system (has the fan in the basement and the exhaust at ground level), loose stair balustrades, old water heater and furnace, evidence of rodent intrusion, and an underground oil tank. I can deal with most of them at my leisure, except for the balustrades and the oil tank — the former might require redoing the whole thing, while for the latter I’ll look at testing for possible leakage and getting tank leak insurance if it hasn’t failed yet. Also, I found from the seller that the kitchen had a downdraft range hood, but he removed it when he replaced the cooktop. Lame.

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As for the garage, other than the old door openers, we found that the window tends to stick closed. That was it as far as issues there. The floor is bare concrete, and I’m considering whether or not to give it an epoxy coating. Also there are two massive steel beams across the ceiling, which makes me wonder if they’d be useful for... uh... lifting things.

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