Category Archives: HomeLife

The Inside Outside Guys: Too Much Regulation?

The Inside Outside Guys: Too Much Regulation?

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, September 16, 2021 ~ A story was relayed to The Guys about a remodeler working in an “upper-end” jurisdiction. Part of the work involved replacing an existing concrete sidewalk that bordered the property and crossed the roots of a large old Silver Maple tree. The jurisdiction had a tree ordinance…

The Inside Outside Guys: Whose Land is It?

The Inside Outside Guys: Whose Land is It?

By Ken Calverley and Chuck BreidensteinDETROIT, September 9, 2021 ~ Years ago, the Inside Guy purchased an old farm property on some acreage. The property included a barn and other out buildings. A month after the purchase, the neighbor to the west strolled down to say hello and proclaim that the barn encroached on his land by…

The Inside Outside Guys: Basement Ventilation is the Key to Clearing the Air

The Inside Outside Guys: Basement Ventilation is the Key to Clearing the Air

By Ken Calverley and Chuck BreidensteinDETROIT, August 26, 2021 ~ Ask anyone to describe basement air and you will hear terms like “dank,” “musty,” “moldy” and other adjectives that generally apply to moist, stagnant and unhealthy air. The air we described can cause sinus conditions, stimulate asthma reactions and worse. Radon, accounting for 20,000 deaths a year from lung…

The Inside Outside Guys: Sump Pumps

The Inside Outside Guys: Sump Pumps

By Ken Calverley and Chuck BreidensteinDETROIT, August 19, 2021 ~ Moving water from one location to another has been a primary concern for mankind since the dawn of time. Devices were developed to furnish water to the king’s fountains, remove water from mines so they could be safely worked and to lift water from deep holes for drinking.…

The Inside Outside Guys: Sound Advice

The Inside Outside Guys: Sound Advice

By Ken Calverley and Chuck BreidensteinDETROIT, August 12, 2021 ~Years ago, the Inside Guy received a call from a custom home builder seeking some advice. It seems a customer was having humidity related issues in a laundry room and master bathroom. The builder had done as she should have by installing larger capacity exhaust fans in both…

The Inside Outside Guys: The Original Green Industry

The Inside Outside Guys: The Original Green Industry

DETROIT, August 5, 2021 ~ What do disinfecting wipes, LCD screens, rayon and toothpaste have in common with homes? All use wood products. Highly sustainable, good for the earth, wood products. The Guys have claimed for many years the housing industry was “green” long before it was fashionable. “Green” is supposed to indicate, in its…

The Inside Outside Guys: Stairway Safety

The Inside Outside Guys: Stairway Safety

By Ken Calverley and Chuck BreidensteinDETROIT, July 29, 2021 ~ Chances are good that by the time you read this today, you have already used a set of stairs. The odds are also very good that you did not know the second leading cause of accidental injury in this country, behind only automobiles, is related to climbing…

The Inside Outside Guys: Housing Problems, Part Two

The Inside Outside Guys: Housing Problems, Part Two

By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein DETROIT, July 22, 2021 ~ Construction mistakes are actually fairly common in housing, but most are small and rectified quickly and the property does not suffer from them. Some take a little more effort to correct than others. A few decades ago, the Inside Guy spent a day with a site superintendent…

Metro Detroit Faces Continued Rainfall and Flooding

Metro Detroit Faces Continued Rainfall and Flooding

Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP via Getty DETROIT, July 16, 2021 ~ Friday, Metro Detroit is experiencing heavy rains again, and residents should prepare for more flooding. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood warning for Wayne County, in effect until 5:15 p.m.  Macomb, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties are also under flood advisory. “Showers and…

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