The House Whisperer

A free internet archive of Jack Milne's famous House Whisperer Show radio broadcasts.

Email Box Revisited: Vol. 8
Delving into the email box is one of my favorite activities. I choose topics that I feel everyone can take full advantage of. Today's topics include: how to run your air conditioning more efficiently, especially during the hottest part of the summer, maintaining your lawn, installing air conditioning in older properties, concerns with older twin homes that require slate roof replacement, and building a garage (with the wife's permission). Listen in, as some of these topics may apply to you.
Email Box Revisited: Volume 9
Once again, I delve deep down into the email box and pull out letters from my listeners about topics that I feel are relevant to everybody. Today's topics include the importance of getting an appraisal, as well as a pre-listing home inspection, before you put your house on the market, the clearing of trees and branches over your roof line (should it be done now or after the leaves fall?), installing a drybed for water treatment equipment, replacing your roof during the winter months, and finally, orphaned water heaters (what that means and how it can be relevant to not only your health, but the health of your home as well). Listen in, as the topics are great, and everyone can take an opportunity to learn a few more things about their house.
Email Box Revisited: Series 2
Every once in a while, I dive into the email box to pull letters from my listeners so as to cover topics that are relevant to us all. This segment includes the use of pre-fabricated fireplaces, purchasing generators, roof replacement during cold weather, and finally, aging water heaters. If any of these topics are relevant to you, I ask that you listen in, and as always, feel free to email me at Your letter may make it on the air.
Skylights: Are They Worth Putting a Hole in My Roof?
On this show, I cover the history of skylights, which became popular during the late 1970's and continue to be popular in today's new construction. I'll take you through the pros and cons of owning a skylight, as well as general maintenance that will be required. As there are multiple varieties of skylights, as well as varying quality of skylights, I would ask that you listen in before you make that decision to put a hole in your roof.
"Spring Fling": The Ides of March Are Upon Us, Are You Ready?
Finally! The majority of winter should now be behind us as we all look forward to spring. We may still encounter that freak snow storm, but the buds are forming on the trees, there are more bird droppings on our cars, and it's nice to hear the birds chirping first thing in the morning. With the winter doldrums now behind us, how is the best way to prepare for spring? Listen in to this show, as I talk about general maintenance that may have gone by the wayside during the cold winter months, including gutters, shrubbery, your roof, grading, your driveway, and lawn mower maintenance. Fortunately, with daylight savings time, it affords us all an opportunity to maintain our homes further into the evening.
Low Sloped Roof Maintenance for Fall & Winter
If you live in the city, where the vast majority of the homes have low sloped or flat roofs, you may want to listen to this episode as it covers how to prepare your roof for the winter. We discuss the types of roofs, from as simple as a rolled roof all the way up to rubber, and what you have to do to maintain it so that the roof stays watertight without becoming a swimming pool. We discuss coatings and applications as well. As winter is rapidly approaching, and temperatures are dropping, please listen in and prepare for the winter season.
Email Box Revisited Vol 3
For the third time in the series I revisit the email box. It gives my listeners an opportunity to ask questions with me about revelent topics that I feel affect everybody. The show's topics touch on aging water heaters during a real estate transaction, issues with icicles; why they are formed and how to correct it, home inspections conducted during winter weather where snow may cover the roof, walk-throughs where the initial inspections have been conducted, where the house was both vacant as well as winterized, tankless water heaters vs. standard water heaters, and why vermiculite should not be disturbed.
How to Hire a Professional Contractor
With Ken Neudecker From Neudecker Construction: 215-443-9200 I've known Ken for well over 25 years. He is my go-to guy in cases when I come across a home inspection where there are serious structural issues that could be related to water infiltration, wood destroying insect damage, or just typical settlement in an older home. I asked Ken to spend some time with me so that he could share with all of us how to hire a professional contractor, and especially how to plan time frames, as no project can be dreamed up today and completed tomorrow.
Labor Day Is Here: The Transition To Fall Starts Now
Although fall doesn't become official until some time in October, typically the Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer. With that in mind, this show covers various topics that you should jump on now, rather than wait until it's too late. Some of the topics I discuss are the appropriate type of gutter guards to install, whether your gutters themselves are in poor shape and need updating, driveway sealing, evaluating your roof, leaves and branches, the potential of installing a generator, and getting ready for winter projects. This list goes on and on, but I can't give away all of my secrets. Listen in, and let's get ready for the fall season.
Fall Is In Full Swing: How Do We Prepare?
This episode touches on multiple topics, including but not limited to: the closing down of your lawn equipment, the potential of lower heating bills (both propane and oil), why it makes sense to fine tune your heater now, why it is imperative at this point that you insulate your home to prepare for winter, checking your roof, sealing your driveway, and other timely projects that can be done before winter really sets in.
Trials and Tribulations of Being a Home Inspector: Part 1
Today's segment is broken into various chapters because, as you know, every house has a story. As time goes on, I will add to the book I'm about to write.
  • Chapter 1: Jack, you will walk the roof, right?
  • Chapter 2: Jack, you are going into that crawlspace?
  • Chapter 3: The investor
  • Chapter 4: Jack, you will be testing the jetted tub in the master bathroom?
  • Chapter 5: The meat salesman

    Listen in, as these are true accounts of situations that I have run across in my career as a home inspector.

  • © Jack Milne