Bill Kibbel is The Home Inspector and review editor for The Old House Web. Bill is an inspector and consultant that specializes in historic buildings. He has inspected more than 10,000 buildings between 100 and 350 years old and has been a consultant to historic sites in several States. Bill is a veteran old-house owner and restorer and has been contributing to OHW since 2001.
Bill is also vice president of Tri-County Inspection Company which serves Southeastern Pennsylvania and Central NewJersey. He specializes in pre-19th century residential / commercial buildings and is always on the look out for interesting questions about home inspection.
- Are lightning rods adequate protection?
Lightning strikes are unpredictable, but that doesn't mean homeowners should be unprepared. Find out how lightning protection systems work and why proper installation is important.
- Rock-faced concrete blocks
Formed concrete blocks, known as "rock-faced" have been widely used in construction throughout the U.S. Find our more about these blocks, their history and the general consensus about their use.
- The Little Room Upstairs
Many homes from the late Victorian era have a small room upstairs. Find out the history behind these rooms.
- Old houses: plank construction
There are numerous examples of homes throughout the United States that are built without any structural framing behind the home's boards. Called plank construction, it is a type of house building that's endured throughout the years. Learn more about this unique style.
- Central Air Conditioning - Retrofitting Into an Old House
From air ducts to condensation drains, retrofitting a central air condition system in an old building is difficult at best. Consider the following points when moving forward with your next project.
- Permits? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Permits
When considering a purchase of a new property, be sure to examine its zoning and permit history. Permits can reveal the history of a property and help you with future improvements.
- Controlling Moisture in a Crawlspace
The wettest crawlspaces -- and basements -- seem to be directly related to exterior drainage issues.
- Common Fire Safety Device in Old Homes a Health Hazard
Fire Grenades (or Fire Bombs) were popular from 1870-1940, but can actually be deadly during a fire.
- The Spring Cellar
We'd like to use our farmhouse's root cellar but it's always flooded. Any ideas on how to keep the water out?
- Cement Asbestos Roofing
Cement asbestos roofing is a durable, inexpensive material that was used to cover and protect buildings throughout two-thirds of the twentieth century.
- Repointing Historic Masonry
The mortar that's used between the bricks and stones of old homes is traditionally lime-based. The properties of this type of mortar make it a wise choice for repointing and repairs to stone walls and foundations.
- Hiring a Contractor
Vet your contractor and spell everything out to avoid costly surprises
- Carpenter Ants Infestation
Pests thrive on warm weather and water-damaged wood
- The Home Inspector
Getting help in evaluating old foundations, crawlspaces
- Firebacks - What are they?
Decorative cast iron plates also served functional purpose
- Wood roofs
Care and maintenance of cedar shakes and shingles
- Sagging floors
Serious flaw or charming old house character?
- The 'other' chimney - the one serving your furnace
What you need to know about inspecting, repairing and maintaining your heating system's chimney
- Inspecting historic properties
How to choose a home inspector qualified to evaluate an older home.