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.
- After 1970
- Before 1800