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Chapter 1 Structure
1A An Overview—Foundations
1B Bricks and Masonry
1C Common Concerns—Structure
1D Drainage—Structural Implications (most important)
1G General Information—Structures
Chapter 2 Exterior
2A An Overview—Exterior
2C Common Concerns—Exterior
Chapter 3 Roof
3A An Overview—Roof
3C Common Concerns—Roof
Chapter 4 Plumbing
4A An Overview—Plumbing
4C Common Concerns—Plumbing
Chapter 5 Electrical
5A An Overview—Electrical
5B Basic Electricity
5C Common Concerns—Electrical
5E Excessive Voltage Drop
5V Voltage Problems
5W Wiring—Aluminum vs. Copper
Chapter 6 Heating/Air Conditioning
6A An Overview—Heat and Air Conditioning
6C Common Concerns—Heat and Air Conditioning
6E Exchangers, Heat and Combustion Concerns
6H Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners
6R Resistance Heat
6W Wood Heat
Chapter 7 Interior
7A An Overview—Interior
7C Common Concerns—Interior
7P Paint and Paper
Chapter 8 Kitchen, Bath, and Utility
8A An Overview—Kitchen, Bath, and Utility
8C Common Concerns—Kitchen, Bath, and Utility
Chapter 9 Additional Information
9B Be Sure to Caulk
9D Diagnosing and Understanding Condensation
9E Energy-Saving Tips
9F Fire Extinguishers
9H Healthy, Safe House
9I Invaluable Hints
9L List for Seasonal Maintenance
9P Probably Life and Replacement/Repair Costs
9Y Your Notes and Dealing with Contractors