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My blog is intended to provide information related to home inspections in Seattle, surrounding communities and anyone else interested. Sometimes I will provide information that has nothing to do with home inspections. Enjoy!
  Politics, ego and selfishness all play roles that sometimes blur the more altruistic desire to do what is right for the planet, the country, and our families. In the widest of contexts, most people involved in the Green Movement are well meaning, well intentioned, thoughtful and serious folks. ...
  “Access and working space shall be provided and maintained about all electrical equipment to permit ready and safe operation and maintenance of such equipment.” This is from the National Electric Code, and for the purpose of today’s discussion relates to electrical panels---the place where your...
  I was a design build general contractor for more than 30 years and I have been a home inspector for more than 10 years.  I have seen a lot of interesting things in houses over all those years. At a recent inspection, I found a type of window installation from the 1930’s that I had never seen be...
  Part of the way that Merriam Webster defines “luck” is: “the accidental way things happen without being planned.” People talk about luck, whether it  is about being “lucky” or about being “unlucky.”  I find the whole notion of luck fascinating from a psychological point of view, because luck ca...
  When “fixing” something, it is important to do the whole job or you might as well forget doing it at all.    Someone knew enough to know that combustion by-products should not be allowed to enter the building but apparently they ran out of duct tape.   The fact that duct tape is no solution at ...
We have likely all been there.  We slip our shoes (or boots) on and instantly realize within a couple of steps that there is something besides our foot in there. We may even attempt to wiggle our foot or do some other dance to move the offending impediment to some other location, so that we don’t...
  Many people think of skylights as past, present or future leaks. Actually, a skylight that is properly flashed is no more likely to leak than any other thing attached to your roof.  Chimneys and pipe flashings can leak too---when they fail.  The roof itself can leak if the covering itself fails...
  You don’t have to be around the questions of moisture control, heat loss, and air infiltration in homes for very long before the term “Stack Effect” come up. Stack effect is when the natural buoyancy of air causes it to lift due the differences in indoor and outdoor air density resulting from m...
  “Honey, wouldn’t it be nice to have a light at the end of the driveway?”   “I guess so,” he answered painfully.   “Maybe like the one that Amy has at their house?”   He winced in pain again as he thought about how much time it would take for him to build the arcing stone wall with the lighthous...

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