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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!
The year is 1927 and there was actually no need for kitchen receptacles at all because there was nothing to plug into them if they were there.There were no mixers, microwaves, toasters, waffle irons, egg beaters, Mr Coffee or anything else we commonly plug into kitchen receptacles in our modern k...
A “belly” is not hard to visualize.  We spend a lot of our lives concerned with what our bellies look like or don’t look like.Just like our own bellies (related our personal plumbing), there are other kinds of bellies that can be of concern as relates to our home’s plumbing system.If the plumbing...
It was once common to have milk and other things delivered to your home. In apartment buildings, there were often access doors in the hallways outside the apartments where the milkman could leave milk or the chicken-man could leave eggs---all without even having to let the occupant know.  They co...
We only had four people for our little MeetUp at the 14 Carrot yesterday---and that was OK.  I know there were a couple of people that had to cancel at the last minute, and that is OK too.Rene Fabre, Charles Buell, Gerhard Ade, Kerrie La GuardiaThese meetups are about so much more than the number...
When I went into the bathroom, there was a sign on the wall above the toilet that read something to the effect:  “Be very careful when using the toilet not to put huge amounts of tissue or other items into the toilet and make sure you hold the handle down until fully flushed.”Testing the toilet, ...
Just like the place in your mind you want to go to, after reading this question, blog envy can be incapacitating.  It can consume you 24/7, making you do stupid things or make poor choices that you might have to live with the rest of your life.Remember the days when you were so self confident and...
It is a widely held belief that roof ventilation is necessary to prevent overheating of the roof shingles which would result in shortening their life expectancy.This is simply not true.This whole conversation is a bit technical and difficult to come to terms with, especially when we cannot elimin...
#10!It is time for the 2015 Spring Meetup, so it is time to head to the 14 Carrot Café once again!  This will be our 10th ActiveRain Meetup at the 14 Carrot Cafe, and it will happen on Monday, May 11th.Please join us at 8am for breakfast--coffee, eggs, cinnamon buns and some great conversation an...
I have blogged in the past about compromised Utility Transformer ground wires.These wires “go missing” or “pilfered” for the scrap value of the copper wire.At a recent inspection I found where the wire had been cut at the utility pole that served the building I was inspecting as well as the groun...

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