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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!
  Much ado about nothing!   OK, what exactly are we trying to do now?   This installation accomplishes a few things, but I am pretty sure that none of these things are the real reason for the installation.   First of all, it took some money out of a bank account or wallet.   Secondly, it uses ele...
  Water recirculation loops are very common in homes.  They typically have a small pump to recirculate water from the water heater to remote points of use in the home.  Waiting for hot water to get to a distant location can consume a lot of water and use of a pump can theoretically be cheaper th...
  Little Miss Dottie She sat on a pottie Eating?  No Way! There came a great mouse, Who sat down in her house, And freightened Miss Dottie away!   I am not particularly afraid of mice but I do think that this scenario would give most of us a bit of a start, but at least we would be sitting in th...
  I have always commented in my inspection reports on the termination of upper roof drains at lower roof surfaces.  The theory is that directing a heavy flow of water in a concentrated area will produce more wear than the rest of the roof will see. This is in fact what will happen. The fast movin...
It is obvious that there are correct ways to do things and wrong ways to do things when it comes to keeping the elements from entering a building. Primary among the elements we want to keep out is WATER. Simply put, while we may be uncomfortable if air leaks into our buildings or if heat leaks ou...
The title of this post is the answer to how to eat an elephant.  Sometimes the home inspection itself is like that.  Even more often however, the inspection report is like that. The other day I had a 7000 square foot crawl space to inspect.  For all of you that know and love crawl spaces you will...
It is not very often that I can say this about the electrical system of any building.  Considering the building had five tenants, and 11 electrical panels, the electrical issues were pretty minimal.  This is often the case with commercial inspections.  Even while “homeowners” may be the tenants o...
  I find that homeowners often have dangerous things around their homes that they are unaware of. This post is done in the spirit of keeping homeowners vigilant as to serious safety issues--and in particular combustible gas issues. If you have gas or propane at your home, you may have a gas outle...
What kid could resist “Transformers?”   When I was a kid, we didn’t have Transformers, but we had Zorro, the Lone Ranger, Spiderman and Superman, that could indeed transform themselves into other things.  They were, and are, a common metaphor for becoming powerful when we feel we have no power.  ...

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