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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!
Some inspections are more distressing than others. The other day, I did an inspection of a 3700 square foot house built in 1999 and it only took 10 minutes. You read that correctly--10 minutes! Even from the street I could see that the paint was peeling EVERYWHERE.  The house was a foreclosure, a...
Someone recently asked me what to do about three prong receptacles that have been installed in ungrounded circuits.  It is VERY common to see this in older homes and solutions were not all that problematic.  One could either take out the receptacles and replace them with GFI type receptacles or r...
If you think electricity is always trying to “go to ground”—you may be the victim of urban legend. For a home inspector this has to be one of the ultimate “urban legends.”  It is a widely held belief (that is further promulgated by inspection training schools).  It is “common knowledge” that elec...
At a recent inspection, I was walking around the exterior of the home and I announced to my client that it appeared that at least one of the bathroom exhaust fans terminated at the soffit bird-blocking. They seemed surprised and wanted to know how I could guess that. I pointed to the black discol...
Themselves and everyone else! Weekend Warriors and Decks are almost synonymous it seems.  Who, after all, can’t build a deck? The truth is much closer to the fact that decks are very complicated structures that require considerable expertise to design and build properly.  It seems like every week...
There was an old question a while ago that asked if you knew what your kids were doing.  It turned out that the answer was closer to, more often than not, that it was the kids that did not know what their parents were doing. Regardless the wisdom of how to raise children or parents successfully,...
A common problem that I am finding with new construction is two car garages that a person cannot get two normal cars into. What is happening, is that while the garage itself is big enough, when stairs into the garage are added, the stairs take up some of the space where a car would have to go in...
Well the best way to make any electrical appliance or device safe is to disconnect it---turn off the electricity! Of course, every appliance, or piece of electrical equipment, is designed to “just sit there” and behave itself, waiting for us to use it.  We do not want to have to go to the electri...

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