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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!
  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...
I get lots of calls from people about moisture issues inside their homes.  Sometimes these moisture issues are related to the building itself, such as: roof leaks, plumbing leaks, foundation leaks, flooded crawl spaces, etc.  Obviously these sorts of water issues are typically easy to identify an...
On a field training inspection with my students the other day, we came across this big heavy rusty wrench attached to the bottom panel of the garage overhead door. My first reaction was that perhaps it was art. However, later on in the inspection, when it came time to put the door through its rev...
Inspectors, real estate agents and stagers (actually anyone involved in the real estate transaction) all have to deal with houses that have numerous “problems.”  Sometimes this cornucopia of problems prevents us from seeing the more important “elephant in the room.”    In most houses, any literal...
It seems that there are always uninvited guests that know how to ruin a good picnic.  As near as I can tell they rank right up there with rats and mosquitoes.  I am equally sure that in the “big picture” they do serve some useful purpose as food to other species on the planet---just not humans. R...

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