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Hitting for the cycle, Electrical wiring for the boys of summer. Chelan Real Estate Inspections   Well spring is here and many homeowners think they can be electricians. Hey the proof is in the pudding, it all works it must be right? Wrong!!! Though it may still all work it really is not right. W...
Posted 6 days ago
It is a snap. Snap connectors in Manufactured Homes and Stick Framed Homes.   From a recent Home Inspector forum someone asked about snap connectors which is fairly common in manufactured homes. When I am doing a home inspection on manufactured home I often see these connectors at the marriage li...
Posted 7 days ago
Dam Cracks- Grant County Power. It not what it has been cracked up to be- Issues with the Wanapum Dam   Well during a recent home inspection I got to see the result of a pretty serious and interesting situation in Grant County. The Wanapum Dam in Grant County was discovered to have a 65 foot long...
Posted 11 days ago
Insulating the Hot Water pipes- IECC and Washington State Amendment.   I know I have been on a kick with the energy code of late. But with the adoption of the 2012 IRC and IECC I need to keep abreast of these changes when I am doing phase inspections and new construction inspections.             ...
Posted 16 days ago
Lights, Cameras, Energy Code Requirements for lighting! Kittitas County Home Inspection   2012 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) now requires that the 75% of your lighting be what is defined as high-efficacy lamps. This is for both interior and exterior lighting. There is no separate requiremen...
Posted 25 days ago
On the Air- Wireless Electrical Connectivity   With our electronic world now becoming a mess of cords, power strips and adapters to plug in our new world gadgets think of a world where the cord becomes obsolete.   We can thank that wonderful think tank of MIT with what maybe the next biggest revo...
Posted 27 days ago
Asphalt shingles flashing requirements- The edge on the  "Drip Edge"   This has been a pet peeve of mine for a very long time. When installing a new roof covering many roofing contractors omitted the drip edge flashing. It was only required if the shingle manufacturer required it. These flashings...
Posted 29 days ago
Being Connected- Wireless Smoke Alarms   Smoke alarms are very important part of fire safety in a home and should be replaced every 10 years.   Now with wireless smoke detection interconnection couldn’t be easier. I have been suggesting these wireless interconnected smoke alarms to home buyers fo...
Posted 30 days ago
Coming down the Pike-  New AFCI rules for 2014   Well there is a buzz  in the electrical world with the upcoming adoption of the 2014 NEC, (on July 1, 2014 for Washington State). The big one is in regards to AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection, and now all the areas they are to cover....
Posted about 1 month ago
What does a Stegosaurus and Pop Tarts have in common?                                                     We all love dinosaur movies right? Well maybe most of us do, or at least some of us do. Well I did, and still do.   But if you really dig into some of the movies you will find this funny litt...
Posted about 1 month ago

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