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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, is a licensed and working home inspector and lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College. Smith was a two-term member of the WA state licensing board and is adjunct faculty for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. ASHI certified inspector. The information in this blog is designed to appeal to residents of the Pacific Northwest.

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2009 

A couple weeks back my wife and I decided we wanted some time off so we went south to McMinnville, Oregon. It is a small town, very pleasant, and like stepping back in time. Bellingham was kind of like that when I was a kid. One day we went on some winery tours. They have real wine growing count...
09/28/2009
When dis-similar metals are in contact, it tends to lead to corrosion. Probably the place where the home inspector is most likely to see this problem is in plumbing systems. Often steel bonding clamps, designed for steel gas pipes, are connected to copper. If the clamp has been there a long time...
09/27/2009
On an ongoing basis, due to being the program coordinator for home inspection training at Bellingham Technical College, I am receiving calls and Email inquiries from individuals who wish to be trained to work as licensed home inspectors in the state of Washington. Licensing kicked into place in ...
09/26/2009
Sometimes those on-site problems that lead to more significant issues are subtle enough that the average homeowner completely misses the clues. Some homeowners or buyers will pick-up on dirt that is too close to, or up over, wood trim or siding. They know that is bad. But most of these folks do ...
09/26/2009
A hot water heater, gas or electric, requires a drain on the temperature pressure relief valve. And, when a water heater is inside a home, it is best if there is a drain pan under the tank and, we hope, a drain to outside. Both of those things were present in the photo below. So what is the defe...
09/24/2009
It was so common as to be the norm only a few years back. Now it is frowned upon. What am I talking about? How about this: Electric receptacles (outlets) installed over the top of electric baseboard heaters. It seems like every 60's and 70's house that I see, if there are baseboards, the recepta...
09/24/2009
When my wife and I were in McMinnville, Oregon on a short vacation a week back, a great getaway place, I saw something interesting on the door at the train station. This train station was classic in appearance, an old fashioned train station. When I was admiring it, I saw something that I have n...
09/23/2009
I will recount a recent and story, of coincidences, that is really quite amazing and amusing. People who take part in Active Rain are often writing about someone they met at Facebook or Twitter or at Active Rain. My story of mistaken identities might take the cake. About a year ago, I had a comm...
09/22/2009
They always say that if you want to improve your mind, then hang out with smart folks. One of the greatest scientists and inventors in the history of the USA goes back to the days of Benjamin Franklin. What comes to mind is Ben standing in a lightning storm with a kite. But I know that he was in...
09/21/2009
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Well, yesterday I asked Active Rain members to help me pick my new high definition photo. They got to choose between me with my cat and my grandson. In the long run, and probably better for me as far as not being killed by my daughter, the grandson won, tummy exposed and all. I have never change...
09/20/2009
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