Online Test: More Wood Destruction Than is Necessary

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

I post photos that are used in many of my online tests here at Active Rain. It is a great venue in which to do so. It is reliable and the photos work out great.

I am in the process of updating a test right now. I thought that I would post a number of the photos that will be in my test. This runs the gamut. Just about any type of wood destroying insect you can think of is represented. We have carpenter ants, moisture ants, four types of wood boring beetles, two types of termites, rot. You can take a look at the photos below and see just how destructive some of these creates can be. Nice shots of mold here as well. You want to keep these critters and fungi away from your wood!

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

  

 

 

  

  

 

  

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Rainmaker
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Lori Churchill Cofer
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA
Beasley Realty

Geez.....some of that looks pretty nasty....

July 16, 2010 01:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Vickie Nagy
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
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I can see that you have collected an extensive array of damaged wood photos over the years. It shows your dedication and organizational skills. Thanks for sharing.

July 16, 2010 01:17 AM
Rainmaker
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Will Handley
Certified Master Inspection Services
Progressive Inspection Service

Life in the termite biz!

July 16, 2010 02:11 AM
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Charles Buell
Seattle Home Inspector
Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Hey I recognize some of those pictures----I love moisture ant carton.

July 16, 2010 03:11 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Now you're making me hungry again!  That is quite the smorgasbord!

 

Very kindly,

 

Croakster

July 16, 2010 06:16 AM
Rainer
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Michele Miller ~ REALTORĀ®, LMC, HSE, CHS
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Keller Williams Greater Worcester

Steven,

I've seen lots of this stuff! Especially in the bank owned. Great test!

July 16, 2010 06:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Sussie Sutton
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.
UTR Texas Realtors

What is the very first picture of?

July 16, 2010 09:11 AM
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Willis
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law
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Steven, photo # 1 is...... cheryl(wait you were not really expecting me to name them all - right?)willis

July 16, 2010 10:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Susie,

the top two are a nasty wood boring beetle called the anobiid beetle.

These are simply the photos and not the questions so, other than someone recognizing a pix or two, no I do not expect people to be answering these.

July 16, 2010 10:58 AM
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Kate Ford
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I don't mind spiders and bugs. I relocate the good ones outside without shuddering and step on the rest. But somehow the amount of decay you show here makes me feel a little squeamish.

July 16, 2010 07:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
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Steve, they may be ugly behavior things but there is a lot of beauty in their designs and patterns.

July 16, 2010 10:13 PM
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Paul Duffau
Caring for People, Educating about Homes
National Property Inspections in SE Washington

Steve,

That's why I like my side of the state.  We have some carpenter ants (pretty bad this year), very occasionally some termites (only one kind) or beetles.

Of course, since we have a low incidence rate, the "conventional wisdom" is that we don't have ANY of those problems.

I'm about the last pest inspector/home inspector on this side. At some point, this is going to cause us problems.

July 20, 2010 03:16 PM
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