The Hills Are Alive

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

A while back I was doing an inspection and I needed my electric tester to determine if an exposed wire, beside a building, was energized or not. I had recently replaced my "tick" tester as we inspectors call them. I was not happy when I took it out, turned it on, and it immediately started beeping and lights were flashing when I was standing in the parking lot of the building I was inspecting.

I figured I had wasted my money on that one. Then I took out another one just like it. Imagine my surprise when it, too, started going wild.  Now that was odd. I do not use the wimpy testers from home stores. I use testers that do not even beep until you are looking at 90 volts.

Suddenly the light in my head clicked on. I realized that I was inspecting near high tension lines.  It makes sense, thinking about it, but I had never taken into account how intense the electromotive force is around such power lines.

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Praful Thakkar
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Steve, you may have an idea about High Voltage lines and it's impact on home-owners who live withing 150 feet of the lines....Can you share your expertise on that? Thanks.

And I am sure not many home inspectors go THAT level - to inspect a home...

March 10, 2011 01:22 PM
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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
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Did the bulb in your flashlight light up too :) There's a lot of big toweres near where your standing.

March 10, 2011 09:02 PM
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Donald Hester
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Steve,

Next you need a Tesla Coil to have some real fun!

March 10, 2011 10:21 PM
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Praful,

That is all such controversial stuff that you are better off doing a google search. No question about it though, there are invisible forces out there.

March 12, 2011 10:57 AM
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Steven L. Smith
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King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Jay,

Nutsy says that in your case it is all in your head

March 12, 2011 10:58 AM
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Steven L. Smith

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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals. Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector, ASHI certified inspector #252760 and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.