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By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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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...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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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...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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The edge of despair- Rake Flashings Chelan and Quincy Home Inspections   I come to notice an issue with metal roof installations.  Actually more exactly exposed fastener metal roof installations.   There are two basic metal roof, exposed fastener and standing seam. The later being the higher grad...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
The unintended consequences of not knowing what you do not know. Chelan and Quincy Home Inspections.   What you do not know can have some unintended consequences.  It is a fact you do not know what you do not know.   As home inspectors we are hired to know. Someone is putting their trust in us to...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Water heater wiring- It is so special. Wenatchee and Quincy Home Inspection   Well as a home inspector in the land of electricity almost every water heater I see is an electric water heater.  I actually feel pretty lucky about that. I don’t have to worry about draft hoods, B-vents, combustion air...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 11
Lights out- Three way switches. Wenatchee and Quincy WA Home Inspection services.One thing I try to do during a home inspection is to test that the 3 (and 4 or 5) way light switches have been wired correctly, or should I say working correctly (I actually do not see the wiring).It is not all that ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 22
Screwed- Weekend warriors and decks!                        Quincy Home Inspection ServicesI have a saying if a see a deck done completely right I will jump up and down and make sure that whole world knows it. As a home inspector I just never see them done completely right. Decks seems to be one ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 6
Smoking Gun on Smoke Detectors There is a current debate on smoke detectors. I think there should be no debate. The number one issue for occupants in a structural fire is smoke.  So having a smoke alarm that is best at sensing smoke should be the homeowner’s first choice.The two types of smoke de...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Missing knock out plug, no big deal… maybe?    Wenatchee and Quincy Home Inspection ServicesAh another tale from the traveling home inspector.One of the things we do is to provide safety information. Many times people think it may be not that important or relevant. And for them it may not be. We ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 16
DIY- Know your limits East Wenatchee and Quincy Home InspectionWith the abundance of “how to” and “DIY” shows many people take on project in the home varying degrees of success.I am for people learning and better understanding their homes. You cannot learn sitting on the sidelines. Heck I have ma...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 5
You must mend the bend- Service entrance conductors   When entrance wires come into a panel there are requirements for the installation. One of the issues with older panels is that the gutter systems (the space in the panel) are smaller than what is required by today’s standards. During the home ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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The Mark of Spark- Wire markings Chelan and Quincy Home InspectionsWire shmire, yeah… yeah… yeah. It all can carry the juice (electricity) right?Well it can but there are many different types of wires and they are marked to designate what and where the wires can be used.Here we have some wires th...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
Lord of the Flies Wenatchee and  Quincy Home InspectionAs a home inspector and structural pest inspector I field funny calls at times.Many people know or read that I am a structural pest inspector and with that think that I am an authority on all pests. Well unfortunately that is not true… I am n...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Grounding to Water Pipes- Electrical Inspections- Wenatchee and Quincy Home InspectionsWhen performing a home inspection and evaluating the electrical system I am always trying to confirm if a grounding system is proper. The Washington State Home Inspector Standards of Practice states (WAC 308-40...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 5
Proper Landings-Are your stairs safe? Wenatchee and Quincy Home InspectionsOne of the most common defects on home is stairs. Stairs often are not properly constructed to meet the requirements for safety. This can include width requirements, rail strength, proper handrails, or variation in height ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 35
Just a wing nut, a stripper and skirts- Shocking truths. Chelan and Quincy Home Inspection services.Electrical safety is one of my biggest concerns when performing a home inspection. I am always amazed how some wire connections and installations do not catch fire or shock someone.                ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Oops- I missed something. Electrical Inspections-Wenatchee and Quincy Real Estate Inspections  One important item when a home is being wired is to properly space receptacles in a room. The reasoning for this is we do not want to see extension cord being used other than on a temporary basis.Extens...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 6
What Lurks under the stairs- Stair fire protection or not? Wenatchee and Quincy Home Inspection Services.What is under those stairs, some forgotten treasures, hidden heirlooms or just some stuff long forgotten?One item you may not know that if the stairs are enclosed with an access (i.e. closet) ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Cracking up- Old Wiring in homes and businesses. Wenatchee and Quincy Home Inspection Services.When performing a home inspection or commercial inspection in older buildings and residences it is very important to thoroughly evaluate the condition of the wiring system whenever possible.I had writte...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 37
Faux Works but does it Work? Roof Vent Inspections – Grant County and Quincy Home InspectionFaux is a French word for “False” or “Fake”When performing home inspections we run into many Faux details. Such as exterior finishes that may look like rock or stone and are just a cement products (fake). ...

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