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My blog is intended to provide information related to home inspections in Seattle, surrounding communities and anyone else interested. Sometimes I will provide information that has nothing to do with home inspections. Enjoy!

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2008 

     I am sure most of you have noticed the little (usually) chrome cap mounted on the kitchen sink or counter-top----the dishwasher air gap device.  This device is designed to prevent dirty water from being sucked back into the dishwasher which would obviously create an "unhealthy" condition.  W...
01/31/2008
     Even the nicer crawl spaces can be inhospitable places----like visiting another planet.  Some inspectors even look like spacemen (and space women) when they are all suited up to go in the crawl space.     Lots of inspectors look for almost any excuse to not go in the crawl space.  ONE rat tu...
01/31/2008
     One of the great things about being a home inspector is that there is an endless supplyof things to get ones Underoos all in a bunch about! (Those of you that had kids growing up in the 70's will remember Underoos---maybe they are still around?).  This pet peeve is another roofing issue.  On...
01/30/2008
           I am sure most of you have heard of the term "Alligatoring"  as applied to roofing----particularly related to flat roofs.  This is a condition of the roof that indicates that the roof is near the end of its life (maybe way past it), and gets its name from the way an alligator's back lo...
01/30/2008
     How often have you been in basements with your buyers discussing all the possible ways it could be divided into rooms, only to be thwarted by the unfortunate location of some of the support posts?  The beam you see in this picture is interesting to me as a former builder because it shows som...
01/29/2008
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      I think this is the worst example of excessive smoking/deferred maintenance I have ever seen.  This discoloration may represent hundreds, if not thousands, of packs of cigarettes and one has to wonder how much nicotine might actually be present.  Should this be considered a hazardous waste ...
01/28/2008
     To continue with yesterday's theme of inventive repairs, the QUINTESSENTIAL do-it-your-selfer, is another plumbing repair.  It seems that many people are willing to take on plumbing repairs.  (One would think that given the inherent dangers of Electricity that there would be fewer instances ...
01/28/2008
     One of the perplexing things about defects found while inspecting is that often times it had to have taken way more time to create these issues, than it would to have done it right in the first place.  Take this dishwasher drain connection found on a recent inspection.  The "handy-person" ha...
01/27/2008
     On first glance this is a "normal" enough looking house.  Even the door where the garage door used to be is not all that unusual-----lots of garages get finished off into living space.  I think the first thing that seemed unusual about the house was that the finished garage space was at the ...
01/27/2008
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     I don't mean to hijack Steve's blog on Pyrolysis, but it is an issue that I wanted to address anyway.  I know Steve is desperate to stay ahead of me in points so he can have these:)  The following pictures are of perhaps the best example of Pyrolysis that I have seen.  These pictures were fr...
01/26/2008
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My blog is intended to provide information related to home inspections in Seattle, surrounding communities and anyone else interested. Sometimes I will provide information that has nothing to do with home inspections. Enjoy!

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