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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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2013 

  Take a look at the following pictures very carefully. What I am hoping you will notice is that the handle on the hot side is in a different position in each photo.  In the first picture the hot water is turned off and we can see the “cold water” temperature is 41.2 degrees F. In the second pict...
01/29/2013
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  I knew that if I didn’t pull over and take a leak, I would surely break something.  It was not hard to find a place to pull over on this rural back road in Northern Pennsylvania.  I had only seen one car, and what was probably once a pickup truck, in the last two hours.  I slowed the car to a s...
01/28/2013
  Home inspectors often have to crawl over, under and inside things in the process of inspecting a home.  It is not a job for the claustrophobic, or those that do not possess an irrational sense of adventure, or unrealistic curiosity.  Of course every inspector will have their own line-in-the-san...
01/27/2013
  When we have a motor or other piece of equipment that can get very hot, it will often be designed in such a manner as to promote heat dissipation.  Whether it is the fins on a Briggs & Stratton lawn mower engine or the fins on an air compressor (pictured below), the principle is the same.  The ...
01/24/2013
  If there was ever a damage deposit that went up in smoke it would have to be one for an apartment I inspected the other day.  EVERYTHING was decorated in yellow.  Now I don’t hate yellow---in fact my house is yellow. However my house is not, “Nicotine Yellow.”  If I was going to name a paint co...
01/23/2013
  This Seattle Home Inspector does not inhale! I have been around and around with clients enough to know that there are many people that seem to think that venting a crawl space in the winter is a bad idea---especially in the wet NW where outdoor winter humidity can be close to 100% for much of t...
01/18/2013
  My last post was about excessive moisture in an attic due to breaches in the air barrier between the indoors and the attic space. As that post discussed, these by-passes can be obvious or hidden.  There are often multiple breaches in the same home and some may be easy to find and other may be v...
01/16/2013
  The other day Jim Quarrello started a conversation on his blog about attic ventilation.  This post will attempt to agree with his post. Many people seem to think that ventilation is the answer to all moisture issues in the attic.  The reality is that adequate ventilation----proper ventilation--...
01/14/2013
  I am sure that most real estate agents have heard the term “double tap” so many times that I am likely to lose most of you due to not being able to bear having to hear about them even one more time. But! Hang in there--because this will be a slightly different conversation about “double taps.” ...
01/12/2013
  Who’s the fairest one of……. Wait a minute---that is not what this post is about! Mirror, mirror on the wall, do you have any idea where the electrical panel is? At a recent inspection I came across this medicine cabinet mirror located above a sink and cabinet.  Why would anyone not assume it wa...
01/10/2013
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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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