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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!
One of the things that really helps an Infrared camera “see” temperature differences on wall surfaces is “evaporative cooling.”A wall covering can have moisture in it and as the moisture evaporates from the surface, the surface will cool below the surrounding wall temperature. That is just how ev...
The other day I posted a picture of a light bulb with water inside of it.By some of the reactions I got, as to whether the bulb was functional or would function, I thought it would be fun to see just how much “under water” a light bulb can be and still function.Here is a little video to demonstra...
I know that fancy terrariums and fish tanks often have lights in them, but I don’t think I have ever, until now, seen a light fixture with a terrarium inside of it.I could see where plants might find it a bit confusing trying to sort out whether they were supposed to be tropical plants or cold we...
It is not totally uncommon to be walking around the exterior of a home in the winter time and feel heat coming out of the crawl space vents.Sometimes ductwork becomes disconnected and the crawl space ends up being unintentionally “heated.”It can be a tremendous waste of energy, but will make the ...
My buddy Steven Smith told me to go and sign up on ActiveRain back when ActiveRain first started.I signed up, but did not start blogging for about a year.By the time I started blogging he had a 100,000 point lead on me and it stayed that way for many years.I pretty much figured I would never go b...
It is very common in homes find receptacles with signs of overheating. Most common are receptacles in bathrooms and rooms where space heaters or hair dryers have been used.Sometimes the signs of overheating at the exterior (like in the preceding picture) is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of...
I am almost late to the party, but there will indeed be a Seattle Meetup at the usual place.9am, Monday, February 1st, at the 14 Carrot Café, at 2305 Westlake Ave E, Seattle, WA I am sure the rest of the country will be jealous, but none other than ActiveRain’s very own, very special, Kerrie LaGu...
Let’s pretend you have absolutely fallen in love with this special, one of a kind, just perfect, sink faucet---it happens, love can be hard to predict or control and shows up when you least expect it.The problem is, your new love, does not have a good pop-up stopper, in fact it has no built-in st...

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