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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!
You called several roofers and got various estimates with all kinds of options.  You made the appropriate choice, according to your budget and now the roofers have come and gone.It LOOKS beautiful!It was obviously installed properly because it rained hard during the night after the installation a...
As you can see, I am in “BIG TROUBLE” and just need one or two souls to get me out of this mess!Of course the more the merrier and the further away from “trouble” I can get, the less I will have to worry about “back-sliding” into trouble. I am pretty sure I do not have hexakosioihexekontahexaphob...
How many of you know what your toilet tank bowl fill tube is?I can see by the non-existent forest of hands, many of my readers have no clue what I am talking about.  Of course inspectors and plumbers do not count--I can see them waving frantically.The bowl fill tube does just what it says.  It is...
Like never before in history, we have resources of information literally at our finger tips.Numerous Internet search engines allow us the convenience of “answers” to any question we have as quick as we can punch in the appropriate numbers and/or letters.I love this freedom more than I can stand! ...
There is often a lot of discussion about homes and whether or not they are “up-to-code." It is common for agents and clients alike to say they want me to verify that the home is “up-to-code.”I have heard this on 50 year old homes and I have heard it on brand new construction.I am now going to bur...
A dead leg is any part of your house water supply where water cannot circulate. They are most common in extensions to the plumbing system for future use. For example when the house is built, plumbing is installed for a future bar sink in the basement. Over the life of the home, as those pipes sit...
Don’t you hate it when you wake up in the middle of the night wondering if your kitchen sink sprayer attachment is leaking?You don’t?After this perhaps you will.It is very common for kitchen sink sprayer attachments to leak. When they leak, they have a nice little funnel that the hose attaches to...
Life is full of choices,Don’t you think? Some are easy,Some not so easy. Sometimes we wish we had chosen more wisely,Other times we surprise ourselves how correct we ended up being. Some argue that choosing may be the only power we really have.Others argue that we have no choice. Sometimes other ...
With all the recent deck collapses around the country it may be time once again to re-visit deck construction methods and materials.Actually we have pretty much figured out the “methods.”  It is getting builders to follow the proper method that is the problem with newer decks now. Many of the fai...

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