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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!
This is a house I designed and built in 1978.  For the most part it looks the way I built it, except for the big wrap-around deck and the addition to the back of the home.On a recent adventure to see how some of my wood foundation houses are behaving (after more than 35 years), I stopped and intr...
It is very common to find dark staining and dirt on window frames whether those window frames are metal or wood or vinyl.  Generally they can be cleaned with soap and water and a little vinegar.  But what if you are concerned it might be mold?While there is plenty of confusion, myth and misinform...
A house I inspected recently had been remodeled.  The detailing was excellent.The whole house had been resided with cement board siding and had all the correct flashing details EVERYWHERE!  The painting job was equal to the siding installation.Just walking up to a house with cement board siding i...
It seems like there was once a time when almost every home had a mail slot.  Often it was in the front entryway door or sometimes built right into the wall where there was a place inside the entryway closet to collect all the mail.It was a familiar sight to daily see the pile of mail scattered al...
Maybe not always, but it sure is easy to do. Of course this is a metaphor for any number of things we judge by their appearance.But their appearance where?Most men are afflicted and helpless with the power of a pretty woman walking by.  I was thinking about this the other day when I saw a pretty ...
I was walking around a house I was inspecting the other day when I noticed some hornets fling about.  It did not take long to see where they were coming from, as there was a ginormous nest weighing down the branches of a small bush.While this type of wasp is common in the northeast, I don’t see t...
I thought it might be fun to talk about the optical zoom of our cameras.When we compare pictures of how good the zoom is, we have to keep in mind that the camera starts out with everything in the frame at a much further distance away than what we actually can see. The reason for this is that the ...

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