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Exterior Lights at Doors for residential homes- A little history.As a home inspector I know that often things are missed or not done because of various reasons, some of it just human error some of it is you don’t know what you don’t know.  In a recent conversation with a specific organization I d...
Lead encased electrical cabling- Early Electrical Cabling Systems On a  home inspection I ran into early lead encased or lead sheathed electrical cable. Something you do not see much of, at least not here. This was an early form UF cable (underground feeder). I scraped the side to show the lead m...
When you flip my switch you may just light me up. East Wenatchee Home Inspections Sometimes you just have to wonder what some people are thinking when they do something. Here is an example from a recent home inspection. Someone actually installed  a light switch within the shower area. While this...
Sometimes your plumbing will just talk to you. Calls from the wild.Do you hear the call, sort of like a deep prehistoric sea leviathan.  A calling from behind the vale of the walls. Yes it is “Water Hammer”.  It can be a long moan that sounds like song of some hidden creature or a banging or thum...
What does mold really tell us?Chelan Home Inspections  The short answer on mold is “something is wrong in the environment”.   Mold is really more of an indicator species that something is wrong and action needs to be taken to correct it. It is really a sign of excessive moisture in the building. ...
A Humpday Moment- Out here in the fields.East Wenatchee Home Inspections This was a photo I took while on my way to an phase inspection in Douglas County. This is the and area called the Waterville Plateau between Waterville and Mansfield. “The air in a man's lungs 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ...
Plop and Roll… Bathrooms, in name and layoutEast Wenatchee Home Inspections It’ one of the rooms that when shopping for home most home buyers  want to know about and have a minimum requirement.  Does the home have one John or two restroom?  Is it a full sized comfort station or just a throne. Is ...
Here is a great post from Charles Buell that really needs to be viewed if you have a caulked butt joint on cement fiber siding. The manufacturers of these products recommend joint flashings but all too often caulking is performed because that is just the norm for the installers, even though it no...
You can not land neutrals on your auxiliary grounding busbar.East Wenatchee Home InspectionsOften in panels, especially older panels you will have a crowded condition on the Ground/Neutral Busbar where you land all the grounds and neutrals. In some cases I will recommend (especially of double lug...
Sun in your “Eyes”. Garage door sensors. East Wenatchee Home InspectionsGarage door photo eyes or sensors (Safe-T-Beam) are an important safety device and they need to work properly. The requirement for these safety devices was to reduce the number of deaths to children who become entrapped under...

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