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Oops- I missed something. Electrical Inspections - 08/31/12 07:33 AM
Oops- I missed something. Electrical Inspections-Wenatchee and Quincy Real Estate Inspections One important item when a home is being wired is to properly space receptacles in a room. The reasoning for this is we do not want to see extension cord being used other than on a temporary basis.Extension cords are inherently more prone to failure that can cause fires or shock. This is especially true of the extension cords that look like speaker wire. The standards state that receptacles need to (6 comments)
Safety… well it has always been that way. - 08/30/12 06:32 AM
Safety… well it has always been that way. Wenatchee and Leavenworth Home InspectionsAs home inspectors one of the main issues is safety. As a former emergency response person I spent many years evaluating safety issues and planning. Looking for potential chinks in the armor as you may say, looking at probabilities of catastrophic failure and areas of risk.I have grown up and worked in earthquake country, the Pacific NW. This is part of the famous “Pacific Ring of Fire”. So we were always planning for “The Big One” as we would say. (18 comments)
Patterns- Using your observation skills during a home inspection. - 08/29/12 06:43 AM
Patterns- Using your observation skills during a home inspection. Leavenworth and Wenatchee Real Estate Inspection ServicesWhen we are observing the world around us we will see patterns. Things tend to repeat themselves both in nature and in the human modified world.I am a puzzle guy, mostly Sudoku now but I try to keep doing some form of puzzles. This helps keep my mind sharper and I can actually get read on how well (or not so well ; ) my brain is seeing patterns.During home inspection patterns can lead you to clues and observations.Sometimes the pattern, or lack of there, (5 comments)
What Lurks under the stairs- Stair fire protection or not? - 08/28/12 07:22 AM
What Lurks under the stairs- Stair fire protection or not? Wenatchee and Quincy Home Inspection Services.What is under those stairs, some forgotten treasures, hidden heirlooms or just some stuff long forgotten?One item you may not know that if the stairs are enclosed with an access (i.e. closet) it must be protected by sheetrock. This is considered a fire hazard and needs appropriate protection. The Residential code states-R302.7 Under-stair protection.Enclosed accessible space under stairs shall have walls, under-stair surface and (6 comments)
Cracking up- Old Wiring in homes and businesses. - 08/26/12 07:50 AM
Cracking up- Old Wiring in homes and businesses. Wenatchee and Quincy Home Inspection Services.When performing a home inspection or commercial inspection in older buildings and residences it is very important to thoroughly evaluate the condition of the wiring system whenever possible.I had written an article on tinned copper wires a while back (Tinned wires in the home). This article has a little history on why tinning was performed on copper wires.On a recent inspection I come across a not so uncommon issue with these older wiring systems.Rubber wire insulation dates bate to the later 1800’s and was a common insulator by (8 comments)
LG and Sears Gas Dryer Recall - 08/22/12 03:35 PM
LG and Sears Gas Dryer Recall- Wenatchee and Quincy Home Inspection ServicesAbout 21,000 Sears and LG gas dryers sold between November 2009 and August 2010 at Sears and other appliance stores have been recalled due to the gas dryers continuing to heat after the drying cycle was finished. The appliances had a price between $650 and $1500. LG Electronics and Sears received 141 consumer reports of the gas dryers continuing to heat after the (3 comments)
Faux Works but does it Work? Roof Vent Inspections - 08/21/12 08:16 AM
Faux Works but does it Work? Roof Vent Inspections – Grant County and Quincy Home InspectionFaux is a French word for “False” or “Fake”When performing home inspections we run into many Faux details. Such as exterior finishes that may look like rock or stone and are just a cement products (fake). Or Faux finishes in the home like laminate flooring or countertops that can look like wood, stone or tile but it is not (fake).But what we do not want to see is items that that as Faux that are "false". Here we have an example of a faux metal roof (37 comments)
50 in 51- A milestone is accomplished. Traveling to all the States. - 08/17/12 04:52 AM
50 in 51- A milestone is accomplished. Traveling to all the States in the US.When I was young my family did not travel much. We made the states close to where we lived but that is about it.When I was 18 I decided that I will travel to all the States in the US. Hey I was young and thought no problem. It ended up taking much more time than I thought but I finally achieved my goal.I had one main rule to my travels, airports do not count. I had to be physically in the State for a distance of (6 comments)
Can’t get in… But Can I get out? Emergency Escape - 08/07/12 07:39 AM
Can’t get in… But Can I get out? Emergency Escape- Chelan and Leavenworth Home Inspection ServicesI have talked about emergency egress and ingress before on bedroom windows.But sometimes you have to reiterate a point. On a recent Wenatchee Home Inspection I observed a curious security feature.The owner must have had some worry about security. As a purposeful and resourceful soul he decided to repurpose some common household items, the bed headboard and footboard.
Now I love ingenuity and creativeness but (7 comments)
Splish Splash- Swimming Pool Safety - 08/06/12 06:25 AM
Splish Splash- Swimming Pool Safety- Chelan and Wenatchee Home Inspection ServicesI was performing a recent home inspection that both the buyer and seller where present. During a walkthrough I made comment on the doors having direct access to the pool area should be alarmed.The owner said “is that code”? My immediate response was “Yes”. But it made me think (ouch). Pool safety really should not be taken lightly. It can only take a few minutes and someone, especially young children, can drown. (11 comments)
Keeping your cooler cool- Good practice for AC and Heat pump placement - 08/05/12 05:54 AM
Keeping your cooler cool- Good practice for AC and Heat pump placement- Chelan Home Inspection ServicesThe most stressful time for an air conditioning unit or heat pump is when the temperature soars.This is when a good installer will have helped you protect your investment. The placement of these units can have an impact on the longevity of the system
Whenever possible the AC/Heat pump units should be place on the north side of the home or in a shady area.To help heat pumps and air conditioners operate more efficiently as the summer heat pushes these systems to their limits it (5 comments)
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NCW Home Inspections, LLC is a Licensed Washington State Home Inspection service located in Wenatchee Washington serving Chelan County, Douglas County, Kittitas County, Okanogan County and Grant County Washington and the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Orville, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee, Quincy and many more… Your Wenatchee (7 comments)
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