north vancouver home inspection: Old School Construction - Everything But The Oink - 04/07/17 06:24 AM
My dad had a residential construction company and I fondly remember going with him to the sites and seeing the work-in-progress. One of the greater skills was the interior plasterwork done by craftsmen. The phrase "everything but the oink" has a parallel in old school construction methods when it came to interior walls and ceilings. More...
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north vancouver home inspection: Home Inspection Diary: Eugene's Believe It or Not! - 02/12/17 10:24 AM
Here's a 120 Volt receptacle with a 240 Volt supply behind the faceplate. I would not have spotted this as it was in the garage behind an appliance. The owner had stated that they had plugged in the garage fridge and burned out the motor. No wonder. 
At some time in the past the outlet was used for 240 Volt service, likely for an appliance that came from an off-shore household move.
A very dangerous situation that required immediate correction. As this inspection was also in advance of the building's two year construction completion anniversary, it was included in the list of defects … (2 comments)

north vancouver home inspection: Condo Inspections: Self-managed Strata vs Hired Property Management - 11/26/16 06:47 AM
Yesterday EKAN Inspections completed a condo inspection in the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver. The building was 25 years old, three storey, with 18 apartments in total. I love older condos because they typically have more street parking for visitors, more green space around them and are well located to shops and services. Besides they usually share a common meter for gas and water, splitting those utility costs among the number of residents.
The owner’s association was managing the maintenance and operation of the property without a hired property management company, thus the handle of ‘self-managed’ strata. The first reason why … (0 comments)

north vancouver home inspection: Fuse Panels, Low-Carbon Footprint & Luddites - A Common Denominator - 10/21/16 10:03 AM
At a recent West Vancouver condo inspection, this particular one bedroom apartment had an older fuse panel for the electrical distribution, rather than the now standard circuit breaker panel. My client was naturally concerned about this ‘old school’ technology and wanted my opinion as to whether it should be replaced immediately or not. A good question requires a considered reply. This condo’s panel had one large fuse block for the electric stove and six screw-in fuses for the rest of the home with five 15A circuits and one 20A. The main 60A breaker for the condo was located separately, in the basement … (0 comments)

north vancouver home inspection: A Visit to Municipal Offices - Why Not Make It A Standard Practice? - 10/11/16 02:49 AM
In my EKAN home inspection business areas of North Vancouver and West Vancouver, many of the pre-1970’s homes have had major renovations. Whenever I encounter a reno and especially an addition to or extension of the floor area, I always encourage my clients to visit the municipal offices and do some data mining.
 
It’s important to know that the renovation was done in compliance to code requirements and with a competent contractor. The municipality will have on-file the following permits: building, electrical, plumbing, heating, drainage and sprinklers. In addition, there should be building plans available.
 
The knowledge gained from the above data … (0 comments)

north vancouver home inspection: How to Evaluate Museum Pieces: Inspecting Century Old Properties   - 10/06/16 03:43 AM
A client recently booked an inspection for a house built in the 1920’s. This property certainly has the ‘wow factor’ with ocean views and craftsman style features. Vancouver is relatively a new city compared to others in North America, so this gem is really special. I would guess that there are less than 1% of buildings of the vintage still standing. Prior to any inspection I do an online property listing review. I especially focus on what can be gleaned from the photos. In this case, it was clear that the property was extensively renovated, but with sensitivity to its heritage. A … (0 comments)

 
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