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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!
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...
It is very common practice to GFCI protect the Whirlpool Bathtub at the receptacle located behind the access panel for the motor that is under the tub.I have never thought this was “best practice” regardless how common.When you have to test and/or reset the GFCI device, who wants to figure out ho...
Every once in a while, I will hear comments to the effect that home inspectors are poorly trained or inadequately trained. The blame is placed on the inspection schools. The thing people should to keep in mind is that the mandate for training of home inspectors, whether in licensed states or in s...
Recently, online somewhere, there was an article about how home buyers should forget home inspectors and get their home inspected by a “general contractor.”  It implied that general contractors are going to be way more qualified to find defects in the home than a home inspector.This illusion may ...
In any relationship these are the words we sometimes dread the most from our partners.  Our minds go to: "OK, what did I do wrong now and why are you leaving me?"  The reality is that it is rarely that dire---but that does not prevent us from hating to hear the words.  If it was painfully accurat...
It happens now and then.The neighbors come over and you just wish they would not.You have better things to do with your time and they can sometimes eat up hours of your time and ruin your back yard traipsing across it. Of course, I am not talking about your “actual” neighbors; I am talking about ...

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