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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!
If you were ever to have something in your home go as wrong as it could go wrong, you would not want it to be your water heater.Of course wiring can go horribly wrong as can gas leaks.But today I want to focus on your tank type water heater. Your water heater, whether gas or electric, has safety ...
Home inspectors are often called upon, or expected, to see the unseen.This is silly of course but sometimes what seems like rocket science to the novice, is generally pretty logical to the trained eye. None of this will help us see through walls, but the tools we utilize can help the home inspect...
In the late 60’s and early 70’s it was common to install electric radiant heat in the ceilings of homes.I still find these old systems and some are still working just fine. However, often they have been abandoned and wall heaters have been installed.I like these systems quite a bit. When you are ...
When building things it is best to not rely on “habit” to keep things together.Why these stairs have not collapsed yet can only be attributed to luck and habit.Looking at the pictures, it should be pretty self-explanatory what is wrong and yet, it certainly was not self-explanatory to whoever bui...
One of the things that really helps an Infrared camera “see” temperature differences on wall surfaces is “evaporative cooling.”A wall covering can have moisture in it and as the moisture evaporates from the surface, the surface will cool below the surrounding wall temperature. That is just how ev...
The other day I posted a picture of a light bulb with water inside of it.By some of the reactions I got, as to whether the bulb was functional or would function, I thought it would be fun to see just how much “under water” a light bulb can be and still function.Here is a little video to demonstra...
I know that fancy terrariums and fish tanks often have lights in them, but I don’t think I have ever, until now, seen a light fixture with a terrarium inside of it.I could see where plants might find it a bit confusing trying to sort out whether they were supposed to be tropical plants or cold we...

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