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By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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I am being polarizing; two prong outlets in older homes                                            Well I am like the little kid with the bobby pin running around sticking stuff into places. That is what is it seem like when I get into older home and have to check the old twp prong electrical rec...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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 Living Small in a Big Way- Tiny HomesWenatchee Home Inspections Tiny home seems to be more and more appealing to many looking for a comfortable space on a small footprint and a smaller budget. The problem is the codes have to now deal with these smaller than normal spaces. Enter the 2018 IRC and...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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                          Bighorns of the Swakane Wenatchee Home InspectionsOne of the joys I get is seeing the bighorn sheep from time to time. Here are a few photos that I captured on a return trip from Lake Chelan.       “Sheep, like people, are ungovernable when hungry.” John Muir  If you fin...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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                        Bad Gas-Thou shall not go there!Wenatchee Home Inspections   Gas cooking is what most chefs prefer. So having a gas cooktop installed is a very nice feature for the chefs. Like anything else though there are those pesky rules. Gas supply pipe in one of them. Here we had an...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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The History of Grounded Receptacle in ResidentialChelan Home Inspections  I have written about electrical history before such as the grounding of receptacles in reference to laundry circuits which begins with the 1947 NEC (which was the first required grounded receptacle in dwelling units (reside...

By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
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"Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads."It's winter in Wenatchee and I thought it might be fun to show you a short video of Mission Ridge, the ski area 13 miles south of town.  This is where I learned to ski when I was 19 years old.  I took lessons every Saturday the first winter after ...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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                         Panel Terminations of RomexWenatchee Home InspectionsOne of the most common occurrences with those who should not be doing there own electrical work is terminations at the panel. Romex(a trade name) or more specifically NM Cable has to be properly secured to the panel per...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Monday Morning ReflectionWenatchee Home Inspections At the end of my home inspection, with the sun starting to set in the west the shadows are starting to fill the gulches of Burch Mountain just north of Wenatchee.We all need to take a moment, look and appreciate our beautiful world.  "Keep close...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Traditional plumbing boots are not cracked up to handle the task of your new roof.Wenatchee Home Inspections With asphalt roof shingles designed to last much longer lasting than your dad’s older 3 tab asphalt roofs why has the plumbing vent boot followed in design? We still use those traditional ...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Wednesday Wilds in Home Inspections- Tumwater Canyon.Wenatchee Home Inspections. Coming back from an inspection I decided to take a quick drop down to the Wenatchee River in Tumwater Canyon. It was a little early in the afternoon for that nice evening light but still beautiful.Tumwater Canyon is ...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Auxiliary Grounding Bars And Neutral Terminations Wenatchee Home InspectionsOne of the most common issues we see is double lugged neutrals on the grounding/neutral bus. Often this is a very easy correction but if the bus bar is crowded often adding an auxiliary grounding bar.Link on why you canno...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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                                Moon over Wenatchee                               Chelan Home Inspections Last night my wife as she was heading to work came and told me to come outside and look. Then there it was a big beautiful moon rise. So I grab my handy camera and take a photo.Here is to the...

By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
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"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits."-Henry David ThoreauApples are big business in the Wenatchee Valley.  We grow other crops here, too, but apples is what we're famous for and the main agricultural crop.  On average, Washington State ships approximately 125 million 40# boxes of apples ea...

By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
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"The greatest joy comes from knowing you have changed someone's life for the better." One of the wonderful organizations we have in the Wenatchee area is the Alatheia Riding Center. Alatheia is a therapeutic riding center for those with special needs.  It was opened in 2011 and has been providing...

By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
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"When it comes to air quality, 10 isn't quite perfect but it's pretty darn good."We've been enjoying good air quality this month, allowing us to get back to enjoying all the amazing outdoor activities North Central Washington has to offer.  I've been watching and waiting to get into single digit ...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Monday’s BloomWenatchee Home InspectionsSome days we just need a little flower in our life.     “Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen  If you find any errors or have additional information that would expand on any code, buildi...

By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
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 "We invite you to choose this place; To visit, to explore, or to stay."  If you have any interest in geology and have 4:33, you may enjoy this video describing the geology of the area. It focuses on the Ice Age Floods. Wenatchee River Valley features are also described from the Columbia River to...

By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
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"Visiting a museum can help you understand the past, appreciate the present and contemplate the future."-Carol WilliamsThe Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Wenatchee, Washington houses local and regional history, including information and artifacts of our Native American heritage.  Fo...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Wednesday Wilds in Home Inspections- Rodents and Gnawing.Wenatchee Home Inspections. Rodents are a part of the world and have been very good at adapting to the human environment. They like what we provide as habitat but if not controlled can cause expensive and sometimes dangerous situations.Here...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Electric Heat Pump Water HeatersChelan Home InspectionsI think we will see more and more of these Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) as the energy code requires to achieve a certain amount of energy credits based on structure size.http://www.energy.wsu.edu/Documents/Table_406_2_Energy_Credits_2012_WS...

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