Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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Nice Plumbing Repair

My friend Charles Buell is always very critical of duct tape -- the miracle cure of last century and still a hot commodity today. I have seen everything from the skins of mobile homes and fuel tanks to shoes repaired with the stuff. I always love it when I open a cabinet and find it at the drain under the sink. Come on folks, the stuff really is not very waterproof and let's be honest it is a really lousy way to repair a leak. The photo below does a wonderful job of capturing a leak in progress. What --- a leak from a sink that has been repaired. Yeah, afraid so. Check out the big droplet of water. It is as big as the tear that will be coming from Charlie's eye when he finds out that I have done one more blog this week than he has done so far.

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

 

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 10 commentsSteven L. Smith • April 17 2008 10:41PM
Nice Plumbing Repair
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My friend Charles Buell is always very critical of duct tape -- the miracle cure of last century and still a hot commodity today. I have seen everything from the skins of mobile homes and fuel tanks to shoes repaired with the stuff. I always love it… more
Another Close, But No Cigar, Job
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Below is an electric water heater with an installation that is close to right. But close is not good enough. There is a temperature pressure relief valve and the drain line from it is even routed down and out of the home. And the lower section of… more
Common and a Real Mess!
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The view in this photo is so very common, but I always hate to see it. When a roofer takes an old wood shingle or shake roof off, it seems that about eight times out of ten the wood debris ends up inside the attic. Just what a homeowner wants is a… more
Gambler's Guide To Home Buying
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In life there are many gambles. Anyone in business has to assume some risk and take some gambles. Even hanging out your shingle, doing whatever it is you plan to do, involves risk. I am not one who is afraid of some risk. One of the best business… more
They're Alive, They're Alive
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This is not an out of body experience, or some tale that will make you think I am any weirder than what you might already think. After all, you have probably heard stories of the dead coming back to life -- on shows like the Twilight Zone. Call it… more
Steve's Greatest Hits And B Sides
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I was looking at my statistics the other day and found that my first serious activity at ActiveRain was one year ago yesterday, as in last Sunday. Wow, how time flies when you are getting all wet in the rain. A while back, a friend had suggested… more
Canada and US Border Communities
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The local daily newspaper, the Bellingham Herald, had a story today that confirmed a trend I have noticed in my inspection business for the past eight months or so -- the rising Canadian dollar, which fluctuates from a bit below to a bit above the… more
Cricket, More Than Just A Game
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No wonder people who are learning English go crazy sometimes. Take, for example, the word "cricket. " You probably think it means an insect or a game the British favor that is similar to baseball. Well, there is a third meaning as you are… more
Home Inspection, Why Must We Get Out Of The Car?
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Charlie Buell and I sometimes joke around that there are times you could do a home inspection from the publicity photos of the property. It is amazing the things the trained eye can see and, from the photos, you know to look very carefully at… more
If It Fits It Must Work
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This photo has to go in that goofy and misguided category we home inspectors see so often -- "if it fits then it has to work". The photo below, believe it or not, is a dryer vent. If you have ever cleaned a dryer vent, or looked at all the… more