What does ‘double-tapped neutral’ mean?

By Joe Lundequam / March 18, 2017 / General / No Comments

As a home inspector in the Stillwater area, I often identify electrical problems as “Hazardous”, and recommend repair by qualified electrician. A common, yet poorly understood issue is double tapped neutrals, where there are more than one white wires connected to the panel using only ...

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Kickout flashing

By Joe Lundequam / March 13, 2017 / General / No Comments

On some roofs, rain water is directed to a gutter and then runs down the downspout. Sometimes there is so much rain that it overshoots the gutter. If it then splashes on a wall or window, the water could create a great deal of damage. Kickout flashing is a small (usually about 4″ – 6&...

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Do I have to upgrade to GFCI?

By Joe Lundequam / March 11, 2017 / General / No Comments

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are outlets that will shut off before someone gets a nasty shock if something goes wrong and the user is touching something that is grounded, such as a faucet on a kitchen sink. You know what they look like; they are those outlets you find in the bathroom that ha...

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Photoelectric Smoke alarms

By Joe Lundequam / March 11, 2017 / General / No Comments

When inspecting a house, I recommend replacing alarms that are 10 years old or ionization alarms with new, photo electric ones. Almost all of the alarms I find are one or the other, or both. You should be able to find the manufacturer date on the back. If you can’t, it most certainly  is ol...

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TPR valves and the discharge pipes that love them

By Joe Lundequam / March 8, 2017 / General / No Comments

TPR sometimes means temporary price reduction, but not here. On a water heater, TPR means Temperature Relief Valve. It’s on the top of (or on the side of, near the top) of your water heater. If the water heater malfunctions, pressure could build, temps could rise, or both. When water become...

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Winter Ice Dams

By Joe Lundequam / October 31, 2014 / Tips from the Inspector / No Comments

Please let me know if you have any questions about your home. As we approach heavy snow season, many people are concerned about ice dams. Ice dams can cause dangerous icicles, and cause damage to the house. You can avoid ice dam problems by increasing ventilation and insulation, and by sealing th...

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