Carbon Monoxide and Hormesis: Huh?

By Joe Lundequam / October 19, 2017 / General / No Comments

I was picking up a radon monitor at a house that I had inspected two days earlier, and met the seller. She knew, of course, that I couldn’t tell her about what I had found in the inspection; I work for the buyer, and the report is confidential. I know I’d be curious about what a [&hel...

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Kitchen exhaust fans, and the cooks who love them

By Joe Lundequam / October 17, 2017 / General / No Comments

Folks who spend a lot of time in kitchens have very strong views about kitchen exhaust fans, and for a very good reason. Heat, moisture and strong smells have their place in kitchens, but too much is definitely is too much. Today I’m going to explore some issues that relate to them. Ducted ...

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The high price of furnace filter neglect

By Joe Lundequam / October 5, 2017 / General / No Comments

How often should I change the furnace filter? The short answer is once a month during the heating and cooling seasons for one inch filters. The furnace manufacturers recommend a month an inch, so a thick one maybe 3 or 4 times a year. The pleated paper ones are a whole lot better than the […]

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Asbestos in the home

By Joe Lundequam / September 29, 2017 / General / No Comments

As a home inspector, I’m not qualified to positively identify asbestos. So when I see what looks like asbestos, I always say the same thing; “Portions of the metal ductwork for the furnace are insulated with a material that appears to contain asbestos. If you have this material remove...

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What does AFCI mean?

By Joe Lundequam / September 29, 2017 / General / No Comments

Arc Fault Circuit Breakers By now you know what a GFCI is, right? Ground Fault Circuit Breakers keep electricity from going through you if something goes wrong. Imagine bouncing a ball off a wall. You throw a five pound ball, catch a five pound ball. Five pounds out, five back. Over and over. But...

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What does “double-tapped” wiring mean?

By Joe Lundequam / September 29, 2017 / General / No Comments

It means that there are two wires under one screw where there should only be one That’s not very helpful, so let’s look a little deeper. When you open the door on a circuit panel, you see a row (or two) of switches. Each one of them is for one circuit. They’re supposed to be  la...

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Controlling the water temperature

By Joe Lundequam / September 29, 2017 / General / No Comments

What should I know about hot water? Hot water is something we all take for granted. But maintaining the proper water temperature is more complicated than you might think. Water that is too hot, of course, causes skin damage. Most people know about the dangers of scalding. But water that is too lo...

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Ungrounded three-prong outlet

By Joe Lundequam / September 25, 2017 / General / No Comments

If your house was built after 1962, you shouldn’t have to read this That’s because houses are currently built with a ground wires that act like an emergency off ramp in case something goes wrong. If a wire got loose in your fan, it would create a “short circuit”, and inste...

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Carbon Monoxide Alarms

By Joe Lundequam / September 23, 2017 / General / No Comments

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Save Lives What’s required; CO alarms are required to be installed (hard wired, plugged into an outlet or battery operated and mounted) within 10 feet of every sleeping room. There cannot be a flight of stairs or door between the alarm and the bedroom door. That’...

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Is your house depressed?

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

Is your house depressed? No? How about depressurized? (See how I did that? I got you to read past the headline.) A combustion vent is a passive one, which means that it doesn’t have a fan. It supplies air to the furnace room. Gas-fired appliances like the furnace and water heater need oxyge...

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