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3 prong versus 4 prong outlets for dryers. What can be done?

When homeowners with older dryers that have 3-prong connections move into a property with a newer 4-slot outlet, they may be confused about why their dryer cord doesn’t work. Their dryer cord doesn’t plug into the wall outlet and they’re not sure what the problem is. This situation is common and the fix for [...]

By |2022-03-10T13:34:45-08:00March 10th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|0 Comments

Aluminum Branch Wiring

If your home has aluminum branch wiring, you are at an increased risk of electrical fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that “homes built before 1972, and wired with aluminum, are 55 times more likely to have one or more wire connections at outlets reach ‘Fire Hazard Conditions’ than homes [...]

By |2022-03-08T11:54:16-08:00March 8th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|0 Comments

How to Clean Hazy Gas Fireplace Glass

Gas fireplaces with glass fronts are very common in our area. The glass at the front of the fireplace helps keep the flames and combustion gasses contained. This lets you enjoy your fireplace without the risk of smoke and flames that is associated with open-flame fireplaces. Unfortunately, it is very common for us to [...]

By |2022-03-08T10:21:44-08:00March 8th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

How to Fix Damaged Drywall

Drywall is the standard wall covering for homes built in the 2nd half of the 20th century and homes built in the 21st century. It is inexpensive and inexpensive to install. It is also a material that is easily damaged and being able to do drywall repair can help a homeowner save a significant [...]

By |2022-01-26T09:58:36-08:00January 26th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

How to Seal Holes in the Garage Firewall

An attached garage is a great place to keep your car warm and out of the weather. It is also a convenient place to store your belongings, work on small projects, or set up workout equipment. However, the garage can also be a significant safety and health hazard for the occupants of the home. [...]

By |2022-01-25T14:27:32-08:00January 25th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|0 Comments

How to Refinish a Deck

Many of the decks that we inspect have finish coatings that are at or past the end of their useful service life. In our wet climate, maintaining a protective finish coating on the deck can do as much as double the service life of a deck. Failing to do so will allow the deck [...]

By |2022-01-25T14:21:58-08:00January 25th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

How to Insulate Water Pipes

Insulating water pipes is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your home and reduce your energy costs. It can often be accomplished in a single day by the average homeowner. Insulating water pipes that are located in unconditioned spaces helps reduce energy costs because significantly less heat is lost from the hot water [...]

By |2022-01-25T12:36:04-08:00January 25th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|0 Comments

Washington Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

Washington State Carbon Monoxide Alarm Rules: What is Carbon Monoxide & why should I care about it? Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is deadly. We can only detect carbon monoxide when we start to feel the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:26:08-07:00April 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Oregon Carbon Monoxide Alarm Law

Oregon Carbon Monoxide Alarm Rules: What is Carbon Monoxide & why should I care about it? Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is deadly. We can only detect carbon monoxide when we start to feel the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are dizziness, [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:26:52-07:00April 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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