Inspections

Seattle Inspector Shortage Causes Angst, Expense
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Seattle Inspector Shortage Causes Angst, Expense

Creates excess stress for those who engage in bidding wars. More

The Importance of Inspecting Your Home
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The Importance of Inspecting Your Home

How homeowners can catch early signs of deterioration. More

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As Construction Accelerates, Will Defects Follow? As Construction Accelerates, Will Defects Follow?

Builders take stock of their quality assurance programs, their labor's skill levels, and their superintendents' experience. More

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Mystery Inspector Meets the Elevation Enforcers: Bad Bay Window Roof

What is wrong with this elevation? More

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Mystery Inspector 8: Energy-Efficient Framing Detail for Intersecting Walls

This interior wall doesn't touch the exterior wall, so there is no need for ladder backing or wall bucks—just a continuous plane for insulation and uninterrupted drywall. More

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Mystery Inspector 6: Simple, Neat Air-Sealing for Plumbing and HVAC

An inspection of a Maryland jobsite reveals good air-sealing techniques put into practice. More

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Mystery Inspector 3: Fiberglass Batt Insulation Done Wrong

‘Red Flag’ for the insulators: Poor batt install will waste energy and act like a bad marketing lightning rod until it is fixed or covered up. More

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Mystery Inspector 1: Wasteful Wall Framing

An unsuspecting production builder is the object of our inaugural sneak peek. We visited a multifamily jobsite over the weekend to have a look at quality measures being implemented by one of America’s biggest builders. The houses are framed, plumbed, wired, ducted, and in the process of being insulated -- a prime opportunity for a surprise inspection... More

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Mystery Inspector 2: Air Sealing Electrical Boxes

How to get a tight air seal and provide insulation at electrical boxes like light switches in new wood frame construction. More

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Mystery Inspector: Pan Flashing is Not What it Used to Be

Flexible peel and stick flashing membranes have made rigid pre-formed pan flashings a thing of the past. More

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