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Attic Secrets

The San Leandro house had been upgraded with new kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, freshly painted and was beautifully decorated… a showcase. The House Whisperer was beginning to get nervous, as no discrepancies had yet been noted.

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Attic Nightmare

Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, people will awake from sleep, sit straight up in bed and listen intently… “What was that?”

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Asbestos Boots

Not white cowboy boots… but rather the metal ‘transition boot’(wrapped in asbestos material) between the round crawlspace/attic heating ducts to the rectangular wall or ceiling heat registers in rooms... What is asbestos?

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Aluminum Wire

Aluminum electrical wire was installed in houses from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s during a period of high copper prices. Since that time, aluminum wiring has been implicated in a number of house fires.

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A Bust in Oakland

Oakland home inspections can be entertaining. While standing on top of a 1942 California bungalow surveying the condition of the roof, the inspector noticed...

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Seeing Double

Often in older electrical panels. the home inspector finds a condition known as double-lugging; where two electrical wires are connected to a single
screw/lug… usually done by a wannabe electrician.

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Precarious Post and Pier

While under an old Pleasant Hill house, The House Whisperer inspector spotted this makes-me-nervous-looking-at-it support post sitting on loosely stacked bricks… obviously installed by a non-professional. Continue Story

Oh-Oh Dishwasher Water

You’ve seen them… those small chrome cylinders with open slots installed on your kitchen sink deck or counter top. Have you wondered what that silver thingy is? Continue Story

Asbestos Boots

Not the white cowboy boots… but rather the metal ‘transition boot’ between the round ducts in the crawlspace and/or attic to the rectangular wall or ceiling heat registers in rooms… that wrapped with asbestos.  Continue Story

Aluminum Electrical Wire

Aluminum electrical wire was installed in houses from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s during a period of high copper prices.  Continue Story

The Missing AC

As The House Whisperer inspector rounded the back of a Brentwood home… the remains of where an air conditioner unit once sat was evident… most likely due to copper theft during the 2008 mortgage meltdown. Continue Story

Flexible Gas Pipe Concern

You’re looking at a flexible brass gas supply pipe going into the side of an older heating furnace.  Continue Story

A Bust in Oakland

Many Oakland home inspections turn out to be entertaining. Founded in 1852, Oakland was recently declared as the most diverse city in terms of various ethnic populations. Around 150 languages are spoken in the Oakland metropolitan area with a population of approximately 400,000. Continue Story

Attic Nightmare

Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, people will awake from sleep, sit straight up in bed and listen intently… “What was that?” Then silence, but then the silence is broken again… a scurrying sound... gnawing... “there’s something in the attic”. Continue Story

Attic Secrets

The older San Leandro house had been upgraded with new kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, freshly painted and was beautifully decorated… a showcase. The House Whisperer was beginning to get nervous, as no discrepancies had yet been noted.  Continue Story

The Little Fan That Couldn’t

During a Pleasanton home inspection, a creative solution for cooling the attic space was spotted… yes, a table top fan was tied to the roof directly under a roof vent.  Continue Story