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I can answer most questions about homes and home inspections, especially as related to the NE and NW regions of the country. I can answer many questions related to plumbing, electrical, roofing, structural, HVAC, insulation & ventilation (especially as applicable to energy efficient homes) and wood destroying organisms. Licensed Structural Pest Inspector #67488 Licensed Home Inspector #220

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I had been a design/build general contractor for over 33 yrs prior to my current 5 yrs as a home inspector. I also teach the Electrical, Plumbing, and Insulation/Ventilation portions of the Residential Home Inspection Course at Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, Washington. As a builder, I specialized in Super Insulated, Energy Efficient Homes. I specialized in Pressure Treated Wood Foundations.


ASHI---American Society of Home Inspectors.


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BA from SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY

Awards and Honors

1979 NY State ERDA Award---$10,000 (Design of an energy efficient home)

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2015-07-23 Structural and Termite inspection:

I would wait on what the structural engineer says and be available to either allow them to open things up or to be there to open things up for them.  Having a bug guy there at the same time would be a

2014-11-10 Structural Issues:

Hi Krish,  Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you.  I was out of town for a while.  I am not sure how much help I am going to be, but I will give it a shot.  #1 Hairline cracks in a 60's house

2011-05-26 Wood rotting window not in inspection report:

Hi Lauren,  As you can imagine this is a difficult question.  I guess I would recommend having another home inspector look at it and see if it can be determined if this is something that any home inspector

2011-01-26 Home inspection:

I guess I would need more information as to what you mean by "pass" inspection.  Is this with the same buyer---different buyers---jurisdictional inspection?  Home inspections involved with real estate

2009-07-26 issues missed in home inspection:

This is always a difficult question to answer as every home inspector has different inspection protocols and different State and association SOP's.  Regarding the furnace it is hard to imagine how any


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