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Do the voices in your head drive you batty?

I have a new friend living in my head.  While I am use to having lots of voices in my head attempting to convince me of one thing or another, this "new-kid-in-the-block" is actually quite helpful.

What could be better?

Most of my readers will remember reading about my unfortunate encounter with a razor blade on an inspection a few months ago.  That incident was the conception of this recent addition to the family of voices in my head.

This friendly voice now speaks up whenever I am tempted to put my hands where they don't belong.

If you look closely in the following picture, you should be able to see that there is something black hanging down under the siding near this sidewalk. 

Danger Will Robinson

My first thought was that it was merely a piece of building paper or some other debris sticking out from behind the siding---after all that is not an uncommon occurrence.

As I got closer I was very glad I didn’t just reach down to “feel” what it was---but instead---listened to that little voice in my head.

Driving me batty 

Those voices in our heads can sometimes drive us batty, but in this case they turned out to be useful.

bat just hanging out

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 12 commentsCharles Buell • September 16 2012 11:47AM
Do the voices in your head drive you batty?
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I have a new friend living in my head. While I am use to having lots of voices in my head attempting to convince me of one thing or another, this "new-kid-in-the-block" is actually quite helpful. What could be better? Most of… more
I could stand photo enhancement to look better too!
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The house is 67 years old. It has me beat by two years, which is not all that much when you get to be that old. The thing about houses is that they generally don’t improve with age---especially the electrical components. Most houses… more
A simple conversation between friends---partners actually!
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Hey partner! Hey, to you too partner. How is it hanging? Same old same old---I did get my hair done like yours though. Yes, I see that---just hanging out here too---same as usual. As to the hair---I guess we will… more
Those nasty post 60’s flashbacks.
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I have slung more drywall mud in my life than I care to think about. My messed-up shoulders will attest to that. I am quite sure that the amount of the goop I have spread around with a trowel is in the thousands if not tens of thousands of… more
The Perfect 10!
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I realize that most builders do it this way---but it is still wrong!
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One of the most common builder errors that home inspectors have to deal with is the installation of concrete surfaces over the top of wood siding---or any kind of siding for that matter. It is not a good idea. That bears… more
Chewing gum and Ferris Wheels
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Recently the Seattle Great Wheel opened on the docks at the water front. It is the latest attraction on the docks designed to promote the waterfront. While not the engineering marvel of the Space Needle it is still a pretty cool… more
Mommy---the disposal spit at me!
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One of the things I do while inspecting the kitchen is to run water at the sink and then turn on the garbage disposal. While this is not a functional test it will tell me whether it turns on and how noisy it is. You have to love the sound… more