Bay Area Liquefaction, Landslide, and Seismic Zones – Mapped


Lots of talk in the news these days about landfill, liquefaction, and general stability of property in and around San Francisco’s waterfront, and entire city for that matter (see “SF’s landmark tower for rich and famous is sinking and tilting“that hit newsstands and internets today [SF Gate/Chronicle]). Big news, no doubt, but what about the … Continue reading Bay Area Liquefaction, Landslide, and Seismic Zones – Mapped

Maximum Overbid Of The Week | “Corpse House” Wins | HazMat Suit Sold Separately


It’s the house that had not only a hoarder, but a mummified corpse father of said hoarder that takes top honors this week. Originally listed for $928,000, 152 4th Ave buyers jumped at this house, put it in contract for $1,029,500, and sent it to court for overbids. With the hoarding daughter hospitalized and hopefully … Continue reading Maximum Overbid Of The Week | “Corpse House” Wins | HazMat Suit Sold Separately

San Francisco “Soft Story” Retrofit Advisory – Some Details


I get a few questions from time to time about Earthquake retrofitting, liquefaction zones, when is the next quake going to be, and so on and so forth. The answer to all of those questions is the same, “I don’t have the answers, but there are other people who can help, and I’m happy to … Continue reading San Francisco “Soft Story” Retrofit Advisory – Some Details

What Makes A Room A Bedroom?


What is it exactly that makes that room a bedroom? The question has come across my email enough, and actually I think I even posted on it at some point. Well, it’s resurfaced and maybe time to hash it out, as the opinions on what makes a room a bedroom are anything but concrete. The … Continue reading What Makes A Room A Bedroom?

Fifty Percent Of Bay Area Water Heaters Not Properly Braced!


In a recent report sent to me via way of email I’ve learned that more than HALF of the Bay Area is living with improperly strapped/braced water heaters! A recent survey of water heater seismic bracing conducted by members of the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors throughout the Bay Area … Continue reading Fifty Percent Of Bay Area Water Heaters Not Properly Braced!

The City Is On A Witch Hunt And They’re Looking At Your Un-Permitted Repairs/Alterations


This comes by way of email. (Of course, with permission from the author of said email.) So you can be guaranteed this is from one pro to another. Hello Everyone, First off, have any of you had any experiences or stories you can share that are on par with this one I am about to … Continue reading The City Is On A Witch Hunt And They’re Looking At Your Un-Permitted Repairs/Alterations