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  2. Sounds like you got it. I had to learn to copy and paste everything when I bought a Vista machine years ago. Before that files were moved, same result. In Windows documents, like Rich Text Documents, there is a menu, drop down box, with dozens of fonts. You highlight the text, then choose font from the list, easy to do.
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  4. The thing about copying and pasting is that the formats are different. Formats don't carry, just the text. The copy/pasted cover page gets mess up. I've since found that my Docusign allows me to join documents and then sign them. I'm going to try that out for awhile. Thanks.
  5. If it's a MS rich text doc, there is a menu for attaching files, but can you not cut and paste?
  6. Joining Word file together

    Dunno which version of Word you are using, but here is a link for the MS Office 2016 release. Others would be somewhat similar I'm sure. https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Combine-documents-f8f07f09-4461-4376-b041-89ad67412cfe
  7. Support for my Adobe Acrobat XI has ended and with that it will not allow me to sign my PDF reports anymore. The only upgrade is a $178 subscription. Does anyone know how to join Word files together. Word allows me to sign documents but I need to join the cover page to the rest of the report first. Anyone?
  8. I see several white wires in that junction box so maybe there's a wire bringing in a neutral for use by other circuits. Again, it's wrong. Neutral are supposed to individually originate in the panel. Conductors of a given circuit are supposed to stay together. Another possibility is that the four hots are feeding two 240-volt circuits but I doubt it. A few other things: Blue isn't supposed to be used for EGCs and orange is for the 'high leg' (208 volt) of an unbalanced 3-phase 120/208 supply. I'd be punting the entire installation over to an electrician:
  9. Right. So what is happening here? The four hot wires upper right don't have neutrals to go along with them. Is it possible that the circuits can be borrowing the neutral from the panel next to it? Would that work? All four wires go into a nearby junction box that is packed with wire nuts. The large neutral conductor is attached to a cold water pipe.
  10. Call all the home inspectors in your area and ask if any of them are thinking of selling their business or retiring in the next year. If you find someone that fits into that description, then see if you can work out a deal with that inspector to come in and go with them, learn the business, meet their contacts, etc and at the end of a certain amount of time you can buy them out. Some amount up front and 25% for the first year or something like that. This way you get real experience and an established business in the end.
  11. I agree with Jim but there seems to be more to it than that: There seems to be a rather large neutral conductor, EGC, or GEC from the neutral bus that leaves the panel via a conduit on the left wall of the panel. That neutral conductor looks a lot larger than the 2 white wires that extend the neutral SEC to the neutral bus. Them 2 white wires might well be undersized depending on where that large neutral conductor is going (ground rod, water main?). Also, where's the neutral wires for the four circuits feeding off of that panel? The four circuits coming in at the upper right don't have any neutrals.
  12. A ramification would be that if the neutral ever needs to carry current in excess of 20 amps, those puny wires will burn up. I think a section of the original neutral is dangling there, could cause a spark or come in contact with a hot. There have been a variety of flaky modifications to those panels. They need to be rewired properly for safety.
  13. A mentor would get you where you're going more quickly, but finding someone that will allow you to shadow him might be difficult.
  14. Looks like they're trying to lengthen the neutral SEC.
  15. What is your background? Any experience in home repairs or remodeling? Are you a detail oriented person. I think some background in repair or remodeling with good observation skills is important. Good writing and communication skills are essential.
  16. The wires from the neutral bar in this panel on the left are tied directly to the neutral service conductor instead of running out with the hots. What are the ramifications of this?
  17. Hello everyone, i am new to this forum. I am glad to have been able to find a place where so many great inspectors can give me some advice. I am currently changing careers and have been thru some home inspections from purchasing homes and selling. I decided to move to Georgia and enroll in Carson Dunlop to learn home inspection. I know I have no previous experience in this field so I feel somewhat a challenge. I know there are many videos etc. and there are education you can continue to learn even after the training of all 10 courses, but i am thinking about either trying to get a mentor in the area to help me learn better. Does anyone else have any advice? I would appreciate any positive feedback thanks.
  18. Receptacle taps

    I think as voltage drops, current increases to produce the same power output. That excessive current leads to hot spots and fires.
  19. Receptacle taps

    Yes, back stabbed connections are bad enough, but when they are daisy-chained, the bad connections are in series, leading to what you are finding there. I don't know the NEC rule, but here, all outlets must be pig-tailed except the last one in the circuit. Back-stabbing is allowed for individual outlets but not to feed through. Best practice is to use the screws, using a good stripper that doesn't nick the wire. With needle-nose pliers, form a clean hook 3/4 of the way around the screw in a clockwise direction so that it tightens with the screw. Years ago I discovered that when you have excessive voltage drop, in my case a bunch of daisy-chained extension cords, the wiring at the low voltage end of the circuit starts to overheat when the circuit is loaded with something like a space heater. In my case, I was walking past the shed and saw wire insulation on fire. I think as voltage drops, current increases to produce the same power output. That excessive current leads to hot spots and fires.
  20. Receptacle taps

    Found out that these receptacles were back-stabbed throughout the house, the receptacle strings are 15 amps instead of 20, and that the strings nearest the main panel had noticeably less voltage drop that the ones further away, making the choice of 15 amp or 20 amp circuits a factor in excess voltage drops. The consideration being fire hazards from too much heat developing inside the receptacle boxes, today I replaced the back-stabbed connections with taps on two bedroom circuits. Out of curiosity, I used wing nuts instead of Alumicons and twisted the conductors tightly about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long before torquing the wing nuts as tightly as I could. The string with the worst voltage drops saw drops reduced from 16 (previously 18) to 11%. In yesterday's local news was a report about a home that caught fire, causing major damage. Family was away at the time. Fire Marshall visited that night and reported that an electric space heater and massage chair were plugged into an outlet situated behind a living room sofa. He seemed to suspect that the fire started there. Excessive voltage drops in receptacle boxes do start fires, but there's more factors involved than I thought.
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  22. Hidden Home

    That is usually how it starts. The trailer has a kitchen and bathroom, and then living space and bedrooms are added. I've inspected a couple of those, but the steel frame was clearly visible in the 'basement' in both cases. One had been touted to be a 'Modular' home, so my client walked as soon as he was enlightened. Never heard about the other one, priced as high as a standard house. I never encountered that agent again either, and so it goes. In the good old 70's, it was pretty common to see an old school bus or truck camper with a shack attached to it, or built right around it. But real estate seemed cheap and plentiful then, and the dwellings were temporary. As were some of the residents.
  23. Hidden Home

    Maybe they lived in the trailer while building the house. I can't think of any other reason for doing this.
  24. Visiting San Franciso

  25. Liability Insurance

    Dryden Mutual, same cost as Chad.
  26. Liability Insurance

    I've not had any issues with mine. Marty faxed a certificate to a building department for a permit last summer. Clear Creek Home Inspection was listed as the builder. What little new construction there is here pays far more to complete phases than to inspect them. None of the builders I've dealt with care what my insurance says on it, just that I have some. Clients care less about my insurance then they do about what association I belong to.
  27. Liability Insurance

    Like Tom, I was buying insurance from Slack and RLI. It was cheap- less than $300 for a million in liability. Now I pay twice that much- I changed for two reasons: 1) I wasn't feeling warm and fuzzy about actually having coverage because the policy is intended for inspectors like insurance adjusters, it didn't say "building inspector" or "home inspector". 2) They wouldn't name an additional insured and it cost me money because builders won't let you on site to perform phase inspections unless you name them as additional insured parties. New construction phase inspections pay $350 per visit so it makes sense for me to buy insurance that gets me on site. My carrier is Dryden Mutual. It's a very good policy-2 million in coverage for $670
  28. Visiting San Franciso

    My suggestions: • SFMOMA (you are walking distance) • Avoid Pier 39 • Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. Exploratorium is cool, but only if you have the time • Walk through Fisherman’s Wharf, but don’t linger and if you miss it altogether, that’s okay • Explore the waterfront: Fort mason, Marina green, Crissy field, Palace of Fine Arts • Drive tour the Presidio on your way to the Legion of Honor • Visit the DeYoung and explore Golden Gate park- natural history museum is a good call time permitting • Explore the Castro on foot • Stop at the Cliff House to get an overview of Ocean Beach. Thanh Long is a Vietnamese restaurant with incredible garlic crab • Hunan’s at 110 Natoma for excellent Chinese, and Yank Sing in the Rincon center for Dim Sum. Lots of fun bars in Northbeach • Top of the Mark Hopkins hotel for a drink, and the Tonga/hurricane room at the Fairmount as well • Go north across the Golden gate working your way to Bolinas. Bolinas peeps keep themselves hard to find so enjoy everything along the way Cheers, John
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