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  2. Here is a fun problem. Where did these sand deposits come from both on the front and the side of a massive chimney column of a 70's brick ranch? The column rises from the ground up through it all, has a rectangular and a square clay flue, one for a gas furnace vent, another for a fireplace that was fitted later with gaslogs. Column up top lacks a cricket, as modern codes would require, but I could see no roof leaking around the column perimeter despite the really sloppy flashing. House has been unoccupied for an unknown time, no disclosure available. My thinking is that the sheer mass of this column's faces has resulted, in a wetter than average year, in moisture migration towards the ground, that pushed this sand out of the mortar joints.
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  4. Sorry for taking a while to get to these comments! I've been on the road quite a bit this month, so I haven't been as diligent about checking the forum! Great point! While I try to make the info in the articles as generic as possible so that it can apply to as many insurance carriers as possible, every insurer has a different set of rules. So, it's important that inspectors know what their insurance companies say about contracts and other policies. In addition, what works for your insurer may not work for your state or for other laws. A good example of this is independent contractors. At InspectorPro, we don't care if you 1099 your workers so long as they abide by the same standards. However, the IRS does! We've always required signed pre-inspection agreements, but we started making it more apparent in our paperwork around 2016. Back then, we probably got at least one call a day from inspectors that were upset it was a requirement. Now, we get maybe one call every other week about it. However, we still get plenty of claims in which the inspectors didn't get the agreement signed ahead of time. I think some of them are residual from back when we weren't banging everyone over the head about pre-inspection agreements. Then, there are others that just cave to really pushy clients or agents. In my experience, the inspectors that don't get their agreements signed are rarely doing it because they're old school or arrogant or misinformed. It's usually guys who get tired of fighting an aggressive client or agent and say they'll make an exception just this one time.
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  6. Thanks for the input. I'll watch for it in the future. 14/2/2. Got it.
  7. You'll be seeing more of it in the future. The 2nd white wire has a red stripe, just to keep things straight. I started seeing it about 10 years ago, when AFCIs really started to take off and when the requirement to run a neutral to every switch kicked in. It's very expensive stuff, but it saves on labor.
  8. I used it for a couple long home runs. It's labelled 14-2-2. 14-4 has black, red, white and blue.
  9. This is new to me. I was inspecting a one-year old home to confirm the owner's suspicions that it was a piece of crap. (it was). the panel is wired with NM. There are two consecutive, single pole breakers, one with a red wire, one with a black wire. No handle tie. In my head, I was already writing a blurb about the missing tie for a MWBC or a 240 circuit. The legend says the breakers feed garage lighting and exterior receptacles. The breakers supply an NM cable that has a black, red, two neutrals and a ground. I haven't ever seen it before. The lesson for me is to never assume. It's the leftist? most left? on the left? cable in the photo.
  10. And while they're answering the door, set their phone's text tone to a doorbell. . .
  11. Set your phone's text tone to a doorbell. It's a hoot to watch the realtors keep going to the front door during an inspection.
  12. No to sound like a smart ass, but the liability of not reporting the furnace / water heater exhausting into the attic far outweighs some drywall damage. People die from leaking furnace exhaust. Besides, I'm always careful.
  13. My husband is a HVAC guy and the furnace was my son's... it turned out the white dust was being caused by a cracked heat exchanger.
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  15. I've owned a Little Giant for 12 years and use it daily. I've never had this problem but based on the photos you have I don't think I'd use it. Maybe time to get a new one.
  16. Great find but be careful. The liability of putting your foot through a ceiling may far outweigh the inspection fee you are charging.
  17. Lots of laughs and thanks for sharing. I take every chance to unload on franchise types in any business, from burgers to bakeries to any kind of service. A couple of times I have had gigs cancelled by franchise offerings, rendered by realtors, of "coupons" off my price.
  18. Nacho was planning on using their fee calculator to pay nacho members to perform prelisting inspections. He got a lot of pushback for promoting "free" home inspections. At about the same time there were 3 other prelisting programs launched, and he shifted gears to his commercial inspection association. It was all over Facebook about 6 months ago.
  19. March 2018 meeting minutes from NJ Home Inspectors Advisory Board; Incoming Correspondence Nick Gromicko, Founder, InterNACHI RE: InterNACHI Marketing Program January 25, 2018 Mr. Gromicko responded to the Committee’s request for additional information regarding a proposed marketing program which would provide real estate agents with a complimentary prelisting inspection on homes for sale which could be uploaded to their on-line property listings. 3 Mr. Gromicko stated that this marketing program has not yet been launched. He further advised that he would address any further questions from the Committee regarding the program’s development and InterNACHI’s intentions if requested. Can someone explain the end game here?
  20. Ya know, there's drones for low crawlspaces and for high roofs but none for attics. How long before someone invents one? Not that I like them. They don't fit anywhere in SOPs.
  21. Sometimes it pays off to crawl through a shallow attic to the other end.
  22. White propane residue should not be getting into the household air at all. If it is, that's a serious problem. You can have 10 HVAC men look at it and if they're crappy HVAC men they won't find anything. Find a good HVAC man and challenge him to chase down the problem until it's solved.
  23. . . . while wielding metaphors like a pro. . .
  24. JIm, I passed that along to her. The plumber's coming back tomorrow; I can't be there, but I suggested she ask the guy what you said. I think the people who owned the house before her did a lot of the mechanicals themselves, so they may have botched this system.
  25. I have the same problem with my gas pack central unit, propane. I bought the unit new 3 yrs. ago. My old, original central unit was also propane. No problem. Same propane tank and supplier. The second year of using my current unit, we started noticing that everything was dusty. Looked like sheet rock dust. I've always kept my return air filters changed and used good filters. Last year I had to dust all the walls and doors. I've had my central unit checked by 2 different HVAC men and found no problem. I've stopped using the central heat and use my fireplace. Today, the white residue is above the firebox on the wood mantel. With my central unit, I've never had a problem with the air conditioner part. I need some advice.
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