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    Benign, in this case, refers to reports that are friendly to the buyer's agent. They pose little if any threat to his commission because of major findings that don't make it into the report. Inspectors of little expertise produce these benign reports. They are also available from inspectors that deliberately water-down their reports to make them more appealing to the agents that furnish their referrals and make them successful inspectors. The more helpful a report is to the buyer, the more harmful it is to the agent.
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    I am not sure what "benign" is referring to - is it that some items that should be reported are not being reported, making the report "benign", or are you referring to the writing that is used to describe a problem either does not present the issue in an objective manner or downplays the significance of the issue?
  5. S-trap in new construction

    The trap arm can't properly get air from that elbow and wye, even if there is a vent there. The guy that did the plumbing was a rank amateur. There will be hidden plumbing issues as well. We are not required to put lighting on AFCI's in Canada, but it is optional, certainly not prohibited. Sometimes it is done to save wire, and that's ok. However, Quebec is kind of like Chicago, as they have rules of their own.
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    I'm curious whether the pipe in the first photo that connects below the trap is for a vent?
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    Thought I'd post this new blog topic here, maybe stir up some activity...or not.
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    It looks like the insulation board expanded and buckled upward.
  10. Multi-unit interior air well name

    I was going to say trash disposal well.
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    ...for those irregular surfaces the painter has to use a long nap roller of course.
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    Thanks Chad! I appreciate the help. Badair, I am in QC. We don't follow the NEC here. AFCIs are required only on bedroom wall receptacles, they aren't to be installed on permanent light fixtures.
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    That show pony is also long-dead here. . .
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    The painters went a little overboard with the electric panel and kitchen exhaust fan.
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  20. S-trap in new construction

    Yes, S Trap. Well, P traps improperly installed to create an S trap. Clearly not a "career" plumber (or municipal inspector)
  21. S-trap in new construction

    Hello All, Is this not an S-trap? This is brand new construction, the house has never been lived in. Is there something I am missing? The first picture is under the kitchen sink. The extension is not 2x the diameter of the pipe... The second is in the powder room. My antennae are up on this home as I found a couple of other issues like no electrical outlet in the powder room and ceiling lights on AFCI's that suggest the home was built by a "jack of all trades" Any help would be appreciated Thanks!
  22. Chris, I wish you luck and good fortune, but it is not likely you will get a call to do a ride along as long as you remain obscure. This is a really good bunch of inspectors, but usually skeptical of blind requests.
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    Water underneath the membrane evaporated when temperatures went up. It'll migrate out eventually.
  25. Please call Chris Matisa 609-847-1710
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    Not sure what to make of this. The center of this roof lifts up and is springy under foot. One area feels like a 3' x 8' waterbed. What do you think the issue is? Thanks.
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    FLIR One is 80x60. Pro is 160x120. 4X increase. There was a firmware bug that made it tell fibs about the remaining battery life. Firmware update became available on 10/10 according to FLIR. (I don't have one..... Just did some reading on Amazon.)
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    Resolution is key. What is the rez vs. the old Flir 1. Does it make it worth the extra $150?
  29. Multi-unit interior air well name

    Anyone else find an unusual number of knives at the bottom of these air shafts?
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