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  2. Post-2008 AFCIs seem to be doing fine. They seem to be able to differentiate between "good" arcs and "bad" arcs. I'll start worrying about fridges on AFCIs when we start seeing problems with fridges on AFCIs.
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  5. Air Vent has a shingle-over vent that's almost 12" wide. Commonly used with wide ridge beams.
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  7. How would one go about installing a continuous ridge vent on a modular home? At the ridge there are 2x4's on each half of attic structure that block the normal place you would cut a slot in the sheathing. So, how to accomplish installing a good vent at the ridge on this type of attic structure?
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    School Location: These classes will be held in a classic historic building (the former Swan Library) at 4 North Main Street Albion, NY midway between Rochester and Buffalo. All classes begin at 8AM and end at 5PM Click on "Inspector Central" URL at bottom left of Chad's post. Will take you to their website and then the address URL will be active.
  9. Hand-split Cedar shakes made the best roof here back in the 70's. That was then and this is now. There is still some logging of old-growth Cedar going on up the coast here, but it is mostly by heli-logging of the last steepest slopes that were inaccessible by road or rail. Cedar is now mostly sawn into shingles for decorating the gable ends. People that buy in to those exclusive burbs sometimes choose a patch-up and paint treatment of their tired old cedar roofs, but it is mostly a waste of money. Some guys that paint and patch wear golf spikes. I have some great pics of cedar shingles that look like they've been blasted with bird shot.
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    Where is the course being held? Or is it an online thing?
  11. That's interesting. Refrigerators have thermostats that switch the compressor on and off, and relays at the compressor terminal box that switch the start capacitor in and out of circuit. Switches generate arcs. Maybe the AFCI circuitry is designed to ignore these refrigerator arcs but this arcing can change as these parts age. I can see AFCI's tripping when the appliance becomes older yet still works and ruining a great deal of food.
  12. Compliments on the skybot pics. I would never attempt to scale such a roof. I've gone to neighborhoods in VA where wood roofs were an HOA minimum, and don't know if they allowed those mutt and jeff rear vs front hybrids. This is such a great example of looks trumping practicality in the name of what realtors would call "value" or what homeowners would define as status.
  13. I have heard of nuisance tripping with the older GFCIs but not the AFCIs. Does the receptacle for the kitchen refrigerator have to be just an AFCI, or the combo receptacle that is both GFCI and AFCI as that might make some difference.
  14. In NY, AHJ's have zero latitude to overlook a requirement. You cannot indemnify negligence. Anecdotally, I haven't seen any nuisance tripping issues with the most recent wave of AFCI's.
  15. I suspect Erby's opening statement was tongue-in-cheek. The roof should have been replaced ten years ago.
  16. I realize that AFCI is now 'required' for 'kitchens'.... what kind of reaction do you folks have about this in regards to the fridge being AFCI-protected ? My question is in regards to nuisance-tripping (off) of a device protecting a fridge... are local AHJs chiming-in???
  17. There are 2 reasons why there are no leaks, steep pitch and felt underlay. Another reason is they have had some patching done, looks like some newer shingles in one closeup and some plastic under that moss? Thick moss keeps the shakes or shingles wet, and that allows organisms to destroy wood faster. That roof here would be about 35+ years old, maybe as old as 45.. The dormer addition looks to be recent. Nice toy, the skybot.
  18. The close up photos are much better, and they make it clear that the roofing is shot.
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    Chad Fabry will present Douglas Hansen’s (of Code Check fame) Electrical Inspections of Existing Dwellings. Hansen spent years in the electrical trade before becoming a home inspector, and author and internationally sought-after instructor and trainer. Hansen has authored and co-authored dozens of articles and books including the Code Check series. Fabry is a veteran home inspector, NY State Code Official and has completed the International Association of Electrical Inspectors Master Electrician coursework. Previously, Fabry taught for Kaplan’s Inspection Training Associates. This course is very highly reviewed– if you’re serious about upping your electrical game, this course is for you. All information, no fluff. Electrical Inspections of Existing Dwellings is $289.00 for 16 hours of NY State Approved Ceu’s (16 ASHI hours) for Home Inspectors. You get to keep the book, which retails at $59.95. This book is a definitive resource for home inspectors, you’ll wonder how you got this far without it. Hansen’s book sets the standard for electrical inspections and it’s an absolute must-have for every inspector’s library. These are interactive sessions, designed and taught by people who know the codes and have built houses, repaired houses, inspected houses and taught others to do the same. Inspector Central
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    Photovoltaic Inspection of Existing Dwellings- 8 Hours. This course offers a ton of education jammed into 8 CEU’S for $119. Learn theory and elements of various systems and their associated common defects. It the perfect primer to get you going on Solar-to-Electric installations covering theory, mounting, wiring and frequent issues. We’re very excited to offer this course, and we have great expectations for the content and the instructor. The PV course will be presented by Shawn Lessord and Chad Fabry. Inspector Central
  22. That's why I didn't recommend a double underlayment on this 2.2/12 roof. The problems won't stop in this couillon contractor environment. I went with the modified bitumen recommendation, hot mopped and in the client's choice of color.
  23. The thin keyway areas (or "slots" as I call them) are also very susceptible to hail-impact damage. A hailstorm can destroy a wood shake roof overnight due to such slot damage. It's probably the biggest problem I find with wood shakes in this neck of the woods.
  24. I turn 69 in November. Glad to see the yoga fans chiming in. I have been practicing for over 35 years, and my back has never been stronger or more flexible. Every few years I will attend a class for a few weeks. I like most of my teachers but not all of them. Currently am on zero meds, except for the occasional IPA.
  25. Part of the problem might be that many installers might note be able to "read" ... in any language.
  26. Those are shakes, not shingles. They're a mess. It's time to replace them. In general, when evaluating a shake roof, focus on the condition of the keyways - the spaces between the shakes. The shake below is thinnest there and will wear away completely, leaving holes. Once this starts, the end is near.
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