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  2. Thanks for the input. I'll watch for it in the future. 14/2/2. Got it.
  3. 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.
  4. I used it for a couple long home runs. It's labelled 14-2-2. 14-4 has black, red, white and blue.
  5. 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.
  6. And while they're answering the door, set their phone's text tone to a doorbell. . .
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Great find but be careful. The liability of putting your foot through a ceiling may far outweigh the inspection fee you are charging.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. Sometimes it pays off to crawl through a shallow attic to the other end.
  18. 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.
  19. . . . while wielding metaphors like a pro. . .
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. When my wife asked for a bottle rack on the wall for new wine club shipments, she got the charred southern yellow pine 1/4 inch paneling courtesy yours truly. Hanging ten on the curl of the future's wave.
  23. That's a lot of problems for an 8-year old water heater. These things often run 15 years with no problems. Bad gas valves just happen sometimes. The expansion tank was probably not properly pre-pressurized. Corroded pipes and a rusted pan are signs of a larger problem. I'd want to know why they're in such bad shape after so little time in service before I started fixing things.
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