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  2. Looking back, I think the one thing I did wrong was try to inspect them as "typical". they are not typical. While many may be close to typical very few are. Little things like no shower head, disposer gone, copper removed, crud poured down drain lines, trash and left over food, etc.
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  4. Yeah, I'm fine. Worse part of storm didn't come this far south. The house in the OP was likely exposed to tornado-force winds. 'Uprooted' is the wrong term. Reporters like to dramatize a story. Those are fluted piers. The home was likely over 75 years old and in those days, that was considered a foundation.
  5. I wonder if that's what they call a foundation in Louisiana?
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  7. Ah Ha! They still make it! https://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-tk15-ultimate-edt-led-flashlight/
  8. This was great advice which I followed. The doors are in and functioning well. The rest of the project is coming along fine. We decided to go with a wood laminate flooring. We plan to use a good quality underlayment like this. > https://www.lowes.com/pd/pergo-gold-100-sq-ft-premium-3mm-flooring-underlayment/1000094785?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-flr-_-google-_-lia-_-166-_-stocklaminateflooring-_-1000094785-_-0&kpid&store_code=2594&k_clickID=go_1793073304_69358332156_346819489897_aud-299487635210:pla-533810695584_c_9007872&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxaXL69Wn4gIVh0GGCh2agQD5EAQYASABEgL4e_D_BwE The LPG to NG conversion kit for the free standing stove works great. I tested the stove in its position and its vents good with my configuration. I'll sort some pictures and post soon.
  9. I have a similar version of Fenix that also has the switch on the side near the front. I use it around the house but not on inspections. I find the side mounted "push and hold" switch to turn on a bit wonky. Sometimes I cant even find the switch unless I look at the light. On the other hand, my old TK 15 is still in service at inspections. The bulky tail switch is easy to find. That thing is out of the holster and turned on before the beam is even on target. If I buy a new light for inspections, I'm gonna try like hell to find one with a simple on/off tail switch.
  10. I bought a Fenix PD35 in 2016 and have loved it since. I bought 2 extra batteries and keep them in my tool bag. 1000 lumen, several brightness settings, lightweight, tough and reasonably priced. This conversation prompted me to invest in the UC35 which has micro USB charging and a charge level indicator on the control button. Pretty cool.The E30R looks very nice, but I prefer to have a holster for my torch; less likely to fall from my hip into 18" of blown in fiberglass.
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  12. I like the little cheap ones because of they fit in my pockets so well. That scalloped rim on many models is supposed to be designed to break out a car windshield from the inside, in the event you are trapped in there.
  13. I've done a few over the years. Do what I can and write a report. What else could you do?
  14. That's one reason I resist the trend towards the little flashlights, I want something with more heft. At my pre-licensing training in '02, there was a story by one of the speakers about how the inspector had gotten in trouble with the seller on account of him spilling the brain matter of his dog with a single blow of his flashlight. The dog had attacked him in the kitchen. German Shepherd, if memory serves.
  15. I've been using an Olight M20-X Warrior light for the past 6-7 years. Switch has never failed, have replaced one rechargeable battery and it has a 3-level switch. Has served me very well. Kurt M. gave me a head's up on this Olight many years ago when he was still active on TIJ. I recall one additional plus he made about the Olight was the scalloped light shroud that could be used to keep REAs at bay. I'm retired now, but still use the Olight for a multitude of projects each and every week.
  16. Time to replace the battery or the entire flashlight as my rechargeable Streamlight Stinger DS LED has left me stranded a couple of times now. I really loved the light when I replaced my Ultra Stinger with the $20 bulbs that would take a dump if you bumped the light with it turned on. Now though, I want more; an adjustable focus from flood to spot and dimmable settings. I have a couple of "no name - As Seen On TV" lights that have those features and are honestly as good operationally as the Stream light except they are so much smaller and cheaper that I don't really trust them yet. Flashlights have come a long way in the past few years.
  17. we have done thousands and thousands. Seriously during one 45day period we only did re-pos and not one single occupied "normal" house. no advice. abt 60% were semi-trashed and very difficult to inspect for a variety of reasons; no utilities, damage, trash etc. now we only do one or two a week.
  18. I've done similar - more than once. The magic pixies get real angry when you let them out of a circuit.
  19. Reminds me of that poem by Hilaire Belloc: Some random touch, a hand's imprudent slip The terminals flash, a sound like "zip" A smell of burning fills the air The electrician is no longer there!
  20. One of electricity's mysterious aspects is that you cannot see it at work. You can only test remotely, by measure, it performance. Sometimes when performance teeters off the stage it can only be traced by signs it left behind. This panel was installed ca. 2008 by licensed personnel. Why the shadows of arcs and the partially melted hot connection in the pic? Jim Baird
  21. we often advise homeowners to physically move out of house when a major build or remodel goes bad for just that reason. They return home every day and see the problem. anecdotally - likely 60% of the actions we win there is no actual money or value recovered. it cost a lot of money to be right.
  22. During the early days of the economic downturn, I did lots of foreclosed houses, but I can't remember how many were HUD/FHA. They were all crap. Those are not fond memories.
  23. I think that anyone who has lots of experience doing legal stuff understands that the legal route is rarely the best course of action. I've also got to stress that getting the demo done fast is supremely important. As long as the tiles are there, they're not just tiles; they're a physical symbol of a screw-up and they cause an emotional reaction every time anyone involved looks at them. After they're gone, the symbol is gone and you go back to moving forward (and healing).
  24. No, but I probably should look into them. We are at near zero inventory. In my zip code there are currently 5 houses for sale. Two are foreclosures, one Is a double wide that has been vacant for a decade or more. It was a total loss when i looked at it 8 years ago, $61k. The other is a little 1960 ranch with tarps on the roof for $30k. There is a new listing 2000sf 1870 colonial for $179k that's probably overpriced. The last is an outlier, 5000sf, 150 acres, $1.2 million in a community with a median price of about $100,000. The neighboring towns aren't much better. We had more inventory at the peak of the crash.
  25. I would plan on spending a significant amount of time on your reports early on. Jim has a wealth of experience and his reports will undoubtedly be faster than yours as a newer inspector. If you are going to use any of the popular reporting programs, it takes time to organize photos and even longer to caption them if you go that route. It is also quite an investment to create and organize narratives and develop your template. Additionally, when you run into installations and materials that you are unfamiliar with, time will be spent researching those. I often find myself on tangents when reading installation manuals and looking into code requirements. If you want to be thorough, you cannot be fast. That's my opinion.
  26. i am too embarrassed to post the other photos of the removal. embarrassed for him, not me! I do lots of legal stuff and my kid is an atty, so you would think i would take that route, but in fact I am letting the guy off the hook a little while he wraps his head around the costs and effort this involves. maybe I will post more photos.
  27. The fact that tile can be removed is proof positive that it wasn't properly installed. One cannot remove a properly installed tile in one piece. If the tile are 12x12 or larger, the ASTM standard includes back buttering and a 1/2" trowel.
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