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  1. Each message that you write is a "post." That's how the internet works. So you're saying that the first pictures that you posted on this thread are what you came back to after returning from vacation and that before the vacation, your house was spotless. How long was your vacation? 10 years?
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  2. Actually, I suspect that none of this is worth your time. A 21 year old with no experience in the trades, no experience running a past business, and without a full-time mentor for several years cannot become a successful home inspector. It's just not going to happen. If your lack of technical knowledge doesn't get you sued into oblivion, your lack of business acumen will result in a failed business within a few years. My revised best advice: Cut your losses and forget about home inspections. At your age, you should find the thing in life that you enjoy doing more than anything else
    2 points
  3. "Time was, When we got along..."--Canned Heat
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  4. I'm not impressed with any of them. I use Word.
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  6. Ravens like to tear at roofing and they could easily do this.
    1 point
  7. It doesn't look like wind damage to me either. On the other hand, squirrels are not particularly muscular. They don't do damage like that; they chew stuff. If a raccoon wanted to get into your roof via the ridge vent, there'd be no more ridge vent left. My best guess is that the raccoon is just bored.
    1 point
  8. Doesn't look like wind damage. I've squirrels and coons in my backyard everyday but my house has no ridge vents. I haven't seen this before.
    1 point
  9. Yeah, when you had to come home when the streetlights came on. . .
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  10. I was told this building had the first open cage elevator in Chicago. 1893. It is still hand operated.
    1 point
  11. When I die I want to come back as a ghost in Chicago. Wander around places like this, interContinental, Palmer House, etc. Walking one block around the Water Tower takes a good week or ten days if you are curious!
    1 point
  12. Sometimes, it's wise to know when to cut your losses and move on. Sounds like you're there.
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  13. I'd recommend grouting the gap. Either that, or insert several hundred more screwdrivers.
    1 point
  14. Reminds me of when I was a kid. We went to visit my cousins in Pittsburgh and all went out for vanilla ice cream cones. My cousins showed me how if you just hold up your cone in the air for a while without licking it, a grey film formed on the ice cream and dripped down it in streaks - just like the streaks in those pictures. According to them it was coal dust, which was thick in the Pittsburgh air in the '60s. They insisted that it made the ice cream taste better. Did this roof taste better?
    1 point
  15. There's no reason to install any kind of upgrade to an old Wesco electric furnace. Everything in them can be replaced with off the shelf parts. They're already 100% efficient in terms of how much heat they produced per unit of fuel. They can't be made more efficient with new parts. As John pointed out, a new thermostat will improve the efficiency of the heating *system.*
    1 point
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