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  1. 5 points
    Taking photos is like choosing words. Adding many more doesn't fix the few well chosen ones that you missed. You may have much experience in claims but you're at the tail end trying to fix something. We're at the beginning trying to create that something.
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    a pleasant reminder of my good sense in divorcing my first wife.
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    My 4 1/2 minutes of fame.
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    A 32' commercial grade extension ladder will probably get you to the roof of more than 90% of American homes. It is also considerably more durable and cheaper than a drone. They weigh about 65 pounds, making them about as heavy as a fourth-grader and much easier to handle. Also, on a residential home inspection, the use of ladders is not subject to federal oversight, another attribute weighing in their favor. So why mess around with drones?
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    I've always found it odd that we dig a round hole in the ground, call it a well, and expect it to produce water. Then we dig a square hole in the ground, call it a basement, and expect it to stay dry.
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    We have the dates set- March 21-23 at Hotel Henry. Les, this going to be 24 hours of real education- zero fluff. Proving the commitment to quality, Bill Kibbel is on board. Speakers to be announced as they confirm.
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    "If it leaks slower than it evaporates from the rag, then it's an evaporative cooler." From the book, "Things Realtors Say".
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    I think we can make the numbers work. Bill has contributed tons of ideas. Between us we contacted: Kenny Hart, Glen Mathewson, John Bouldin, Frank Woeste, Don Norman, Lstiburek and Joe Tedesco, I'd love to have Douglas Hansen if I can convince him to come. If you guys have any suggestions for presenters, please post them here and we'll consider them. The venue will provide 24 hours of ASHI, NY, MA, and by default, PA CEU's. Working on CT, NJ and OH. If there are vendors you'd like to come, share those thoughts. This is a chance to build the conference you want to attend. Room rates at the Henry are reduced to $130 with free parking. If we pull it off, the conference will provide breakfast, beverage service for the day(s), and a nice lunch. Tentatively planned for late February, early March 2020
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    Horrible state to live in, but Chicago is wonderful. . .
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    Damn. Now I have to review my company's safety protocols for romaine lettuce.
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    Ladder climbing does involve risk. So does showering, walking indoors, walking outdoors -especially in winter, removing electrical panel covers, standing near a water heater whose TPRV lacks a decent discharge pipe, operating furnaces, eating romaine lettuce, driving to and from inspections, and opening emails. In every case, a bit of knowledge and training greatly mitigates that risk. Come on.
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    Well stated, Jim. You also need access to maintain stone foundation walls. http://historicbldgs.com/stonefoundations.htm
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    I also give general ranges. I really do try to get it "right", but sometimes miss the total by hundreds or thousands of dollars. For example - the house has a negative grade. I report it. I tell them it can be a week end project for you or it could be 8-900 dollars. they get a landscape artist and it costs 4,000 dollars. But, they had more done than my minimalist estimate. I and other inspectors in my company have never had serious blowback from giving estimates. My least favorite is water heaters. Around here they can be from 800 to 4000 on any given day. If I really don't know the price range of a furnace, I should brush up on my inspector skill set.
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    Yes, good article and good responses. When I was actively inspecting, I took 80 to 180 pics per house. They are filed by date, simple. A few times, I had to pull up pics to back up my report. Replaying the shots in sequence is like reliving the inspection, and it refreshes the memory. I had a guy try, and fail, to lay a claim 2 full years after the inspection. He saw 50 pics in the report, but I had saved 160, showing walls and ceilings in all the rooms, water flowing out of faucets, etc. One thing I recommend is a notepad or just a scrap of paper and a short pencil stub in a pocket. Write down the significant deficiencies as you find them. Sometimes when writing the report, the picture you took earlier can get lost in the shuffle. A glance at the note while writing takes a couple of seconds, a quick check of the report before sending.
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    In California, toothpaste causes cancer. So does the box that it comes in. This concludes my rant.
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    Jerry, The top picture is the front of a postcard listing Chad's upcoming classes at his school next month. The back of the card is an anouncement for the seminar for March of 2020, where Jim will be presenting.
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    Good job Mike.. !
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    Nicely done. You didn't come off as the least bit nervous and you injected a little humor into what is obviously a pretty dry topic.
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    I'll stand on Marc's head for him.
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    And while they're answering the door, set their phone's text tone to a doorbell. . .
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    thanks for the information. However, I think we have to be mindful about the topic. Insurance coverage and legal indemnification are not synonymous. I am sure you agree that everyone must read and understand what their coverage is and establish a good working relationship with there insurer. Thanks for your input on this board, we all have learned "stuff" from your participation!
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    Thanks Stephanie. that was an educational post!
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    three, four, two, one Three is "frame-able" nice
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    I called Northern Propane. The gal on the phone was very helpful. I gave her the model number and she said she'll make a call and get back to me. She got back to me in about 5 minutes. Although Empire does not currently stock the kit I want for that model, they are making one for me. Orifices, parts to modify the gas valve and written instructions are on the way. $86 I'm happy because the instructions for installation and flame adjustment will be helpful I think.
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    Hey, I did that show in college.
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    Hmm... 1942? Military base housing perhaps?? (I don't find buildings built in 1942 around Boston... though a few near the coast may have been)... I'd suggest they make sure the cementitious composite was tested for asbestos-content just to be sure... Exactly where was this property?
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    This is one rare circumstance where the ASHI Reporter article is correct. With Watts, it's easy. They print that information, almost verbatim, on the little yellow tag attached to every TPR valve. I usually just snap a picture of it. With Cash Acme, it's a bit harder. I wrote to them and they sent me a response, which I quote to anyone who cares. They gave me permission to share that response:
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    The house was built by morons. If the parts that you can see look like this, imagine what's going on in the parts that you can't see. Find another house. And while you're at it, find another inspector - one who's not illiterate.
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    I think India uses the Britiish IET regulations. 😁
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    I take 400 or so pictures at each inspection too. Sometimes I like to take several different angles of a particular problem so that it can be better explained. Many of them make the report, but nowhere near all. I use the hand signals and establishing photo as my notes as well. It costs nothing extra and takes very little time. I'd rather have too many pictures instead of too few.
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    That's a standard Humbolt crack gauge. I used to get them in bulk when I first started. They also had a different kind that wrapped around a corner. Haven't used them in years. I used a crayon to mark the date next to them. That way you could chart movement over time. If that one was installed correctly, it's showing 2mm of rotation. Without a date, that information isn't particularly helpful, though. Try to find out when it was installed, and how often it's been checked since then. Sometimes they show cyclical movement with changes in the seasons.
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    A tough job, but somebody had to do it. 😄
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    Once you have one or two dents, it might just be cheaper to replace the thing after junior grows up than to build an elaborate net to try to limit further damage.
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    I understand its benefit in this case, but, man, that's a crappy IR image.
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    I could show you a brand new 16,000 square foot house with leaks like that at every balcony. Solution is to repaint the ceiling and open another bottle.
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    I just don't know how else to put this, That is why I posted in bold! There is no such thing as an emergency load only when you are transferring all circuits. I meant its right there in black and white.. If a automatic switch is installed the generator must be able to run every thing that is connected to it or have load management installed. It seams the only other people that understand this issue are people on the electrical boards and a hand full of city inspectors.. Here is what i will do let me do a load calculation sheet and show you why you can not run a all electric house on a 20kw gen set and it meet the code requirements with out installing load shedding. I wold expect you to grasp this quick Marc. I never said the generator has to put out 200A.. If your load cal calls for 150A then you need a 38kw gen set 150A*240V=36000W plus 2kw for safety. If you load call calls for 125A then you need 32kw gen set. If no house used over 100A then no one would have 200A and 400A service going to the house. A 20kw gen set is just about the right size for a house with a 100A service. If the generator you selected does not meet 702.4 "2011 code book" Full load rule then it must be the load management rule. If it does not meet nether one then it is installed in non-compliance to the code. This rule is not for the ones that know hay I cant run every thing in the house when I am on generator power.. It is for the idiots that sue McDonalds because the coffee was hot! Sam
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    In the old days, these problems would inspire unique solutions for each system. Today, the inverters that convert photovoltaic DC to AC are listed as "utility interactive." They need to see the signal from the utility and synchronize to its frequency. When it isn't there they shut down. There is no danger to the utility from a utility-interactive inverter. For the same reason, a backfed circuit breaker from a utility-interactive inverter does not require a locking mechanism to hold it in place. If you pulled it out of the panel, the breaker jaws would no longer be live; the inverter will shut down. With other backfed breakers, you would have a tiger by the tail. Very large arrays can cause issues with a utility because of increased short-circuit current. Small ones don't have that problem.
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    Hi All, It never hurts to read as much as you can about a given subject. Fluke Corporation has established their own thermal imaging blog. Check it out and when your done, if you complete their survey, you can enter to win a fluke laser distance meter. ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!! Mike
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    Never joined any association, too much chest thumping, but if a new association were to be formed up among the TIJ membership, I'd jump at a chance to belong. Marc
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