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  1. 3 points
    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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    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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    Heck, I'm in. Fer sure. . . Mitenbuler, wanna go with me?
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    Good job Mike.. !
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    Everything sounds good. I would really like to convince Mike Twitty and Jim Katen to both attend and present. I envision this entire event as a very congenial exchange of information in the form of education. Everyone should leave their ego at the door and be prepared to be amazed! As you know I have unconventional ideas as to what constitutes education and testing. Recall the old days when we talked about a Travelin' circus of inspectors. Several times I started to put together a symposium of home inspectors and never finished it. One concept I feel strongly about is this should not be a simple rehash of other venues and presenters. Please add me to the communication between you and Bill.
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    I'll stand on Marc's head for him.
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    Is he sure? The new exterior LED fixtures have no sockets, just little flat LED disks that might look like "nothing" until you turn on the light. And if it's daytime, the lights might not even work if they have daylight sensors.
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    I'm seeing so many big holes in such a small area as to call for a "Don't Tread on Me" banner.
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    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.
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    What happened the third and fourth times?
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    I've had lots of customers who didn't attend the inspection and several who have never even seen the house. All of them provided me with a signed contract well in advance of the inspection. *Anyone* buying a house has already had to sign several documents before even calling for an inspection. They can manage to sign an inspection agreement as well.
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    Foreign buyers leave it up to their realtor on this side to take care of the inspection, and sometimes they don't even come to see the house. Even so, the best advice is to refuse to inspect until the contract is read and signed by the buyer. It is even more important to get that signature when you don't meet the buyers face-to-face.
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    Thanks Stephanie. that was an educational post!
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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 John, I agree with Bill, but would have no problem broaching the orifice. You know what I learned from your post? I spell orifice wrong 99% of the time!
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    Yeah, that seems about right. Ok. On the subject of cost. A Parrot Anafi would do the job very well for about $650 on sale. Autel EVO for around $850. Both are stable in winds, and the EVO will fly in light rains. These are certainly options. Taking a closeup shot series at 12MP or higher will reveal plenty when you can’t, or won’t, go on a roof. Safety comes before any inspection report. You get no awards for risking your life.
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    Erby, my first read of your comment was "autistic eye". Mike sees thing we look at.
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    I hear this all the time, and I always tell people that it's a bad idea. Here's why: You have a 1940s basement that was never designed and built to be waterproof. Attempting to make it waterproof now will suck a lot of money from your wallet, might or might not work, and could cause unforeseen consequences - such as damage to your foundation. It's a recipe for disappointment and unhappiness. My best advice: Align your expectations with the reality that you have a 1940s basement. Maintain your gutters and downspouts, direct all downspout water well away from the house, adjust the grade in your yard so that the soil slopes away from the house for at least 10', and finish your basement in such a way that occasional water entry won't damage any finishes.
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    Hey, I did that show in college.
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    Well, I agree that all of those things are "cost estimates," but I also think it's critical that we provide a customer with some notion of the expense associated with these repairs. As you said, the first thing that they ask is, "how much?" The fact that everyone asks the same thing tells you something about what our customers need from us. If I don't know what something will cost, I say so. If I have a good idea of what it'll cost, I also say so. People have always appreciated this and no one has ever expressed the least dissatisfaction with my honest opinions. I'm still waiting to see the hard & fast legal requirement that forbids providing this information. No, the insurance company doesn't get to dictate it. Where's the enforcible law? If it's important, shouldn't it be easy to find?
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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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    Spendy Costly Expensive There goes your vacation plans Your kid was probably going to drop out of college anyway Whatever it takes to convey the gravity of the situation.
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    The west foundation wall is bowed inward 2-1/2 inches at it's center. The sump pump worked when I lifted the float. The central support beam is energized with 120 VAC. Without descriptive text to inform the client about the topic in each of the sentences, the client hasn't been informed of anything. Of course you should say things like, "that'll be expensive". Tom Raymond says, "spendy".
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    Les (Mr. Smooth) shows up and steals all the women. I'd really like to see this building - an excellent story of preservation/adaptive reuse. I also want to see Buffalo. Dad was born and raised there and started his engineering career at Becco Chemicals. Grandpa Kibbel was a plumber at Niagara Hydroelectric. I just recently discovered my Great Grandfather was the plumbing inspector for Buffalo for about 25 years. He also taught advanced plumbing and heating and wrote a book on plumbing. It turns out I've already read his articles in The Journal of Plumbing and Heating and Mechanical Contracting and Plumbing including the article I read decades ago that really helped me understand gravity hot water heating.
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    I've met you. Is that possible?
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    I had came across with this issue. I would suggest that you should hire a professional bed bug exterminator service.
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    As much as I'd like to participate in some Facebook groups, I find that Facebook just rubs my fur the wrong way. After more than a few minutes, I've got to close it and go breathe some fresh air. I'd love to hear more from John & Michael, but it's not going to happen on Facebook. . .
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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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    How does a shim know whether it's a piece or scrap wood or not? Marc
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    So what I have gleaned from this is; If pool items are not bonded the possible results could be Death! If pool items are bonded it might cost the person some extra $$ to prevent Death! Kind of a no brainier. I don't think you will ever get in trouble for recommending all pool items need to be properly bonded.
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