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  1. T'was 6 days before Christmas, and all through the town, people wore masks, that covered their frown. The frown had begun way back in the spring when a global pandemic changed everything. They called it corona, but unlike the beer, It didn’t bring good times, it didn’t bring cheer. Airplanes were grounded, travel was banned. Borders were closed across air, sea, and land. As the world entered lockdown to flatten the curve, the economy halted, and folks lost their nerve. From March to July we rode the first wave, people stayed home, they tried to behave. When summer emerged the lockdown wa
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  2. A new one for me; 1950 era window latch. Allows for latching while sash is partially raised.
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  3. 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
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  4. Challenge accepted in 36 words: Serious concerns include non-viable floor framing, major heating and air conditioning problems, too many roof layers, no crawlspace access, and inadequate attic access. I can't perform a diligent review without access to these critical areas. Lesson learned: Prepositions can be a huge waste of words.
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  5. This scary face rose out of the garlic patch.
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  6. It rings like bullshit.
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  7. You've got to be a millennial. Asbestos fibers are not good to breathe. But at the level that you're talking about there is essentially no risk. Just live your life until you get the test results back. If there's asbestos in the sample, just use a regular old paint brush to put regular old paint over the scraped area. Your phone is a far greater threat to your health than the ceiling is.
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  8. At first I thought Jim, you're waxing poetic, Then saw it's a copy, but not 'til I'd read it, Beginning to end, Did he do that on purpose? No matter, it did bring some cheer to this carcass, Here's wishing y'all a Merry Olde Christmas! 😃
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  9. We were wondering whither the weather and whether it will be waxing, waning wintry, windy, wet, or what and where and when?
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  10. 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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  11. Let me translate. "I'm a link dropper from Kakinada, India and I copy & past useless stuff on forums so saps will pay me for website SEO".
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  12. There are dozens of issues with this house that could easily be resolved with a D9 Dozer. Brief enough?
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  13. I guess it wouldn't be kosher to use direct language we use among ourselves. This place is a pile of shit with blocked access. I can't and won't inspect it. Don't buy it.
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  14. For large openings. For small openings, stainless steel wool works great. The mice will not chew on it because it makes their fillings hurt.
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  15. I don't rent my receivables. Cash or check. No one complains. There are enough "costs of doing business" without having to pay to accept payment.
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  16. Maybe they should just charge exorbitant interest rates. Oh, wait. . .
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  17. I will see you berries and raise you a tomato sandwich.
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  18. The masonry chimney flue has become a chase for added vents, so they're not technically sharing a flue. The big problem is that's probably an uninsulated single-wall metal flue liner, so there's clearance issues to the PVC vent pipes. Also, the metal liner is not secured with a proper collar and the cap isn't attached with a proper fitting.
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  19. not that i'm aware of & recently verified by the ahj the day after my inspection on a new build here source: https://www.ecmweb.com/national-electrical-code/qa/article/20888229/code-qa The rules for securing and supporting Type MC cable can be found in Section 330.30 of the Code. The requirements can be summarized as follows: Type MC cable must be supported and secured by staples, cable ties, straps, hangers, or similar fittings, designed and installed so as not to damage the cable. Type MC cable, with four or less conductors sized no larger than 10 AWG, must be secur
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  20. 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?
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  21. This was an interesting find.
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  22. Trent's is WAY too big for me! I"m more of a small raised bed guy. Last year I donated over 1000 tomatoes and untold cucumbers to the homeless shelter from my little plot. Drip irrigation on a timer valve. Black plastic on the ground so I don't have to weed. Just plant, water and harvest. Did way to much weeding in my daddy's garden, which was even bigger than Trent's way back when I was a little one. God forbid he found weeds growing in your section of the garden.
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  23. <strike>Those lugs are not listed for two conductors. The installation is wrong.</strike> Edit: I should probably say that the likelihood of those lugs being listed for two conductors is remote in the extreme. Check the panel schematic to be sure. The wiring mess on the neutral terminal bar makes me suspect that the installer was not entirely competent.
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  24. It sure has been an unusual year for me. We worked with a completely different protocol, spent less time in the office, way more time in the field, and ended up with a slight gain in sales and revenue for 2020. I have been at this for several decades and chose 2020 as my last year to actively do inspections. The company remains with all the same people along with one more part-time inspector It will continue to grow and innovate. This year taught me that adversity comes in many forms; economy, virus, age, etc. Adversity does not always translate into less sales or money/profit
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  25. I write stab-locks and FPE panels with red on the breakers. I'm not so quick to write off everything else that's FPE, even though they're old.
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  26. Mia, Are you trying to drive yourself insane? If you find out that the sample you've taken contains asbestos what will you do - move out of your home never to return? I've got news for you. There is no place on the planet you can go to eliminate the risk of asbestos exposure. However, if you're so afraid that you're going to inhale asbestos fibers, go out and purchase a full face respirator with P100 filtration, wear it 24/7/365 and only take it off to eat. That won't get the asbestos out of your lungs that you've already inhaled, but it will prevent more from getting in there - except fo
    1 point
  27. A few thoughts: It doesn't matter if it's a buyer's agent or a seller's agent. They both get paid only when the deal closes. No closing, no money to the agent. That said, there are plenty of agents out there who are genuinely looking out for the best interest of their clients. If these agents are smart, they quickly learn the red flags that might indicate serious problems with the house and steer the clients to houses that have fewer red flags. I regularly work with such agents; they can spot serious defects just about as fast as I can. The trick to working with agents is to un
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  28. Geben sie einen kontext an. War das an einer wand? An einem fenster?
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  30. I don't see any need to change the size of the pulley, provided that the RPMs of old and new motors are the same. The smaller pulley for the higher horsepower is likely to take advantage of the extra horsepower by increasing the blower speed. I wouldn't go there. Make sure the 'frame size' and shaft diameter are the same for the new motor.
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  31. that took some serious 3B consideration bud & bayou brain-storming the bud could be liquid or horticultural variety ran crews in SBC in the '90s Joie de vivre
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  32. That's pretty much what I was saying. Same with roofing. I don't like adding layer after layer.
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  34. 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.
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  35. I still use this daily. It lives in the inside pocket of my vest. Once or twice a month, if there's a lot of screwing & unscrewing to do, I run out to the car and get the full-sized Dewalt. Otherwise, the Yankee does it all, the batteries never wear out, I never have to recharge it, and it's just as fast as the battery powered ones. Besides, I can lock it in the extended position and use it to test smoke alarms.
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  36. If you want to confirm that the float switch works, yes. If I wanted to check it, and the AC is already running, I'd just stick my screwdriver under the float (gently), come back later after I finish the attic inspection and touch the vapor refrigerant line (not too close to the evap coil) to see if it's still cold. It should warm up when the outdoor section goes off. Pull the screwdriver out, give it 30 seconds and it should become cold again.
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  38. I love writing. Not good at it, but still admire, respect and envy those that can do it. (read Jim Morrison). As far as changing or using a particular report or format goes, I have changed my mind over the years. I now think you can write a perfectly good report with just a few sentences. The deluge of 70+page boiler reports was a huge factor in my change of mind. I'll go so far as saying "99.999% of home inspection report are crap when viewed by other inspectors. My report is perfect! My report is bigger! My report can save lives! My report is for you and only you! You get the
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  39. Mad credit to @Jim Baird for posting this and inviting critique. Few among us would be so bold. Virtually no one enjoys push-ups or sit-ups, but great athletes accept they are necessary for peak performance. Here's an ungraded exercise you will not enjoy, but it will make you better writers: Jim's sentence is 78 words long. Rewrite it privately or publicly and convey everything he did more clearly and in half the words or fewer. Great writing is re-writing. Go.
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  40. Perhaps it's just an Oregon thing, but timers or humidistats have been required on bathroom exhaust fans for a least two code cycles.
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  41. very insightful. thanks for the reminder.
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  42. Down here nobody wants to hear how they do it up nawth.
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  44. That's a main-lug panel. In the trade it would be called an MLO (main lug only) panel. If you were to open it up and look inside, you'd probably see a schematic that said something like "listed for use as service equipment when using not more than 6 main breakers." *If* it's the service panel for a building and *if* it had 6 or fewer breakers, then it wouldn't need a main breaker. The tandems count as two breakers unless they have a handle-tie installed. My guess is that the panel was originally installed with 6 breakers and someone installed the tandems later - they don't match anyway.
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  45. Ok, I misunderstood. I thought you were asking about the combustion air intake for the furnace.
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  46. First of all, take that mold report, set it on the back stoop, and light it on fire. It's worse than useless to you for all the reasons SNations posted and more. Second forget every gosh darned thing that you've ever heard about mold; just about all of it is false. Now, repeat this mantra, "Mold is not the problem, it's the symptom." Next, hire a really good person to work with you to locate the source of the water that's allowing the mold to grow and fix that problem. Try this guy if he's close to you: http://www.almosthome.com/bio.htm Finally, don't put wall-to-wall carpet
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  47. Here's an idea: Instead of advising your inspectors to *never* exceed the standards, I suggest introducing the concept of "tactical exceedance." Begin by including a statement like this in the inspection agreement, "The inspector may occasionally exceed the standard of practice as a courtesy to the customer, who agrees that, in doing so, the inspector will not exceed the standard in every regard or in every instance." Or something like that. I'm sure that your lawyers can get the gist across. Then, inspectors can feel a bit more free to perform risk assessments to decide when
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