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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.
  2. 4 points
    a pleasant reminder of my good sense in divorcing my first wife.
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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?
  6. 3 points
    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.
  7. 3 points
    In California, toothpaste causes cancer. So does the box that it comes in. This concludes my rant.
  8. 3 points
    I spend a lot of time in the Southeast, so I can translate. At an inspection last week, Jim discovered an outpouring of many problems, right from the start. Jim advised his client that he could abort the inspection and would only have to pay for Jim's time to that point. 10 minutes later, the client asked Jim to discontinue, payed a reduced fee and Jim later issued a letter the client could use to terminate the purchase agreement.
  9. 2 points
    Horrible state to live in, but Chicago is wonderful. . .
  10. 2 points
    Damn. Now I have to review my company's safety protocols for romaine lettuce.
  11. 2 points
    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.
  12. 2 points
    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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    I guess after the first few misses it didn't really matter.
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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.
  21. 2 points
    I didn't know that McDonald was still manufacturing cats.
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    I found this in the basement of a home built in 1880. It was not live, but I had to check to be sure. Perhaps some see this all the time, but it was new to me. I guess the meter-person had to knock on the door and come in to get the reading.
  23. 2 points
    I've been on a mission and I think I have found the manufacture source of the "binding post". Link will take you to the website for the catalog from Bunnell Telegraphic and Electrical catalog with a suggested published date of 1901. Image is from the page relating to the "binding posts" the seem to be quite similar to Katen's image. http://www.telegraph-history.org/bunnell-tel-elec-catalog/index.html
  24. 1 point
    three, four, two, one Three is "frame-able" nice
  25. 1 point
    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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    nice! I especially like the woman's leg.
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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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    The clients are wrong and the realtor is either a greenhorn or on meds. However, you could offer to return to the condo and measure it for an hourly fee. Maybe learn to combine appraisals with inspections, why not?
  32. 1 point
    Whoa, harsh stuff here. That poor old drill press.
  33. 1 point
    I always get really nervous when meeting inspectors that know more than I do. (that would be most inspectors) Enjoyed the company, the dinner and the trip. I am sooooooo poor that Katen had to pick up my check! Thanks Jim. I was really a rose between two thorns. Meeting other inspectors is my favorite thing about this job. I am blessed.
  34. 1 point
    Hey, I had a great time and I'm glad that you enjoyed the PacificNorthwest. Those redwoods really are awe-inspiring. . .
  35. 1 point
    ...that'll look good on this? Bill K. Heritage Building Inspections
  36. 1 point
    I don't think that feature was ever enabled, unless it was deactivated from abuse. I have just enabled it (don't know how I figured that out). Click on your name, top left. From the menu, select Account Settings In the left column of your settings page, select Signature.
  37. 1 point
    I'll see your crawlspace and raise you an open sewer pipe.
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    Here's what I found at yesterdays inspection. Some ugly, some not so ugly.
  40. 1 point
    I think it might have been Andy Dufresne's old house.
  41. 1 point
    I would call it a design flaw. Someone focused on cooking could step off into space. It can be fixed, but the seller is not obliged to do it for the buyer. It's been said before, there is no code to protect people from stupid.
  42. 1 point
    When Momma is cooking Thanksgiving dinner and using all the burners and the oven at the same time, a breaker tripping or wire overheating can be a big inconvenience.
  43. 1 point
    three is nice. two not so much. one is interesting, but chaotic
  44. 1 point
    Nice video... that guy's little keyer-rig is not heavy enough... The one I have is a cast-iron monster... as my Italian grandmother would have said.. "She no move.. " ... it's 100% mechanical...
  45. 1 point
    GE was a big name then, in Canada as well. But there was no free trade, so they built factories in Toronto, Montreal and maybe West of there as well. I like that one, but it is dwarfed by some of your others. Cheers.
  46. 1 point
    These are Elm tree stumps and parts that the builder buried on my property in 1960 when the house was built. The cross street is named "Old Elm". They were discovered when I was having a curtain drain installed in 2011.
  47. 1 point
    I still use a candle and a bit of tin foil.
  48. 1 point
    It looks like "flux induced corrosion". Plumber didn't wipe the joints.
  49. 1 point
    With the single exception of looking for minor current on water pipes, I can't imagine a situation where a home inspector would need to be able to measure milliamps. And even that exception is pushing it. If you're going to use it on the job it'll be for testing the operation of heating elements in water heaters, amp draw at compressors, operation of electric furnace/heat pump elements, and for more in-depth testing of receptacles than you can do with a three-light tester. That's all pretty crude work. You don't need anything more precise than a tenth of an amp and you don't need true RMS. Any of the baseline meters from the major manufacturers will be fine. I started using a lot of UEI equipment because they were headquartered here and I could stop in for free repairs that were done while I watched. After a while, I just got to really like them. Sperry & GB are fine. It's hard to go wrong with Fluke. Like point & shoot cameras, it doesn't really make a whole lot of difference.
  50. 1 point
    David, why are you selling your Ti32?
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