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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
    6 points
  2. Is this your first time looking at milled lumber? Everything in your pictures is perfectly normal. These are characteristics of lumber, which is a natural product that comes from large plants called "trees." The characteristics in your pictures are all taken into account when lumber is graded. The ugly things in the 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 14th pictures are old injuries to the tree that have scabbed over, probably from wind damage where limbs broke off. Don't worry about them. The lumber grader looked at them and said that they were fine for that grade of lumber.
    4 points
  3. A new one for me; 1950 era window latch. Allows for latching while sash is partially raised.
    3 points
  4. 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
    3 points
  5. 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.
    3 points
  6. This scary face rose out of the garlic patch.
    3 points
  7. 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.
    3 points
  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! 😃
    2 points
  9. We were wondering whither the weather and whether it will be waxing, waning wintry, windy, wet, or what and where and when?
    2 points
  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?
    2 points
  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".
    2 points
  12. There are dozens of issues with this house that could easily be resolved with a D9 Dozer. Brief enough?
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  16. Maybe they should just charge exorbitant interest rates. Oh, wait. . .
    2 points
  17. I will see you berries and raise you a tomato sandwich.
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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
    2 points
  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?
    2 points
  21. This was an interesting find.
    2 points
  22. <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.
    2 points
  23. Don't worry about it, Tantor. If this is the *big problem* in your life right now, you're doing better than most people on the planet. Be thankful that you have the privilege of obsessing over individual asbestos fibers.
    1 point
  24. In our area there was a time (now we're talking early 60's) when a university here was granted approval to reduce floor/ceiling concrete slab thickness by some measure (not sure exactly the difference) by spraying ceilings with popcorn containing asbestos. The reason had to do with fire rating. It only made sense past a certain threshold of scale. These were 6 to 10 storey high rise dormitories using large amounts of concrete. About 15 yrs after occupancy a student noticed a thin dusty film on the top of a drink in a cup. Analysis found the film was asbestos fiber that had drifted
    1 point
  25. That's exactly what it looks like. But I've walked on a lot of hot roofs and never had tabs do that when I was walking on them. Maybe the crew was getting down to Chubby Checker or something.
    1 point
  26. That I'm a social animal and need contact with other humans, outside my household, on a regular basis to maintain my mental capacities.
    1 point
  27. I'm not impressed with any of them. I use Word.
    1 point
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  29. 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
  30. I was told this building had the first open cage elevator in Chicago. 1893. It is still hand operated.
    1 point
  31. Here's a little video of it at work. https://d2y5sgsy8bbmb8.cloudfront.net/v2/1bd2e631-c6b1-5cc0-8b54-28e9e1047868/ShortForm-Generic-480p-16-9-1409173089793-rpcbe5.mp4
    1 point
  32. very insightful. thanks for the reminder.
    1 point
  33. comm gig this week they obviously missed the memo
    1 point
  34. A typical TPRV drain here is the white plastic type, plain old PVC. On a tank heater, the drain squirts into a pan under the tank. Then the pan should have a drain pipe to the exterior or to a perimeter drain. 3/4" PEX would be undersized in comparison to the ready-made thin-wall PVC, I think. Y'all know this but when lurkers come here to learn, they learn good.😄
    1 point
  35. One of the first jobs I used the FLIR C3 was a 1946 Cape with multiple additions... through the fifties and sixties.. The LA said.. "you're gonna love this one... it's all electric heat.. some is in the floor and some in the ceiling and I have no idea which is which.. " The C3 solved it easily and made a huge impression on those present...
    1 point
  36. Your concern for which appliance is going to draw exhaust is backwards.
    1 point
  37. The cheapies are only good for radiant heat and the client thinks I'm cool to have thermal imaging. A plus is when scanning old upright cast iron radiators I can see if they are mostly filled with air and need to be bled.
    1 point
  38. A tandem breaker is one throw. Do you have a picture of the panel with the cover off?
    1 point
  39. That's only Canadian water. It's metric.
    1 point
  40. Letter D at the end of Distance to complete 3 words: Bored (a triple word score), He, and Distanced. 42 points.
    1 point
  41. Jim has again demonstrated his writing skill. I like Torrey and hope he sticks around to help with finance issues!
    1 point
  42. If it's like here, it only applies to roofers when there is an emergency with a roof that needs fixing - it doesn't allow you to accept a new job if/when there is nothing about the old roof that's considered to be an emergency/life threatening. There is a Facebook site called Washington Home Inspectors where inspectors who are ignoring the governor's order are trying very hard to parse the governor's declaration in such a way as to allow them to ethically violate the law and perform inspections. Myself and others have told them repeatedly in no unvarnished terms to STAY THE F**K HOME
    1 point
  43. Hi, The white powdery substance you are seeing is mineral salts caused by a chemical reaction between the acids in the exhaust gases and the zinc contained in the galvanized pipe used for the single-walled vent connector. To make that relatable, think battery post corrosion in your engine compartment. That length of single-walled pipe from the collar allows those exhaust gases to cool, get heavier and slow down way too early. When that happens, the gas cools to dewpoint and condenses on the inner walls of the vent somewhere above the connection between the single-walled connector and
    1 point
  44. I like it. Inspired even! Thanks for sharing
    1 point
  45. too bland to enjoy. unless you have seen a bizillion a/c lines.
    1 point
  46. Well, it's not sexy, but spelling is important. An occasional typo is no big deal, but nothing in your boilerplate should be misspelled and you should never misspell construction terms that might not be part of the customers' vocabulary; when they go to look them up, they'll be baffled. There's just no excuse for a report that talks about "rusting lentils" and "lathe & plaster." It makes you look like a dumb hick. (And if there's more than one furnace, don't call one of them the "principle furnace" unless it has high moral standards.) I'd also focus on getting rid of what I call "mu
    1 point
  47. 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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