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Chad Fabry

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  1. Thanks for the input. I'll watch for it in the future. 14/2/2. Got it.
  2. This is new to me. I was inspecting a one-year old home to confirm the owner's suspicions that it was a piece of crap. (it was). the panel is wired with NM. There are two consecutive, single pole breakers, one with a red wire, one with a black wire. No handle tie. In my head, I was already writing a blurb about the missing tie for a MWBC or a 240 circuit. The legend says the breakers feed garage lighting and exterior receptacles. The breakers supply an NM cable that has a black, red, two neutrals and a ground. I haven't ever seen it before. The lesson for me is to never assume. It's the leftist? most left? on the left? cable in the photo.
  3. I don't often disagree with you, but in this case, I do. I tell clients general price ranges. I'm pretty confident about price ranges for most common issues from HVAC through roofing. I suppose you could be coy when your client asks, "how much will that water heater cost?". I choose to just tell them.
  4. 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".
  5. That's Fantastic! We're going to make this a *thing*.
  6. I'll check the conference center rates. If you have course ID#s, that's great. If not, I just need an outline to submit to the State.
  7. That place is awesome! We've stayed at historic hotels in Buffalo, but somehow we've missed this one. It takes a while for me to get all the approvals necessary from NY. If you're serious, ( and I hope you are) send me a couple course outlines and I'll get the paperwork going. It'll be an extravaganza!
  8. My ladders aren't like that and it would bother me if they were. I have an aversion to falling because my equipment failed. I see a lot of guys who don't set their ladders up at the correct angles- they're way too horizontally. Aluminum doesn't like being bent and, for the ladder to be over extended at it's center pivot, something got bent. It doesn't matter what we say- send the photos to Little Giant and ask for their opinion. I'm sure they've tested dozens of ladders to failure.
  9. I agree about "an historian". It's clunky. The problem with me lecturing is I run out of stuff I know in about 8 minutes.
  10. I inspected a Greek Revival house last week to provide the owners with a repair/ restoration strategy. It had the following combinations, and as best I could tell, they were all original. Mill straight sawn joists Hewn beams Cut nails but screws w/o gimlet point ( so pre 1835-ish) Riven lath Milled floorboards Balloon frame with 2x6 studs bearing directly on the foundation supporting a 6x10 beam under the 4x4 rafters on 30-inch centers It's a weird combination of materials and techniques for this area- by my estimate for them all to come together it must have been built almost exactly 1828-1830. Balloon framing with riven lath is something I've never seen. It's the only pre-1840 house I've seen w/ balloon framing. The framers must have been leading edge folks.
  11. Is there another plausible explanation that includes the rat dying there of free choice? As an AHJ, I condemned a house after a small fire because the people inside had been using buckets for toilets. Both toilets were broken (and full to the seats). I guess using a bucket isn't all that bad, but when thy used buckets and just got new buckets as the buckets were filled- that's where I really have to draw a line. 11 full buckets. 55 gallons of poop. I shit you not.
  12. I don't think there is a requirement that the switch be *in* the room. E3903.2 Habitable Rooms At least one wall switch-controlled lighting outlet shall be installed in every habitable room and bathroom. [210.70(A)(1)] I don't know when the wall-switched lighting outlet rule was put into effect.
  13. John, The explosive force of at least 125 PSI paired with a structurally compromised vessel that has a lot of square inches of surface area adds up to an undesirable outcome. I was filling a split rim truck tire assembly in 2001- the split rim broke at 65 PSI. The force of the resulting explosion ruined the tire cage and rocketed two, foot-long pieces of the ring through a twelve inch block wall. I am convinced that had I been filling the assembly sans cage I and a few employees would have been killed.
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