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Chad Fabry

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Chad Fabry last won the day on October 19

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  1. Liability Insurance

    Like Tom, I was buying insurance from Slack and RLI. It was cheap- less than $300 for a million in liability. Now I pay twice that much- I changed for two reasons: 1) I wasn't feeling warm and fuzzy about actually having coverage because the policy is intended for inspectors like insurance adjusters, it didn't say "building inspector" or "home inspector". 2) They wouldn't name an additional insured and it cost me money because builders won't let you on site to perform phase inspections unless you name them as additional insured parties. New construction phase inspections pay $350 per visit so it makes sense for me to buy insurance that gets me on site. My carrier is Dryden Mutual. It's a very good policy-2 million in coverage for $670
  2. Granulated Mod Bit or 90 Lb Felt

    Looks like crappy rolled roofing. Wait. That's redundant.
  3. Light Fixture Problem

    If the fixture with a long-lasting bulb is first, it may have a compromised neutral connection and the filament in the second fixture is carrying that current back.
  4. Light Fixture Problem

    Is one fixture directly below the elephant pen? Is the fixture that burns the bulbs first or second in the circuit?
  5. Use issues vs code ones

    If there's a sleeping area, an eating area with provisions to cook, a pooping area and they all meet the minimum area standards set forth in code, it's a dwelling unit. I think this is the first time I've ever disagreed with anything you've written. It'd be a bad scene if someone burned to death (gassed, electrocuted, et al) while living/ sleeping in the space after you (eloquently)said it was OK. The AHJ sees the liability of being the person to write the letter you wrote and he/she realizes that indemnification won't save his ass if he's negligent in his duty. He should insist that the property owner modify the premises such that the space does not meet the definition of a dwelling unit. Then he should demand that all construction performed w/o a permit be brought to the applicable standard that was in place at the time of construction.
  6. Holes in Radon Pipe

    plumber bees
  7. Hold my beer

    I'm pretty sure that compressed air means 3500 PSI of nitrogen.
  8. Damaged wiring insulation repair

    You're hilarious. Home inspectors are notorious for ignoring our own advice... and common sense. Put some shrink tube on it, do a Hail Mary thingy and move on.
  9. Hold my beer

  10. Use issues vs code ones

    Responding from my phone, so please pardon my brevity. Call it what it is, include the fact that there may not be adequate fire separation. Inspect to a standard that was in place at the time the construction was performed. There is no tight wire per se, it is what it is, there is a way to make it conforming. That said, the solution may not be palatable for the owner. Clearly the use matters to how the building is built, but the zoning matters as to whether or not the use is allowed.
  11. I believe the author has an adequate technical skill-set. Still, the text was difficult to follow. The photo layout is confusing and it was difficult to figure out which photo went with specific comments. I'm a fan of tying text to photos with arrows originating at the text and ending by pointing to the issue in the photo. Lately, I've been using more text boxes in the photo with less narrative outside the photo. Kurt called it "cartoon style" because of the text bubbles. He was/ is a proponent of fewer words and better pictures with short bursts of text. I think it's OK to say just once at the end of the section; "Have an electrician fix these issues and any others he or she may find." I think it's OK to have just one disclaimer either in the contract or at the beginning or end of the report. Disclaimers at each section , or worse, after each comment are a distraction. Yes. 120/240, not 110/220 to and too- please use them correctly. "Outside, the installer used wire that's rated to be used inside only. Replace the wire with a product or method approved for wet locations and exposure to sunlight." "The outbuilding main panel is mounted on a pole" Is it a service disconnect or a disconnect /*subpanel*? Are the out-building and garage the same thing? The hot tub disconnect photo is labeled as the outbuilding sub-panel The photos are much too small to be meaningful. The illustration of a panel showing the bonding strap is too esoteric to be helpful to a lay- person. I truly dislike the checklist and room-by- room canned comments I'm hoping Jim Katen will take a few minutes to share his thoughts.
  12. A colleague asked me to review the electrical section of a recent report. I asked permission to share it here. It was a pdf and had all the company info so I copied the contents to a Word doc. The guts are there but it looked better as an original. Please chime in with constructive comments.for review.docx
  13. S-trap in new construction

    Yes, S Trap. Well, P traps improperly installed to create an S trap. Clearly not a "career" plumber (or municipal inspector)
  14. Just a couple photos

    The first photo is behind the counter of a local ice cream stand. The next two- I scored a new, in-the-box Federal Pacific panel with all the hardware for the display at Inspector Central. I have a fully wired, as originally installed, Bulldog with circuit taps on the bus bar and a fully wired FPE as well. Douglas built a board of horrors out of plexiglass for ITA - it was pretty cool because you could see things were wired wrong and the three light testers showed all was well. If anyone has one of those kicking around, I'll buy it.
  15. Dun, kaput, washed up

    Good luck to you, friend. We know you won't be a stranger.