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Chad Fabry

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  1. I am grateful to Impaler of Horizons for reviving this thread. I'm writing a course on report writing and this provides fodder. In spite of my gratitude, I cannot help but think, Impaler of Horizons? WITAF is that all about? We're home inspectors, pretty much any nom de guerre will suffice. May I suggest Bruce?
  2. It's a sad state of affairs when one has to settle for "doesn't suck".
  3. I'm presenting at KREIA this fall and I need to do 3 hours on report writing. Truthfully, I could probably find enough material in my own reports (both good and bad) to use, but it'd be way better if some of you shared a report or two with me. I have a lot of confidence in this group's abilities and skills. I will cleanse your content and redact any identifying information for both you and your clients. If you would, please send them to me chad@structuresmart.com If you think it's too much trouble, think about about me... I have to read home inspection reports from people who are likely to be better writers than me.
  4. I've seen that video 5 or 6 times before. I watched it again. There is something elegant about large mass rotating in almost friction-less babbet bearings.
  5. I don't dislike this flashlight. I hate this flashlight. It gets hot- uncomfortably hot. It has a single button for all functions. To turn it on, you have to hold the button for exactly 1/2 of a second and then release it. Then you have to cycle up through 5 steps to full brightness. If you hold the button for 6/10's of a second when you try to turn it on, the light goes to strobe. Twice, I've had to re-boot it by disconnecting the battery to get it to work. Oddly, the claimed 1600 lumens is drowned out by the 1,000 lumens of my UC35. The only redeeming features are its small size and the magnetic charging.
  6. Does one have to talk dirty to achieve this?
  7. One recovers refrigerant to a recovery tank, not to the virgin tank. When I was in the automotive business, I never used the recovered product because there was no assurance of purity. I sold it to a recycler. Unless you know for sure what's in your guy's tank, I'd be slow to ask for recovered product.
  8. I meant a plastic web to join the two 2x3's together.
  9. There has to be a better way to join the two studs together. I'm positive a plastic web could be employed to provide the same strength at a fraction of the cost.
  10. When I was a kid, a friend and I stuffed a 16 hp engine into a suspensionless mini bike. We had to drill a hole in the seat to install the spark plug. Following an unfortunate incident, we added padding to isolate the spark plug from the seated rider. Luckily, my friend was later able to father children.
  11. Government licensing is no assurance of quality. It equalizes all license holders in the eyes of consumers. If you think a government agency knows the difference between a tee and a wye, you're naive. Licensing makes it legal to do what is otherwise illegal. Plumbing, therefore, is illegal where it is required for plumbers to be licensed. The IRC and the IBC take care of the issue at hand.
  12. I'm betting the engine is a Wisconsin AKN. Cast iron w/ ball bearing mains.
  13. The fact that tile can be removed is proof positive that it wasn't properly installed. One cannot remove a properly installed tile in one piece. If the tile are 12x12 or larger, the ASTM standard includes back buttering and a 1/2" trowel.
  14. Turn on the breaker. If that's not it, by-pass the floor sensor.
  15. I buy lights because I want them, not because I need them. I've been using the same 2 UC35 Fenix for 6 years or so. No failures.
  16. I just ordered a new flashlight. It's a Fenix E30R. Magnetic USB charging connection, waterproof, really small, good run time and weighs very little. 1600 lumens, $63.96 after you enter fenixusa20 as a discount code.
  17. I have a little school in NY. The folks that pass through my doors have nothing but contempt for AHIT and I'm always shocked at their thorough lack of knowledge. Free schools know exactly what they're worth. I used to present for Kaplan- with any curriculum I suspect there is a great deal of difference between presenters. The Kaplan presentations were OK but left the presenter the challenge of expanding the conversation well beyond the slide content to include the necessary additional information for the student. I watched a lot of presenters also include plenty of inspection folklore and misconceptions. The schools are most valuable as tool to provide a window to see you don't know. Then, it's up to you to go out and get your real education. Until you have an excellent grasp of the profession, stay away facebook forums and association forums; they're populated almost entirely of misinformation. Take your schooling, hang out here and read everything that isn't written by home inspectors. Stick to materials written by actual subject matter experts. There are a few exceptions: Electrical Inspections of Existing Dwellings and anything Code Check . Not surprisingly, those resources are excellent and written by the same authors..
  18. This is a little embarrassing. The dates are actually March 20-22nd. Friday, Saturday, Sunday Jerry, I'm almost positive that I will sit this one out. I have no desire to follow or open for Kibbel or Katen. I'll arrive with 8 hours ready as a back-up plan. But hopefully, I'll be able to watch and learn. We have one speaker tentatively scheduled- I've been to several of his presentations and he's very smart and just as entertaining. Waiting on a quote from two of the most respected individuals in the building science and energy conservation categories. Once we decide on a final line-up, we'll put it up here.
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