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Chad Fabry

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  1. 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.
  2. Turn on the breaker. If that's not it, by-pass the floor sensor.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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..
  6. 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.
  7. There's nothing there yet, but the conference URL is www.InspectorRoadshow.com
  8. Friends, clear your calendars: Jim Katen is presenting.
  9. I see split joists all the time. Maybe it's the difference between SYP and eastern white pine.
  10. We have the dates set- March 21-23 at Hotel Henry. Les, this going to be 24 hours of real education- zero fluff. Proving the commitment to quality, Bill Kibbel is on board. Speakers to be announced as they confirm.
  11. It looks like water is trapped on the discharge side of the valve. As you turn the screw clockwise it increases the volume on the discharge side so the pressure decreases- as the screw turns ccw, it reduces the volume there by increasing pressure
  12. "If it leaks slower than it evaporates from the rag, then it's an evaporative cooler." From the book, "Things Realtors Say".
  13. I think we can make the numbers work. Bill has contributed tons of ideas. Between us we contacted: Kenny Hart, Glen Mathewson, John Bouldin, Frank Woeste, Don Norman, Lstiburek and Joe Tedesco, I'd love to have Douglas Hansen if I can convince him to come. If you guys have any suggestions for presenters, please post them here and we'll consider them. The venue will provide 24 hours of ASHI, NY, MA, and by default, PA CEU's. Working on CT, NJ and OH. If there are vendors you'd like to come, share those thoughts. This is a chance to build the conference you want to attend. Room rates at the Henry are reduced to $130 with free parking. If we pull it off, the conference will provide breakfast, beverage service for the day(s), and a nice lunch. Tentatively planned for late February, early March 2020
  14. Thanks for the input. I'll watch for it in the future. 14/2/2. Got it.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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".
  18. That's Fantastic! We're going to make this a *thing*.
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