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Chad Fabry

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  1. 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.
  2. 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".
  3. That's Fantastic! We're going to make this a *thing*.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. They have excellent scrap value.I'd guess you're looking at nearly 3 bucks worth of stuff.If you take a half day and separate the metals, you'll net $5
  13. No. It's less powerful than any of my hand-held drills.
  14. We got back from Portland on Sunday night. We spent the first two days in Oregon in a little cottage on Netarts' Bay then we saw Oregon's biggest Sitka spruce with a trunk diameter of 15 feet. It was pretty darn fantastic. The next day we drove 6 hours one way to Jedediah Smith State Park in California to see the redwoods which were humbling, primordial and awe-inspiring. But between the two tree days, we had a wonderful dinner with Jim Katen and Les Van Alstine at Mother's Bistro. Jim was smart and funny. He also has an idea or two about how to get rich inspecting houses. Les was philosophic and spoke directly to my wife. (see the second photo) I couldn't always hear him but I think he was saying that he's already rich from inspecting houses. It was like a bonus that I got to see Don Norman and Charlie Sessums. And after 15 years, I was lucky to meet Mike O'Handley as well.
  15. Thanks, Jim. I appreciate the help! It'd be great to meet you. Maybe we (including Les) can get together for dinner on Friday the 8th?
  16. It's fine. The 100 amp breaker is just a switch. Nice to hear from you. Stop by and visit more.
  17. We'll be in Portland, Oregon for four days in early September. Anyone have some *must do* suggestions?
  18. Slicing/ shearing the end of a log like slicing bologna would be the first step to produce produce chips like those ... so would agressive cross grain planing.
  19. I'm considering applying for the position on the board. Have any of you done this in the past?
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