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  1. There are standards set by the Tile Council of America (TCA). The local adopted Building Code will probably have a chapter on Accessibility which may direct the reader to CABO/ANSI 117.1. The IRC may as well. CABO/ANSI 117.1 has a section on ground and floor surfaces. I'd look at these three. The TCA would definitely apply but only as an industry standard, not an enforced code. A
  2. "Why am I here.jpg" Well, that explains the fire streaking... A
  3. The Cover page prohibits me giving you the PDF. However there is a lot of contact information included on the page: Published by - TLPCA/TBLP 1615 W. Abram, Suite 101 Arlington, Texas 76013 817-461-0676 Fax 817-461-0686 Texas Watts: 1-800-441-2507 E-Mail: tlpca@aol.com Web Site: www.tlpca.org
  4. Another good resource that is free is the Texas Lathing and Plastering Association (TLPCA) website www.tlpca.org. They have a PDF manual which is a great resource for both stucco and EIFS installations. A
  5. I agree with all of the aforementioned. One thing to add, you'll usually see some form of asphalt paper or moisture retarder on the outside of the gyp sheathing -even though the gyp is moisture resistant.
  6. Some clarification: the swing-up outer panel blew off. The face plate, held in place by screws, remained. I did not see it blow off, I only saw it afterward. Well, it wasn't energized when I screwed the one small screw into the bottom of the face plate -otherwise I prob would not be posting this ! That screw was a wide-diameter, machine screw, prob no longer than 3/8 inch. I don't remember it going into the panel housing very deep at all. Looking back at the original photo that I posted, doesn't the dual 40 amp breaker look out of position? A
  7. I'm not a home inspector, but thought that I'd suggest an idea to those of you who are, that might enable you to increase your business somewhat. I'm currently selling my house in Dallas. I've only lived in the house for two years, and now the Seller's Disclosure requires the seller to disclose all reports received in the past four years. When I bought the house, I had a home inspector inspect and produce a report, and the sellers disclosure required me to disclose it. Fortunately, I referred to that report when getting the house ready to list and it provided a really good road map for
  8. When he touched the housing he got a hell of a shock and it blew the front panel off the housing! I don't think that he would have touched it if I hadn't photographed it a few days prior... Pardon my ignorance, but do you mean the metal-tipped testers with the red bulb that lights when touching a surface carrying current (resembling a screwdriver) ? A
  9. Now I understand. Thank you. A
  10. At my former job in Dallas (Forensic Engineering company) our Cert. Industrial Hygienist (CIH) recommended motorized vents on timers to evacuate the crawlspace because of high moisture from the sump effect. What made that house unique was that we actually measured a dead air area where a bunch of large ducts bordered an area and essentially blocked nearly all air movement. Of course, that was where the mold found a happy home. One nice item to mention though. In this area of town homes are VERY nice and all the crawlspaces are at least 30" high with plastic vapor retarders from the gr
  11. Update: I had the house inspected and guess what the inspector found? The panel is energized and not grounded!!! (can you say "back away slowly...") Needless to say, that contract is terminated and we're looking at an alternate property now. The homeseller had the gall to ask me what the big deal was and that a "home shield warranty" would cover it. The house had plenty of other concerns, active termites in the garage being a main one. I don't think I've ever felt so good about cratering a deal that fast before. I just want to pass along an easy example of the value inspectors brin
  12. [Warning, amateur alert] So are those bare ground wires grounded or what? It almost looks like they brush up against the left neutral bar, which is jumpered over to the right neutral bar, which is connected at the green screw to a thick, striped sheathed, grounding wire which disappears in the middle of the photo to god knows where....still with me? Dazed and confused. A
  13. Ah, a great opportunity to place my neck on the block! Some fundamental points: 1. The grade in a crawlspace is lower than the exterior surrounding grade, therefore a crawlspace is essentially a large sump, and moisture will naturally migrate from the surrounding grade (planting beds, etc) into the crawlspace. 2. Moisture will migrate from wetter to dryer environments, eg. vapor drive. 3. Moisture is going to migrate into a crawlspace with or without venting. With a lack of venting, when moisture migrates into a crawlspace, the moisture-rich air is stuck there. The benef
  14. I was waiting on one of you guys to call me on that. I was being a smart-alec, posted it, then wondered if there really was Kudzu here. Again, thanks for the help guys. A
  15. Excellent responses! Thanks all. And thanks for the tip on the Zinsco panel. I was happy seeing that it wasn't a Federal Pacific, now it seems to be the same concern under another name. A
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