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  1. What are the issuses going to be when a pool (pool wall) is within 5 feet of the electrical service equiptment including the circuit breaker panel and utility meter? SE is undreground. It is located on the back wall of the residence. House was built in 1992. When the Pool was installed is unknown. Thanks in advance.
  2. It is very bad to run a unit in this condition. Air cannot circulate thru the coils, so it is forced thru every nook and crannies into the hot attic spaces. It condenses in the hot attic area. It will need to be resealed. It is also bad for the compressor. Low refrigerant is the #1 cause, but can be caused by other things. Low refrigerant indications usually are seen with the evaporator coils freezing up. You usually don’t see it backed up to the compressor as in your picture that often. It could also be caused by a bad compressor, high refrigerant levels, too small an orifice or expansion valve problem , coils clogged, or air leaks in the air return. In your picture, the ice seems to be starting at the expansion valve. So that could be it. Looks like a York Unit.
  3. When I had this problem, the drop in water pressure was caused by a broken sprinkler PVC pipe. It was broken at the drain plug area and the only indication was a continuously wet spot in the yard.
  4. yo yo, Your client is not the realtor. So who gets the free one? Your service is to the buyer, which sometimes goes counter to the realtor who only wants to make a sale. So if you promote yourself to realtors as a guy who will get the deal done for them, you will be crossing an ethical line, which I'm sure you learned about. I'm not saying you cannot promote yourself to realtors, just be very careful how you do it.
  5. I never complete mine onsite. At home, I blow up digital pictures to look for things I might have missed. Onsite I just stick the camera under sinks, plumbing access spaces, chimneys, and all places with limited access, attics. I try to get pics of all appliances, water heater, condenser, furnace and faceplates for each. I try to cut down my time onsite to allow me to do a better report from home.
  6. You experienced a time warp; you came too close to a super massive black hole, entered a parallel universe, or traveled to the 11th dimension.
  7. $45 + any fees the bank charges me if any. In Texas, a bounced check can get you thrown in jail. It is considered theft and the DA will prosecute. If it’s their fault they have to pay to get the check back. Or risk prosecution.
  8. Kurt, You’re reading reports for an attorney and you are concerned about boilerplate language? The bloodsucking lawyers are the reason we all have to use language like that. That would be a matter of opinion. Jim, Good description for any group, builders, trades people, plumbers, electricians, HVAC, lawyers, politicians, Brokers, on and on ad nauseam. I just identify the problem, then let the client decide. I can only make conclusions about things I am completely sure of. Les, BS, boiler plate, CYA - In your opinion that is. We are all different. Some people are scared of their own shadow, then there are others who will do anything and everything until a Judge tells them they can not. And everything in between.
  9. I would only call it " a mold like substance" and refer it out ..... unless you consider youself an expert.
  10. Seems someone would have noticed a foul odor.
  11. Looks like they replaced an old FP breaker panel. Is it permitted to have an previous existing service panel with wires installed and black tape around wires? Black tape only? No wire nuts? Definitely NO. They do look like waterproof wire nuts. Shouldn't the installation of the new panel be directly in place of the old Panel? Can be, doesn’t have to be. My question would be, [1] Are the panels watertight? Do not appear to be. [2] The SE cable looks smaller that what’s required for 100 amp service. [3] Are there too many breakers for 100 amp service? [4] Is there a splice in the SE cable or the cable to the gnd rod. [5] Are the Gnd and Netural Buss bonded? Does this make the Service panel that was installed a sub-panel by the way it is wired? No. Doesn’t look like there is a sub panel. The panel with the wire nuts is being used as a gutter panel. This is better, I think, than all the pig tailing and wire nuts being installed in the breaker panel. Even though it’s not a real gutter panel. If the (Newer)Service panel is considered to be a sub-panel then does anyone know off hand if NEC or IRC allows sub-panels(Service panel) to have sub-panels?
  12. http://www.snopes.com/autos/business/hondacog.asp Claim: A complicated Honda Accord commercial was achieved without the use of computer-generated images. Status: True. Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003] The Honda Accord ad, known as "Cog," entailed months of production and design work and another several days of shooting by the London office of the Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency before the finished product was introduced in the UK in April 2003. Most of the information presented in the e-mail quoted above is accurate, although the number of takes required to complete the shoot was grossly exaggerated. There are no computer graphics or digital tricks in the film. Everything you see really happened in real time exactly as you see it. One of the more surprising things about the ad is that it was not a cheat. Although it would have been much easier to fiddle the chain of events by using computer graphics, the seesaw and shunt of events really did happen, and in one, clean take.1 Wieden+Kennedy staffers swear that no trick photography was used and that the final successful run-through was filmed in real time. The only voice in the ad is from Garrison Keillor, who intones at the end, "Isn't it nice when things just work?"2 Although it is true that special effects were eschewed in favor of live action, the commercial wasn't derived from a single take. The final result comprised two takes stitched together with a brief bit of CGI: The Honda ad was created without special effects. It was split into two continuous takes only because no studio was big enough to accommodate the entire sequence. The only post-production trickery is the lighting on the car doors at the end.3 The sequence of events in the advert is actually split into two shots — shooting the whole thing in one go would have been too expensive. "It was a damage limitation idea to snip it into two [parts]," says Rob Steiner, head of television at Wieden & Kennedy, the agency responsible for the advert. (Still not found the join? The first section ends and the second one begins at the one minute mark when an exhaust box rolls off to the right of the screen. Some clever editing bridges the two parts.)4 The crew spent weeks shooting night and day. The film cost six million dollars and took three months to complete including a full engineering of the sequence. We couldn't confirm the $6 million figure (possibly it's a misreading of the report that the entire advertising campaign cost £6 million), and news articles indicate the entire production was considerably more than three months in the planning: Filming was done over four near-sleepless days in a Paris studio, after one month of script approval, two months of concept drawings and a further four months of development and testing.1 It took five months of production and design work before "Cog" was ready to shoot. Then the real work began. In the course of a week in a Paris studio, crews agonized through 605 takes.2 In addition, it's two minutes long so every time Honda airs the film on British television, they're shelling out enough dough to keep any one of us in clover for a lifetime. Honda executives figure the ad will soon pay for itself simply in "free" viewings (Honda isn't paying a dime to have you watch this commercial!). We couldn't find any information about how much Honda pays to air this commercial on TV (ad rates would vary depending upon a variety of factors anyway), but the Daily Telegraph gave the total cost of the ad campaign as £6 million. As the message notes, Honda is probably more than making up for their large investment with all the publicity the commercial is generating: Since the ad broke on April 6, visits to Honda's Web site have quadrupled, and calls to the contact center have tripled.3 When the ad was pitched to senior executives, they signed off on it immediately without any hesitation — including the costs. The corporate suits at Honda liked the idea immediately, despite the high costs of production and the fact that it was more than twice as long, and therefore twice as pricey, as normal car ads.1 There are six and only six hand-made Accords in the world. To the horror of Honda engineers, the filmmakers disassembled two of them to make the film. Two hand-made pre-production Accords — there were only six in existence in the entire world — were needed for the exercise, one of them being ripped apart and cannibalised to the considerable distress of Honda engineers.1 (The two Honda Accords were "hand-assembled" because they were new models, and pre-production versions were the only ones available at the time the commercial was produced.) Everything you see in the film (aside from the walls, floor, ramp, and complete Honda Accord) are parts from those two cars. The articles aren't clear on this point, but it sounds like only one of the two hand-made Accords was actually disassembled ("one of them being ripped apart and cannibalised") and much more than just the parts from that one car was used in making the commercial: By the end of the months-long production, the film had used so many spare parts that two articulated lorries were required to take them away . . . Some of the original ideas, such as one stunt involving an airbag, had to be dropped owing to a shortage of new Accord parts.1 When the ad was shown to Honda executives, they liked it and commented on how amazing computer graphics have gotten. They fell off their chairs when they found out it was for real. The bigshots at Honda's world headquarters in Japan, when shown Cog for the first time, replied that yes, it was very clever, and how impressive trick photography was these days. When told that it was all real, they were astonished.1 In answer to the most frequently asked question about the commercial: The sequence where the tyres roll up a slope looks particularly impressive but is very simple. Steiner says that there is a weight [in each] tyre and when the tyre is knocked, the weight is displaced and in an attempt to rebalance itself, the tyre rolls up the slope.4 In May 2003, filmmakers Peter Fischli and David Weiss threatened legal action against Honda over similiarities between the "Cog" commercial and "The Way Things Go," a 30-minute film they produced in 1987 involving "100 feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock." Last updated: 13 June 2003
  13. That's why you are a Home Inspector, and He is a Real Estate Agent.
  14. If "Unable to operate AC due to low exterior temps and noted that". How could you be held responsible? Your only indication of a major mismatch (which this is not) would be how the unit operates. Which case if it fails, you call it out to an HVAC guy. But, you did call it out to an HVAC guy just by stating "Unable to operate". If you were an HVAC expert and designed systems and advertized that to your clients, then it might be a problem. You are not responsible to compare spec plates. I do not compare spec plates and it's not required in Tx. (The most Air Cond. State in the world).
  15. Guess who installed it? You guessed it the "owners, brother-in-law contractor". He must really make the parents proud.
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