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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 expans
  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.
  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 s
  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 s
  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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