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  1. Best practices of several energy programs recommend removing vapor barrier(s) from between insulation layers so that moisture doesn't get trapped adjacent to building materials. Therefore it depends on where the "paper" is located. If it is in an attic and the paper is on top, it is incorrectly installed already and should be removed. If it's against the ceiling, it's fine. From the way your question is stated, I suspect the former is the case?
  2. Best practices of several energy programs recommend removing vapor barrier(s) from between insulation layers so that moisture doesn't get trapped adjacent to building materials. Therefore it depends on where the "paper" is located. If it is in an attic and the paper is on top, it is incorrectly installed already and should be removed. If it's against the ceiling, it's fine. From the way your question is stated, I suspect the former is the case?
  3. TimK

    Is this safety glass

    Does anyone know when the requirement for safety glass in shower enclosures was introduced? It occurs to me that this is likely in an older home, which may have pre-dated the safety glass requirement. (I'm getting the shower scene of Hitchcock's "The Birds" in my head now)
  4. TimK

    Roof Access Hatch

    If there is an attic of height greater than 30" the 2014 Oregon code requires access to the attic. Hatch must be at least 22"x30". No mention of access to the roof being required. Since Oregon's 2014 codes are adapted from the 2009 IRC, I suspect that others may be the same.
  5. Hi Tim, In 1979, the construction of a single family home in Oregon would have been covered by the UBC. (We didn't start using CABO till 1986, when we adopted the 1983 edition.) The 1976 UBC doesn't say squat about decks. (At least as far as I can see.) If I were in your place, I'd apply the latest requirements. Jim Katen Jim, Thanks for your reply. I talked to a state code guy in Salem, who said pretty much the same thing, with the exception of the guards having been covered in the UBC at that time. I've advised the owner of what I thought the best thing (tearoff) and he's going to bolt the ledger along with replacing the floorboards and anything rotten. This is in Bend, where, as you know, things are significantly drier than the west side, and is probably the only reason it has lasted this long. Best regards!
  6. Hello, I'm inspecting a second story deck for a Fire/Life safety report as the 1979 home it's attached to never got its final code inspection. My report is to be used to satisfy the local authorities for their needs before the owner puts this house up for sale. Does anyone know when codes were adopted specifying deck construction methods? I have been unable to find anything going back that far online. Two local code officials, city and county, don't have that info, and the few copies that may exist in the state of OR are at least 150 miles away. One official thinks that the lag bolt method of attaching ledgers may have come into use after 1979. Thanks for anything that may get me going in the right direction. Tim
  7. That could be summarized with a 3 word inspection report. "Get the bulldozer"
  8. I have seen this topic arise before. There is no reason to inform the client; it may lead to them expecting some form of discount. Just do your inspection like usual and charge the same way. There are enough inspections (in my experience) that take additional time beyond what I had initially expected to balance out the easy ones.
  9. I have a multi meter, haven't used it inspecting - yet..
  10. It's an Oregon law requirement that you have both your OCHI license #, and CCB license# listed in/on anything involving correspondence, advertising, etc.
  11. TimK

    Home Inspection Software

    I am just starting with the InspectIt Home Report software purchased from AHIT. I just sent an email requesting a refund. Using on an Android tablet, it freezes up each time I enter a couple items and the device needs to be rebooted to get back to the the main screen of the Android. Not acceptable! I am considering other options now. Currently the ones I am considering are Home Gauge and HIPro, so far. I want easily embedded photos and possibly video/audio. With those sorts of parameters, what experience do others have? Thanks! Tim
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