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Tom Breslawski

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Tom Breslawski last won the day on November 9 2017

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  1. What is this?

    I wondered if it was some kind of antenna. Our antenna was stationary, so I've never seen one like this. Thanks for the info!
  2. What is this?

    I found this in the attic of a 1955 built cape cod. Snow all over the roof so I couldn't get up there and see what (if anything) penetrates through. Any idea what this is? Thanks!
  3. Liability Insurance

    Dryden Mutual, same cost as Chad.
  4. Use issues vs code ones

    I would never have written such a letter. Tell the AHJ to do his job.
  5. Inspection Agreements

    I had an attorney prepare my agreement and have never had anyone even question it. I send it out prior to inspections, but I doubt that anyone even reads it. That said, I've also seen Chad's agreement a while back and like it much better. It covered pretty much everything in my agreement, wasn't written in legalese and I'd bet that it's got just as much "teeth" as mine does. It definitely cost less.
  6. Run away

    Thank you Marc, I appreciate that compliment.
  7. Run away

    I once had a client who was an investment banker. Nice guy, but when I explained to him that he wasn't good that the deck was built with nails (and ONLY nails), he looked at me with confusion. As I pointed to a nail, he looked at me and said, "so that's a nail? ...... how am I going to explain what you just said to my wife." I knew right there that this report was going to have to be extra descriptive and simplified. They didn't buy the house, but loved the report and hired me a year later to inspect the next house, which they did end up buying.
  8. Staying healthy for long career

    I have a yoga DVD set and streaming internet service. Pick a workout and do it. Start small, then move up. The program that I use offers everything from 20 minute beginner to 65 minute brutal advanced workouts. I do the 65 minute workout at least once a week, but that's after years of practice. My flexibility has greatly improved. I have a farming background, so I've always been a strong guy, but I've gained strength in different muscles with this program. It's helped me get into a few attics that my customers thought NOBODY could get in. Anyway, pick yoga or cross fit like Chad or something else of your choice and do it. That's the most important thing. Be active.
  9. Staying healthy for long career

    I do an extreme yoga program daily. I'm younger (40), but have a lot of miles on my body from farm work until I was 35. The yoga has helped with flexibility and some of my older aches and pains from overuse have improved or vanished. The yoga is low impact. I like it and plan to continue.
  10. When did WRB (Tyvek) become code?

    Perfect, the house in question was built in 1998, no WRB. I wasn't concerned with code but my client asked and I wanted to get back to him. Thank you both!
  11. When did WRB (Tyvek) become code?

    I'm looking for the year that WRB under vinyl siding became a part of the code. Any help? Thanks, Tom
  12. Ridge Cap Shingle Question

    The shingles were high nailed, 7-8 inches of exposure, defective tar strips, 3 nails per shingle and at least two of them were over-driven completely through. This was really a minor defect on a total hack job roof.
  13. Ridge Cap Shingle Question

    I believe they are just field shingles installed over the vent. I checked installation instructions and couldn't find anywhere that said they were allowed. Thought I'd ask here because there always seem to be people here who know more than I do. Thanks for the input, I appreciate it. This roof had big problems, I'll add this to the list.
  14. Ridge Cap Shingle Question

    Are these acceptable ridge cap shingles? I've never seen them before. Just about everything else was wrong on this roof..... Thanks Download Attachment: IMG_9351.JPG 146.66 KB
  15. Rubber connector

    Thanks to all who provided opinion and information. I'll put it to good use in the future.