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  1. 12 gauge wire with 20 amp breakers are fine. are the receptacles and switches rated for 20 amps?
  2. How is the roof drainage at that location? How much rainwater comes of the roof. Is there an effective gutter system? All the landscaping in the world will not work if the roof drains there. Otherwise, how well does the soil drain?
  3. Is that a wrought Iron hand rail. Over time, they tend to loosen up the mortar joints, causing cracks that allow water to penetrate and freeze during the cold months. Obviously expanding ice would cause a problem.
  4. Is the "crack'' an actual crack or a cold joint where a second pour was placed on top? Where is the cabin located and how deep is the footing. In very cold climates where the footing is not below the frost line, all kinds of things can happen. Are there gutters on the cabin leading the rainwater away from the foundation? I would also check the bottom wall plates to look for displacement, as well as checking the floors and walls for movement. It is rare that you would find any rebar in that wall, it would likely only be in the footing. It's hard to determine the cause without a visual inspectio
  5. I have never seen a 4 inch slab as an acceptable footing for a cement block wall. You can tell if the purpose of the wall was to bear weight by looking at the structural members resting on the wall. The age of the home can tell you what the codes were at the time of construction, but you would have to assume that they were followed. There were and still are some areas that do not require permits or inspections. The materials bearing on te top of the wall are your best clue. On way to check for a footing, would be to use a hammer drill with a bit that's at least 12" in length. Drill a few holes
  6. I believe that it is acceptable to solicit work from Agents or anyone else for that matter. It's not like you can avoid being recommended by Agents once you are established in the area. Unless of course you don't trust yourself. When it comes to collusion, there is plenty of literature out there defining the ethics of home inspections. I don't recommend service providers or contractors, for repairs, and I don't perform any. I make sure my customers and agents know this up front. I have seen inspectors recommend as well as bring contractors to the inspection. One inspection, in particular, the
  7. Is this a home inspection, or an inspection by a licensed heating and air conditioning professional?
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