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  1. My experience with this thread made me laugh a bit. Marc was one of the first to welcome me to the forum so I definitely had to check out the video. I had forgotten his location before viewing it, and did not read his post before starting it. After the first few seconds, I paused it to check Marc's location. I thought I heard a French Canadian accent, and had to see if I was right...and then laughed about it when I saw he lives in Louisiana - definitely cajun! Once I adjusted my Michigan ears to its style and cadence, I understood his voice perfectly. You should have no problem with the locals, Marc. Your pace is nicely measured out. Too many people seem to think speeding through a presentation is the way to go. Your even-measured pace adds clarity, and an impression of comfortable confidence in discussing your topic. As for smiling, I think this is often included to add a sense of connection with the audience, a level of humanity, if you will. You more than achieved the same with several simply worded statements such as those regarding the offset corner movement and the subfloor insulation. The direct "Take it off" declaration also added some humor as I, trying to experience the video as a non-inspector audience member, awaited your solution to the problem (which certainly must be technical, coming from a home inspector). I loved it! Later, referring to discoveries as "fish" added even more personality without requiring the slightest of smiles. I think the reference also strengthens your regional appeal. The video length is long enough to watch through, but well-enough designed to promote you without all viewers needing to watch its entirety. You moved quickly from your classroom shots to field shots which demonstrates both competencies to those who just take a peek to confirm you are "the real thing" (however that might be defined by the potential client). The only thing I have to add is that I was the first to "like" your video with a thumbs up on YouTube. I hope others here will do the same. Congrats on such a well-presented and produced first video, Marc.
  2. If you tackle it yourself, remember to wear a dust mask and possibly drape-off the rest of the house. Fine dust is very intrusive, and silicosis is not a joke.
  3. The photograph gives me the impression that there is also a dark horizontal strip approximately where the 2nd floor rim joist would lie. It appears to match the color of the suspected stud markings. If that coincides with the actual appearance, the framing is certainly affecting the issue if not directly causing it. Another thought is that periodic, subsurface moisture might have "washed" some of the zinc from the fasteners slowly over time. Precise nailing on the studs would keep the drainage rather vertical. Weep holes would drain the wash close to the nails. Are there any evidence of irrigation over-spray or misting?
  4. Its too bad that agent was the actual broker. If he were an associated agent, one might approach his broker to offer supplemental education about home inspections. His comment appears to demonstrate contempt for the value of our industry's services. I wonder if he considers himself a "problem solver" for his clientele. If so, his credibility is somewhat lacking when it comes to addressing objective information.
  5. Some professionals prefer as much local control and guidance over their licenses as possible. Others might even see our country as being comprised of 50 separate states who have constitutional authority to regulate intra-state affairs. I'm personally glad that my home state is not (always) forced to comply with laws thought-up in other states. Some of them have volcanoes and hurricanes to contend with after all; we do not.
  6. If the "double perimeter beam" you mentioned is the one we can see above the flat board, that would be the proper point of support for these joists. As already mentioned, they should only be supported with joist supports (properly sized, I would add). Relying on toenailing is a defect. Relying on the flat supporting member is a defect. Combining them in an assembly does not improve their status as such. Notching the joists at their point of support also decreases their structural value. Their span would determine whether or not they are still sufficient for the load they carry.
  7. GMedich

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    Being on the floor as it is, my first thought was that it might have served a vehicle lift mechanism of some sort. The problem is the age of it. I don't recall seeing anything other than mechanical lift systems in older garages.
  8. GMedich

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    Rusty metal thingamajigy on garage floor - inspected.
  9. Thanks, John...and good catch mentioning the pants leg. I hate it when that has happened. As these comments continue, I start wondering if we ought to begin a new poll to see how many inspectors have been stranded on a roof whether a ladder fell, was knocked down, was removed, etc. I'm glad we all have a personal respect for safety in whatever method we use.
  10. Yes, Jim, I stated that backwards...descending is always the harder part. Thanks for posting the pics, by the way. I like your tie-down methods, both top and bottom. Thanks for the invite, Les. We'll definitely have to get together sometime. As for the ladder, over the top when I can. Maybe using a vice grip on a gutter will give me a better appreciation for the side approach.
  11. Thank you very much, Charlie. One thing I've noticed over the years is how unfamiliar a ladder seems the first time I ascend it after placement. Over the course of a project, I get more at ease with each use. With home inspections, I expect it will be a rare occasion to have more than a single ascent. I'll have to focus better on positive placement of the feet each and every time.
  12. A local newspaper columnist from west Michigan recently responded to a reader's question about home inspection "misses." I thought he gave a fair answer, and even provided a related anecdote. http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/201 ... ion-misses
  13. Thank you, Marc. ...for the welcome as well as for your candid characterization of the forum.
  14. Yes, it is, Kurt. It's a bare-bones site at the moment. I wanted to establish a presence online so it would filter into the search engines by the time I'm ready to hit the field full time. My remodeling business website is a bit dated, but can be seen at http://bigpineonline.com
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