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  1. Yup, PEX comes in many sizes and colors. Red for hot, blue for cold or white/opaque for generic. They even make yellow PEX (for gas).
  2. Yea, but just the thought of of that thing crawling on my bare *** when I'm sitting down for a peaceful union with the toilet gives me the willies.
  3. This house was not vacant. It was a nice 4000 sq foot house with 5 bathrooms. This will make you think twice before sitting on the pot! [:-bigeyes[:-sour] Click to Enlarge 15.18 KB Click to Enlarge 11.02 KB
  4. How many of you guys carry check books or a large amount of cash with you at all times? I don't, so I don't expect my clients to either. I have been taking credit cards since day one. Include it in your fees, it's a cost of doing business. Nowadays, many places won't take checks. I don't walk around with a wad of cash (my wife would take it from me anyway), so I am left with plastic.
  5. My brother in law had one of these fail a few weeks a go, it was only one year old. What happened was the condensate line backed up and killed it. The HVAC guy who installed it ran the condensate line outside to drip on the ground. Well, the condensate line iced up outside and backed the condensate water all the way back up into the unit. The owner of the company was out installing a new one and this time, he was reading the installation manual.
  6. I don't know this guy, but this could happen to any one of us. In a Phoenix suburb today, a Home Inspector fell off the ladder, hit the water heater and landed on the concrete floor. He sustained back and neck injuries, was airlifted to the hospital. Be careful out there! http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/02/14/20110214Gilbert-ladder-fall-abrk.html
  7. Never seen anything like it?!? It sure is hard to shovel sunshine. [^]
  8. I dropped my 1 year old TK11 off the roof a couple of weeks back. The thing wouldn't turn on, so I bought a TK15. I really like the TK15, it's a great product. I was just getting ready to throw the TK11 away when I switched batteries (18650 rechargeable) to test it again - just for the heck of it. It turns out that the flashlight survived the fall but the battery did not. I didn't know the battery could fail from a fall! Now I have a backup TK11 for my awesome TK15.
  9. Its code here. I've known several people who did not pass the final from the AHJ because of this.
  10. I can tell you that my income changes from month to month and year to year. Ups and downs, just like the housing market. One month will be slim and then another slammed. Most new inspectors around here only last one year. They "may" have the knowledge they need to inspect, but do not know the ins and outs about marketing and business in general. Inspections are the "easy" part, the rest of the business is what can knock you off. Be prepared to literally starve for the first 2-3 years. If you don't have that much saved up to live on, you probably won't make it. Most businesses fail because they are underfunded. Just my .02 sense. Carl
  11. I hate to add a positive to this bad news thread, but at the end of this month, I'll have done 36 inspections for this August. This year has been the busiest for me since 2006. There are a lot of local inspectors and guys coming out of the big city 80 miles to the south that are much cheaper. I recently bumped my prices up another 10%. I wish you guys all the best and hope your business picks up. Carl
  12. That's what I was thinking. Look at the wording of the email. It is basically saying that the Inspector works for the Reeltur. I wonder what happens if the client picks their own Inspector that doesn't meet their requirements?
  13. I received this email today from a Reeltur. How would you respond? Hi, Carl: I just the notice below from my office. Can you give us the paperwork, please? INSURANCE CERTIFICATES FROM HOME INSPECTORS: XXXXX Fine Homes and Land now requires that you obtain an insurance certificate from any home inspector that you will be using. If they do not have E & O insurance you cannot use them. A copy of the certificate must be turned in to the office. Best regards, Reeltur. Here are the state requirements for Licensing. Arizona Certification (Title 32, Chapter 1). The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration (BTR) certifies and regulates the practice of home inspectors. The law requires 80 hours of education, successful completion of the National Home Inspector Examination, and evidence of successfully completed home inspections. In addition, the law requires that certified home inspectors have one of the following financial assurances: 1) Errors and Omissions Insurance in the amount of $200,000 in the aggregate and $100,000 per occurrence, 2) a $25,000 bond or proof of assets in that amount, or 3) an alternate financial assurance mechanism approved by the BTR with a value of at least $25,000. The law states that loss of or failure to obtain financial assurance is grounds for revocation of certification.
  14. Is there a water pressure or expansion tank on the system or water heater? That would hold enough to provide a fast flow until it was near empty, then trickle down to the flow rate of the main.
  15. Randy - 90% of the inspections are bank owned. The housing bubble here has really burst. Lately, most buyers have been "1st time". They get a 8k tax credit from the feds and a 22% down payment assistance program from the state (does not have to be repaid until they sell the home and does not accrue interest). By the way Randy, why would you move from this wonderful place? The population has more than doubled in the last 10 years. I thought everybody wanted to live here - not move away.
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