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    Wait for it....

    Musta took some time to lay them out so precisely. Pretty cool.
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    Electric panel line control?

    According to this, it's a magnetic contact starter. Yup. https://www.geindustrial.com/catalog/controlcatalog/13_CC.pdf
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    Slate Roof Information

    That was a good read. Thank you for posting it.
  4. RMR is a mold killer that goes on clear, and destroys the nasties, leaving the wood looking clean. At least that's what the video shows. The other treatments we were told about at a HI chapter meeting leaves the wood visible, so its effect on the mold can be seen. Yeah. Looks like paint, to me, though I don't know why they would use so little as to leave the underlying problem visible.
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    Tub/Shower Step

    Seems like the 15" space called out might be narrowed by that step.
  6. Sorry, Les. It hurts to lose our friends. Good to know we could make friends, though. I just read hihs obituary. Was he here on this board?
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    Vent Clearance Clarification?

    Seems to me the rain water deflection provided by the hood isn't going to work too well at the horizontal....
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    Gutter Guards

    The Maleficent Seven
  9. Hi Jake, I'm just getting started in California. I joined this site because is has the best combination of information, ethical considerations, advise and humor of all the forums I searched out. I get in here semi-regularly and catch up on threads that provide interesting info. I joined CREIA on the advise of this board. It was a great move. The chapter I aligned with, Delta, is only 13 members, but the quality of individuals there is great. The Standard of Procedures, and the Ethics code enforcement go a long way toward ruling out undesirables. The information and training are very helpful. I can't stress it too much, that signing up with CREIA and, at a minimum, attending the monthly chapter meetings is the right move in California. Since the state is unregulated, it also makes sense to align with an association that holds you accountable for certain performance and ethics standards, if you are to have any credibility. The entrance requirements for CREIA certification can not be shortcut or cheated. If you get to certified, you are doing okay. My schooling was with PHII, online. While the materials and presentation need work, the information I received is lining up with the NHIE study book (700 pages...). The NHIE book is actually validating what I found at PHII. Additinally, PHII is affordable, and approved by CREIA. CREAI requires that you pass the NHIE before you can be cert'd. And the PHII class delivers you 90 CEs toward the requirements by CREIA. There may be some changes in the legislative world in CA over the next two years. You could stay on top of things by reading this board and the one over at CREIA.
  10. I wonder if that came back from a front line somewhere....
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    Cool Historical Building

    What are they converting it into?
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    New roof raised in areas

    The two prominent ridge /bulges are 9 rows apart. If you look to the right, another 9 rows down you can see a third ridge. Pretty uniform, though nothing 9 rows up. I would expect to see quite a bit more perpendicular ridges too, if the OSB was soaked. Else all of it soaked along the long dimensions and not the short. The ridges are smack in the middle line of the shingles, too.... I'm guessing something *weird* in the installation process, and not the weather.
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    Driving is stressful

    I have just over 1M miles under my belt. Serviced IT equipment for 29 years, in the field. Making 3-8 stops in a day get you into all kinds of situations. Driving can be a PITA.
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    HI Image - Holy Water

    You obviously took effort in framing this photo study. Pretty derned cool.
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    What is this?

    We had one for a Moonraker directional beam CB antenna. Lil bigger, but same kind of beast. Yeah, I remember the Anthem playing start and end of day. Kinda miss that....
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    Lint Trap

    Sounds like my old one. 90 to an riser... 9 feet, then 21 feet to the exterior. Moisture and lint built up, rotted a connection, and damaged a ceiling. I replaced it with a 90 down 2 feet, and 15 feet out... Towels took 70 minutes to dry previously. Now, 30.
  17. Well, it looks to me to be a perimeter wall, being as there is a sliding door and an exterior deck there. Deck is parallel to the exterior, so I'm wondering if that discrepancy is noticeable from the outside? Guessing the deck is square, but appearing canted. Grew up with my dad, going through plans and buildings. Had a ridge beam on a vaulted ceiling installed with the top edge where the bottom should have been. Even WITH the blueprints, the GC told him he was wrong. Had to actually get him to climb a ladder, sight along the beam to the existing roof (room addition...), and explain that "minor" slope issue....
  18. That was my first thought. The roofer had to have conniptions if he was installing premade trusses. I wonder if he has a lil extra free overhang somewhere. I'm pretty sure it's a feature.....
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    stepping back in

    I'm glad I found this forum. Been reading things here for several months and found that y'all are quite friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. It's a community, and THAT is a rare thing.
  20. Hi Jake, I'm just about there. Life got in the way and set me back about 4 months. Illness, moving, current job loading me up pretty heavy. I went the LLC route, got everything in order, and updated the SOI with the state regarding my new address. Almost there. A couple pieces of equipment are still to arrive, and I need to pull the trigger on insurance. As for CREIA, that one is down the list. I hope to attend a local meeting in a couple weeks, but membership will be another couple months. I bid on two homes recently. Passed on the first, and bought the second. Both were inspected by CREIA members. The first gentleman didn't know my plans, and I tagged along to see how he'd go about things. On the next home, I felt led to inform the HI that I'm studying. He opened up and showed me his reporting software, some equipment and went more into details than the first HI. While I was not DOing the inspection, rather auditing it and asking a few questions, I felt quite at ease. I have gone through houses with the nit comb a lot over the years, for family and friends, looking for things that might hurt them or their pocket books. It simply seems natural to me. The only real concern I have is getting to the point where my schedule is filled adequately. That's the big "wait and see".
  21. Hello, I am working to get started in this business. My family has been in construction for a number of decades, beginning with my grandfather, and coming down to my dad. I've worked on buildings in various stages of completion and remuddle along with them, though I never moved professionally into the industry. My background is technical - 29 years of computer diagnosis and repair /upgrades starting with IBM. Shooting bugs has been my bread and butter for almost 30 years. I'm looking to start over, however. I hear it from friends and family quite a bit. "You should do this for a living." "This" being my habit of tagging along on their home-buying treks and pointing out things they don't naturally notice, and helping them avoid problems, or at least maneuver into a better bargaining position. And they are right. It's fun. I love that kind of work, and I think the rather large step up to a professional level is something I would enjoy. My wife has been self-employed for many years, has a good business head on her shoulders, and is on-board with me on this. What I have been doing the last month or so is looking at various schools, both online and brick-and-mortar entities. At the start, it looked to me that "getting certified" was the way to go. But more and more, I see people talking about how the various courses really are just a way for this or that organization to build credibility for their brand, or logo, and to sell equipment packages. I assume this isn't the full story, but it seems true in some cases. I am more interested in what they offer in the way of real education, course-wise and ongoing, than in a particular logo or tool bag. I haven't been particularly overwhelmed.... So, here is where I am currently. I'd like to: take a class that would help familiarize me with current terminology, systems I haven't seen or worked on before, and associated concepts learn more about building codes, and remediation work with a few reporting systems, and see what might work for me and customers Study for, and pass, the NHIE At the moment, I''m considering purchasing the NHIE study guides and practice tests, the complete code book, and burning them into my head. The thought being that passing the NHIE may have more long-term weight with local and California state real estate associations, than school certs that seem to matter little to most of the agents I've met recently. I would also like to team up with a real inspector willing to flesh out my newbie approach to things. Before I do that, I'd like to get these other things in order. Any ideas, guys and gals? Yeahs or nays? If there is a school (preferably online) that has a good reputation, (or a cleaned-up one), who might you recommend? I'd rather have a Phoenix than an Icarus.
  22. Den, I'm glad you're getting to play. You've done your time.
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    Artography - Park in fog

    I like the first one. I get the sense of power, or strength. Something about the second says "prison" to me. Too many old movies, I guess.
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    Roof Tape

    This is on just a few tile roofs in the neighborhood. Some are actually painted to match tile color. Doesn't seem to matter if it is S-tile or flat. There is damage from improper /missing flashing in other areas (eaves), but not anywhere near the two taped peaks. Repair, or prevention?
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    New blog

    Benign.... hmmm "Agent-friendly" /"Client-friendly"?? fair, impartial /biased candid /artful, biased just musing.....