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  1. I'd suggest adding some information about your qualifications. What makes you a good choice when a buyer is looking for an inspector? What services do you offer, if any, aside from general inspections? And how about a sample report? Show people what they're paying for.
  2. Once you have satisfied customers, I would direct them to Google reviews rather than Yelp. Yelp might decide your reviews are fraudulent if you decide agains paying them to promote your business listing. Yelp is terrible.
  3. Is it safe to assume that Zonolite brand insulation does contain asbestos? Is it possible that an attic can be insulated with Zonolite and not be contaminated with asbestos? I mention the concern and direct clients to the Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust when I see the bags. But I'm curious for my own knowledge base.
  4. I was wondering if it was original to the home, but had never seen a 57 year old water heater. Didn't realize it was possible. Pretty cool.
  5. Saw this beauty in a 1964 ranch today. Based on what I've been able to find online, it seems White Products Corp was a precursor to Bradford White? Any ideas as to the age of this bad boy? Still working, delivering 130 degree water to fixtures, though the tank is corroded and dripping significantly from the TPRV discharge piping.
  6. Any ideas as to how this could happen? The vent was quite long and had a sag in it, but I wouldn't think condensation would create so much volume or be so yellow. My best guess is that a disgruntled handyman... peed... in the vent? Large amount of liquid. I'd say more than a cup. Very very yellow. I considered lowering my respirator for a sniff but decided against it.
  7. Only Square D and Cutler-Hammer make breakers that are listed to accept 2 conductors. If I see a breaker that is double tapped and should not be, I point it out and suggest the buyer have the issue corrected. It's very simple to to install a wire nut and pigtail and eliminate the double tap. Is it a fire hazard? I can't say. But I can say that it's wrong and there's potential for loose connections and overheating. My opinion is it should be pointed out every time. Immediate concern or not, it's wrong (usually).
  8. If you're still concerned after reading the above, it is possible to have a sample of the texture tested for asbestos content. In my area, analysis can be done for around $50 and results only take a few days. Perhaps it'll give you the peace of mind you need.
  9. That is does. Glad I asked. Thanks Bill.
  10. My gut says this isn't right. There's no transition piece between the copper and PEX, and it doesn't look like the tapered copper end is barbed like a proper male crimp fitting would be. Am I wrong? I can't recall ever seeing copper taper into PEX like this.
  11. Can stainless steel piping be sweated to copper fittings without galvanic corrosion?
  12. It was not. I was actually surprised to hear that they terminated, but I can understand wanting a home to be in great shape for the price they were asking. Our area has low inventory, extreme competition and inflated home prices to match.
  13. I told the agent that I am paid, in part, to test the showers in the home and that when I did the handle of the shower valve came off in my hand. I told her I take no responsibility for this defect and that it was certainly there before the inspection. I did not use excessive force to turn the shower on. I respectfully declined to contact my insurance or contribute to any repair costs. She insulted me and told me that my "lack of professionalism has been duly noted". Perhaps she has had others lay down when commanded to?
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