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  1. Several of the installation PDFs I've read through say that bleed out should occur at all laps when using the torch-down method to ensure a proper seal. This screenshot is from the Soprema SBS Roofing Guide (within the heat welded application guidelines).
  2. That's what I was leaning toward after doing some reading. Is there a visible difference between the roofing used in the different applications once installed? Aside from the presence of squeeze out from a torch down application or excess asphalt from hot mopping?
  3. My inspection today had a modified bitumen roof. I don't see product this often, aside from the occasional neglected detached garage. Reading through a few installation manuals made me realize how many different application options there are. The roofing today had no bitumen squeeze out at the overlapping seams, which had me thinking that the bitumen wasn't properly heated before being applied. Could it be that this is a self adhesive membrane, hence the lack of squeeze out? The end laps were very poorly adhered and lacked proper offset and the flashing details were a bit screwy so I recommended a roofer take a peek either way, but I'm curious how one knows which application method the "roofer" was attempting to apply. IMG_8773.HEIC IMG_8775.HEIC
  4. I also use a DJI Spark when I cannot safely walk a roof. I found that the batteries crap out fairly quickly. I attempted to switch to a Mavic Mini but didn't like the way that the arms fold in and out. Seemed like a component prone to damage, so I'm back to the Spark. Its range, image quality and stability are impressive for the price. If only the batteries didn't fail so quickly... I suppose I'll have to find a different model when my 2 remaining batteries fail. $100 a battery is silly considering the price of the original kit.
  5. I find the reports to be too busy. Too many moving parts with commentary, photos and details tightly packed. Tetris style. I can extract the relevant info from the reports, but could an average 60 year old buyer without much knowledge of how homes work? I'd vote that many buyers and agents that are less tech savvy would end up frustrated with the presentation. The $1,000 per year price tag is also pretty gross. I understand that software as a service is how they can maximize profit, but if you plan to inspect for homes for the next 30 years as I do, it's absolutely unreasonable.
  6. Apparently, building-center.org has S and Z in the wrong position in their key. It's a 2001. Nothing to see here.
  7. 93 degrees farenheit is not very warm. I wouldn't think twice about that (depending on what the circuit was powering). https://www.se.com/us/en/faqs/FA173839/
  8. According to building-center.org, this Trane high-efficiency furnace was manufacture in 1986. Is that accurate? I can't remember ever seeing a 90%+ efficient furnace manufactured prior to 1990. Many thanks.
  9. Right, I agree. My question is, why would someone take the time to drill through an 8" concrete wall rather than simply routing the piping around the foundation to daylight? Order of operations got wacky and backfilling had already happened?
  10. Any ideas? The other side of this foundation wall is below the garage slab. Certainly looks to me like the footing drain at the right side of the home (bottom of that slope) is draining into the crawlspace. A 4" core was drilled through the poured concrete foundation wall to allow that corrugated pipe through. But why? Seems like a lot of work to create a problem.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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