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  1. That may well be it.... surface texture looks identical. Can't find any installation instructions on line, through. Is flashing required at horizontal panel junctions?
  2. It *looks* like fiber cement, but I had a hard time believing that a FC product could deteriorate as fast as the material in the third picture, even with that Cat IV exhaust directed onto it. But I guess if it was cheap-ass *enough*...
  3. Like most inspectors, when I read one of these articles I find myself asking how many of the significant defects I would've caught (or missed). In this case, most of the really significant defects were not discovered until the drywall was opened, and most of the easily visible defects, if reported pro forma, would not be of much help to a buyer making a purchasing decision. ___________ IMO, the real question at these flippers is how to report what you cannot see, but strongly suspect: that a lot of the *visible* work is substandard and was likely never permitted or inspected, and t
  4. Any idea what this might be? My first though was Staccato, but the building is only five years old... Click to Enlarge 54.55 KB Click to Enlarge 45.67 KB Click to Enlarge 64.73 KB
  5. Hopefully, at lot of this will soon be moot: http://qz.com/139150/how-congress-is-ai ... nt-trolls/ and, it looks like this is one thing Congress may be able to quit bickering and fast-track http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valle ... s-timeline as it appears that the more abusive sorts of Patent Trolls the only people in the known physical universe who have *no* friends in congress. IMO, it's highly unlikely Homesafe would attempt to sue inspectors for our actual practices under the conditions imposed by this legislation.
  6. "So who's the moron that thought it would be a good idea to send $2.5 billion in hardware to Mars with less memory (4 gig) than most people carry in their cell phones?" Uh... as is happens this really is rocket science, for example the TOTAL bandwidth back to Earth is 250 megabits = 30 megabytes per DAY, and that has to be shared with the data channels and the imaging required to control the rover...
  7. Thanks. There is also this, which I adapted from a scan from the ASMM: Click to Enlarge 44.32?KB However, none of these directly addres tile copings.
  8. Assuming that there is no flashing under the tile to extend up the wall and counter flash, does anyone have a link to an effective flashing design for the junction of parapet wall coping tiles with adjacent vertical masonry such as these two chimneys? - Thanks Click to Enlarge 39.76?KB Click to Enlarge 26.02?KB
  9. IMO, evaluating lightning damage is a pretty risky undertaking for a typical Hl, especially as regards damage to electrical systems and connected equipment, some of which might not be visually detectable. For a few examples of the possible results of a strike, take a look here: Some Enlightening Case Histories on Lightning Damage
  10. Depending on how those are installed, some jurisdictions may require a backflow preventer on the supply ahead of the return side of the loop.
  11. You can also send them here: Kick out flashing FAQ
  12. Yeah, I'm having trouble with my Fenix. To be precise, I dropped it in about 14 inches of blown-in fiberglass insulation somewhere in the 30 feet between the attic access and the far corner of the attic where I had gone truss-hoping to look at a plumbing vent. Didn't even realize it 'till I got back down the ladder, and when I went back up to look... could... not... find... flashlight - it had vanished without a trace. Moral of the story, I guess, is just leave it on the whole time I'm in the attic, even on the medium-low setting (which is where I leave of most the time in attics)
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