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  1. Great term. Can't wait to work this into a conversation over cocktails some evening. Thanks Jim!
  2. I'm looking for the proper architectural term for this ornate roof runoff collection component on a 1929 Tudor Revival. Can anyone help me out? Thanks Click to Enlarge 71.34 KB
  3. Jim - "9000 posts" I can't thank-you enough for your contributions to this forum! Happy Holidays! Dave Tontarski
  4. I wrote this B-vent installation up as "not recommended" as installed, and specified why. I additionally recommended that this be further evaluated when the HVAC professional is called in to further evaluate the heavy corrosion near the draft diverters of the 2-28 year old forced air furnaces and their 28 year old air filters.
  5. Thanks for the responses. I had never checked out HT vent before..... "woven ceramic fiber refractory blanket - surrounded by two inner walls" Yes this might just draft alright in this climate. I don't think I could get my wallet to open that wide....thanks for referencing though....good to know about.
  6. Observed what appeared to be B-vent (no legible labeling) running up the exterior wall of a home in Northern New York. This vents 4-small atmospheric venting appliances. I know that this is not recommended due to drafting and condensation issues, and I generally see exterior run B-vent installed in an exterior wall chase. My question - Are there metal vents other than B-vent that would allow this? What prompts my question is several other bordering homes had similar set ups. Click to Enlarge 63.76 KB Click to Enlarge 63.65 KB
  7. I have never observed a roof framed with other than rafters or engineered roof trusses - that is until yesterday. Yesterday I inspected a 1986 rural built home with roof framing that ran parallel to the home's load-bearing walls. Has anyone every observed a roof framed in this manner? Click to Enlarge 46.38 KB
  8. I appreciate everyone's comments. This did stress me out a bit because like most of you, meeting the needs of my clients is my priority. And I would have been willing to talk to the electrician on the phone, providing that he had seen my full report (the electrical section being 11 pages long and very detailed). However, my client never responded to my communications on what he wished me to do. For those of you that think me showing up to impress the listing agent would have been a good idea, that's not how it works in my market. This agent, and the agency she works for, awar
  9. Well...the listing agent did inform me that the electrician had the full report (not just the summary report as is usually the case), so yes I was a little perplexed about why my presence was summoned. Since the initial call from the listing agent, the edited down excerpt from my report - what the electrician actually received - was forwarded to me by the buyer. The excerpt version of my report edited out a considerable amount of information justifying the corrections and safety updates I was recommending. I would have been glad to discuss this with the electrician, but my client nev
  10. Being a passive non-aggressive - I only repeatedly interrupted her every time she interrupted me when I tried to explain to her that this was an issue between my client and myself and that by law....I should not even be communication with her. Thanks for the advice.
  11. I received a request from a listing agent to meet an electrician at property I had inspected for a buyer a week or so ago. I explained to her that meeting the electrician at the home should not be necessary, as my report clearly documented my recommendations. I contacted my client and told him that me meeting an electrician at the home would not be useful, due to it not being clear what the seller had agreed to fix. The only documentation I saw stated that "the seller would hire an electrician to repair any electrical issues that are not within code", which in my mind is very vague and sub
  12. I received a request from a listing agent to meet an electrician at property I had inspected for a buyer a week or so ago. I explained to her that meeting the electrician at the home should not be necessary, as my report clearly documented my recommendations. I contacted my client and told him that me meeting an electrician at the home would not be useful, due to it not being clear what the seller had agreed to fix. The only documentation I saw stated that "the seller would hire an electrician to repair any electrical issues that are not within code", which in my mind is very vague and su
  13. So as I interpret your reply.....the ungrounded wall outlets are GFCI protected if the GFCI RO cuts power to them....Thanks....I know I've read about this before.....just making sure.
  14. Question: Should my Ideal 61-059 remotely trip a GFCI receptacle outlet upstream from an ungrounded standard receptacle outlet? There were a bunch of ungrounded 3-slotted wall outlets downstream from a GFCI receptacle outlet supposedly protected circuit at my inspection yesterday. (these were labeled as ungrounded & GFCI protected) NOTE: I was able to cut the power to the ungrounded wall outlets by pushing the test button....I just want to ensure that I accurately describe these as GFCI protected or not. Thanks in advance!
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