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  1. Richard and Mike - thanks. I appreciate the education and I will pass your wisdom along to my client/friend.
  2. I did an inspection for a friend this past weekend and included the following comment in my report: "The 240 volt circuit breaker labeled 'Oven' in the service panel is a 15-amp circuit breaker that controls the circuit fed by what appears to be #6AWG conductors. The oven is a JennAir (Maytag) Model # JJW953ODDP, Serial # 21335016JG with the following rating: 120/240 volt = 3.6 KW 120/208 volt = 2.7 KW The manufacturer's recomended overcurrent protection for this oven is: 0-4.8 KW = 20-amp" Other than the fact that the circuit was not installed according to the manufacturer's recommendation, how significant is/are the problem(s)related to the undersized breaker? Does the use of #6 conductors mitigate any potential problems - or does it compound them? Since the condition was not done to manufacturer's specs, I wrote it up, but I'd like to understand the "why" a little better, so I can put it into perspective for the client (and myself). Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks.
  3. The Rheem website has some good basic information on water heater safety and maintenance that might be interesting to some of you. It also explains how to determine the date of manufacture from the serial number: First two digits are the month of manufacture. Digits three and four are the year of manufacture. 1296D01234 would have been manufactured in December of 1996. http://www.rheem.com/consumer/consumer_faq.asp
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    GE Date?

    Good Advice all the way around. Thanks Scott and Mike.
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    GE Date?

    So . . . I went straight to GE. Nice folks at the customer Service Center - (telephone # 800-626-2000). Turns out the unit was manufactured in 1973! GE sold their HVAC manufacturing business to Trane over 20 years ago. Unit appeared to "function as intended" during the inspection, but yikes - it's 30+ years old.
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    GE Date?

    I'm trying to date a General Electric HVAC unit. Model number BGLA085C1K00 Serial # 603436307 85,000 BTU/H Doesn't show up in my copy of Preston's Guide. House was built in 1975. This unit appears to be pretty old - possibly even original equipment. (outside coil is newer - Westinghouse, manufactured in 1998). I'd appreciate any help - I'm trying to wrap up a report, and the age of the unit is a topic of concern for the client. Thanks!
  7. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you folks who've given me a lot to think about during the past year. I've learned a lot from your questions and posts, and I'm thankful for this forum.
  8. I thought I'd read somewhere that three-prong receptacles used on a two wire circuit should be labeled somehow ("No ground"?). Is that correct or am I imagining things?
  9. I'm wondering how many of you wear rubber insulating gloves when opening up an electrical panel? Maybe a better way to pose the question would be: What kinds of personal protection equipment do you use when inspecting electrical panels? (gloves?, rubber mat? arc flash face shield, insulated screwdrivers? nothing?)
  10. Good question and great answers ! Thanks.
  11. Lots of stuff wrong with this panel, but the really interesting thing is that these are pictures of both ends of the same 1/2" EMT conduit. Begins at the junction box attached to the main panel and ends as a stub-out in the attic with no cable clamp or anything. The stub-out ended up directly under a damaged gable vent. It had rained earlier that morning.[:-idea] I had already made up my mind that the panel alone was sufficient justification to recommend detailed investigation by a qualified, licensed electrician, etc., but I was curious ([:-wiltel] I know . . . curiosity killed the cat!) and had to open up the junction box. As soon as I turned the screw, water began pouring out. I re-tightened the screw [:-dunce] and traced the EMT to the attic and noticed a lot of wet insulation all around it. Apparently the rain blew in through the damaged vent and filled the open EMT conduit. Water filled it down to the junction box. Download Attachment: leaking JB.JPG 187.15 KB Download Attachment: EMT conduit end 2.JPG 73.11 KB
  12. I found this surprise during an inspection yesterday. Top portion of a propane fueled water heater. Bottom portion looked ok. House had just been re-roofed - new flashing for everything including this. I guess the roofers didn't have the time or the desire to point it out. House is 30+ years old. WH is 12. Download Attachment: WH vent 2.JPG 127.93 KB Download Attachment: WH Vent 3.JPG 158.59 KB
  13. Turns out it's a 1960's vintage mobile "wrap" with lots of problems - most significant related to the electrical system and to fire-related access / egress. Forget the leaky plumbing, NO GFCI's, Rusted main electrical service panel, two handyman subpanels, the major ponds of water on the roof (just rained), and the non-existent anchoring system and all the other stuff (took most of the evening to write the report) -- The really scary part (in my opinion) was that the one-and-only smoke detector did not function, and the windows in both bedrooms were two-pane awning windows and were 45-46 inches above finished floor. Single door from each BR into a hallway. Non-functioning smoke detector in only one BR. The other BR at the opposite end of the trailer. I imagined waking up to discover a fire on the other side of the BR door, and felt the fear as I tried to climb up and out the window - only to find my way blocked by the frames of the awning window panels. My client was the mother of the the young man who was intersted in buying the place. After we finished - she decided to withdraw his offer. Thanks yet again for the advice guys.
  14. I will be doing my first inspection of a "mobile home" next Saturday. I've checked out a couple of threads on the NACHI message board that provided some interesting discussion and a couple of good links (best is http:www.inspect-ny.com/mobileinspections.htm) and I've checked out the HUD site to read through the construction standards. Now that I've read through all that stuff, I'm a little nervous . . . these things are really different - with their own codes, standards, and such. Lots of opportunity for problems. The NACHI Board is good, but this is my preferred hangout, so, do any of you have words of wisdom?
  15. I made the trip to "big d" [:-cowboy] - and bought a suretest. Hopefully, I will learn to use it wisely. This discussion has helped me a lot. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge, experience, and philosophy. I appreciate it.
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