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  1. This was new construction. Mixing valve located in a master bath wash basin base cabinet. The tub and shower water did not have reduced temperature. Don't know what this was intended for?? Thanks. Image Insert: 145.99 KB
  2. Chris, some of the HIs on this forum are fast typers, and pretty smart to boot, but at 80 WPM you can get more done in less time. Here is free trial for a custom typing tutorial. A friend liked it, it sped her fingers up and mainly helped put them if the right spots. Maybe it will help. Just go to www.customtyping.com, for free trail and cheap after that. Dave
  3. Chris, Since you have your InspecIt customized, you must be spending time typing in house specific comments, describing conditions and providing solutions. I think one has to decide if they want to do it this way or… It’s tough to find a middle route. But I think one can reduce office time, as you suggest, by compiling basic info on site with a hand held. I think that another method to less time in the office may be to use incomplete sentences. For obvious repair items, this woks fine. Another is to discipline away from adding those thoughtful conscientious key strokes. Could b
  4. Yes, dito on this. The sad thing is that dryer roof jack exhaust hoods are made and sold with screens installed. Also, most of these have smaller mouth, 12 sq inches or less. There are large mouthed dampered mouths available for roof dryer vent terminations. Now wouldn't it make sense for sidewall terminations to use larger hooded or plastic dampers (lint collectors), even if a 4-6" vent reducer would have to be fitted, given the safety nature here.
  5. This site has a list of vent lenghts for various manufacturers: http://www.appliance411.com/faq/dryer-vent-length.shtml I'd recommend upgrading by insulating the vent in the pictures. Dave
  6. Chris, I was asked to speak for them about five years ago. See Scott's post; it's like that. I turned it down as I didn't think the audience was a likely referral source. It also seemed like the audience wouldn't have that great an interest in a home inspection topic, that Lorman was filling the podium. If you can get a feel for who the attending groups are and work some marketing into your talk, sell home inspections, maybe it's worth the time.
  7. I was wrong, turns out Collinswood is not owned by Weyerh. The company bought the Weyerh plant that made Weyerh hardboard siding in 1996. Weyerh, since then (1996) has distributed the product for Collins, which in 2000 changed siding name to TruWood. I spoke w/ tech at Collinswood who advised there were no major changes to the product, and that only three tenths of a percent have claims, going back to the late 90's. He was a bit denfencive about the CA suit. One change has been a sharper angle on drip edge.
  8. Randy didn't know if you had a look at the knot patterns. I mentioned 61" as this was/is the repeating pattern for both Weyerhaeuser and the pup company product. yes, its hard sometimes to identify all of em correctly, to even know all of them. Then, I simply identify the siding as engineered wood, espouse on potentials for failure and maintenance required, finish the report and say good night, as you have.
  9. I couldn't tell from your second pic Randy, but the tell tale I use for Weyerhaeuser is knots 61" apart. But it sure looks like Collinswood TruWood, esp. if only half inch thick - I believe was the replacement for the before 2000 Wyhser siding that was in class action. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on the eras. Mainly responding here to give this link that shows tons of pics with knots, mainly of Masonite, but some of Truwood and Forestex. These are all hardboard products, wood fiber, but that's tough to tell without munchn on some. http://www.mastercodeprofessional.com/H ... in
  10. I agree with Bill. If you state that the plumbing system is in good condition overall and your client and his attorney and the judge are willing to believe you meant the stuff inside the walls, then even if you have stated that this is a visual inspection in 20 other places of your report and contract: You must qualify a summary remark by saying "the visible plumbing...".
  11. Many computer reporting programs use ratings such as, FUNCTIONAL, MARGINAL, NEEDS REPAIR and so on. They have a definition of terms page that describe what the ratings mean. I just looked up three words I have used: serviceable, functional, acceptable. I will no longer use the word, acceptable. I think it's fine to use conventions, if the meaning is clear and they serve a purpose for you and your client. I use "repair". I define repair (and include "or replace") along with: safety issue, major concern, further review and monitor at the front of report. They highlight the type of defic
  12. And this means the threads will be longer just to get to that special number [:-angel], which means numbering will have even more value... A good idea, still gives the option of cut paste previous text.
  13. No matter who your referral sources are, homes sales have/are declining, and the number of referrals from these sources decline. The article points out what markets tend to face when in decline, attrition. Those without experience and whatever it takes to survive may leave. This usually strengthens the industry in the end.
  14. You have a good start. I agree that this paragraph typically goes in the "about inspector" tab if you have one, and could be edited down. You are pushing your honesty, integrity, I treat you like family value -perhaps a phrase along these lines could go in quotes on the home page. I like the seasoned inspector training comment-you could put this in past tense to emphasize this was part of your original training efforts and you might use "John was" instead of "I". This is done, I think, to give a more professional objective look. "Customer service quality integrity...", (at the end of
  15. It went from six feet of sink plane to all kitchen countertop plugs with the '99 code I believe, including islands (countertops greater than 12 inches wide). I think the island GFCI plugs need to be w/in 12 inches of the CT top. -Dave
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