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hausdok last won the day on March 27 2020

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About hausdok

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    Edmonds, Washington
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    Sometimes Home Inspector - Full-Time Curmudgeon

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  1. If you guys didn't have power and/or heat for a while I'd be more concerned with the system freezing up. If it freezes up and ice expands and cracks the coil, as soon as the ice defrosts they'll begin leaking like crazy. Coincidentally, my own sister, who lives in Virginia, has one of these systems. When it began acting up on her, she googled it and found her younger brother's blather about the system on here. LOL.
  2. Chances are that the seller had already broken it but placed it so it would look normal, hoping you wouldn't test it.
  3. I think the roof was probably installed on a very hot day and as people walked around on the roof some of the tabs moved and then re-bonded after the sun went down.
  4. It's about time! Why Are Certain Electrical Panels Ineligible for Insurance (harrylevineinsurance.com)
  5. About twenty or so years ago, there was this forensic engineering firm in North Carolina that reported issued with 200 amp Siemens load centers. They would get hot and eventually melt down and burn through the back of the panel. At the time, they'd investigated about seven cases and were looking for more. I bet that Google could find that report for you. ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!! Mike
  6. I call those damned things anti-inspector devices. Yung would go around the house and remove every one of those while I was doing the contract with the client. Otherwise, if I'd run into one the client was liable to hear a little bit of the slightly salty language I tend to use when my curmudgeon comes out. ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!! Mike
  7. Is the floor platform constructed with I-joists? I joists sometimes exhibit a lot of bounce and vibration while still being perfectly functional from an engineering standpoint - as Jim already pointed out. The Engineered Wood Association has published a paper about how to stiffen up I joists in order to reduce floor vibration. Click on the attachment. I-Joists Vibration Retrofit.pdf
  8. How old was the unit? I've been out of the loop for a while, so I don't know if they're out there yet, but a while back - probably about ten years - I read an article about new heat pump tech that was allowing heat pumps to work at far colder temperatures. I might have posted something about that here. Check the archives.
  9. I'm more interested in what looks like a Studebaker truck in the background.
  10. Yeah, all four are broke; it's just that the second from the left is more broke than the other three. Ha ha.
  11. Hi, Just about any HVAC firm should be able to assist you with the air handler. It's just a big hot air mover with a coil stuck in the center. If the coil isn't leaking it's probably the blower motor that's the issue. Try contacting Greenwood Heating and Air.
  12. Hi All, I think that the insurance agent is overstating the issue based on what the agent thinks he or she is seeing from the ground. I seriously doubt that an insurance agent put a ladder against that gutter and climbed up there to get a close look at the cover and the darker algae-covered areas appeared from the ground to be denuded of protective granules. Had the cover been properly cleaned prior to the agent's visit, the agent probably would have graded the roof acceptable. Just my opinion, based on what I'm seeing and knowing how lazy prone to overstatement some agents can be. "
  13. I wouldn't even call it thinly disguised, Jim. Point number five is Get Insured. There are links in there only to Inspector Pro. If one really wanted to write an objective article about business strategies, and one of those strategies was to Get Insured, one would expect there would be links to a list of all insurance companies that specialized in home inspectors, not just IPro. Yes, very much like click bait. ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!! Mike
  14. Hi Jim, More guidance came out from DOL via email. They are basically saying it's OK for folks to go business as usual as long as they do the safety guidelines. Personally, I think it's a huge mistake and I wouldn't be surprised if someone gets sick. Folks should realize that, even though about 95% of folks survive this, your lungs are left scarred by fibroids and nobody is talking about how long it takes for them to fully heal, if ever. I still think that, until this is over, folks should STAY THE F**K HOME !!! ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!! Mike
  15. Nah, the knees have been bone-on-bone for more than a year. I had to postpone the replacement surgery several times. Now, it's the medical folks that have postponed it. I've swallowed enough pain killer tablets in the past year to cobble the driveway. Think I've watched all of Netflix and Amazon Prime too.
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