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  1. No photos, but yeah, seems to look like milk is mixed in. Can't describe it. Is has to be pex. It can't be anything else. I know it comes in white, red and blue.
  2. I don't get to see much of that ol' PEX stuff. 1999 home. Red plastic for hot water, and blue for the cold. Has that milky look to it. The only parts visible were stubs. Is that Pex? Not that I can't believe it, just surprised, is all.
  3. I thought about the ridge vent thing--removing and shingling. But I think I will take the conservative approach--wait and see. I discussed this with my client. Told him that the roof should be inspected every year, and the condition of the shingles monitored, as well as an attic inspection (there are some rafters pulling from the ridge board anyway). See what happens, if anything. He doesn't plan to keep the house--sell it in a couple of years (it's some else's problem, he says). I will make darn sure that I am covered here, though! I'm nearly done with the report--think I will review my comments in that area....
  4. So there is no good way to correct this, other than installing the baffles. The HVAC ducts prevent access to much of the attic space. No, it wouldn't be fun. My client poked his head up into the attic as I sat on the ceiling beam, and I explained the venting system to him. He saw for himself that there was no daylight at the eaves, and saw the ridge vent. I am writing the report now. I believe the only thing I can do here is recommend the proper thing (baffles), no matter the PITA to install. It would have been better to have not bothered with the ridge vent! Just left the old gables as they were. Maybe added a non-powered turbine vent or something....dang. That's the first time I have seen the soffit vents covered (I have been lucky). Thanks guys!
  5. So I see this 1946 house here in FL today. It still has the old gable vents. It's a very small house, barely 1200 sq ft. Someone added a ridge vent. I presume that it has the soffit vents, but after being in the attic, I see that the insulation is blocking the soffit. I see no daylight at the eaves, and looking with the flash, see no baffles and insulation is right to the eaves. The roof is 2.5 years old, and so far shows no real sign of deterioration. I understand that the ridge vent is meant to work with the soffit vents, and I understand that the ridge vent should not be used in conjunction with gable vents. But how is this bit going to work with no soffit vents and only the gable and ridge? Am I missing something? Was this done on purpose?
  6. I did a little more snooping around the web. Apparently, some agents are carrying--more the females. It's not unheard of for a female agent to raped (and worse) by a "client". I also heard the term "concealed is concealed", meaning I believe that no one will know you have it. And if it's needed, no one will care that you had it. I also discovered that my vest is indeed one of those tactical things--I just thought I had found one with really cool pockets (found it in the local goodwill). So what about for the female inspectors? Weapon of some kind beyond the maglight? Pepper spray? Stun gun? Firearm?
  7. Here's a new one: when one client saw my vest, he asked me if it was a "tactical" vest that had a holster in a secret pocket for a gun. I must have looked at him funny. He said "you go out by yourself and you are not carrying a gun?" Here in FL, it is easy to get the permit to carry a gun, but is this something that other inspectors are doing, packing heat in some of the more questionable parts of town? Or while in a vacant house?
  8. Now see? That's what I thought. I told him that if more than 70 goes through that breaker, it will trip because they are connected. He seems to think that he will have 140 amps. He thinks he is going to add central heat and air to that house without upgrading the service! I say he is in for $2500 or more just for the electrical upgrade. Oh, I found out the house was built in What I don't get is why are some main breakers just one, and some are two? What determines that?
  9. I was over to the neighbor's house and he is renovating an older home. He says that the service panel has a double pole breaker and each breaker is 70 amps. Doesn't that mean that the house is supplied with 70 amps and not 140? I'm still new to the electrical thing and haven't yet completed all my learning on that. How exactly is a house rated on the amount of amps coming in? If it is one breaker and says "100" I understand it is no more than 100 amps. But if it had a double pole and each breaker said "100"? If his new house had only 70 amps coming in, would the power company even turn on the power? That's very outdated. Thanks for any help understanding this.
  10. Figures that someone from Arizona would know about them--I take this is a swamp cooler for the condensing unit. [] I was only passing by; I wasn't inspecting the HVAC. I'd never seen one of these contraptions,and I hope I never do again. Now that I know the term, I have some research to do--want to be prepared in case I do see one. BTW--owner was an ex-Realtor--draw your own conclusions about her intentions....[] Thanks so much.
  11. I saw this on a 5 ton heat pump installed in 1987. It's got four hoses that are misting water around the fins. What is the term for this? I want to find out more about it. It looks as if they are trying to increase the efficiency of the unit by introducing water cooling, but there is a lot of scale on the fins in the area of misting.... Any info or links appreciated. [:-dunce]
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