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  1. I have a quick question. Can a cracked clay lined masonry flue be lined with stovepipe? I did a job a few months back where the fireplace flue liner was cracked. The seller, who said he is a contractor, refused to get a Chimney Sweep to fix it and said that he would do it himself. To make a very long story shorter, I went out yesterday and none of the work on the fireplace was done. The seller said it would be finished by closing, which is today. I just got a picture from the buyer showing the flue being line with what looks like stovepipe. This seems like double the work, plus I'm not even sure if he's going to get it into the smoke-shelf. Has anyone ever seen this before? Sorry that the picture is sideways. I can't figure out how to flip it. Click to Enlarge 83.19 KB
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    Subpoena

    Thanks to everyone that responded. Everyone except Jerry. All of this stuff has been very helpful. Again, with the exception of Jerry (you suck). Tony
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    Subpoena

    From what I understand, I am not an expert witness, though the attorney said that he wants me to write up a bill and give it to him after my testimony. I wasn't asked to do any type of research or re-visit the building. To be honest, I have know idea of how I can help his case or his client. This thing happened so fast. The subpoena came on Wednesday night and the trial is starting on Monday. The attorney called me yesterday to give me my scheduled time for testimony. From what I was told, I'll be in and out of there within an hour. I'm not really sure what to expect. If it was me, I would not go to the attorneys office prior to the trial. I would tell the attorney that you will be the custodian of record and that you will be at the listed time and date for the trial since you have not be hired as an expert or litigation consultant. At the trial I would not offer any opinion but only identify that I did write the report. As said in an earlier post, if you are asked for an opinion or additional information that is not in your report you turn to the judge and state that you have not been hired as an expert. The judge at this point will most likely admonish the attorney and tell him to hire you as an expert or change the line of questioning. Just so I'm clear on this, if this attorney wanted to hire me as an expert there would be some sort of contract spelling out the terms, correct? Thanks for your help with this. This has definitely been a learning experience Yes, you should have a contract that spells out your part in the process. Send me an email and I will send you one that has worked well for me for several years. It's not for everyone, you need to have an even temper and most of all you need to be able to understand that it is only a job and you can't take anything personally. Most EW's are paid very well for the work. Most EW's in our profession have fees in the $200 to $300 range, per hour. scott@traceinspections.com Thanks for the offer. I will send you an email. By the way, the trial starts tomorrow and I'm scheduled to testify on Tuesday. Even if I wanted to prepare or do some research, I would not have any time. Another stupid question; I was subpoenaed to testify. I'm assuming that even if they ask me to be an expert witness, I do not have accept. Is that correct? The way that this whole thing is being pushed together, I'd rather just testify and get out of there. Thanks again for your help. Tony
  4. asihi

    Subpoena

    From what I understand, I am not an expert witness, though the attorney said that he wants me to write up a bill and give it to him after my testimony. I wasn't asked to do any type of research or re-visit the building. To be honest, I have know idea of how I can help his case or his client. This thing happened so fast. The subpoena came on Wednesday night and the trial is starting on Monday. The attorney called me yesterday to give me my scheduled time for testimony. From what I was told, I'll be in and out of there within an hour. I'm not really sure what to expect. If it was me, I would not go to the attorneys office prior to the trial. I would tell the attorney that you will be the custodian of record and that you will be at the listed time and date for the trial since you have not be hired as an expert or litigation consultant. At the trial I would not offer any opinion but only identify that I did write the report. As said in an earlier post, if you are asked for an opinion or additional information that is not in your report you turn to the judge and state that you have not been hired as an expert. The judge at this point will most likely admonish the attorney and tell him to hire you as an expert or change the line of questioning. Just so I'm clear on this, if this attorney wanted to hire me as an expert there would be some sort of contract spelling out the terms, correct? Thanks for your help with this. This has definitely been a learning experience
  5. asihi

    Subpoena

    From what I understand, I am not an expert witness, though the attorney said that he wants me to write up a bill and give it to him after my testimony. I wasn't asked to do any type of research or re-visit the building. To be honest, I have know idea of how I can help his case or his client. This thing happened so fast. The subpoena came on Wednesday night and the trial is starting on Monday. The attorney called me yesterday to give me my scheduled time for testimony. From what I was told, I'll be in and out of there within an hour. I'm not really sure what to expect.
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    Subpoena

    I thought I'd give a little update. This trial, which was initially postponed is back on again. I got another subpoena to show up next Tuesday (3/15). I was subpoenaed by the defendants attorney. (I have not heard anything from my client, the plaintiff). This attorney wants me to meet with him at his office an hour before the trial to go over the some of the stuff we're going to be talking about and then he said that I'll be in court about an hour. He also said that he's not looking for a freebie and wants me to bill him. Does this sound like an expert witness? If so, I haven't had a chance to do any research or re-visit the property. The only thing that I have to go on is my report, which was written 4 years ago. I've never done this before and I'm kind of nervous and kind of intrigued as well. I'm curious to see how this system works. Heck I don't even know what to charge the guy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  7. asihi

    Subpoena

    Thanks to everyone that responded. Now that the holidays are over, I'll give them a call to see exactly what they want from me. In a small very way, I'm kind of intrigued on how this process works. I sat on a jury about 10 years ago and it was interesting. Of course I wasn't in the defendants chair though.
  8. I'm looking for some advice and thought I'd get some perspective here. I'll try to make this very long story shorter. I did a job for a client about 3 years ago. They bought a flip from a builder and after moving in they got some major flooding. To shorten the story, they are going after the builder, stating that the builder knew about the chronic flooding in the area. Fast forward to July of this year, I received a deposition notice from the defendants attorney. I met with the guy and talked for about 15-20 minutes. No big deal. That was the last I heard anything about this, until today. I got served with a subpoena by the defendants attorney. Along with the subpoena was a witness check that won't even pay for my parking in downtown Chicago. I know I have to show up, but is this something I need to get my attorney involved in? I'm not sure what I can really add to this situation, plus it was 3 years ago. Other than what's in the report, I really don't remember much about this place. Thanks for your help. Tony
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    Unlined flue?

    Thanks to you and everyone else for your response. You're right about the over-thinking part. I'm usually not like this, but for some reason this job got to me. The buyer is a single 20-something year old woman, 1st time buyer, buying a 110 year old flip, which was kind of a mess. She had no idea what she was getting into. I'm not sure what the RE agent was thinking, showing her this place. Tony
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    Unlined flue?

    I guess why I'm having a hard time with this is because of the furnace. Category 1 gas fired furnaces aren't allowed to vent into an unlined flue. Would a flue made of this block considered to be lined?
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    Unlined flue?

    There was about 3" of snow on an 8/12 roof
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    Unlined flue?

    I'm looking to see if I could get some clarification. I did an older building yesterday that had an interior flue that vents the Cat1 furnace and water heater made from chimney blocks. I couldn't get on the roof because of the snow, but there was a small opening at the base where I could see that it wasn't lined. Most unlined flues that I see are made of single wythe brick, which is an easy call, but this block kind of threw me for a loop. The Chimney Safety Institute defines a chimney liner as clay, ceramic or metal conduit, so I think I have my answer, but I want to check here just to get other opinions just to make sure. Am I correct? This flue is unlined? Thanks for your help Tony Click to Enlarge 39.1 KB
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    GFCI outlet and the microwave.

    It sounds like it's wired as line/load reversed. Tony
  14. I had a job a few months back that had three of these installed. I was asked if I was going to test them and I told my client that there was no way without getting water all over the place. He look at his son and said "well what are you waiting for? Get in there." Click to Enlarge 13.2 KB
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    Disconnected service neutral cable

    I don't. It was in a relatively small room and I couldn't get a wide enough shot. My initial thought was like John stated; the panel was bonded and the current making its way back to the service neutral by the bond in the meter cabinet. I can't believe this went unnoticed for so long. Someone finished the basement of this building and added some circuits. I had to stare at this for a couple minutes to make sure I wasn't going crazy.
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