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  1. Nolan Kienitz

    HI Artography - Tales from the front

    #2 sort of looks like a horse & buggy. Drooping lines in background are the harness connecting the shoe and bottle. Giddiup ...
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    Unknown Object

    I've been on a mission and I think I have found the manufacture source of the "binding post". Link will take you to the website for the catalog from Bunnell Telegraphic and Electrical catalog with a suggested published date of 1901. Image is from the page relating to the "binding posts" the seem to be quite similar to Katen's image. http://www.telegraph-history.org/bunnell-tel-elec-catalog/index.html
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    Unknown Object

    This museum in Bellingham, WA might have something to help provide more data. Fellow from this museum has also written a book about the history of telegraphy that is available at Amazon and elsewhere. http://www.sparkmuseum.org/
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    3D Printed Homes

    Just saw a blurb about this 3D printed home. Was done at South by Southwest in Austin, TX that is going on this week. ICON - 3D Printed Home on YouTube https://www.iconbuild.com/
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    obelisk

    I think he is working on it ... Blacksmith Forge
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    Chicago Snow

    A CFL in an exterior post/yard lamp. I would almost expect that if you turned the switch "on" now (February-2018) that the light might actually light up by May or June.
  7. Mike L. - You should consider a compilation of your images into a book of sorts. Yes, inspectors would be intrigued, but we're a small community. I could see the general public finding your images very compelling.
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    Lint Trap

    Well then this is something to consider.
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    Integrity of the electric equipment

    I will try and score to open SEPs as best I can. Mostly (in Texas) the panel is in the garage, but sometimes still heavily painted over ... or blocked by boxes, garden tools, shelves, etc.. If there are shelves built and covering the SEP ... Nope ... I'm not opening. I seldom ever see an agent (listing or buyer's). Occasionally one will show up for what I call my "verbal book report" with the client. In the past many years I think I've had two properties where the listing agent was there, sitting at the kitchen table, for the the entire inspection. Outside of that ... I seldom ever see an agent. Pretty much been the same for my 16+ years inspecting. More so in more recent years for sure. One other observation that I've noted over the past 5+ years is that the listing agent is often not wanting the complete inspection report sent to them (via the buyer's agent, etc. as part of negotiation). They only want an applicable paragraph copied/pasted into the to/fro for negotiations. They don't want the report to come through their e-mail system, they don't want to see it and they then can't be held liable for anything. I find it interest, but it is not my concern once I deliver the report to my client.
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    Brand new. Where to start?

    I live in Plano (NE burb of Dallas). The market in D/FW is not a whole lot different than the Houston, Austin or San Antonio markets. They are all doing reasonably well. Now, how the business will be doing in 2-3 years will be anyone's guess. I can link you up with a fellow who has a multi-firm in the D/FW area. A lot of new HIs go to work for him and then branch out on their own. Not a huge presence of franchise operations here. The majority of inspectors don't care for them as most (if not all) are pretty much in the hip pockets of the real estate agents/brokers. Many of us who have been inspecting for 15+ years are looking at winding down. Several of my close HI friends and I have stopped doing certain inspections for any given number of reasons that I won't go into here. Also, getting ride-a-longs in Texas is tough due to the rules from the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and the additional liability and burden put on the licensed inspector(s). I've been asked, begged, pleaded with for many years to have a new or want to be inspector ride along and I just won't do it. I'll take time to talk to folks at a coffee shop or over lunch, but they can't go any of my inspection sites with me. In my view ... just not worth the risk. There has been a lot of good information presented here for you mull over. Take the steps one at a time and be measured in your approach. That is the best way to go.
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    Brand new. Where to start?

    As noted ... Texas is it's own world when it comes to inspections. Go to the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) website and look at the inspector's section. There is a whole criteria of what one must do to get licensed to inspect in Texas. The final exam is the NHIE and a portion of the exam is tailored for Texas. I've been licensed/inspecting in Texas for 16+ years, but will be winding down over the next year or two. Tagging on with a multi-inspector firm is not a bad way to go. If you do focus on SE Texas (IE: Houston area) I can refer you to an excellent inspector to engage with. He is NOT a drive-by inspector ... he is experienced and thorough.
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    Joining Word file together

    Dunno which version of Word you are using, but here is a link for the MS Office 2016 release. Others would be somewhat similar I'm sure. https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Combine-documents-f8f07f09-4461-4376-b041-89ad67412cfe
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    Visiting San Franciso

    Consider going just North of SFO and visiting Muir Woods. They are just beautiful. That side of the bay/city is totally different than SFO as well. https://www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm
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    Do you report it

    When my SEP was replaced a few years ago I had several "spare" circuits routed in our home (as Jim noted) for future proofing. Not terminated in panel, but labeled. I also have 4 extra/spare breakers plugged in, but not yet wired. Also labeled. More future proofing. Electrician who changed out my panel had recommended the future planning for the "just in case" times.
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    Avoid this type of knee injury

    The "maturing" of America (and us inspectors) ... I won't say: "aging". Inspector friend of mine has now had knee surgery in past couple of years. Mine are dicey and I'm trying to be as careful as I can. Have also been using knee pads for many, many years. I'm only about a year behind you Denny with full/complete retirement.
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