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  1. I've been using an Olight M20-X Warrior light for the past 6-7 years. Switch has never failed, have replaced one rechargeable battery and it has a 3-level switch. Has served me very well. Kurt M. gave me a head's up on this Olight many years ago when he was still active on TIJ. I recall one additional plus he made about the Olight was the scalloped light shroud that could be used to keep REAs at bay. I'm retired now, but still use the Olight for a multitude of projects each and every week.
  2. That is correct. Goodman (I think Janitrol was part of them as well) has had a checkered past. Goodman family first owned and controlled them and were (initially) reasonably good. Then they sold and went public and QA/QC went to hell in a hand basket. After many years of 'crap' the Goodman family took them private again and kicked butt for good QA/QC. Made many improvements during that time frame and also purchased the Amana name and it was sort of considered a Cadillac versus the Chevrolet (my terms for Amana and Goodman labeling). That was the time-frame I was able to experience the tours at their Houston factory and distribution center. The Goodman folks were very open and vocal about the past and their move back to private ownership and the QA/QC focus to try and improve the perception of "Goodman". Goodman had always (and still is) considered lower class, builder's grade (IE: cheaper) product. I'm wondering if Daikin will have any better luck at changing that perception over time?
  3. Daikin purchased Goodman back in 2012 if I recall. They have taken their time to get the naming plates modified. Couple installers in D/FW have the Daikin name all over their service trucks and I'm seeing more ads about the product as well. We put in a new complete HVAC system (w/furnace) in 2009. I chose an Amana that had a couple upgrade elements from the similar Goodman unit. Get my annual spring A/C service call tomorrow AM and what seems to be an annual replacement of the fan in the top of the condensing unit. I've been on tours through the Goodman factory and their distribution center in Houston a couple times. Pretty impressive with their quality controls. Planning on getting an American Standard when it comes time to replace this one, but I hope that won't be for a few years yet.
  4. That now begs the question: "How hard is your head?" 😉
  5. Saw this article in the WSJ. Already in process with appraisers and they are looking to expand. Maybe inspections will be next? I've attached a PDF of the story in case the WSJ paywall comes up with the link. OK, Computer:  How Much Is My House Worth? 2018-1129-WSJ_HowMuchIsMyHomeWorth.pdf
  6. Agent is an idiot (THERE ... I've said it). Also your client does not know what the difference is between an inspector and an appraiser. Tell them to contact the appraiser for those measurements. No ... it is not something an inspector should do or be expected to do.
  7. I have not, but I have participated in one of their NHIE Exam review, brainstorming sessions in the Chicago area. This was many years ago and I was honored to have been selected to participate along with many other well-respected inspectors from around the USA. At the time Texas was not using any portion of the NHIE. Since then our Texas TREC has changed the exam rules and NHIE is used for most of the exam with a module tailored for Texas. I think some other states now do similar. Best wishes for you Chad if you proceed to dive in. You will do very good.
  8. #2 sort of looks like a horse & buggy. Drooping lines in background are the harness connecting the shoe and bottle. Giddiup ...
  9. 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
  10. 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/
  11. 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/
  12. I think he is working on it ... Blacksmith Forge
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Well then this is something to consider.
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