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  1. Chris, I don't think that any regs regarding protecting the electrical line would change because the appliance is located in a closet. As for being anchored, that is not a national requirement. It is generally (to my knowledge) only required in seismic areas and regs would be dependent on local rules. Probably the best thing to do is to check with the AHJ.
  2. Okay, how about this... The 167 mph wind blows through the area and cheesy fiberglass/plastic panels blow off. Mr. Do-It-Yourselfer gets pissed, goes down to Home Depot and buys plywood and shingles so the d----- thing won't blow off again. Now I see a big problem, as the load isn't transferred to the wall. I won't count on things staying as they are now. I will point it out and let the chips fall where they may.
  3. I've been using 3D for several years, and have not had any support issues with them. Actually, in the time I've had the software (over 5 years) I've only had to contact them for support once or twice a year, and the issues have been solved. I will admit that the last person I talked to ( about 3 months ago) was a little curt on the phone, but her support was right on. I can live with bad manners, but I can't live without functional software. Just MHO...
  4. I have to agree with Mike. The primary source of foundation issues in my area is poor site drainage. Nearly every report I write indicates that site drainage should be improved. As Mike said, the foundation has had a long time to settle, and probably won't go much farther if properly dealt with and the site drainage is improved. However, repairing the foundation may be futile without the drainage improvement. Both are required to reduce the potential for any further movement.
  5. Given the facts as you outlined them, I would not succumb to the pressure to repair the item. It is the responsibility of the client to read the report in its entirety, and it is not your responsibility to read it to them verbatim. While I often note that the attic scuttle is not what I would like to see, it is not an item that would make it onto a summary page, as it is a minor issue. When I first started in this business, I always wanted to please everyone. I have since learned that you can not please everyone. While Nolan suggests that we should go over the report with the client, it is sti
  6. Jerry, I would be happy to lighten up your photo if you would like me to. E-mail me directly with the photo (higher resolution would be better) and I will take care of tweeking it. E-mail to brooten@zianet.com.
  7. I would think you could find a better place to party!
  8. I will tend to lump them under one piece if there are lots of issues. If there are only a couple of items to list in the category, I will be specific. I also mark affected items (outlets as per your example) that need attention. Sometimes the problems are so great you really have no choice but to recommend calling in the electrician (or other professional) to clean up the mess.
  9. I agree with Robert. These things are almost always junk. Like everything, there are exceptions, but most have never been maintained, with everything from kid's toys to earrings in the box. Vents are nearly always improper. Plus, like all space heaters, they simply don't do a good job of heating the home. Recommend upgrading to a central heating system.
  10. With radiant ceiling panels, not all of the ceiling will be heated. There should only be enough panels installed to heat the room properly. In my home (I have this type of heat) Much of the ceiling is not hot, as those portions of the ceiling are just normal sheetrock. If you inspect a home with this type of heat and you have attic access, you can find the heated panels quite easily by lifting the insulation. You will immediately see the difference in the backs of the panels. In this area (Southern NM), when I look at a 12x20 room, there may only be 2 or 3 heated panels, with the remainder bei
  11. In the morning I simply walk into my favorite coffee shop and sit down. My favorite coffee and bagel appear almost immediately without my having to say a word. Guess I have been stopping in there for too long!
  12. I'll be pulling in sometime Wed. afternoon. Looking forward to meeting some of you in person!
  13. This was my slowest December in 5 years, but it was still respectable enough to pay the bills. I count on taking vacation at Christmas/New Year weeks, and I think I always will. Now, I'm going to the ASHI convention, so would have to stall people off for another week anyway. Here's hoping that business takes off in later January as it has in the past!
  14. By the way, what is that a dryer vent in the lower right portion of the lower photo?
  15. I have never seen anyone attempt anything like this. IRC says that duct material has to meet specific performance requirements. Since this is IN the duct, I would suspect that a AHJ who was thinking at all would question this installation. Sec. M1601 of the IRC gives the flame spread requirements. Obviously wood would not meet those requirements. In addition to all that, common sense would dictate that the wood in the ducts would be subject to different heat and humidity conditions that just couldn't be a good thing. I guess I would call this out and recommend consulting a heating professional
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