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  1. It sounds like you do not have a sub-fascia? All of the PVC trim manuals i have seen all call for a sub-facia or other sub structure. We have PVC trim on our home, and i will say it does move a fair bit and has to be well secured and locations allowed for expansion, especially with a cold wearther install. Bryan
  2. You can line them up side by side in word by using a 2 column table at a select height for each row.
  3. Good afternoon. During a recent inspection of a small apartment complex the PEX water lines leaving the water heater were discolored (see photo). This was primarily on the hot side; however, the return loop line was also discolored. The installer did use copper for the connections to the water heater up to about 18", which is supposed to be the minimum. Any thoughts? FYI: the hot water was around 125 degrees. Click to Enlarge 58.13 KB
  4. Thanks Marc. Just spoke with Barry, and he is still inspecting.
  5. Anyone have a recommendation for an inspector to look at a property in San Luis Obispo, Ca?
  6. Les, I personally believe this will be the case. Our work is mainly commercial and multi family; in which I have seen failures, and in a project we are currently monitoring, they will be removing the stone form the entire first level for incorrect installation. I have some photos of a apartment complex with failures i will try to dig up and post.
  7. Water flow through the coil is one way, you will see a small water meter at the unit. RUBS (ratio utility billing system) is another, where they take the total square footage of the building, number of bedrooms, etc... and divide it back. There are lots of options for back charging the utilities.
  8. The best thing might be to reach out to the building engineer or maintenance coordinator. They are typically the one with the most knowledge of the building and systems along with keeping the system running. It sounds like a water source heat pump type system where the cooling tower is used to remove the heat load.
  9. Behind on our codes, slightly. The state is however, updating the IBC later this month; however, I do not believe they are addressing the IRC. To top it off, the City of Indianapolis does not issue Certificates of Occupancy either. You are given a card to fill out, have the various trades, or the architect , sign said card saying all work was properly completed and then you return the card to the building department.
  10. Jim, I had bought one in a hurry due to a battery clip failure in the Olympus 790SW I had been using, which was discontinued.; however, I found it to be to heavy for comfort. Past that one on to the family, and searched Ebay for the 790SW and bought 6 for about $60 a piece complete with chargers and batteries. The 790SW is Shock and Water proof, and has worked flawless for the last 4 to 5 years.
  11. If you look at the joints between foam pieces, they have not been properly offset. It also looks like they used the one fastener in the seam technique, which if memory serves correct, is not allowed.
  12. It actually looks lie tile. However, if it is a concrete like material, i would say terrazzo.
  13. The firm I work with has two new small commercial projects I am in need of assistance with in Clarkston Washington, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. These are new construction draw inspections, and each project should run about 7 to 9 months with one inspection per month. If interested, please send me an email at inspectorbryan@gamil.com with your phone number and the best time to reach you. Bryan
  14. Here is another that may help: R106.1.2 Manufacturer's installation instructions. Manufacturer's installation instructions, as required by this code, shall be available on the job site at the time of inspection.
  15. See if these help From the 2006 IRC: R102.1 General. Where, in any specific case, different sections of this code specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern. Where there is a conflict between a general requirement and a specific requirement, the specific requirement shall be applicable. R703.10.2 Horizontal lap siding. Lap siding shall be lapped a minimum of 1" inches (32 mm) and shall have the ends sealed with caulking, covered with an H-section joint cover, or located over a strip of flashing. Lap siding cou
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