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  1. Is this "Fair"?

    If licensing were such a great thing, we would not be complaining about all those state licensed drivers out there on the roads.
  2. Call from a Realtor

    Lawsuits and client expectations rid the profession of the inept and careless. Unfortunately, the HI Schools false advertising of how easy it is to make money brings in new inept and careless to feed the wheel. The cycle endlessly repeats itself but every now and then a few good ones slip into the profession.
  3. Functioning as intended

    Someone is opening up all those old posts again, huh!
  4. Cleaning a square dryer vent

    Get a chimney cleaning flue kit, cut the brush to the size of the rectangular duct and run it up and down until it all falls to the bottom. Vacuum as needed. Then clean the round with the 4 inch rotary from the outside. If you push any into the rectangular part, it'll fall to the bottom where you can vacuum it up.
  5. Green Technologies

    Why heck, Kurt. That's one of the nicest ways I've ever seen it said.
  6. Screenless roof venting

    No dam & baffle at the soffit, huh.
  7. Traveling to the West

    South Dakota The Badlands Black Hills Mount Rushmore Custer State Park Needles Highway If you're into cars, you could spend all day here! http://www.motionunlimitedmuseum.com/classiccars.html Wyoming Devils Tower & Yellowstone
  8. I've only seen a couple but looked great and seems to work well. As John said, look outside and see if the fixed the issues there also. The way I explain it to clients is: Take five children's blocks and lay them down in a line Take a piece of scotch tape and run it up one end, across all the blocks and down the other end. Stand the blocks up. Push on the side with the tape on it. The other side of the blocks separate. That's the ground (whatever the root cause) pushing against the foundation wall without any reinforcement Now turn it around and push on the side across from the tape. That's the carbon fiber strips in action. A lot of old traditional foundation guys hate it. "Gotta use box beams buried in the cement and fastened to the structure above."
  9. Run away

    One time years ago. Really beat up house that needed a lot of money invested. like 70 or 80 thousand. The young first time home buyers had been watching to much HGTV. She fell through the floor during the inspection. They told me how much money they had to fix it, $5 thousand.. Less than one tenth of what the house needed. I'm sure somebody bought it and made a profit but it shouldn't be them.
  10. It's low impact. I'm sure you can find some yoga classes around you somewhere. Or just get a yoga vide or Wii Fit console with the yoga program on it and do it yourself (less embarrassing and can be done when you want to without a bunch of others watching you struggle).
  11. Say less, say it better

    Be nice, Jim.
  12. A little help needed with wood shingles

    Added close up pictures.
  13. I see very few wood shingle roofs but had one today. Some thought from the brain trust please. I see a couple of missing shingles and obviously the ridge sucks with all those loose shingles. The fungal growth on them doesn't bother me much. Should it? No leaks. Installed over dimensional rafters and plywood sheathing.
  14. Odd Water Heater Piping

    Is the supply plumbed series or parallel?
  15. At 63 for me, it's yoga and attitude! No more "Fine" for me when people ask how I'm doing. My standard response is now: "It's a wonderful day. I woke up this morning!" Everything else is gravy.
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