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Erby last won the day on August 16 2017

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  1. Read everything you can on this message board. There's tons of information right from the front lines here. Don't ask a bunch of questions, read and then read some more. I presume your warship has internet and not much to do with downtime. Read, then read some more. When I started 17 years ago, this board was just getting started but I still learned more real life stuff here than anyplace else. Let what you find here guide you in further studies. This place can teach you what questions to research. Take the harder road and find it yourself instead of just asking someone else to tell you the answer. You'll remember it much better when you find it yourself, though it's more about learning how to find the answer. for yourself. Study for and pass the NHIE. That's the first BIG step. After that, hook up with a multi-inspector firm in California. Gets you some real life experience. After you've got the inspection basics down, start studying marketing. It doesn't matter how good of an inspector you are if you can't make the phone ring. Even the best inspector in the world is going out of business if they can't make the phone ring. Talk with Mike Brown about doing a website for you. He can best advise you when to start on that. Save up some money. It'll be awhile before you start making a living at it. The better prepared for that, the better off you'll be.
  2. stepping back in

    17 years ago, it was my second choice after Inspection News. Didn't take long to make it my first choice. Much friendlier and respectful. So many know it all people on the face book groups. I tend to use Facebook for my personal stuff with family and friends.
  3. HI Artography - Windows

    Some people can see art in anything. I can't see it until someone like you points it out. You're talented.
  4. Hidden Home

    There were posts and a foundation all around. It was quite the surprise to the buyers and their agent. They didn't have any idea of it until I came down out of the attic. The metal beams and vapor barrier under the front half of the house confirmed the mobile home. It wouldn't surprise met that the sellers didn't know either. They hadn't been there that long!
  5. You'd never know it from the outside but hidden in the front half of this home is an trailer house. The whole front half. Saw it as soon as I climbed up in the attic. There was that old mobile home rounded metal roof.
  6. Disconnect for Condo panel

    Here's what they look like in Central Kentucky. This one was out on the back of the building. There's a disconnect for each unit right under the meter.
  7. Roof Part Name?

    Thank you, Bill. I'll pass that along.
  8. Roof Part Name?

    What do you call the low piece at the bottom of the gable that runs from cornice return to cornice return? Can't find anything on line giving it a specific name. Now someone asked if it had a particular name. Any ideas?
  9. Roof Part Name?

    What do you call the low roof section at the bottom of the gable? Can't find anything on line giving it a specific name. I usually just call it the low roof at the bottom of the front gable. But, someone asked if it had a particular name. Any ideas?
  10. Holes in Radon Pipe

    I'm guessing you're right Marc. Les: I'm not sure about the bypass affecting the vacuum, but I've seen them pulling a couple of inches of water column with the bypass present, so I'm guessing the affect is minimal.
  11. Holes in Radon Pipe

    Beats the hell out of me, Jim. I'm not a radon mitigator, but I see a lot of them around here given Mother Nature's propensity for spitting it out in Central Kentucky. The cold weather times around here have created some ice mounds around the fan when it's not routed back into the pipe to go back into the ground at the base of the pipe. Easiest place to dispose is right back into the pipe below the fan.
  12. Holes in Radon Pipe

    It does create a slightly narrower interior cross section with the collector ring.
  13. Holes in Radon Pipe

    Around here, if they put it in at all, they use a condensate collector coupling above the fan with a tube from it back into the pipe below the fan. No restriction of air flow.
  14. Holes in Radon Pipe

    Initially, when I read it, I thought condensate drains but those holes aren't how condensate bypasses are done on radon systems. On the pressure side of the fan, I'd guess air is coming out the holes, not getting sucked in. I think Chad has the best answer!