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inspector57 last won the day on October 22 2017

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  1. Plastic access cover (garage-house wall)

    302.11 item 4 only states that spaces "around" such openings be filled and specifically states it does NOT have to meet the ASTM standard which I take to mean it could be anything, caulk, joint compound, etc. just as long as the spaces around the cable, pipe, etc. are filled to prevent the free passage of flame and combustion products,(and the local AHJ approves it. I agree I don't like the covers but when I read the items mentioned in the code that applies, I still find nothing to support the prohibition of pipes, cables, etc. in this seperation wall.
  2. New roof raised in areas

    The roofer likely did the building paper at the same time as the shingles and lapped the paper on top of the shingles on those raised rows.
  3. Plastic access cover (garage-house wall)

    The garage to house is not a fire rated assembly or a "fire wall". It IS a fire separation according to IRC it it is a single family home. Now the argument could be made that it could be an "opening" into the home which IS addressed but I think that would be pushing it. Do I like it? NO. Is it prohibited by code, most likely not.
  4. Non-Standard Construction

    I have had some experience in large metal buildings using below grade piers with metal truss bolted to the piers with slab on grade floor. If it is in an area with expansive clay soil, it sucks. The floor moves with the surface soil and the building frame moves very little. Seasonal differential movement was easily over 3" seasonally. If you put anything on a deep pier of any kind then the entire structure should be on piers. A slab on grade can work but only if it is designed stiff enough and is allowed to float with the soil. It is pretty much a guarantee the surface soil in north and central Texas will be moving.
  5. WTF?

    The worst is the sewer gas that migrates out the fan when it is off. There is a reason we have traps between the vent/soil stack and the interior of the house. Of course I guess and explosion from concentrated methane might be worse.
  6. voltage stick

    I like the Sperry Dual check VD7504GFI. It has both non-contact and GFCI outlet tester in one instrument that I keep in my camera holster.
  7. log on trouble

    No problem for me. You might try to clear your "cookies" for the site and start fresh.
  8. Electric dryer heating problem

    Start with simple things, check for adequate power first. Some dryers will run the motor even if one leg of the power supply is tripped or fuse blown.
  9. Receptacle taps

    My limited experience with Alumicon connectors is that they take up less space than what I had feared. they are actually pretty easy to work with and accommodate inside standard boxes.
  10. Light Fixture Problem

    What else is on the circuit? I would be looking for changes in voltage or spikes with other loads were switched on/off. You can get some funky stuff (technical term) going when back stab or otherwise bad connections are involved.
  11. 1969 Home

    Same as any other house. You have to see it to inspect it.
  12. whole house surge protectors

    I am vaguely familiar with this type of program but have never used it. That said, why would I rent something that I can buy with a relatively short ROI compared to renting. I rent expensive stuff (i.e. tools) that I would not use enough to justify the purchase price. I buy stuff that I use continuously or that has a low initial purchase price compared to renting. Of course you want to compare apples to apples but seems like they hit on a lucrative deal for the POCO's benefit, not yours.
  13. Trying to figure out if I should file a claim

    File the claim and get it replaced. This is common occurrence where I am and your rates will go up anyway depending on the region, not your individual claim status in this regard. Your house has already been devalued by the storm and that is why you have insurance. Yes, have someone take a look at it first, but if you have damage visible from the ground, I guarantee you have much more damage once you check it out from the roof.
  14. Is this "Fair"?

    We were one of the first states with licensing (over 25 years now) but I can't see that it sets a very high bar for beginners and as far as I can tell rarely prohibits the unqualified from retaining their license. It does mandate some continuing education but since licensing is regulated by the TREC, an agency run by realtors, it does not really promote excellence since that might kill deals. Licensing would do absolutely nothing to prevent the situation of the OP.