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Everything posted by inspector57

  1. I get your meaning and perspective but I can see problems the other way, such as in Texas where heavy handed TREC establishing rules without any power of the inspectors themselves. Lawyers and realtors who run the show giving mandates without the need to consult the inspectors they rule over. And since there are about 10 x more realtors than inspectors, there is no check on their power. Slip in consumer to replace Realtor in the above scenario and you have the same issues. In my experience, inspectors tend to be harder on themselves than the public on disciplinary actions but are more realistic when instituting laws and rules that govern the industry. "Pure democracy is like two wolves and a lamb deciding on what is for dinner." Having a pure majority deciding on issues concerning someone else needs to be tempered with the people affected having some real power.
  2. A fellow Texas inspector was recently attacked by 3 Pit Bulls during an inspection. He is currently in the hospital with likely career ending injuries. https://www.gofundme.com/f/swhfw-support-brian?utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3EaFxoOKNdZCI3B9OEW3jRzwQEJQwI9rFqmOgk_HcFiKuBctQeloQE76k I'm sure he will appreciate your prayers as he undergoes the second of likely many more surgeries.
  3. Depends on the building. Residential single family, yes. High rise multifamily, no.
  4. The window manufacturer has no responsibility for ensuring their product meets your needs. The window installation contractor and sales person on the other hand should know and ensure the work he does is compliant with all local codes and manufacturers instructions. The home owner / purchaser is not without responsibility in the equation though and a judge may apply a percentage of responsibility to each such as 50/50. This would be a crap shoot depending on the judge in my estimation. The nice thing about inspectors jobs is we don't have to decide these things and can make recommendations without worrying about who has to pay. The "fixed double slider" term means what the window manufacturer says it means as it is, to my knowledge, a marketing term, not a defined architectural term.
  5. Yep, My brother had a short stint selling these in the late 60's or early 70's. That gig did not last long, seems I remember he was having to try to sell these heat alarms even though new fangled smoke alarms were making them obsolete.
  6. The few times I have not finished an inspection was due to finding numerous big ticket issues or a substantial defect in the foundation or structure that would be cost prohibitive or impossible to correct without a bulldozer. Totally legal everywhere to stop work and save the client money or for any other reason. The inspectors contract is with his client. Call him or another inspector to do an inspection for you but be aware once you know the issues, you will be required to disclose that information to any future buyers or repair the defects prior to sale. Bottom line, there is a reason the first buyers were scared off and a reason the second buyers decided to save some money by not completing the inspection. Inspectors generally want to complete the inspection, write the report and make a full fee. This inspector lost money in order to protect his client.
  7. Might just be part of the shipping straps where they were strapped to the truck.
  8. Time to replace the battery or the entire flashlight as my rechargeable Streamlight Stinger DS LED has left me stranded a couple of times now. I really loved the light when I replaced my Ultra Stinger with the $20 bulbs that would take a dump if you bumped the light with it turned on. Now though, I want more; an adjustable focus from flood to spot and dimmable settings. I have a couple of "no name - As Seen On TV" lights that have those features and are honestly as good operationally as the Stream light except they are so much smaller and cheaper that I don't really trust them yet. Flashlights have come a long way in the past few years.
  9. If you are on expansive soils, it is important that any pier, post, or pad used to support the foundation joists are placed similarly to the other foundation. Just dropping a pad and post on top of the soil when the rest of the house is supported by a much deeper foundation can have the foundation "fighting" with the newly added item. Shallow or surface soils move much more relative to the deeper foundation and the "fix" becomes the problem rather than a solution.
  10. Same as Mike Lamb except I average around 400-550 per inspection, hand signs and all. I never take written notes. Photos are my notes also. I tend to go overboard on photos but it costs me nothing and has saved my bacon more than once. I don't have photos of everything but I do take a quick walk through and snap the basic interior and exterior, lots of photos in attics, roofs, etc. I too find some things I did not notice on site. All photos are saved with the report even though the client does not see them.
  11. Those are not shims but just short studs. Can't tell much about it from your photo but if there is no evidence of failure, I would not be concerned. Looks like it was built that way and while there may be a better way of doing it, 10 years with no rot or other signs of failure would lead me to leave it alone.
  12. I agree something has changed other than polarization of power. Since you are on a different outlet, maybe it was too close to being overloaded and the pump sent it over the edge.... but I think Marc is more on the right track.
  13. Oversized units can cause short cycling and that was my thought as I was getting to Katen's post. That would be my guess but I'm in a mild heating climate where furnaces are generally replaced long before they are used up and are almost always oversized.
  14. Once you have one or two dents, it might just be cheaper to replace the thing after junior grows up than to build an elaborate net to try to limit further damage.
  15. I am neither an appraiser or surveyor. I inspect the condition of the things present, I do not measure or appraise its size or value, thus the name of my company is "Mr. Inspector," not Mr. Appraiser or Mr. Surveyor. Nowhere in my standards of practice does measuring properties appear.
  16. I'm not seeing any signatures either, on my Mac desktop using Safari.
  17. Why not? This gives the client the option of inspecting only what they need. I don't see any down side, what are your concerns?
  18. http://www.usawire-cable.com/pdfs/nec ampacities.pdf Try this one.
  19. Wrong chart, that one is for copper.
  20. I'm not too timid about opening panels and electrical in general, even work some stuff hot if the need arises but that bottom panel with all the exposed live metal spooks me and really makes me fear for the average home owner trying to change a fuse in the dark! Still it is a thing of beauty for the workmanship.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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