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  1. Most decks with beams not bearing directly over support don't even get this cleat treatment. Screws or not, how severely overloaded would this deck have to be before it failed? Have you ever seen carriage or through-bolts fail where beams are clamped to the sides of posts? Me either. Sure it's wrong and I would write it up in accordance with the deck guide. However, if you screw enough "Deck Mate" screws for the cleats on either side of those posts, is anyone going to fret during their next BBQ event?
  2. Hi Kurt, Help me understand. Why are the new real estate attorneys going to be evaluating HI's? It sounds like they are evaluating HI's during the inspection process. Is this for potential future litigation against HI's, is this for referrals, or something else? If this is about litigation against HI's, I would not want to participate in helping you help them. 2) What is a competent inspection? Is the inspector moving around, observing and touching everything within reach, digging, probing and getting a workout, or is he having a brisk stroll through the home? Does the report contain
  3. LOL. Reminds me of the Pace Picante salsa commercials where they declare another character's sauce is made in New York City:
  4. Texas Pete Hot Sauce? They sprayed that metal duct to the left but not the mastic to the duct on the right.
  5. I have a used Home Inspection Exam Prep paperback edition. Helped me pass the NHIE. It's selling for approximately $250 on-line. There is normal wear on the cover, but spine intact and no markings or tears on pages. I will sell it for $100.00 including shipping in U.S. Click to Enlarge 42.34 KB
  6. I will critique the background a little. My curiosity centers around the classic? car that your text box is blocking. The color of the house is a bit unusual for my neck of the woods and the day looks blah. I would want a better example taken on a sunny blue sky day. Consider a link to a sample report.
  7. Nice pic. Late 1950's from the big three is all I could guess. I stumbled upon a revealing crash test comparison on Youtube with a '59 Bel Air against a late model Chevy. I mistakenly thought all that sheetmetal of the classic car would have provided more cushion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJrXViFfMGk
  8. Hi Erby, I found in a 2006 IRC 1803.3. "Connectors shall be as short and straight as possible..." Other than the required minimum 1/4" slope per foot and the requirement of offsets for inlets for multiple appliances, I did not find anything.
  9. Hi Scott, I've had one for not quite a year. I have worn out the SD card slot so I have to put a sliver of Post-it note inside to "shim" it. LOL Like Kurt, I get some blurry pics but have no problem like I did with the retractable lenses freezing up due to grit, etc. It's nice and slim but not too ergonomic when one-handing it and trying to zoom in and out. Macro feature is a nuisance focusing and I can get closer to the nameplate, and a better shot, in standard shooting mode. None of these Nikon cameras I've owned focus or meter too well when shooting wood in an attic or crawlspa
  10. Hi Egbert, Combination push button and wall outlets. Where the outlets switched? Here, they usually are in residential construction where the grounding plug faces up.
  11. Homeowner reported he did it the day before the inspection. This is more commonly done around vent boot registers in attic ceilings.
  12. Photo depicts silver paint over "Great Stuff" expandable foam. Says on the safety sheet not to use around heaters or furnaces where foam may come into contact with heat-conductive surfaces. This foam was applied around air ducts and boxes adjacent to an electric heat pump. Any issues I may not be aware of? Click to Enlarge 57.17 KB
  13. Yes, it could have been dumped there right before the mice dumped some turds.
  14. What have I got here? From a distance, looks kind of like blown cellulose. Up close, those small flex are not newspaper. One fleck has a screen-like pattern on it. 1951 home. Click to Enlarge 56 KB[/size=l
  15. To Steven: Save the message and call the police.
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