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  1. According to Reliance install instructions; "The transfer switch circuits with 20 Amp breakers must be connected only to branch circuits with 20 Amp breakers in the load center. Do not connect transfer switch circuits to any branch circuits greater than 20 Amps. NOTE: The transfer switch circuits with 15 Amp breakers can be connected to branch circuits with either 15 or 20 Amp breakers in the load center." Link; http://www.reliancecontrols.com/Documen ... ctions.pdf
  2. Spend time with your customers, whatever amount you deem necessary, balanced against the need to be profitable. Try to ignore things realtors say. I absolutely agree. I have been fortunate to work with some good realtors that appreciate the time I take to make sure the client understands what I have found. Saves all of us time and trouble down the road. For the other realtors that keep looking at their watch, and had no idea that an inspection can take 3 hours or more......just remember that you probably inspected more houses last week, than they sold all of last y
  3. So my question is regarding the air inlets we see on windows and sometimes with forced air heat systems we see an air inlet duct with damper door and timer here in Washington. Is it just me, or have alot of the builders simply quit installing air inlets? A few years ago every home had a way to inlet air from the exterior using the trickle ports or the ducts and dampers. But in the last couple years I routinely come across homes that have neither system. I have heard responses from numerous builders saying that the code was changed and they now allow "Fan only whole house ventilation".
  4. I also pondered hiring an employee and all of its' pluses and minuses. My problem is that I really enjoy what I do, and my business runs very smooth, with no real headaches. I have managed employees for other companies in the past, which can be stressful, time consuming, rife with trials and tribulations. Having been an employee, like most of us have, it is easy to remember the mind set many of us once had. But after being self employed you develop an entirely different mind set. While I have no problem when business is great one month, and slow the next. Income being like a roller co
  5. Well said. Moisture meters are more for show, than go. And in the wrong hands they likely won't provide reliable results.I got into this business more than 13 years ago. Back then, I was told that a moisture meter was a must-have tool and that it was being used by most inspectors in my region and that the standard of care was to use it. For 13 years I've done just that and I know very few inspectors that don't have one. If I'm ever called into a courtroom to testify about the use of a moisture meter as part of an inspector's arsenal, I'm going to say exactly that and I think that the majority
  6. It has also been my understanding that gable louvers should never be used with ridge ventilation. Having "balanced" attic ventilation is the goal. Check out the following link. http://www.inspect-ny.com/interiors/atticcond9.htm Although I have to say that I have seen many homes with both ridge and gable vents that had no moisture build up, yet others configured that way with serious ventilation problems/damage.
  7. Well said. Moisture meters are more for show, than go. And in the wrong hands they likely won't provide reliable results.
  8. Check out my deck construction detail page. It has the prescriptive deck construction link to gove you and your husband ideas. Hope that helps. http://millerhomeinspect.com/decks.aspx
  9. I agree with most posts, that finding that crack would have been outside the scope of the home inspection. I emphasize both verbally and in the written report how important it is to have an HVAC contractor perform an additional inspection and service to maintain prior to closing. I explain/document the potential for a cracked heat exhanger. That has always served me well. I do find it frustrating to make a call ( bad heat exchanger, bad roof, etc) to only have a technician, contractor, etc fully bless it, as the one did in your example of the 50 cent piece hole in the exchanger. Then to t
  10. Ya, looks sloppy............... "Uncle Bob" strikes again...... Example of the large home improvement center slogan; "You can do it, and we can help"
  11. This may sound silly, .....but who the heck is Sharon Kramer? ...and what makes her the mold lady?
  12. This is just one of those threads that reminds you not to believe everything you read on the internet..... First it was "illegal" 14 guage wiring....and then came "prohibited" back stabbed outlets.....what next?
  13. Nice elbows.....I guess the proper sweep might have made it look funny......
  14. Really....That is bizarre. There is absolutely nothing wrong with #14 copper as long as it protected with a 15 amp breaker. I would love to know why your local AHJ has a problem with that. I understand why they have a problem with electrical work that was performed without a permit. But rewiring the house for something that is accepted by NEC, IRC, and general practice throughout the entire US?
  15. Here is an informative guide on Hobo Spider indentification, or mis-identification by an entomologist who has provided training at the SPI seminars. http://pep.wsu.edu/pdf/PLS116_1.pdf Hope that helps.
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