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  1. Ok, so it seems that every house I inspect with vinyl windows...(including my own) has at least a few windows that don't slide very easily. I usually document that there are various stiff windows and I'm usually asked what causes this. My only conclusion is pretty un-scientific..... my initial thought is that there is more friction with the vinyl? My rememdy is usally only the bar of soap rub.? Anybody have more thoughts on this?
  2. Just thought this was kind of interesting..... I don't think they were blue berries, but maybe I'm just jumping to conclusions. This is a closet in a bank repo. Note the chains from the ceiling and added support for the shelf. Also there is a picture of reflector taped to the backside of the closet doors. lol Image Insert: 62.32 KB Image Insert: 76.36 KB Image Insert: 77.8 KB Image Insert: 75.06 KB
  3. Thanks all..... I thought I'd missed something in training. I hate to bad mouth another inspector, so I don't.... but I think sometimes when I've never heard of something like that then my expressions probably tell the "story" to the client. lol This was actually the same inspector that inspected my house when I was selling. He panicked the buyers about mold on my garage wall (backside of bathtub)! What he didn't know was this was actually lint from a fridge that was there and had stuck to the wall. I had to cut the wall open and then repair the hole just to prove it wasn't a moisture/mold problem. I think I'm just rambling now.
  4. I was stumped last week when a seller asked me a question regarding their home inspection done by another inspector. The inspector listed that the wall in front of the stove was too close. He cited that the wall was less than 60" away from the front of the stove. ????? The wall was really just about 5' away from the stove.
  5. Thanks for all the support. I don't think this guy is going to do anything at all.... just liked to hear himself talk.
  6. Just need some advice! Just inspected a home built in 1920, there have been several upgrades made to the home (most of them improperly). Anyhoot, to get to the point. The seller received a copy of the report from my clients after they backed out of the purchase. Needless to say I have received a couple of calls from the seller asking for "explanations" on items reported. The sellers main complaint (he's a realtor also) is that my report on several items are based on todays standards of building and are irrelivent to the standards of the home at the time of building. I stated that some of the standards particularly combustible clearance of a flue pipe (item marked) is a safety item that now is known to cause a fire hazard. He states that he checked the code of 1920 and that 1" clearance was all that was required. Anyway, he's mentioned small claims court and all......I'm not worried about my report or that standards of which I use. My responsabilty is to my client purchasing. I guess I'm just venting and would like some food for thought if I was quoting the correct standards. I do take into account the age of the home and that some items are just the way they are. Thanks for the read. Danny
  7. Just got a call from one of my realtors. A house that I will be inspecting has a double wall oven. I have not looked at this yet and I will post pics after I do the inspection to get further input. I guess the wall ovens(electric) are through the wall between the kitchen and the garage. They project into the garage, and a cabinet was built around them on the inside of the garage. My first thought is on the "gas and fire" proofing between the garage and the house. I'm thinking if they sheetrock the "cabinet" and tape the seams, then they will regain the gas proofing of the garage. Just thought I'd get some input on this before I inspect the property. I've never come across something like that. Any input would be welcome.
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    Building Felt

    Thanks for the info. Here in CA I hardly ever see that type of installation. Most roofers usually just do the spaced (lath) sheathing and then nail off the shake to that, leaving the shake visable in the attic area. Looks like some manufactures like to see the felt paper too though.
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    Building Felt

    Well probably a silly question here. Just inspected a house and the shake roof was shot. Had a lot of rot, moss and repairs. While in the attic it appears that they re-roofed and put felt paper under the shake? No sheathing, but it's my thought that the felt paper is not allowing the shake to dry thoroughly and causing premature failure. Any thoughts on this?
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