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  1. A 15-year-old water heater could be one of those that had the dip-tube problem back in the late 1990s. If it's got a bad dip-tube it would run out of hot water quickly and probably would not do a good job of supplying hot water to that type of system.
  2. Wanna see a veteran whose my hero and a slime ball that deserves to have the snot kicked out of him? Check it! Click Here! It starts to get good after the 4:30 mark. Chris
  3. Whew! CoolSigns, Here's a suggestion. 1. Give the client back his/her fee. 2. Stop inspecting. 3. Take a basic electrical systems inspection course from a reputable electrical trainer. 4. Ride along as an observer with an experienced inspector for several months and pay particular attention to how he/she evaluates electrical systems. 5. Ditch the IR camera until you've had more training on how to use it properly. 6. Once you've got a better handle on the subject matter, go back to work. Chris
  4. I'd stop short of doing police work without proper training. I don't think I'm qualified to determine, or obligated to speculate whether or not the previous occupant held naked square dances on the third tuesday of the month. I'm there to report on the condition of the home, and only that. I'll leave that sensationalized self serving dangerous stuff for Jack Wagon's like Mike Holmes to puke out. But hey that's just me.Mike is a friend of mine. Please share with us why you think he'sa "Jack Wagon" (presuming you mean the same Mike Holmes on the show "Holmes On Homes". that receives hundreds of
  5. DIMWIT and TWIT - Cute Send me $289 and take a simple online unproctored test and you too can join N.A.C.D.I. - National Association of Certified Drywall Inspectors. Chris
  6. Huh, The 'not code compliant' plumbing worked fine for 10 years and now it's wrong? Someone needs to snatch a knot in that homeowner's a** and the plumber needs a WD40 enema. de Oppresso Liber Top
  7. Hi, Since there is no E & O requirement for home inspectors in Washington state, I'd go with OREP at a $100,000 coverage a $1000 deductable for $1600 a year. Personally, I don't see the point of wasting money on E & O; it only paints a dollar sign on your back for attorneys and then you have that huge deductible to pay out even if the insurance company denies the claim but settles out of court for an amount far less than your deductible. Some profer the idea that if you don't carry an E & O policy that you're not being a responsible and professional business person; I thin
  8. Hey, This is just what I need. Welcome, Mr. Stuart. Here is my question: Does staying with the same insurance company lower my rates after the 1st year of two? Thanks for caring. Chris (Top) Sergeant
  9. Ookay, Not sure I understand. So the sales goal is going to be my gross sales target for the day, week, month, year divided by the number of home inspections I think I can do in that same period? I guess that ought to make sense to me, and on paper looks pretty good, but with the travel time to and from site, plus the fact that no two inspection times ever seem to be the same, or the time it takes to write up the report, plus the time stuck in traffic, etc., I think I'm missing something, because some months there's barely enough left to buy oatmeal after the bills are paid. I love doin
  10. How do I set my fees. I could call my competition, but I've heard that that's not the best way to set one's fees. Can you give me a couple of ideas? Chris
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