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Rob Amaral

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  1. Yes I have...it's pretty bad.. these people have apparently been in the LA area too long.... What a lot of people don't realize is that there are variations of the accent all thru Eastern MA... Where I live (18 mi SW of BOS) we have a lot of ex-Bostonians from neighborhoods of South Boston, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Readville... that infiltrated our accent which was more hayseed dairy-farm around 1900 or so... The old New Englanders are long-gone.. their great grand kids are still around (we have some Puritan descendants still walking around this town). I do my best as part of my home inspection routines to teach newcomers to MA how to properly pronounce things.. Plummah Heatah Watah Watah Metah Soowah Soo-wah ejectah Cirkit Braykah Etceterah..
  2. The team I'm on has pulled-out of the inspection-scene temporarily.. reason #1: We don't want to spread it around and we don't want to get it. Seems pretty simple. ... Doo-doo is ramping-up rapidly around Boston area...
  3. I may not 'like' a law, but I am bound to obey a law... even if I don't agree with it... For example, I am not allowed (by MA Law) to give estimates.. so I don't. How many thousands of times have I 'wished I could' though! Over-all, the CDC and 'everybody' says simply this: STFH and you know.. they are right...
  4. My governor (Charlie Baker R-MA) has along with the President of the US call out an emergency due to the Corona-virus issue. He has also created a list of 'essential' professions/trades/services that can still work out there. (The rest are NOT allowed and there are fines if they were to disobey this edict). Home inspection is not on the list. Therefore, I am obeying this directive and not going out to work, in compliance with this law. Yet, some of my fellow MA-area inspectors are simply ignoring this. This is against the law, against the edict of the Governor and unethical as it is in direct contention with not only the law but the intent/spirit of the law which is a good law.. (Idea being simply.. 'lets not spread this more than it is if we can'). I think my fellow inspectors are breaking the law, jeopardizing their licenses and worse.. possibly increasing the spread of the corona-virus, no matter how well they try not to. What do the forum-readers think?
  5. That does not look like Hardie Mike...
  6. and there... in a nutshell is the beauty of this website/forum... Sharing knowledge.. Thanks!
  7. Natural-gas-fired stand-alone 'Steam Boiler/Radiator" For a detached garage for house built in 1841 in Boston area. It never ends guys... never ends.. And the usual other stuff here (the 'history' of electrical installation work, steam work, in-cellar cistern-turned-coal bin, etc, etc, etc). The name plate on this heater was so corroded I could not read it.. enjoy!
  8. Hmm... 1942? Military base housing perhaps?? (I don't find buildings built in 1942 around Boston... though a few near the coast may have been)... I'd suggest they make sure the cementitious composite was tested for asbestos-content just to be sure... Exactly where was this property?
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