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  1. Rob Amaral

    What is this flooring

    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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    Pit Sawn Timbers

    I can't share the photos unfortunately.. it's a sensitive situation. It had one of the most beautifully-trimmed/carved summer-beams I've ever seen... just perfect (in the front-right 'living' room). Gunstock corner posts exposed... I've done a bunch of these thru the years.. this one was the easiest but it too was complex in regards to the multiple two-pipe-steam heat systems, numbers of panels and such. It had a ton of excellent heart-wood for window casings/sills and such... The main fireplace was huge and I was able to 'walk into it' to inspect it.. that big..
  3. File under " Ugh.. here we ago again.. " sometimes the smallest buildings take the longest to write a report...
  4. Had a fun job the other day... built in 1645... Pit-sawn timbers..... You could see where the 'team' were taking breaks and such....
  5. Rob Amaral

    It's Never-Ending

    1985-vintage condo building with original heat pump.. I'm checking it... NO Return DUCT.. No return INLET to blower-cabinet.. zip. Nada. "Return-air' simply 'leaks-in' through gaps in blower-door'... Been that way for 33 years... No flow...
  6. Rob Amaral

    Sometimes you wonder!

    I once inspected a 1928 Tudor in Boston area and found a collapsed flue-tile liner (from looking up in the clean-out at the basement). I took a photo.. and 'you need a new liner' etc. Seller had the work done, buyer hired me to 'check the new liner'.. I did the same thing.. looked up the clean-out, found a torn-apart-to-pieces (spirally) new metal liner. "you need it re-done". It was re-done. I go back, now see a good liner from clean-out, but to get to the top, it meant erecting a 21' LG and carrying up a 13' LG to make it to the top (it was actually very easy but a pain). I get to the top---the 'tube' is now just 'cut and ended above the cap/wash'.. .no 'cap' on it, etc. "Fix it right". They fix it. I go back.. same drill with the 2 ladders... this time.. a text-book job.... ...and the chimney-company-owner's cell phone left up there... Oy... Four trips just to make sure this was done right...
  7. Rob Amaral

    Crack in wall

    Light-colored concrete does not absorb as much heat from the sun (perhaps)... and the red brick does... red brick expands and starts to destroy itself now that it absorbs more heat from the sun??? Just a guess. ... What you appear to need is a professional engineer savvy about 'the coefficient of expansion' of those various materials... ....
  8. Rob Amaral

    1924 house

    The fun part of the job!
  9. Rob Amaral

    Unknown Object

    Nice video... that guy's little keyer-rig is not heavy enough... The one I have is a cast-iron monster... as my Italian grandmother would have said.. "She no move.. " ... it's 100% mechanical...
  10. Rob Amaral

    Unknown Object

    I don't use it... but I 'know' Morse code ... it was 'absorbed' since age 12.. Being a musician also helps to learn/understand it (and vice versa by the way!) The key set is a Standard Model Mac Key... Manufactured by Theodore R Mc Elroy "world's' champion radio telegrapher'.. Boston, Mass, USA The only time I use 'code' is to rag on my brother (the ham) or talk to him "in code' secretly or to see if the code used in a movie is correct or not.. (surprising how often it's correct.. )
  11. Rob Amaral

    Unknown Object

    Telegraph 'binding post' in a house.. .hmmm... smells like a HAM I should have figured that out... (Uncle-K1AWP, brother-N1MX) Beep beep ba deep... Or I should say "73'!! Meanwhile... not 1 foot away from my seat, there is this:
  12. Rob Amaral

    Unknown Object

    Probably radio antenna... I find remnants of old antennas in attics all the time around Boston..
  13. Rainy snizzling day through the windshield...