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  1. I'm going to be here for a while...

    I hope you charged an extra $20 for that. Are all the panels 3phase?
  2. New roof raised in areas

    Could this perhaps be a modular home trucked to the site and assembled? Hard to tell whats going on just with a roof shot.
  3. inert materials burial on site

    These are Elm tree stumps and parts that the builder buried on my property in 1960 when the house was built. The cross street is named "Old Elm". They were discovered when I was having a curtain drain installed in 2011.
  4. 1969 Home wiring

    That was probably due to Unions. Most big cities used mostly copper for that reason.
  5. New blog

    Benign is a word most closely associated with Malignant (as in tumor). If an "easy" report is B9 is a tough report Malignant? Poor word choice.
  6. Burnham "Electric Steam Radiator"

    According to Burnham it is a steam unit. https://www.amazon.com/Burnham-Portable-Electric-Steam-Radiator/dp/B00QP522HS
  7. Run away

    Yes, I did that a few times.
  8. Low Voltage Lighting Controls

    Mike: My parents built in the 50's and these low voltage lighting systems were sold as a security feature. But our system had both interior and exterior lights. There was a master control in the master bedroom with numbers up to (I think) 12. Each number on the dial corresponded to a light and if you heard a noise in the night you could dial the number and turn on a light. There was also an all on position. Not sure if the solenoid switches are still available.
  9. Digital Camera Deal For Serious Photographers

    $1769 at amazon.
  10. Cant please everybody

    Well, I can understand your chagrin. No insult intended, but without seeing what you said in the report it is hard to comment. Did you do one of those reports that had fifty items and each item was marked for "further evaluation"? Or did you give him a range of estimates on the severity of the conditions, leaving only the major and important one's for the contractor? My view is that the profession had gone from Professional inspectors with knowledge of all aspects of home construction who were/are able to give informed objective viewpoints on the "stuff" we find, to people with peripheral knowledge who point to things and say "that's wrong, get a further evaluation." Unfortunately that is an evolution that had to happen with so many people graduating "inspection schools" and not having the ability to learn in depth by OJT.
  11. I hired a boat inspector

    Looks like a carbon copy of the Aquasport I sold a few years ago. That 200 is a great engine. Have fun.
  12. 19 freakin 81

    Could it be the group of guys back from Vietnam who went into training to be carpenters and then became builders? Still a little high from the good stuff? Lotsa screwed up heads. The time line works.
  13. Can I do this? What's it entail?

    Condo Boards, (HOA's) are responsible for maintaining the property. The inspection that is done for an HOA normally only deals with the things the board is responsible for. Most cases they do not include (at least the one's I have done) individual interior apartment conditions. The board needs to maintain a reserve fund for future repairs and maintenance for their areas of responsibility. Roofing, Siding, etc. They usually want present condition and remaining life projections. It is not difficult if you sit with them and determine just what they need, hire a few experts to assist and give them the report they want. This appears to be slightly different because they are taking it over from the builder and will probably just want to make sure the builder did things correctly and there are no potential construction problems. But that should have been taken care of by the local building authorities when they gave a CO to the complex. A properly drafted agreement for the inspection indicating what is and is not to be inspected becomes your hold harmless.
  14. Can I do this? What's it entail?

    So? Your chance for a big buck job. Find out what they want, create a standard check list for their needs and charge a ton. Oh, by the way, do a hold harmless letter. The biggest one my company ever did was 280 units. Nice coin.