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  1. Jerry Simon

    Porch Steps

    I walked up and down this set of porch stairs a dozen times, trying to find something wrong with the step build. Nothing; sturdy, no awkwardness, no sense of stumbling, etc. Comments?
  2. Should a decorative gas appliance (a pre-fabricated metal fireplace with a gas log-set) flue pipe vent/tie-into a draft-induced furnace's metal B-vent? I'm pretty sure this isn't okay as combustion fumes from the furnace could potentially draft back into the dwelling through the fireplace. Thanks.
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    3 inspection photos you should take to manage your risk

    I rarely recommend further review, unless drywall needs to be removed or some such. I describe concisely what's wrong, why it's wrong, and what should be done about it. With that approach, I usually get by with less than 10 pictures per report, and often just two or three. Very often they're roof pictures where I can't show my client the defect.
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    Real Estate Radio Show Co-Host

    Thanks, Les. That means a lot to me.
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    Tub Step-Down

    I once stepped out of a bathtub in a hotel, and the bath floor was about six inches lower than the floor of the tub. I wasn't at all expecting such, and I stumbled, fell, and there was quite a bit of blood when I hit my head on the vanity. Saw this today on an inspection; bath floor five inches lower than the tub floor. Any code or the like that says this isn't allowed/is dangerous?
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    Tub Step-Down

    Yeah. But getting out of a clawfoot tub is inherently dangerous, and caution is naturally used when stepping out of one. Stepping out of a regular bathtub, you don't expect the drop-off. Awkward as all heck at best.
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    Tub Step-Down

    Perhaps I just be a klutz. . .
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    Cat IV Roof termination with plumbing stack flashing

    Erby, I've never seen Neoprene dry rot as you mentioned, so I figured in your neck of the woods they use rubber, not Neoprene. Grammar Nazi? Jeesh. . .
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    Cat IV Roof termination with plumbing stack flashing

    Not sure if I've ever seen rubber flashings for such; we use Neoprene boots around here, a synthetic polymer that weathers much better than rubber.
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    Paint Quality

    Any opinions on paint quality of Benjamin Moore Century versus Sherwin Williams? Thanks, TwinkleToes
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    Arc-faults for AC circuit

    Two separate 120-volt, arc-fault types of circuit breakers were protecting the 240-volt air conditioner's circuit at a house. I know a 240-volt breaker should be installed, but what about the use of arc-fault breakers? I suspect nuisance tripping might occur.
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    Oven Location

    There is a flight of stair immediately left of this oven/range. My client worried someone climbing the stairs could inadvertently touch a hot range-top, and thought a guard-rail of some sort, or a knee wall is needed at the side of the oven/range to protect from such. (There is a handrailing along the other side of the stairway.) Is protection to the side of the oven/range *required*?
  13. Restaurant patio areas. You shoulda had the realtor light it.
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    Fenix flashlights

    If you haven't been here before, it's THE flashlight-geeks forum for such a question. (That said, I searched their forum years ago with a similar concern; read for about an hour, and left more confused than when I started.) https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/content.php
  15. Just inspected this old building a couple weeks ago. Anybody else ever inspect it?
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    Recent Inspection

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    Recent Inspection

    I was wondering if anyone would be able to identify the building from that perspective. It's part of the underbelly of a very recognizable/famous structure.
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    Another *What is this*

    High-rise condo heated by an in-wall, two-pipe type of fan-assisted hydronic heater. Right above the wall supply register, which is right above the heater itself, there is a small plastic box that resembles a doorbell enclosure from the 1950's. Inside this box, there is a sensor(?) thingy wired with low-voltage wiring (there are six wiring strands here, but only two of the wires are connected to the sensor thingy). The sensor is made of white plastic, and is about 1" x 2" in size. Neither the box nor the sensor are labeled. Anybody know what this is? (It isn't a doorbell, by the by.)
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    What is this?

    Weren't the Bruiser & Crusher on right after the morning anthem?
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    Tyvek Protective Suits

    I've got 40 new Tyvek protective suits, with hoods and shoe covers, for sale. All are size 3X Large. I used them mostly for crawl spaces. If you bought them direct, they'd run about $272 plus shipping. I'll sell all 40 for $100, plus shipping. You can view the product here: https://disposable-garments.com/shop/tyvek/suits-hood-boot/ If interested, please call me, Jerry, at 847-705-6800 Thanks.