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  1. S-trap in new construction

    Thanks Chad! I appreciate the help. Badair, I am in QC. We don't follow the NEC here. AFCIs are required only on bedroom wall receptacles, they aren't to be installed on permanent light fixtures.
  2. S-trap in new construction

    Hello All, Is this not an S-trap? This is brand new construction, the house has never been lived in. Is there something I am missing? The first picture is under the kitchen sink. The extension is not 2x the diameter of the pipe... The second is in the powder room. My antennae are up on this home as I found a couple of other issues like no electrical outlet in the powder room and ceiling lights on AFCI's that suggest the home was built by a "jack of all trades" Any help would be appreciated Thanks!
  3. Spray foam on party wall

    I always thought of it as row housing attached on both sides. Is this one of those Canadian/American things?...
  4. Spray foam on party wall

    Thanks Marc. It isn't a condo building... Just a town home. I appreciate the feedback.
  5. Spray foam on party wall

    Maybe it's this? A kind of foam with an intumescent property. http://www.firechemicals.com/Firex.html I can feel the foam like density and insulation properties when I touched it in the attic. This product looks pretty interesting. I can see how thermal resistance is important. I may have answered my own question here.
  6. Spray foam on party wall

    It is definitely spray foam. It may have an intumescent latex barrier on it, but I'm not 100% sure if even that is considered ok. The building doesn't have sprinklers and it's a residential home. I think it would require a fire wall. This is just a new one on me. Wondering if anyone else has seen it or has an opinion on it? This is an intumescent latex barrier: http://www.netzerotools.com/handi-foam-m10000-ignition-barrier-5-gallon
  7. Shower Light

    Try to get a good one if you can. I have a Klein and I'm not too impressed, but it's MUCH better than my older one (Can't remember the name). My master electrician friend says to go with Fluke. Check the sensitivity so you don't get one that goes off every time you sneeze...
  8. Vinyl window in stucco

    Mark has the right reply: backer rod and caulk is necessary for stucco and EIFS installations to manage expansion and contraction between two different materials.Openings can allow moisture to enter and get trapped in the wall. Typically these are face systems with no drainage plane. The overhang may or may not protect it, but it's not done properly.
  9. Spray foam on party wall

    Hello All, I just wanted to ask for some feedback. I did an inspection on a 2011 townhome and in the attic, there was spray foam over the party walls. There is a hole at the top of one party wall which I am asking to be sealed, but what are your views on the spray foam? How can it affect the fire rating of the wall? I did not make any holes to measure the drywall and verify a proper 5/8" . How would you write it up? Thanks in advance for any opinions you may have
  10. Piercing a hole in copper discharge pipe of sump?

    Interesting .... I never knew. It makes sense, but I had never seen it before. Once again, this is the temple of wisdom! Thank-you again.
  11. Piercing a hole in copper discharge pipe of sump?

    Hi Marc It is below the check valve, right after the pump. The discharge tube runs from the pit up to the ceiling, and then horizontal, where the check valve is installed. His explanation was to relieve the pressure in the pipe. My question is.. because of the strength of the pump? To empty the pipe because it is 7 ft or 8 ft high? I've never heard of it being done before, yet he states the company asked him for it. When the pump operates, obviously it sprays out from the hole, but the pump operates sufficiently to empty the pit.
  12. Hello Everyone, I inspected an early 1960's home, original on owner. The discharge pipe for the sump pump is copper and the water was squirting out the side of the pipe. I thought it was the weld, but the owner told me the pump company had told him to put a hole in the discharge pipe to help relieve pressure because the discharge pipe runs 8 ft high. Anyone heard of this? The pipe does have a one way valve on it. I have never seen this before. Once again, thanks in advance for all your wisdom. Click to Enlarge 31.36 KB
  13. Old Anti-back-flow valve?

    Hi All, I just wondered if anyone can confirm or deny my theory. I've never seen any like this, but can this be an old anti-black-flow preventer? The valve turns completely left and right, but it is sealed at the floor. Because the home is 1950 construction and it's in the slab, I am just making an educated guess.. Anyone? Click to Enlarge 37.89 KB
  14. New Construction, sloppy valleys

    Thanks Marc. I am a bit under the gun as I have a few reports to get out. This is an important customer and it is not a low end build. I want to make sure I cover it all so he can speak to the builder.
  15. New Construction, sloppy valleys

    Hi Guys, I guess the title says it all. This is a brand new home. Would any of you have an issue with the way these shingles were cut? No leaks in the attic and it was raining a lot the day of the inspection. Would you be worried the uncut shingles in the valley would allow for water to get underneath? Is it even worth calling the builder to fix it? Thanks in advance. Click to Enlarge 59.91 KB Click to Enlarge 71.01 KB