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  1. Tom Raymond

    Cost Estimates

    Spendy Costly Expensive There goes your vacation plans Your kid was probably going to drop out of college anyway Whatever it takes to convey the gravity of the situation.
  2. Tom Raymond

    Cost Estimates

    What's e&o? I don't let insurance dictate my level of service.
  3. Tom Raymond

    Cost Estimates

    Approximating costs is not the same thing as bidding on a job. Not even close. How many times have you heard a realtor say, "it just needs a little paint and trim"? Are you aware that casing, base, crown and a fresh coat of paint for a 12×14 room is around $1000 in materials? How many first time buyers do you think are? I didn't pull that out of thin air, that's what I spent on my daughter's bedroom last summer. I work for my client. If he needs a number he gets one, but I often find it more helpful to describe a scope of work. They have even less of an idea what goes into the remedy than they do of the costs, and the sharp ones will begin to tally their own expectations. And no, that is not "designing" a repair.
  4. Tom Raymond

    Hotel Henry Conference Center,

    My brother worked the asbestos removal there. He said it was spooky when it was empty. Bill and Les in the same room? Count me in.
  5. Tom Raymond

    This ladder still OK?

    Everyone in the inspector groups on Facebook always recommended the 17' little giant or Werner. I find that size hard to handle. It's too big when I need a small ladder and too short when I need a big one. I carry 300# rated Werner folders, 15' and 22'. If I need to make more than one trip or plan to spend more than a few minutes at height I grab a real extension ladder. They are far more comfortable to hang out on, and easier to set up. I wouldn't be worried about Denny's ladder as a step, but I wouldn't be comfortable on it fully extended.
  6. Tom Raymond

    This ladder still OK?

    I would tell the rep to climb it first.
  7. Tom Raymond

    Roof Design / Name

    It's called Hide The HVAC Hip.😉
  8. Tom Raymond

    This is COOL

    These have been around for a while. At least since 1990. And yes. Very cool.
  9. Tom Raymond

    Raised stair nosing

    Random directions you say?
  10. Tom Raymond

    Mold remediation or paint?

    Looks like the same thinned out white paint sprayed all over every distressed bank owned POS I've ever been in.
  11. Tom Raymond

    Post Frame Construction Home

    Exactly what Marc said. Air infiltration. Some from outside, some stack effect. Odd because it doesn't move like you would expect in more conventionally framed buildings.
  12. Tom Raymond

    Post Frame Construction Home

    I've been in several homes built this way. They all had unusual bypass issues, particularly at the floor platforms. How do you reduce thermal bridging when you replace slim studs with chunky columns?
  13. Tom Raymond

    HI Artography - Old Boiler

    Are nudes allowed here?
  14. Tom Raymond

    square footage

    I have commented on square footage a couple of times. On every occasion my gut tells me the actual square footage is significantly different then the listing or the tax data. I actually instructed one client to grieve their tax assessment, the assessors nearly doubled the size of the building.
  15. Tom Raymond

    Crappy drill press

    Get out the Granger catalog, or watch the curb for a free bicycle. Either way, you're looking at a repower.
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