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  1. As for the overnotched joists, they rarely split but they always bounce.
  2. Nacho was planning on using their fee calculator to pay nacho members to perform prelisting inspections. He got a lot of pushback for promoting "free" home inspections. At about the same time there were 3 other prelisting programs launched, and he shifted gears to his commercial inspection association. It was all over Facebook about 6 months ago.
  3. I would just follow the slab. If everything is crooked in the same direction by the same amount no one will ever see it. Make one component level and will stick out like a sore thumb. The real trick with the doors you have picked is making sure that the sills are flat. The directions will harp on plumb, level, square...but a flat sill is far more critical. Most of those doors aren't manufactured square.
  4. The only time I shut anything off was the weekend the fire department decided to control burn the house at the end of my street. We don't have backflow prevention so I closed the main. our volunteers have imploded more than one water heater when the pumps pulled more water than the lines could supply.
  5. I would only raise the door if you plan on building up the floor. Put the "one by" on the top.
  6. That's a small space. Hang and tape drywall. The money you save on the plastic ceiling can go toward a plastic floor cover, the concrete patch will always look like a patch.
  7. No, they won't lap nicely. Add strapping and run them the other way, or divide the space with H channels. Or select a different material. Tongue and groove cpvc is nice.
  8. 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.
  9. What's e&o? I don't let insurance dictate my level of service.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. I would tell the rep to climb it first.
  14. It's called Hide The HVAC Hip.😉
  15. These have been around for a while. At least since 1990. And yes. Very cool.
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