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  1. Steven Hockstein

    square footage

    Send your client a tape measure and a thank you note. Explain that measuring the condo is beyond the scope of a home inspection but you hope your small gift will assist in the solving her dilemma.
  2. Steven Hockstein

    Hockey Practice?

    I guess after the first few misses it didn't really matter.
  3. Steven Hockstein

    Fun Design Challenge

    I just wanted to know what you meant by efficient design. No offense taken. Design aesthetic is subjective. I attached a few photos of other stairways we designed. An engineer designs a stairway to allow people to travel from one floor to another. Function typically trumps aesthetic. An Architect designs a stairway that does the same thing but also tries to make it a beautiful experience travel on the stairway. Meanwhile the building contractor tries to figure out how to build what the architect draws. Hopefully everyone works together to make it happen successfully. A home inspector looks at it after it is built and tries to determine what is wrong with it. Thanks Les!
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    Fun Design Challenge

    There will be hurricane ties installed along the bottom plate. The plate ring is a continuous laminated circle and cannot deform. I suspect that will be the strongest roof in town! The intersecting roof is more like a cricket and is built over the dome to divert water. It will not be seen from the ground.
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    Fun Design Challenge

    Not sure what you mean by an "Efficient" design. The house surpasses energy code requirements. The exterior materials are low maintenance. Worrying about window washing on a custom home is like someone buying a Range Rover and asking only about the gas mileage. The people that buy this house are not washing their own windows. They have people like us to do it for them! I could only imagine what architectural design would be like if the main concern of the design was low upkeep. PS- I drive a VW
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    Fun Design Challenge

    No. The house is under four million. Curved windows are too expensive. Roof will be metal. Curved wall section is mostly Azek. We laminated plywood for sheathing.
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    Fun Design Challenge

    This is a house under construction designed by AHM Architects. The stair tower was fun to figure out.
  8. Steven Hockstein

    Client needs inspector in Atlanta.

    Not sure. Jim, do you service this area?
  9. Just received this note -- "Hi Steven, I wanted to thank you very much for the great home inspection you did. Thanks to your great report we were able to make a better decision regarding the house. Because of this and other factors, we are actually purchasing a home in Dacula, GA (suburb of Atlanta) and wanted to know if you had any inspection company that you recommend who services that area. Thanks again for doing an awesome job" Can anyone make a recommendation to share with my client?
  10. Just received this note -- "Hi Steven, I wanted to thank you very much for the great home inspection you did. Thanks to your great report we were able to make a better decision regarding the house. Because of this and other factors, we are actually purchasing a home in Dacula, GA (suburb of Atlanta) and wanted to know if you had any inspection company that you recommend who services that area. Thanks again for doing an awesome job" Can anyone make a recommendation to share with my client?
  11. Steven Hockstein

    WTF?

    I was not sure if I should post this in the HVAC or plumbing section. The good news is that they did not have to make an extra hole in the roof for the exhaust fan termination.
  12. Steven Hockstein

    Lint Trap

    Typically the manufacturer's published installation requirement/specifications "Trump" the code requirements. I advise my clients to follow the specifications.
  13. Steven Hockstein

    Lint Trap

    Maybe it is a NJ thing. This "trap" is about 5 feet deep.
  14. Steven Hockstein

    Lint Trap

    An HVAC contractor told me that a lint trap is required by code in this dryer vent and he installed this in a laundry room. The vent is suppose to be ducted up through the ceiling but if you look carefully you can see that the bottom is also open and there is a trap door planned below. This is a new one to me. There is no requirement in the dryer installation manual and I told the contractor to follow the manufacturer's requirements. It seems to me that this would cause problems with the air flow. Anyone want to comment?
  15. Steven Hockstein

    Phone Sale?

    I just got off the phone with someone that was trying to sell me "Anbeztoos" isbestons". It took me three times before I realized she was trying to say "Asbestos Inspections." I was tempted to hang-up on her but I had to ask what she meant. She explained to me that architects need to have ansbestoos isbestons when they open walls because the anbeztoos can go in your ears and hurt you and if I did not have the isbeston I could get a fine. She was surprised I did not know about anbeztoos. I said no thank you. I am curious if the company that hired her to make phone sales calls ever listened to her sales pitch. I would recommend that someone educate her about what she is selling. Hope everyone has a happy, prosperous, and safe new year.
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