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  1. My mother moved into a home last summer. This home is concrete block with brick veneer siding. The home is early 70's. and sits on a basement. The basement is heated by a gas furnace. A couple of quick questions. 1. The windows had all been upgraded to double pane sliders. This winter there has been a large amount of condensation on these windows. I know what causes condensation but why would this home have so much more than I typically see and what Can I do about it? 2. This home sits on a basement and I want to finish a section of the basement this month. The main water line ent
  2. Scott You bring up something very interesting. About five years ago I attended a "Questar" seminar, they are the local gas provider in this area. They claim that the gas is clean and does not need a drip leg in the Utah and surrounding area. Two years ago they started encouraging all owners of all gas burning appliances to have the units checked to insure that they were operating efficiently. (They call it “Green Taggingâ€
  3. Brian How about Utah, they beat up on Texas A&M pretty Good. (I know, I know, they’re not Miami or FSU but they still looked pretty good.) BYU, well they beat Notre Dame (They even played Notre Dames fight song fairly well.) but they have always been able to win the opener. They just need to end the season after the opener. (Speaking of Nebraska, the "Y" has several transfers from the Huskies, I believe they were a good addition.) Problem with Utah is they have a week schedule and will never be able to prove how good they really are. They’ll win this conference ha
  4. I have given this some serious thought and I can't see what is wrong with this or if anything is wrong. I need someone to explain why this is wrong if it is. The Scenario. The main panel was located on the exterior but when they added a garage the panel is now located in the garage. This is no longer the main panel and is nothing more than a large junction box. The main grounding wire is still connected and a copper #6 conductor exits the panel and passes through the concrete. The ground connection is not visible. The new main panel is located on the exterior of the garage additio
  5. Seems like I am getting more and more calls to an area where the homes are constructed of logs. This area requires that homes are built with logs or have some type of wood exterior siding. (I have never seen hardboard siding in this area.) I feel fairly comfortable with the inspection of log homes. What I am looking for is a good web site dedicated to the care and maintenance of log homes. I did a google search and found large amounts of information but not the site I was hoping to find. If you know of a good log home site please let me know. Thanks Jon
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    Thanks for the information. This was really an easy inspection. The home was located in a small coal mining town and is a repo. I was contacted by the bank to find out what type of condition the home was in and provide a photo log and report. The electricity was off at the home at the time of the inspection and while I was there the local gas company came and placed a notice that if the bill was not paid they would shut the gas off by the 11th. When they came through the home and saw that it had been trashed and vacated they allowed me to run the furnace through a cycle and then shut
  7. I know this has been hashed out before and I know that I have read about this on a forum somewhere but humor me, look at these photos and give me your thoughts. On this old home the first photo is of the Service Entrance Conductors. Aside from the lack of a drip loop you will notice that the covering is deteriorated and the wires are bare. The second photo is a close up of the neutral and you can see that there has been some arching and sparking. The wires are only inches (Maybe two) above a metal rain gutter. The rain gutter has metal downspouts that are secured to the siding. You g
  8. Brian That looks like a dielectric union on the line. I don't mean to change the direction of the thread but is that acceptable? I have never seen a dielectric union on a gas line. My mind tells me that it is OK but I have never seen this. In my area it is black pipe all the way. Another question I have, It seems to me that I was once told that the sulfur in Natural Gas has a corrosive effect on copper connections. (Or is that just LP) If that is true, then would the copper line and the clamp become even more of an issue? When someone answers Brian questions can you answer mine as well. Th
  9. Mike Is there a way to go back in and edit your remarks? Say for instance you hit the submt reply and then you notice that you incorrectly spelled a name. (James Hardy, James Hardie) Can I change that or do have just have to live with it? Thanks Jon
  10. Donald I may have lead you astray. I believe the substitute board can be manufactured by anyone. It seems to me, if I remember right, that the board used as a substitute for that particular stucco finish was manufactured by James Hardy. I think the ware house full of replacement board related to Weyerhauser claims. It's been a couple of years since I've dealt with one of these. I will dig out my notes but in the mean time contact Pat he deals with it daily. Jon
  11. Donald I have seen this board quite frequently. There are different manufactures to this board but one of the main distributors or manufactures in your area was Masonite. You are going to have to pull a panel though to get a positive I.D. What Percentage of the claim do they take? A very large percentage. These claims are not that difficult to do. The hard part about filing a claim is having the patience to deal with the number of times the claims administration is going to send you a letter letting you know that the information you have provided is insufficient. I have done over
  12. Mike I own a home that was built in the late 1860’s out of a rock material called Oolite. It is a very beautiful white stone. My home used to be an old roller mill and has many interesting characteristics that I would love to preserve but as has been mentioned before will cost a significant amount of money. To compensate for this I am currently taking historic restoration classes that are being offered by a company that is very reputable. I am very found of old construction and they make up a very large percentage of my work. The story that I wanted to tell is that I had an oppo
  13. The last couple of inspections I have noticed something about my "Sure Test" that I don't believe was happening before. I need someone to tell me what is going on. I will plug the "Sure Test" into the outlet it will give me a reading of a Faulty ground. I take it out move to another outlet and then come back to the original outlet. This time I do not get a Faulty Ground reading. Why? The next thing I notice is I can go to an outlet and get a reading of voltage drop of 6%or greater. (Both of the green lights do not come on.) I move to another outlet and then I go back to the outlet that
  14. Recently I have been seeing a large amount of business in an old coal mining town. I have yet to see a Forced Air Furnace in this town. Most of the heat is supplied by older coal boilers that served a steam system but have been converted over to gas and hot water. Occasionally I see a newer boiler system in this area. Many times when I look at these monster boilers and there set up and wonder what I am looking at. Even the newer ones I feel inadequate and wonder if I am doing my client justice on the heating system. I have made arrangements to ride with a older boiler specialist who I have
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