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  1. we have done thousands and thousands. Seriously during one 45day period we only did re-pos and not one single occupied "normal" house. no advice. abt 60% were semi-trashed and very difficult to inspect for a variety of reasons; no utilities, damage, trash etc. now we only do one or two a week.
  2. we often advise homeowners to physically move out of house when a major build or remodel goes bad for just that reason. They return home every day and see the problem. anecdotally - likely 60% of the actions we win there is no actual money or value recovered. it cost a lot of money to be right.
  3. i am too embarrassed to post the other photos of the removal. embarrassed for him, not me! I do lots of legal stuff and my kid is an atty, so you would think i would take that route, but in fact I am letting the guy off the hook a little while he wraps his head around the costs and effort this involves. maybe I will post more photos.
  4. well, he was really onboard until we started removing tiles. now not so much. At this time I am trying, in vain, to make him understand he can't remove tile and reset the same tile without clearing the back of tile. also looks like we will have to replace the heat film. stay tuned.
  5. It is the house we bought few years ago that Concetta is insisting I finish it! it is on 10acres and has little ponds and great gully areas. I am in no hurry to finish it.
  6. The mystery was mostly solved after removal of a few tiles and seeing the mortar lines. Jim is absolutely right with his observation about the mortar. now I have about 1400 more foot of tile to remove. Sounding the entire floor indicates there may be as much as 60% improperly set in mortar.
  7. we have run all the mats prior to install and one we dug out from installation. no problems there. The photo is the only one i have right now. it is giving me some clues now that we removed couple of tiles. note the mortar is not making 100% contact and the fiber film over the heat film mat. more photos later
  8. five individual circuits and t-stats. all will come "on" and all will warm floor slightly. these are film type and I have never used them before. thought they would be best for existing old concrete slab installation. I can clearly identify exact areas where the mats are with surface thermometer - gains 10-15 degrees on cold day after operating for 10 days straight. the mats almost never shut off via temp probe and operate 99% of time with no significant gain. main question is what logic is there in a self adhering mat with a textile cover being installed with a 3/8" notch trowel and there by creating a thermal break? will post couple photos later today. all instructions followed by the ceramic guy and the electrical guys. both are old time friends and great tradespeople.
  9. had several hundred foot of ceramic tile installed on an uninsulated concrete slab here in Michigan. five zones of floor heating electric film under tile. none of them work. i had contractor remove several tiles that were over mat/film and he had installed them with a latex mod mortar, notched 3/8" directly on top of mat. there is no electrical issues (all new and triple checked for continuity). best gain I can get after 10days of operation is plus five degrees .l any ideas?
  10. pretty clear it needs attention and repair.
  11. Jim, many were built this way to begin with. There are quite a few that were built with just an excavation in the center, the house framed up and later the initial hole was expanded to include furnace, etc. Ours are like yours in that there is no perimeter footings. We also call the interior wall a bench.
  12. That is what I call them too. Here in Michigan we often call them, incorrectly, a Michigan Basement. There really is no set definition for Michigan Basement and was thinking maybe others call them something similar. Most of ours were constructed just this way, especially in metro areas. .
  13. How would you describe this basement in your report. Not the condition, rather the type. thanks!
  14. Everything sounds good. I would really like to convince Mike Twitty and Jim Katen to both attend and present. I envision this entire event as a very congenial exchange of information in the form of education. Everyone should leave their ego at the door and be prepared to be amazed! As you know I have unconventional ideas as to what constitutes education and testing. Recall the old days when we talked about a Travelin' circus of inspectors. Several times I started to put together a symposium of home inspectors and never finished it. One concept I feel strongly about is this should not be a simple rehash of other venues and presenters. Please add me to the communication between you and Bill.
  15. anecdotally, we have had that happen to us three times; led disks. They will fool you. here it is a requirement for lighting at all entry/exit.
  16. I'll stand on Marc's head for him.
  17. when I stood on my head to view it, it makes sense! somehow, and you would know what characteristic evoke this, but I think texture and fiber. would not hang it, but enjoy it!
  18. Sentimental reasons - that is where she met me!
  19. I am going to see him Friday and will check if he has any complimentary tickets left for me. Problem is my wife, Concetta, is insisting she attend if it comes together!
  20. thanks for the information. However, I think we have to be mindful about the topic. Insurance coverage and legal indemnification are not synonymous. I am sure you agree that everyone must read and understand what their coverage is and establish a good working relationship with there insurer. Thanks for your input on this board, we all have learned "stuff" from your participation!
  21. we typically see the stainless banded ones in direct burial. We call them ferncos regardless.
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