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  1. Here's one from two weeks ago. The elapsed time is serveral hours, probably because we have union termites here. If we inspectors had a union, there would be 1 inspection per day with (2) 15 minute breaks and a lunch. That's when the profession 'matures' of course...
  2. Guys, you have to stop! It was bad enough seeing those poor, ugly kids in the picture, but to see you guys carrying on has me in stitches!
  3. If you all started an HI org with the level of expertise and professionalism I'd expect, I'd join on day 1. No question.
  4. Well it would be tough after that to say "signs of damage, likely due to wood-destroying insects. See a licensed exterminator..." What did you do for the clients? Tell them were termites, or just show them the video and let them decide?
  5. Clients do appreciate it when I tell them the same. But it's always verbal if they're standing there while I just spent 10 minutes figuring out the master bath controls all the bathrooms or something... Never goes in the report. BTW, this is an awesome pic. Genius!
  6. If we're on Facebook, we can control who can see what. There's a reason they make you mark items as viewable by "Everyone". They really mean it! I'm with Jim. If you have sensitive info posted out there, it's your own fault.
  7. Thank you all for your input!! In case you're curious, here's the response I just sent. Hello Mr. K, This is a follow up to our discussion yesterday on inspection report 20100124. After reviewing the situation, I've determined that it would be inappropriate to create any type of amendment or change to the report. This is based on two reasons: 1. The request for this inspection was an agreement between MGT COMPANY and me, and they have no interest in receiving any follow-up reporting completed. If a follow up is required, please have them request this with specific items to
  8. Thanks guys. I did try explaining these items to him. I told him dealing with coax and phone lines aren't part of the inspection and they were just avoiding drilling a hole, which I didn't see as a big deal. And thanks for confirmation on the conduit. I had seen it a bunch of times, but not usually a run that long, and not usually attached to brick so it did seem a bit odd. Good point, Mike, about getting signoff from the customer directly. I'm sure he did pay for it. Will do that in the future. Time to gently back out of the situation... If anyone else has more ideas, I'll be sta
  9. An update for you. I got a hold of the mgt company to let them know what's happening and she said "I'd suggest you don't." Apparently he's a guy who tries to get out of paying for anything...including an HVAC system which he hasn't paid for a year later. And which he made the tenants do without for the 3 winter months while he shopped for better prices. And he throws the S word around a lot... That's right SUE. Now I don't intend to edit the report, but I want to give him a response in writing via email. I think.
  10. Hey all, I need a bit of advice. I got a call for an inspection for a property management company about 2-3 months ago. They told me the current owner is out of the country. I didn't worry too much about it and did the inspection as usual. They called me about 2 weeks ago to let me know the owner was coming to town and had a few questions, so expect a call. I got a call Monday and he was concerned about some 'missed' items or things he thought I should've included in the report. He started talking about cables going in through crawlspace vents and said they were electrical cables he t
  11. That thing rocks! Let's see... RC truck or Infrared camera for this month's budget...
  12. I had one so tight I could only get halfway back, but I'm glad I did. They had the center beam of the house held up by 4 jacks that had no footers and weren't secured to the beam. I actually was able to grab it and move it around, which scared me right out of there. I could get just close enough to get a picture and let them know the whole set needed corrected. The seller was...not pleased. I can't imagine it's cheap to get people to work in an area with less than 10" clearance. 170 lb frame and I was almost touching my chest to the joists!
  13. As a new guy myself, I think you Jimmy should place your name in that hat as well. The amount of knowledge that the members of this forum have is mind numbing. Kudos to all who take the time to help folks like myself who strive to be better. Ditto to that. When you guys drop the knowledge I sometimes think I'm just too green... I know a little about a lot. Some of you guys seem to know a lot about it all, from foundation through the roof. Just amazing. I look forward to working with you guys for years to come. And I've come to realize you are my new workmates, we just don't have desks n
  14. Bill, I just had water come from my nose.[:-crazy] Not too often something comes along to make me completely lose composure, but that pic did it!
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