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  1. That statistic likely excludes those consumers who don't want to be bothered by companies offering a service. Like me, when they need someone, they find someone. Until then, they want to be left alone. The article flies in the face of the Stay at Home directive.
  2. Yeah, that's likely mold on your AC cooling coil. They all do that, mine included, on account of all the condensed water there is around there. Just clean it often enough to calm yourself down. I do it when I'm looking for something to do around the house, every couple years, I estimate. I've serviced ACs since the middle 80's and inspected houses for 17 years. Relax, relax, relax.
  3. I've gotten to 65 without ever suffering any consequences from hot water not above 120 degrees and since only the spouse and I live in our house, equipped with a 30 gallon heater, this mixer thing is just something else that can go wrong.
  4. Maybe, or perhaps you mildly insulted him with a comment that suggests that there exist a wood or engineered-wood product that never rots.
  5. I don't see this issue as rising to the point where it even has a significant ethical or moral component. The elephant in the room is at most the correct interpretation of what these governor proclamations mean for us home inspectors...on a state by state basis. If I get an inquiry for an inspection, I'm going to take it but I'll talk with the parties involved and try to involve as little person to person contact as possible and them only from a distance. I'll also wipe my hands clean before entering the house, keep my hands away from my face while there and wipe my hands again after the inspection before I even pull the keys to my truck out of my pocket.
  6. Seems to me it's just two different takes, by two different states, on the best way to handle the challenge. I can drive 85 in Texas, on a 400 mile stretch of interstate 10, that I can't do here in Louisiana.
  7. The Louisiana governor's proclamation has a section that defines what is distinctly essential. Another section sets forth what is not essential. Home inspections fall in the ether, in-between these two sections. A third section details what the in-between service providers must do. It does not say they must stay home. As far as I can tell, each individual practitioner is to use his own common sense. I've gotten calls for AC service...and I've serviced those calls, but I've gotten no calls for inspections. The pain in my throat I experienced two days ago ended the day it started.
  8. I was on my way home just now from helping a friend move to another apt when I noticed a pain in my throat. Then I realized that I have had a slight headache for the last couple weeks. So, I spoke with my spouse just now and we agreed it could be the corona virus, it could be the flu (which is currently making its rounds in my area) or it could be something else of little significance. So, I've started gargling with 1/2 teaspoon in warm water 3 times a day anyway and watching my temperature, and I'm going to stay home for a week or two until we see just where this thing is going.
  9. I got this one yesterday: 38 inches from inside edge of tub, no GFCI.
  10. First time I ever heard his voice. I noticed we're the same distance above the equator.
  11. Unplug the toaster, turn it upside down over the sink, then shake it. Shake it like you grew up in the 60's. Then see if it still trips the GFCI.
  12. As far as I know, it's fine if all lugs are used within their listing. All conductors need to be in the same wireway so that the inductive forces cancel out, otherwise inductive heating could result. Conductor pairs need to be the same length so that currents are equally divided between them. Two #3s would work for a 200 amp service, not that I would do it. I never have and I'd try very hard not to ever do it that way. I would not write it just because the conductors are in pairs.
  13. Heck, if it's that hard to pry off, I'd bolt it back. At the most, I'd install another pier to support the longer end but probably wouldn't even do that, if it's holding alright.
  14. I doubt the crack is a result of direct impact on the chimney by the wind, since a large portion of the chimney is indoors. As others have said, the house can tolerate some movement but the brick is unforgiving and will crack should the house move and generate enough force against the chimney at the roof level. I think the most important question here is whether the flue liner is also cracked. Just my two-bits.
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