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Marc

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  1. Having a blast. Brought the spouse yesterday for the welcoming event. Meeting friends.
  2. That's about 123,000 btu/hr. The largest resid gas-fueled tankless heater you'll find here is 199,000 btu/hr, so 123K isn't too bad off. The service entrances must be large and the electrical grid possessed of abundant capacity for the utility to allow such a thirsty water heater.
  3. If you're seeing the exterior brickwork from the inside of the condo, then it sounds like structural brick, with little, if any, insulation. That's going to waste a lot of the heat that's produced inside the house, regardless of whether it's generated by electric heating strips or otherwise.
  4. Given enough time, you're likely going to get mold growth regardless of which method you use to moisturize the air (atomize the water) but some methods might do it better with less growth. Regardless of which method you choose, occasional cleaning will still be needed.
  5. I might prefer to say something along the lines of...inquire of the HOA if there are any other condo's in this building also known to have aluminum wiring and if so, what has been done about it.
  6. The issue, Bustmold, is not with the guidelines but with a prevailing sentiment among the members of this forum that mold inspectors take advantage of a consumer's fear of mold to get them to open their pocketbook and fork it over. Comprendo? Granted, I've not the manners of most members here, especially when that god-forsaken topic - MOLD - crops up, yet again. What Charlie said.
  7. By 'foundation floor', I think you may be referring to what I call the crawlspace grounds. If so, it could be anything you want, or nothing at all, just soil. Soft spots could be any of several things. More description might bring better responses.
  8. Power should be routed from a service entrance in a common area to all units. Perhaps some renovations got done that put a breaker, that controls your power, in another person's unit. Absolutely get them to fix it. You've been badly inconvenienced. Don't want that to happen again.
  9. Post some photos. I don't click links posted by newcomers that I don't know.
  10. Corrosion doesn't indicate a leak but it does indicate the wrong fitting. That fitting is the wrong one. If there's no sight of any oil, I'd not write it. If there is oil, there's likely a leak.
  11. The contribution of the software is dwarfed by the degree of writing skill possessed by the inspector. JMHO
  12. Got lots of folks 'milking the cow' in this business, putting the almighty dollar ahead of service and integrity.
  13. Get an AC guy to investigate whether conditioned air, passing through chimney, is enclosed with a duct or is open to the chimney interior. If it's open to the interior of the chimney, well...there you go.
  14. Neutral and EGC should be joined at only one location. They're joined in that box in the 2nd photo and most likely they're joined up again in the main disconnect too so things are looking foul. The problem with joining up the neutral and EGC at multiple locations is that between those locations, a portion of the neutral current is going to take to the EGC and the EGC is not ever supposed to carry neutral current. I don't recall an electric car charger as one of several permitted excuses for a tap on a feeder so that's fouled up too. I'd write it. Get a sparky to examine the entire service entrance. Write it before you get started on the egg nog.
  15. Hart & Cooley says you can, with some conditions. http://www.hartandcooley.com/articles/can-i-paint-my-b-vent
  16. Marc

    Neutral

    Thanks for responding. I learned something.
  17. Marc

    Neutral

    Why would anyone choose a corner-grounded 3 phase delta configuration?
  18. I''m now registered for all three conference days, plus Sunday. Won't be staying overnight, but driving form home. Looking forward to seeing some folks there from this forum.
  19. I've not been able to register for both Sunday and Wednesday. The site won't let me do it and two folks who work the site, offering to help, have told me to call them. So, for now, I'll only be attending Sunday. When I get there, I'll try to buy Wednesday if they're not booked.
  20. It doesn't matter whether the homebuyer will read it or not. This inspector writes to the agent's delight. The buyer is just there to write the check.
  21. It's call a multi-wire circuit. Each hot wire on a multi-wire circuit is fully rated for 15 amps. Replacing them with 6 single breakers will not bring more ampacity into the kitchen. If you need more power, replace one multi-wire breaker with a 240 volt breaker with a higher amperage and use it to power a new sub-panel. Sub-panels need 4-wire service: two hot wires, a neutral and an equipment grounding conductor. Let a licensed electrician do it. There's so many things that can go wrong. You want this done right the very first time.
  22. Curious, what brand of electrical panel is currently installed? How is 6 of 1 more than 3 of 2 each?
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