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  1. Marc

    Cost Estimates

    I don't think it exists anywhere, but I wouldn't rest my laurels on a hard and fast legal requirement. If a client of mine loses the benefit of 300K worth of E&O that I paid for, that's putting them at risk. I'm not saying I'd put my clients at risk, I'm saying if the rule were applied uniformly a great many HI clients would definitely be put at risk, with no one to turn to if the their inspector were to screw up big time.
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    Flashing above window

    Aren't those details around the window decorative only? Like EIFS trim on each side of a window opening in a wall that's finished in cement board stucco?
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    Cost Estimates

    It's more of a disservice when there's no way you can know even approximately how much the client's future chosen contractor will charge. I choose my words carefully when I write something up, why would I throw that to the wind trying to guess what it's gonna cost to fix it? It doesn't extend my service, it degrades it. Each to his own.
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    Cost Estimates

    That's fine, as long as it isn't a number, or even a range.
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    Cost Estimates

    If you get quotes for a given repair job, you'll find they range enormously from one contractor to another. If, as an inspector, you give an estimate to a client, and that client does end up hiring a contractor that charges more than your estimate, an attorney won't have any trouble translating that discrepancy into damage you've done to his client. The client will likely ignore small discrepancies but might well get emotional and complain about larger ones, the ones in the thousands of dollars. That's when you get the call, and that's when your E&O kicks out on account of that estimate you gave. Not a pretty picture.
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    Cost Estimates

    Associations can interpret their rules in any way they wish. Practically, it's that interpretation that matters.
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    I triple dog dare ya...

    What's the plan? Want a suggestion? Get some technical representation on your side of the table. Someone who knows enough about houses to put to paper exactly what needs to happen and to confirm that it does indeed happen. Such language will scare off any future prospective contractor should they turn out to be just another horse arse (with teeth).
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    This ladder still OK?

    I'd be concerned with that much wear, regardless of what the manufacturer said. It's me that's climbing up the thing. What Tom said.
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    Roof Design / Name

    Doesn't qualify for either mansard or gambrel. I'd just describe it: flat roof surrounded by a sloped hip roof.
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    Common Wire Connection at Furnace

    This is the standard I've followed for decades: White is heat Yellow is cool (A/C) Green is blower Red is 24 volt supply Black is common Orange or sometimes purple is the reversing valve on heat pumps. DIYers get them mixed up all the time. If they are, you might have to trace them and figure it out. Spent many a service call doing that.
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    Pier and beam offset

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    HI Artography - Gargoyle

    What's the appeal of such ghastly creatures?
  13. Sort of like the flashing/counter-flashing concept, but I still wouldn't do it. I like clean, straightforward construction.
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    Chicago inspection question

    So,,, a high loop is better than a backwater valve?
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    3 inspection photos you should take to manage your risk

    Taking photos is like choosing words. Adding many more doesn't fix the few well chosen ones that you missed. You may have much experience in claims but you're at the tail end trying to fix something. We're at the beginning trying to create that something.
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    Yet another furnace age question, Old Airco

    Isn't there a fan relay between the fan/limit control and the motor? Relays make humming noises when the magnetic faces become too corroded to make good contact.
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    3 inspection photos you should take to manage your risk

    I'm not with the school that says to take a zillion photos. I take a lot but much less than Mike L. 15 years and I've never had a problem. I don't want to start now with even more photos and forever give everyone a chance to find something, however small, to nail me down unless I pay exorbitant sums. JMHO This vendor shoulda been moderated. I come here seeking to get away from them.
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    Stand By Generators not to Code!

    Just when we think we've reached the top of the ladder, there's yet another rung. The rungs don't appear until you've arrived. I look for the one call Modesty. I see in others who have arrived and hope to reach it myself someday.
  19. I doubt that appraisals have much influence on a buyer's perception of the value of the house once they've seen it. It just either opens wide or closes shuts the door on the prospect of purchasing it. With so few entities mandating home inspections, I don't this coming our way.
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    AFCI Protection (Refrigerators)

    All refrigerators have a start relay that generates sparks but I wold imagine that the AFCI circuitry would have been engineered to disregard such sparks. There may be something else going on that causing the tripping.
  21. Jim, its hard to forget your tendency to experiment with things. Were you a scientist in a prior life?
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    Tub Step-Down

    Reminds me of the rule that landings on either side of an exterior door should be the same approximate elevation (with one or more exceptions). It should be applied to built-in showers.
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    Tub Step-Down

    No, it's an interesting situation. There's simply no one who can see anything wrong with it. Maybe it falls in the category of stupid. I wouldn't do that in my house.
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    Raised stair nosing

    Brickwork on the ceiling?