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  1. Here before mid-60's, it was common to add just one clay liner at the top for looks. In an older house, if you don't shine a light in there or take a pic with a flash, there is no guarantee of a lined chimney. I will call out any unlined chimney for repair. New rules demand full scaffolding and fall protection for a mason before he can even repoint the outside. Old chimneys are a liability because there is no cheap fix and fire insurance keeps going up. Cheapest and best is a conversion to NG with a metal liner.
  2. Right, you pretty well need a laptop for report writing and picture display and they come preloaded with Win10.
  3. See if you can find a Jaws ladder. I think Werner ladders use the Jaws ststem of tapered joints with locknuts. They are lighter and have stronger knuckle joints than the LG's, so the ladder is stiff when set up. I like removing the upper end of my 24 footer, slides off, so that it has 3 six foot sections and that removes 1/4 of the weight.
  4. A typical TPRV drain here is the white plastic type, plain old PVC. On a tank heater, the drain squirts into a pan under the tank. Then the pan should have a drain pipe to the exterior or to a perimeter drain. 3/4" PEX would be undersized in comparison to the ready-made thin-wall PVC, I think. Y'all know this but when lurkers come here to learn, they learn good.😄
  5. Even so, "I like yer hypeathral" could get you a slap in the face. Be careful with this new knowledge. 😄 (I was too yellow to be seen near the movie theaters, and doubt if it even came here. 😆)
  6. "Garden structure" would work for me. 😄 I think I learned this here, keep it down to a Grade 6 level so nobody gets confused.
  7. You were educating a gringo. 👍 The tables turn when you find a hidden issue an it become a deal -breaker. That's the end of the honeymoon.😟
  8. It may have been accepted at the time, but is a funky mess by the standards of today. Best to recommend a new breaker panel, and an electrician might want to install a new meter housing. Then the power company may want the weather heads upgraded to a single mast, and in the case of two owners, this could escalate into a big headache for a new home buyer. So don't go too easy on something like this, which was just barely adequate to start with.
  9. Right, if a professional electrician installed them, you could look like a gringo calling them out and cause unnecessary delays for a home buyer.. Ask local electricians if they use those subs. Just a thought.
  10. The most quiet exhaust fan is one that in inline with just the intake vent in the room. A really noisy fan won't get used at all. Don't try to mount a ceiling fan on its side in a wall. The fan bearings need to be designed for a sideways mount. The actual position of the fan in the ceiling is not that critical. It should change all the air in the room in a reasonable length of time. I'd put the fan away from the door, where the makeup air comes in. I wouldn't mount it inside the shower enclosure, not necessary, increases possibility of a shock hazard, like after a tenant breaks or loses the vent cover. I like the timer switch with the choice of 5 time periods. In a basement suite, typical low ceiling, Mr. Handy had fixed the noisy bath fan that always came on with the light. He installed a metal-handled toggle switch right on the cover, inside the shower enclosure, yikes.
  11. Right, the next thing to do would be to search for the filler cap. Even if the filler cap is gone, good chance the tank is still there, otherwise that vent wouldn't be left behind. Sometimes the tank has been filled with sand and left in place, but not likely in this case, or you would have it in writing, and they'd get rid of the vent in most cases. PITA for mowing for 62 years now.
  12. Right, if you have ever seen a standard-sized washer empty into a laundry sink, you know how fast the washer pump will fill that sink to within a few inches of the top. The little sink drain can't catch up, so yes, it needs to be a big reservoir. Basement laundry drains are fun. I remember one where the washer hose was extended straight up to a very short standpipe/elbow and a drain pipe suspended from the ceiling joists. The sewer drain was in the basement wall several feet above the floor, and the bottom landing for the stairs was there, so up and over was really the only option. I looked up the specs for the washer pump and it was rated for a max lift of 8 feet, acceptable IMO, but the short standpipe was wrong.
  13. Thanks, Jim. I'm in full agreement, and who can argue with the math? Machines are in separate units with a common laundry room wall, and both draining in unison would be a disaster. A parallel drain pipe is a bit of work but eliminates the Russian roulette aspect. This made me think of the old Power Miser relay that we used to see here on electric dryer circuits. When one appliance is running, another appliance on that circuit has power cut off.
  14. Adjoining laundry rooms share the same 2" ABS plastic drain pipe. The pipe connects to a vent stack and a 4" drain. Is it acceptable for the two washers to share one trap through a Y or T above the trap? That is, can they share the stand pipe?
  15. It stops water streaming down the valley from running along the top of a shingle strip. Good luck with that. If I was closer I'd stop by to lend a hand.😷
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