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  1. John Kogel

    Roof rack for ladder

    A subcontractor does the roof, which you watch on the monitor while sipping a cold one. I came up with a chrome welded chain ladder that you can drag under the car. It is too heavy to set up, even for your roof guy, but makes for a lovely spark show on the way home. 😎
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    Faucet dripping issue.

    Can you .... Post a picture or at least describe the faucet? Do you own the house? How old is the house? Are there shutoffs under the sink?
  3. John Kogel

    Which type of pipe to use?

    Outdoor plumbing. ☚ī¸
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    Tree growing around the neutral wire

    Yep, somebody from the power company needs to remove it, hopefully while the seller is still paying the bill. They were just seasoning it first. 😀 If you don't report it, your client might be dismayed to eventually see the cost of removal on his power bill.
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    HI Artography - Recent images

    That explains the pliers. But slip-joints are for plumbing. For finger nails, I use Vise-grips.😀
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    Artography non HI

    What if I told you that gal is my sister? How would that make you feel? Or maybe I wouldn't tell you, just put a hex on you that keeps you up all night, wondering whose sister she is? 😅
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    Any separation wall or venting issues here?

    Thanks, Dennis. I think that rule covers appliances in the same room. And I think the water heater flue in this picture meets the rule. But the issue is with the fireplace flue coming in from another room. Also there is the clearance of the pipe to the wall material and the need to seal that wall, 3 violations so far. 😒
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    bad smell under sink and in base cabinets

    It could be leaking sewer gas at the clamps. That could be a flaky connection there. The galvanized steel pipe is smaller than what we use nowadays. I do not think it is sucking the trap dry. It does not have the volume to do that. You could run a little water into the trap to refill after using the sink to confirm the trap has water in it. I'll bet the unvented drain is the problem. Sewer gas can't get out, so pressure builds up and blows past the hose clamp, or from somewhere below, and you smell it under the sink. If it was the trap, you'd smell it in the sink, not under the sink. Dead rats dry out and stop stinking eventually.
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    New roof raised in areas

    It's not too late, and thanks for the input. They are correct to say that a gap is recommended. But as usual, they back down then and say it is not a structural deficiency. That is wrong. When OSB swells, it can pull the nail heads through the wood, or just pull apart around the nail. Add wind, and you got structure damage. I'm just saying I wish the authority would speak up for best practices.
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    Overheating Circuit Board?

    You have a good eye and a good camera, Jim. My hobby is old radios, so I've seen plenty of scorched parts. When a resistor gets hot, it usually is the result of a failure in another component that is being supplied by that resistor. So the fix there is not to just replace the scorched resistor, but to find the bad component that caused the scorch. And the modern repair for that is a new circuit board. 😒
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    Oven Location

    I would call it a design flaw. Someone focused on cooking could step off into space. It can be fixed, but the seller is not obliged to do it for the buyer. It's been said before, there is no code to protect people from stupid.
  12. If you do your job right, they can't touch you, but who needs the grief? Offer a walk and talk, easier for the client to have a memory lapse. I used to print a nice color report with plenty of pics that the seller could leave on the table. That was when no major concerns came to light. If a major defect was found, I would discuss it and send the digital report after we had our chat. Whether they disclosed was up to them. I never went back. Almost never heard a squawk, but one seller's realtor mentioned the vermicky in the attic, nice pic, not too alarming of a comment. I said best to cover it with FG batts, removal is expensive and creates dust. There was a time I did a few, but then they dried up. My theory is that agents began telling sellers it was a waste of money and a bad idea. Maybe it was just the usual black ball, of which I had a few.
  13. This reminds me of my youth, dropping a match into the burner pot of an oil-fired cookstove in the kitchen. Occasionally there'd be too much oil in the pot and it would blow soot for a while. Eventually there'd be piles of carbon from all those matches. Unfortunately, gas refuses to stay in one place, so there is a hazard if the flame is not there to ignite the gas right away. It looks like those things can be fitted with a pilot light for improved safety, so there's your recommendation.
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    Exterior grade lumber

    I think you are right, no mention of pressure treatment in those stamps. HT stands for heat treated.
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    1924 house

    Yes, it would be difficult to prove that a modern breaker panel would be an improvement. Except that a breaker can be reset, and that there is a lot of exposed metal there for someone fumbling with fuses.
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