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  1. You seem to be asking - Is charred wood acceptable? and the answer is - it depends on the extent of the damage. Have a builder or a home inspector take a look and get an opinion. For something in writing, you may need a structural engineer's report. You can also consult the local authority where you apply for the permit. .Sometimes if you ask the authority what he thinks you should do, you get the answer you need to get a final approval. That approval adds value when you go to sell.
  2. Foreign buyers leave it up to their realtor on this side to take care of the inspection, and sometimes they don't even come to see the house. Even so, the best advice is to refuse to inspect until the contract is read and signed by the buyer. It is even more important to get that signature when you don't meet the buyers face-to-face.
  3. It does make a bit of sense, but I think the correct way to install those doors is directly on the slab. You step over the bottom runner only. It is metal or vinyl-coated metal and has a flange. Better not have wood there because the door frame will have condensation under it. There is a rubber gasket material with glue on one side that can be laid on the concrete and down the weather side to keep the edge dry. Then the wood sills if any are only under the pillar sections between the sliding doors. They can be attached with heavy duty glue and nails. To install the sill plate, I use a masonry bit to drill thru the plate into the concrete. Then drill as deep as possible until you hit a hard rock. Cut the nail shorter to fit the depth of the drilled hole and use construction glue, very strong. Re; the slope, it looks like the ground is humped up a bit on the right, maybe the picture is distorted. If your gutter looks straight to you now you might just leave the slope. The key will be to have all horizontal lines looking straight when you're done. If the slab drops more than in inch or so, you could pour a small curb on top of the slab to support a straight wall. In that case you will also need to jack up the corner of the roof to get everything level. Not hard, just another day.
  4. That one is a keeper. Mind if I keep it?😎
  5. This will give you a chance to rewire that ceiling light too.😁 Does that space get hot in the summer? Looks like there is some shade, and is the ceiling insulated? just curious. Our patio area has an open metal roof, gets uncomfortably hot for 2 months a year.
  6. The vinyl expands and contracts with temp changes. It works fine cut short with a loose fit in the tracks in a soffit area, but long lengths will buckle in the heat, even worse if you tack it up with fasteners. Metal is more rigid, so long lengths might be ok if you allow for expansion.
  7. Marc, try a Shark-bite fitting on there, makes everybody a plumber.😎
  8. Since that recent airport shutdown due to (criminally stupid) goofs flying drones around the airport, you bet, there will be crackdowns. She who knows best brought home a bag of Romaine lettuce yesterday, we had salad, and I am happy to report, still alive. California has water issues, lettuce is 95% water, much of the Romaine is grown across the road from an enormous feedlot.
  9. I have taken plenty of pics with a pole camera. Quick and easy compared to flying a drone in a crowded subdivision with power poles and trees everywhere. I admit drones have come a long way and we see drone film footage every day now in documentaries and TV shows. But as Jim says, why mess about with flying, retrieving, and editing when you can get close enough with a real ladder and a paint pole?
  10. You're welcome to visit us anytime, Jim, but I found a US website here: https://www.idealproductusa.com/Catalog-of-products/Jaws-Ladders.shtml The knuckle joint locks into position with tapered teeth and two big wingnuts hold the jaws tight. The picture show a gal with her ladder angle way off. She could use a hand. 😎
  11. Denny, wear a helmet. The rest of you Werners users, get a Jaws ladder. Seriously, I bought a Jaws from a retiring inspector, and it will never over extend like that. Also, the top section can easily be removed, making the ladder light and strong.
  12. In this climate, Rooftop Duck Pond. 😃
  13. Doh! Those things are bound to leak as well, or just get left open in a rainstorm. Could be rigged to close itself with motors and sensors. Then again, why not build a permanent weathertight dormer?
  14. Yes, good article and good responses. When I was actively inspecting, I took 80 to 180 pics per house. They are filed by date, simple. A few times, I had to pull up pics to back up my report. Replaying the shots in sequence is like reliving the inspection, and it refreshes the memory. I had a guy try, and fail, to lay a claim 2 full years after the inspection. He saw 50 pics in the report, but I had saved 160, showing walls and ceilings in all the rooms, water flowing out of faucets, etc. One thing I recommend is a notepad or just a scrap of paper and a short pencil stub in a pocket. Write down the significant deficiencies as you find them. Sometimes when writing the report, the picture you took earlier can get lost in the shuffle. A glance at the note while writing takes a couple of seconds, a quick check of the report before sending.
  15. Would that be your 'forearms' maybe? Firearms vs. mice in a crawlspace, we'll want to see the video. 😃 There's a deer mouse that has long hind legs like a kangaroo. Also those are the ones linked to the Hanta virus. Mice babies in the glove box, you could blame that on the wife's dust cloth, a cozy baby blanket.
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