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  1. Read all three pages of this thread and you will know more than you do right now. Howard Pike, Chimo (Cheemo?) Heating services, Coquitlam , BC, hasn't been checking in lately. Good bet you are SOL for a new heat exchanger for a 1975 Airco, but check the date code from Howard's info. The newer owner of the company was Olsen, an they probably stopped stocking parts for the older models. I don't know this, just a guess. Rust on the outer surface doesn't mean the heat exchanger is leaking. Was there an actual gas leak, or flames escaping?
  2. I like it, but have a hard time hanging it straight. 😃
  3. Check with the local authority as to whether this work you are doing requires an electrical inspection. There is more to it if that is the case. If you need to bring the wiring up to the modern code requirements, then outlets either side of the sink need GFCI protection. Also it is a safety improvement. The best way to do this is to convert the 15 amp split duplex outlets to single 20 amp GFCI outlets. Yes, new wiring needs to be installed in the walls from the panel, but it frees up space in the panel. Also the new rules in your area may allow adjacent outlets on the same breaker - then one single 20 amp breaker supplies both outlets and a couple of the others.
  4. Try to contact: Howard Pike Location: Coquitlam, BC Canada Bio: Chimo Furnace owner since 1988 Airco /Olsen Product Engineer 1979 to 1988 BCIT Grad (Mech Tech) in 1979 CSB Ministries Rep since 2001 Company Information: Chimo Fur... You can search here for posts by Howard, but it has been several years now since he was active on this forum.
  5. Are there any multi-inspector companies near you? Try to get hired as a new recruit, good way to get started.
  6. Any chance that roof becomes a hockey rink in the winter? 😬
  7. Hello John. Maybe you need less gas pressure with more air to get the yellow flame.
  8. Thanks, Marc, but I understood there are 3 elements. It's not clear what the rating of each is. I'd be concerned if the total load is increased by 6 amps. Also that age of house means a possibility of Al wiring, so an electrician should have a look.
  9. Bigger elements means a bigger draw on the electrical feeder from your main panel. Instead of worrying about the old elements that still work, have an electrician check the wiring in your house, including that feeder to the tank. If you have to replace you could go down to two elements and reduce the draw on your system. It will still heat the water, just a little slower.
  10. Maybe Howard is still around. Go back to page 1, read what he says and try his contact info. $500 for a blower that fits versus $200 for one that probably doesn't fit and if made to fit, will leak or won't do the job. Just pay the money and get the right one. I know money is tight for most home owners but there are some places where cutting corners doesn't pay. I think 1082 is a 1982 unit, so it's had a good run and is still worth a repair.
  11. Right, format C : and get out the floppy discs.😃
  12. Thanks, Bill. So Jim, an old report of yours will be used to sue another inspector for his more recent inspection? I don't know where I'd stand in that situation. There's the passage of time and all kinds of unknowns, And on the other hand, time would not alter some defects, other than making them more obvious and worse. I don't need to tell you there's ethical questions here, too. You could claim client confidentiality and back away. Or as Bill suggests, enter into the fray as an expert witness, but with one difference, as a previous inspector of that same residence. Still some days left to mull it over. Cheers. Footnote, more Free Legal advice: If you don't have a go-to legal beagle, get one, pay him to check over contracts, etc., now he knows you and can be asked to write letters for you.
  13. Best to not talk to the client. He has chosen this route, so he is no longer on your side of the fence. He can talk to your lawyer and if you don't have one, get one to write a letter on his company letterhead. But have you offered a return of the inspection fee? That is one way to back away without any admission of guilt. In fact, include that with your offer, "This is not an admission of any wrongdoing, error or omission in the inspection and/or in the report". Just good business practice to snuff this in the bud. At the hearing, if there is one, offer to return the inspection fee once more, as offered in the contract if it is. This will be looked on favorably by the judge if it gets to that. You are meeting all terms of the contract as it applies to you. If the client accepts the fee, he first signs a release form, notarized or witnessed, that clears you and your company of any further legal action. At the hearing if client has a lawyer with him, he'll bluster and turn down the offer again, which he'd now be splitting with the lawyer anyways. Then no more Mr. Niceguy at that point and no more offers of cash back. Choose character witnesses and/or expert witnesses. But you want a fast moving defense because no judge wants to see this drag on for hours or days. Show that you met the terms of the contract with the report and pictures as proof. Keep the judge on your side, the side of the qualified professional, wrongfully accused. Wear a suit, stand and refer to him/her as 'Your Honor', and ask permission to speak, none of this jumping up and blurting objections that you see on TV. Good luck, Jim.
  14. Right, they can talk to your lawyer, not to you directly. Give them no ammo, and collect as much paper and pictures on your side as possible. They have your report, and that is all you were required to hand to your client. Even if subpoenaed, let the lawyers do the talking. The contract that your client signed before the inspection is your most important document. Keep the original. If this goes to a hearing, then you may be exchanging paperwork. Stick to your guns, you did your job to the best of your ability. Client agreed to the terms. Good luck.
  15. I don't know if sitting on top of the cylinder head is considered risky, but so far, nothing bad has happened. Thanks for posting the pics. It predates the M E News, IMO.
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