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  1. Low volume agents are typically a bit snippy when the deal goes south. There goes the bonus check and a trip to the spa for this month, crap. This happened to me, faucet was broken after I inspected the house, and I stood accused. I had a pic of water flowing from a good faucet, was in the clear. From time to time, you may have to pay out for a repair, but normally not when your client walks. If so, you bite the bullet and call your fixit buddy. That's the cost of maintaining a cash flow. Shows you can make issues go away. It all depends on how busy you are. It's a goofy racket
  2. Confucius says the question starting with "why" sometimes needs a creative answer. 😃
  3. My guess is that the motor has a cap mounted on it, a replacement maybe, need pics.
  4. Sometimes damage occurs during an open house, perpetrator is long gone, the seller may not be aware it happened, and the agent only hears one side. The faucet can probably be repaired by a competent plumber. Sounds like a generic estimate for a full replacement with tile work.
  5. At first I thought Jim, you're waxing poetic, Then saw it's a copy, but not 'til I'd read it, Beginning to end, Did he do that on purpose? No matter, it did bring some cheer to this carcass, Here's wishing y'all a Merry Olde Christmas! 😃
  6. When in doubt, imagine that trough full of snow, ice and then some rain. The so-called builder has skewed the valley sideways to get some slope on it, maybe? The roof on the left shows a reverse slope, and the needles usually collect at a low spot or a drain. I don't believe that work was ever approved by an authority.
  7. I like rainy weather, because then the leaks show up better in my attic and gutter pics.😃
  8. It is perfectly acceptable on older wood frame homes on the West Coast. The wood is likely Douglas fir and hard as rocks. Tar paper, chicken wire, stucco, maybe paint. The key there is the roof overhang and the gap between stucco and the dirt layer. We don't want to see the flower bed up over the lower edge of the stucco, that needs to be concrete. Stucco comes down over the wood sill plate and stops there. Call it out for rot if some goof has pushed soil up against stuccoed wood skirting.
  9. I have the old version of HIP and used Palmtech when I did some subcontract inspecting. The HI Pro version I have allows me to create a pdf file on my own computer. If you go this route, backups onto an external drive or somewhere other than the laptop, easy to do, or use the Cloud storage they offer. Support is excellent. You can easily create templates for the various types of inspections you do and can access templates written by other inspectors, but I prefer my own capitalization and grammar. PalmTech required me to log into their website in the cloud, all very well until y
  10. It all starts with dirt. Dust in the air mixed with moisture from poor air flow, and then not wiping away the algae that grows on the dirt. If those surfaces were clean, there'd be nothing there. Renters tend to blame their landlord for this type of thing, but it is often due to poor house-keeping and turning the heat down too much, allowing moisture to condense on the walls.
  11. All those extra bits are just dead weight, IMO. Beware of the Asian bit sizes that don't quite fit right, like the Phillips that has too sharp a point. Jim's driver never needs charging. I think a magnetic cup in the handle would be handy for holding the screws until you need them again.
  12. They put enough rebar in that wall to span the dip, I'd say. Grout is a good way to seal the gap. If it was my place I'd shove mortar in as tight as possible.
  13. Maybe having a charge on the conduit would discourage the rats. I'm with Barry, piles of turds on top of the panel box, no doubt. I can smell that place from here. 🤓
  14. I had about 20 feet of newer terra cotta tiles on a previous property that were completely plugged with clay. It takes years to accomplish that, but clay sure stopped the flow. If Bill is correct and when is he not? those tiles have historical significance. Hire some history students to dig it all up. It sounds like you could install a curtain drain, a deeper ditch that diverts all the groundwater across the upper slope side of your property. The ditch can have perforated pipe laid in it with drain rock or washed gravel. In sandy soil, wrap the pipe with filter cloth to keep silt out
  15. I have seen similar where a masonry flue liner would seem to be supporting the upper section while the lower section settled. In one case where I knew the owner, we filled the gap with fresh mortar and made sure the liner was intact and tight. Nothing bad happened that time, but the crack was more of a fine line. For yours, it looks like a repair job for an experienced professional mason. That would be caused by settlement of the chimney pad, or expansion of the steel liner possibly, not storm related, IMO.
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