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  1. I won't do pools and I disclose them in my contract, because I don't have a clue on how to inspect them properly and I feel that trying would be a disservice to my clients. I would love to learn about them so I can provide pool inspections with my services. However, I suspect it would take quite a while for me to get to that point of knowledge. I will keep reading your posts, Norm.
  2. Mike, does this squabble look familiar? Looks like one of my topics I wished I had backed out of long before it got ugly. Advice: State your opinion respectfully. Dodge the bullets on your way out if it starts getting ugly. Never look back. A smoking gun doesn't always "win" the battle. Sip on a good homebrew and relax. It's all good... :~)
  3. In just the little bit of inspection experience I have had, I have seen leaks like this seal themselves just as Chad mentions. You crud over a leak enough and it will hold like chewing gum. If it isn't a high pressure leak, which obviously it is not, then the corrosion often times will hide the signs of the original leaking. Good call Chad!
  4. Yeah, it looks like it is leaking or there is a leak elsewhere that is dripping on this part that is corroding because of it. I know that sounds too simple, but it is the only logical reason I can think of without seeing more.
  5. I concur with Chad. Looks fine to me.
  6. Download Attachment: SV4000902.JPG 511.62 KB Download Attachment: SV4000912.JPG 637.46 KB Had my first encounter with the FPE panel that I had never heard about until this topic on TIJ. In additon to the inherent problems of the box type itself, I found a double tap on fuse #8, neutrals and grounds on same bus bar, debris in the bottom of the box, bare wires close to the casing, etc. etc. etc. Coming from the subpanel, there was a 240 volt wire going to the AC unit that had been spliced by twisting the wire together and wrapped with electrical tape. It should be no surprise
  7. Making an attic "livable space" is a very bad idea, regardless of how you vent the exhaust vents. That attic needs to be highly vented for many reasons.
  8. Well, that's very safe, in addition to being exceptionally self-serving. Having suffered through 120 hours of fire science class in the mid 80's, we proved it wrong on a daily basis. Unfortuneately, I don't have the paperwork available; I threw it all in a dumpster about 15 years ago. That's OK; those inclined to frenzy are usually dis-inclined to believe research that doesn't reinforce preconceived notions. Overheating wires, creating fires, or otherwise causing unsafe conditions was the sole intent of our lab sessions; no one was ever able to start an electrical fire, and voltage dro
  9. Download Attachment: Soffit_Vented_Fan.bmp 922.14 KB Builders in my area used to do this and also vent the exhaust fans into the open attic space. Since I became the municipal code inspector, this is no longer being done. WHK...just save yourself the grief and vent to the true outside as the code states.
  10. Dan, I agree that those HI's out there like yourself should not be "compared" to green HI's like myself. I think the idea of testing and licensing is due to so many new HI's coming into the industry. How else can an HI's knowledge, experience, and credibility be evaluated in order to apply some regulation to the industry. I can see your point how it might not be fair to make those of you who created the HI industry "face off", so to speak, with a newbie inspector like myself, but it is the only way to keep all inspectors on a level playing field, adhering everyone to the same standard
  11. Very interesting! I figured it would have to be something along the lines of cost or efficiency. Well, then there is the last part too. [:-timebm] Thanks Chad.
  12. Mike, I am curious to know what brand, model, etc. this unit is. You say this is only the 5th or 6th AC unit you have seen. Does it never get warm enough for an AC in Washington???
  13. I'm curious why these are still not being made. I like the idea of being able to make your own gas. Is it expensive to run one of these and make the gas compared to other energy methods maybe? Was this just used as a back up method of utility when it was being used?
  14. That is a very worthwhile thought. It is entirely correct. Thanks Kurt. Humble pie doesn't taste too bad. [:-paperbag]
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