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  1. We are purchasing an existing home in Nevada. At the inspection we found that the showers only got mildly luke warm, all of the other fixtures in the home were hot. The owner replaced the mixing valves in the single handle fixtures. Still no hot water?? The home has plastic piping, no basement. All lines are visible in the attic. I do not know if there is a manifold in the home? Could there be a crimped plastic pipe on the hot water side? Totally baffled. Thanks Randy
  2. Last time I ran into this, it turned out to be a damaged line from the street. Customer side of the curb stop, they paid to repair it, about $1500 or so. Only noticed the poor pressure on the second floor of the house in this case.
  3. Could it be sawdust from a woodworker? You say dirt, but it looks quite fine and dry. Maybe mahogany? We don't have red dirt here, so just curious.
  4. Hey John, as explained above. The disposers with galvanized housings are notorious for rusting through. This in turn freezes up the motor over time. They usually leak very slowly, but you can't miss it. I almost always find the drip coming directly out of the wiring housing of the unit. Kinda scary ehhh.
  5. I am no electrician....but, I don't know that just because a tester doesn't pick-up the grounded condition that it isn't technically grounded. If there is no common neutral bus for the ground then would a tester really "see" it as a ground? I am in no way endorsing this wiring as correct but maybe it really is grounded? Just a thought.
  6. Thanks Brandon, yes, I read that and some other web site info. After reading I would never consider a ventless fireplace for my home. Where does the combustion air come from? Sure, I would enjoy cracking my windows in the winter to alleviate condensation? Yeah, that's a great idea. Thanks Randy
  7. No Pic of data plate, wasn't aware of any vent free gas fireplaces? How do they work? Sheeesh Randy
  8. I ran it for over 10 minutes and it didn't clear up. My main concern is that the other fireplace is just below in a finished basement. I wonder how that lower unit vents below grade, they share the same vents? Did they install a chimney between the units or??? Confused. Randy
  9. Yes, this is the small column between the two garage doors. So, you believe that this is a crushing condition due to poor end support of the lintel? Thanks Randy
  10. 2005 Heat N Glo gas fireplace insert. The glass front was wet on the inside with condensation and noticeable soot mixed with condensation. The intake and exhaust vents are through the wall just behind the unit. There is also a second gas fireplace insert in the basement directly below this unit. The unit with the condensation looked like it hadn't been operated for a long time, lots of dust and spider webs in the control area. Also both blowers were inoperable. What do you think caused this condensation and soot on the inside of the glass. I think the burners need adjustment but also b
  11. 2005 Heat N Glo gas fireplace insert. The glass front was wet on the inside with condensation and noticeable soot mixed with condensation. The intake and exhaust vents are through the wall just behind the unit. There is also a second gas fireplace insert in the basement directly below this unit. The unit with the condensation looked like it hadn't been operated for a long time, lots of dust and spider webs in the control area. Also both blowers were inoperable. What do you think caused this condensation and soot on the inside of the glass. I think the burners need adjustment but also b
  12. I have yet to observe this condition. Inspected a 2005 home with masonry veneer wall. Iron lintel above the 2 car wide garage door. Brick veneer runs all the way to the roofline. There is spalling on the brick face just below one corner of the garage door. Weeps were present every 18 inches or so along the top of the lintel but none in the corners. Do we need weeps at the corners to prevent the spalling or is this related to a different issue? Thanks Click to Enlarge 48.07 KB Click to Enlarge 35.35 KB
  13. Sorry to say but that looks alot like my Cousin's place. He is a border line hoarder. The city made him clean it up per neighbor complaints. Maybe your client could lodge a complaint with the municipality there as well? You just got to wonder what motivates a home buyer sometimes?
  14. Just above the ceiling, the metal pipe was connected to a heavy PVC pipe of the same diameter. The run had the one 90 there and then straight out through the wall about 8 feet. Maybe it was condensation damage and not heat? The plastic coating on the ceiling tile just looked distorted. Never saw a PVC pipe for a dryer run before. Thanks to all! Randy
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