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Bruce Thomas

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  1. Nick, Dozens of books have been written on the subject. Contact Mike Crow, his web site is you guessed it www.MikeCrow.com Tell him I told you to contact him. (that's a referral) See if you like his program. Bruce Thomas
  2. Well that's 2:17 of my life I'll never get back Bruce
  3. I have been asked to write an article about boiler inspection for hot water residential heat. If anyone has a good resource they could share I would appreciate it. Bruce Thomas PS I'm not above plagiarism [:-bigeyes
  4. Kurt, Add roof walking in a windy city to that list. By the way Chicago is only the 15th windist city in the US, Boston is #1. My wife is a weather chanel adict. Bruce
  5. Kurt, OK so some night when you can't sleep go to www.aarst.org and click the link to the BIER studies. It's not just the EPA any more. Every study that I know of except for 1 crack pot with corrupted data confirms that radon is real. Another source is www.cansar.org these are real people talking. Now for the action level. There is no safe level of any kind of radiation. The action level of 4 pCi/L is the economically feasible level and it's based on a year long average. The 2 day tests are just for screening to find a potential. If the results are between 4 & 10 pCi/L a year long test to confirm it should be done. Radon increases your potential for lung cancer, it's a class A carcinogen. If it was in our food or some company invented it the lawyers would all be getting richer but God put it where it is and He doesn't pay judgements. Unfortunately there are still people out there who claim they never heard of radon and it's dangers. I got an Email just the other day from a woman who's husband died of lung cancer and she is now dedicating her life to "getting the word out". Silly me, I thought we already did that. Bruce [:-cry]
  6. Paul, Even the best inspector can miss copper clad aluminum if they'er not careful. It is a late 60's - early 70's thing. The problem is when you tighten the screws down for the connection it can cut or split the copper and the screw gets into the aluminum. The old bimetallic connection, galvanic reaction thing happens. You now have the same problem that you would have with pure aluminum. My personal opinion is either treat it like aluminum and crimp on pig tails or change all of the devices to approved AL/CU type. One way to spot it as was said is by size, another is the romex sheath is a beige or light green color. It says copper clad aluminum embossed on the sheath if you can read it. The third way is to carefully nick one of the grounds with an insulated screwdriver. When I find it, and it's rare, I call it out just like aluminum. As far as missing it in an inspection is concerned, if it isn't installed correctly (King Kong electrician) it's no better than aluminum. Hope that helps Bruce Download Attachment: 3670RomexWwire.JPG 52.84 KB Thought I had Copper clad Aluminum today but it turned out to be solid copper. Bruce
  7. If there are that many folks in this house and nobody speaks English, you know they don't have any money to fix anything. I saw a lot of this last fall, working to hurricane damage for FEMA in the deep south. They just do what they can every day to survive. Good kind people, just trying' to survive. This isn't a real answer but I'd suggest wiping down the walls and windows every day just to soak up some of the liquid water. At least till spring when they can get some windows open. Bruce
  8. Mike, Right! I saw several of these. Both slab and piling homes that had moved just from the flood water. Bruce
  9. Daren, Here's my best one. Can any body tell me how this happened. Download Attachment: LAHouseOnCar.jpg 103.79 KB Bruce PS I'm Back from the south
  10. When I was installing roofs ( about 30 years ago, (that's difficult to say)) we always used drip edge. It makes for a cleaner looking job. If you allow the shingles to overhang the gutters too far they tend to droop in and allow water to wick up behind them. In this area almost all roofs have drip edge. I put vented drip edge on my house because I have no soffit. Brian, How can you mix wood and metal, that must make a strange aloy? [:-bigeyes Bruce
  11. Konrad, What are the steps made of? Remember you're going to have to take that semi-cheesy stuff off some day. Bruce [:-goldfis
  12. Terry, I have you paying by Master card. If you would rather pay by check just let me know and you can bring it and I won't charge the card. Bruce
  13. Terry, I'll be there, I'm the treasurer and one of the speakers. Make sure you look me up. It should be a good time. Bruce
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