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  1. Any guess as to what this concrete box under a basement stairway is? Multi-unit building 1950s or 60s.
  2. What is this stuff? It was smeared next to all of the boiler zone valves.
  3. I suppose you've done a lot of research on mold and mold testing. If so, you would've learned mold testing or sampling cannot determine the health effects of a person. What the EPA says about mold testing: “Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set. Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants.” Center for Disease Control: "There is always some mold around. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years." “CDC does not recommend mold testing. The health effects of mold can be different for different people so you cannot rely on sampling and culturing to know if you or a member of your family might become sick.”
  4. Bricklayer Love - Carl Sandburg I THOUGHT of killing myself because I am only a bricklayer and you a woman who loves the man who runs a drug store. I don’t care like I used to; I lay bricks straighter than I used to and I sing slower handling the trowel afternoons. When the sun is in my eyes and the ladders are shaky and the mortar boards go wrong, I think of you.
  5. You probably know that there should be an ANSI date somewhere on the data plate. Add a couple years to that and you'll have a good idea of the manufactured date.
  6. Thanks. I did see that in my search. It implies an underground feed. I'm not sure if it prohibits overhead. Now I'm looking at the title which states Minimum Requirements so I guess that would be my answer, or not.
  7. I cannot find anything that prohibits overhead electric feed to residential detached garages. So I am checking here. My brother is looking to have a new garage built and the builder says the feed must be underground. Because of the landscape this would be tricky and expensive. He's in Chicago, and to the best of my knowledge, the city is using the 2017 NEC codebook.
  8. B) Whether the reported deficiency should be corrected or monitored. I am not afraid to deviate from the SOP on this. I feel the spirit of the law is to inform and protect my client which is always my intention. And I have never used the words, "significantly deficient." Nobody I know talks like that. The words are creepy.
  9. “low headroom, has inconsistent tread widths and riser heights, …” Around here, this sounds like a typical old house basement stairway, or stairs to a converted attic. As long as the stairs are not going to fall down, my most important concern is handrails. Installing handrails is never an option. “The stairs need a handrail. Have a carpenter install.” I would keep this separate from other remarks about the stairs which would include… "The stairway is a fall hazard because of this, this and this. Use with caution. Fixing this may not be practical and would be very expensive. Consult a carpenter."
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