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Mike Lamb

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  1. We call it benching also in Chicago. The most cost efficient way to lower the basement floor. A foundation inside a foundation.
  2. It's even harder taking a picture when you are standing on your head.
  3. I'm seeing Stonehenge, Easter Island, and the robot from the old sci-fi movie, "The Day Earth Stood Still."
  4. I'm not sure why builders have not figured this out but, un-flashed parapets are a chronic problem even in multi-wythe masonry. Ventilating the walls in single wythe SFB is great but does not help with through-wall flashing at the floor levels. Does it? I still see water problems at floor lines, and if there is a crawlspace , you can visually see the ends of the joists sucking water. Your certification will have to stand the test of time, or there are bound to be complaints. I agree that the few SFB buildings I've seen with a pitched roof with overhang and gutters did not show moisture intrusion problems the best I could tell. I have also considered, in theory, that building a small roof over the top of the parapet wall will help shed water away from the walls, and may eliminate a lot of the water infiltration problems. Just a thought.
  5. The $750,000 home in Maple Glen comes furnished -- fully furnished -- with a large, finished basement featuring whips, chains, bondage equipment and swing. https://www.news5cleveland.com/lifestyle/beautiful-suburban-home-for-sale-but-its-hiding-a-secret-in-the-basement
  6. Thanks all. I still don't see any specific drawings relating directly to flashing details at a floor intersection for a wood frame home with brick veneer.
  7. Does anyone have a drawing from a reputable source detailing flashing/weeps at structural floors? IRC 1405.4.2 Masonry. Flashing and weep holes in anchored veneer shall be located in the first course of masonry above finished ground level above the foundation wall or slab, and other points of support, including structural floors, shelf angles and lintels where anchored veneers are designed in accordance with Section 1405.6.
  8. I don't recall seeing any waterproofing companies trying to waterproof stone, brick, or leaky CMU foundations a few years ago from inside the basement by covering the walls with a heavy plastic and installing an interior drainage system. It is now a common tactic. I am guessing in about 10 years the cat come out of the bag and foundations will be shown to have serious damage caused by this practice.
  9. I provide ballpark estimates at my client's request. Some people truly do not know if replacing a water heater costs $800 or $8000. I used to include estimates in the report but the headaches I got from this (from sellers and RE agent) made the practice not worth it. I now e-mail estimates after the inspection with this disclaimer: Estimates provided for repairs are based on a limited visual inspection. The actual costs to correct problems may be more or less depending upon a more detailed professional analysis. Mike Lamb and Inspection Connection, Inc. is an inspection and consulting service only. I do not provide repairs of any kind or recommend contractors.
  10. I tried posting this in the Articles forum but it has moved to another location? ?? Moving to the ICC would be great for private inspectors. Trying to search Chgo. Building Code is ridiculous. https://www.iccsafe.org/building-safety-journal/bsj-hits/chicago-takes-next-step-to-modernize-their-building-code-using-the-i-codes/
  11. It is a stone veneer so I think Jim has it right. I kind of got protrusion and penetration mixed up.
  12. I thought the, "no more than four 90 degree turns," on a TPRV discharge pipe was a code requirement but apparently not. That said, I cannot find the verse from Watts that goes with this remark from the ASHI reporter. Any help? The discharge piping should not be reduced either by fittings, kinks or in any other way. Watts® Regulator Company, a maker of numerous water safety devices, states that discharge piping in excess of 30 feet or the use of more than four 90° elbows will reduce the discharge capacity.
  13. I see this but not sure of interpretation. . IRC 1405.4 Flashing. Flashing shall be installed in such a manner so as to prevent moisture from entering the wall or to redirect it to the exterior. Flashing shall be installed at the perimeters of exterior door and window assemblies, penetrations and terminations of exterior wall assemblies…
  14. Is a flashing required above this stone protrusion above a window. I did see flashing at the lintel directly above the window. Veneer masonry.
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