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  1. John, You really should consider having a professional web designer complete you site. You are on an Inspectors forum asking for advise on how to create your website, but none of the people here are going to be searching for a home inspector in Maryland. Your target audience is the "consumer," so why not ask them? Your going to spend hours upon hours messing with your site and in the end I hope you will realize that it looks like something a 5th grader would do for a school project. It absolutely amazes me when inspectors skimp on this vital part of marketing their business. It's like when we come across a home buyer that tells everyone in the transaction "I'm going to save some money and do the inspection myself... I know enough about houses." Stick to inspecting and let someone who "specializes" is web design and marketing do your site! The funds to develop a professional website should have been allocated in your business or marketing plan. Kevin
  2. Hey John, I would recommend investing in a "Professional Website" rather than something created by you. Not that I think you did a bad job on your site. There are many companies out there that cater to Home Inspectors and do very well at creating professional looking websites. Do yourself a favor and spend some money on hiring a website and/or graphic designer to create your site. You will not regret it!! Kevin
  3. It is a very informal meeting. Usually the floor is open to questions relating to general home inspection topics. Recently, they have all been focused on the new licensing laws, but you can ask any question you want. As far as my presentation, it will just be a brief discussion on the benefits of offering ITI services. I will try and put some images together and pass them out for everyone to review. Hope to see you there... Kevin
  4. I will be presenting at this months NACHI Chesapeake Chapter Meeting. The presentation will be on Infrared Thermal Imaging (ITI) Services. Come join us...Tuesday, Nov. 20th from 6-9pm. Anyone can attend and all are welcome http://md.nachi.org/nachichesapeakechapter/events.html Kevin
  5. How would ever know which one your are inspecting is the "one in a couple of thousand?" Unless you are a licensed Plumber, I would write up every one. Let the Plumber make the determination on whether or not the Trap needs to be replaced or reconfigured. Kevin
  6. That is the requirement for new construction. I wouldn't write it up as a repair issue. However, I usually make a comment on verification of permits and suggest one be installed. Remember, your inspection is not code compliant. Although installing a new hot water heater requires a building permit, not many home owners, or contractors for that matter obtain one. Again, I usually make a comment about checking and verifying that building permits were obtained and that the water heater installation does not meet current and established building practices. Yes, they are required. Plywood is acceptable. Kevin
  7. I always write them up regardless of the age of the property. It doesn't really matter to me if the S-Trap is original or some knucklehead re-configured the trap to be a S-Trap. It still is a potential heath concern with the possibility of sewer gases entering the residence. So, I call for a Plumber to repair them.
  8. I use a Protimeter http://www.inspectortools.com/neaqbypr.html Works very well Kevin
  9. I would also like to see a report posted that was written by either Les, Jim, or Mike. Or, all three. Show us how it supposed to be done! Kevin
  10. The advise given so far is sound. However, my suggestion is to hire a professional inspector to evaluate the property. Kevin
  11. Kyle, Relax! Put this particular situation aside and read what you have written. Why would you be frightened to hear an HI use the term "alarmist?" There are many HI's out there that over state issues and call for "further evaluation" on a lot of things that are minor or just about everything they write up. That is a sad fact!! There is a difference between a RE using the term to describe an inspector who is thorough and someone (RE or inspector) using the term to describe someone who has over exaggerated an issue. I don't pander to RE's either, and I resent your insinuation that I do. Kevin
  12. It's also a requirement for UF cable. "340.12 (10) Type UF cable shall not be used as follows . . . Where subject to physical damage." The requirement for physical protection has moved around in the code over the years, but it's been a continuous requirement since at least the 1947 edition (my oldest one). "3003.b Mechanical Injury. If subject to mechanical injury, conductors shall be adequately protected." True. Clearly, the code intends that, in certain circumstances, it's ok to run UV-resistant UF cable, unprotected, on the outside of a building. But there are limitations on how it can be done and where it can be done. They can't be installed where they're subject to physical damage. The cables in your pictures -- as far as I could see -- looked pretty well protected. They were behind the AC cabinets and it looked like it'd be pretty hard for someone to accidentally whack them. (I'll ignore, for now, the inadequate work space in front of the disconnect boxes.) On the other hand, the picture that John posted showed the UF cable sitting out there with its metaphorical butt on the bumper. Any weed whacker could physically damage it. Given the wording of the code, I think it's reasonable for those guys to allow exposed cables in some circumstances. That doesn't mean that it should be allowed in every circumstance. - Jim Katen, Oregon After John posted his third image of this circumstance, I can see why he would have a concern about the protection of the cable. However, his original question was whether or not the cable clamped to the wall needed to be in conduit. The answer is "NO" Kevin
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