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  1. Visiting San Franciso

    Book nerds would include City Lights bookstore.
  2. Granulated Mod Bit or 90 Lb Felt

    ...the little trough where the upper slope meets the lower one is a drainage ditch. Hope it slopes to one side or the other like a gutter. BTW those shingles on the upper slope look fried like a rasher of bacon by their shipwrecked seaman's exposure to too much sun.
  3. site built truss

    ...as noted in an earlier post it was built in 1959 and looks good from below, though the ceiling was plywood that likely adds some stiffness to the whole thing. Like Mark noted, in residential you don't see very much in terms of loads on anything, especially when it comes to a one level ranch.
  4. Creative stairs

    ...I would not try this one in sock feet.
  5. flashlight bulbs

    A little background, Nolan. My grandmother's Scotch heritage was so ingrained that through all my childhood years, she would only buy me and my brothers socks and/or underwear for Christmas, with the rationale that only what was truly needed qualified as gifts.
  6. flashlight bulbs

    I dropped an "affordable" LED flashlite at 350 lumens, and the bulb broke. Have been unable to find any LED flashlight bulbs online. Anyone here able to replace bulbs? Am I just such a cheapskate that flashlights I am willing to buy are throwaway only? This one was 17 bucks at a big box and uses AAs.
  7. site built truss

    Thanks, Mark. I agree that it looks "country". It looks like an attempt to transfer loads to outside walls, as trusses do, hanging the beam off the peaked rafters, as well as hanging the ceiling joists of the carport.
  8. inspector skill(s)

    Focus on the job at hand. A couple I met recently bought a house last year that was fairly new. Their concerns were more about location and value etc., the kinds of things that realtors tout, incidental to the idea of the building as a "machine for living", as some have defined it. They let the realtor handle the inspector selection and booking, and they got one of those companies the realtors love. The recent buyer said to me, when I told him I was an inspector, "Our inspector was not having a good day when he was there." To my raised eyebrows he went on to say that the inspector's phone would not stop going off, that he kept stepping away to answer calls and that he got into some protracted arguments with some people the buyer thought were from his home office. Despite the low level to which my jaw dropped while the buyer explained, I was still able to bite the lip while gritting the teeth and suppressing my urge to ask, "You paid this guy when he was done?"
  9. site built truss

    ...lateral support on the bottom is the regular spaced ceiling joists? This is a carport (no insulation), and they needed something to make a 20 ft span on which to rest ceiling joists of 9 ft or so. From below, after 59 yrs, you can see a little sag across the span. I'm sure the top is tied to something, but not at intervals down the slope. Not bad, huh?
  10. site built truss

    Before it was so easy to pick up a phone and order some trusses or maybe a glue lam beam the site carpenter had to make long spans somehow, so he did it this way. Have been seeing these in brick ranches lately. Anybody else here?
  11. Use issues vs code ones

    I appreciate the replies. It's what makes this forum better than the other ones. I see my role here as an advocate, just like a lawyer that takes a stand based on a certain rationale. I have seen lots of little nestlike cubbies in ag type buildings in this county that were just called barns or whatever. OP erred saying permit was still active. It was done and signed off as the letter points out. When you say negative, Bill, do you mean AHJ won vs individual? In this case AHJ is off base by demanding permit yet refusing to inspect as its part of permit process. I think their standing in terms of written policy is really shaky. Land use regs will always be contentious.
  12. whole house surge protectors

    ...who dat? If corporations are people I guess households can be too.
  13. Use issues vs code ones

    I could not certify the building for a house. AHJ is being goofy, charging owner with have changed permitted use and therefore due to permit as residential, but AHJ refuses to inspect any existing buildings, which leaves them a little short on service. Don't see how they could charge for permit and refuse to inspect. Here is the letter I issued him, told him to swing it like a stick at Magistrate's. Jim Baird Inspection Services Jim Baird • 584 Hawksview Dr., • Comer, Ga. 30629 • Phone 706 783 5568 Inspection Report November 06, 2017 At the owner’s request I visited the subject property the morning of November 06, 2017, to inspect part of a building. The building was a multi-purpose agricultural building, permitted, inspected, and certified for occupancy of the permitted use. The original building layout included buried plumbing systems for bath and utility locations, and included service installation of a 200 ampere service. After its occupancy under its use, the utility space was fitted with amenities to make the occupancy more accessible through the duration of time and weather. Back in the day, when it was so desirable to have a space in the ag setting where an occupant could bathe, prepare meals, and rest without leaving the property, it was called a “break area”, where the sweated brow might find some relief. In such light the enhanced use of the multi-purpose space’s availability only more fully expresses the permitted use. My inspection found a well made habitable space that missed the mark on some code requirements for a dwelling space like a house, where all the building is put to residential use. As part of a building made for the multiple purposes of agricultural needs the so-called dwelling space is not intended for permanent dwelling use. It could be called the “comfort zone” of a barn. Inspection for Martin (Continued) The owner showed me his documents on the septic system installation. The plumbing, electric, and heating work was done by licensed practitioners. It is a clean and well done rest area. You can even do laundry there. I don’t think it is fair, however, given its location on the site of a working agricultural operation, to describe the building as a “dwelling”. Sincerely, Jim Baird Certified Inspector
  14. Use issues vs code ones

    Thanks for the replies. I preached the gospel of separation to the owner/occupant, whose use of this space is to be temporary. Remaining space is in fact not a garage but a multi-purpose work space associated with ag use. (It replaces a DWMH that was there and was sold and moved, so there isn't a zoning issue as to number of dwellings per parcel. Owner would rather not jacket the party walls with drywall to satisfy IRC garage separation, which actually is not included among rated wall assemblies from IBC. Local AHJ has a policy (a strange one IMHO) of not inspecting anything existing. I will just visit, write about what was done, and bill by the hour. I will call it "habitable space" to punt the labeling of the building down the road.
  15. Use issues vs code ones

    I know most here inspect existing buildings mostly, as do I, but sometimes I inspect new work. I live in an area that is sparsely populated and mostly agricultural use, but is covered by standard codes and a fairly standard zoning regimen. Sometimes use, which is classified in our state by NFPA 101 Life Safety, clashes with ICC codes. Life safety does not address separation of uses, but it does define them. ICC codes do address rated construction but do not define use (in our state anyway). I have a client who has added habitable space to an agricultural use building. The local AHJ has refused to "sign off" on the habitable space because it is regarded as outside the use category of the building (a "shop" space associated with a chicken farm). Because the habitable space was only noticed by the AHJ after it was completed, yet still under permit for the ag use, they want the owner to hire me to conduct an inspection of the habitable space. I am fine with that, but I have to tread the tightwire of description by not calling the space a "dwelling" to avoid use issues. I also want to avoid separation issues that the ICC would call for if the dwelling were to be attached to a "garage". Does anyone here do deal with new work have to do this kind of hopscotch?