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Jim Baird

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Jim Baird last won the day on January 19

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  1. Reminds me of a Frank Zappa song called Dirty Love.
  2. Inaccessible crawlspace can be a big problemo especially in terms of termites.
  3. It looks thicker than lap siding to me, more like the cornerboard stuff they make. Even so, product is not listed for the use. Looks like no way to practically correct. Is it a custom home? Signs like this tell us there may be plenty of other problems with wrongly applied product. I would tell buyer this is a big red flag, fairly describable as a structural defect. Don't walk away, run. Why did he do it? Likely just an early layout screwup. Sign of an amateur maybe.
  4. "small, family operated with locations across Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia"... Zzzzzzzzzz.
  5. Our local utility won't allow a unit to be fed via another one.
  6. I doubt you could pay enough to override my scepticism.
  7. ...probably burns like those black invisible fires of Hell... "...Our earthly fire also consumes more or less rapidly according as the object which it attacks is more or less combustible, so that human ingenuity has even succeeded in inventing chemical preparations to check or frustrate its action. But the sulphurous brimstone which burns in hell is a substance which is specially designed to burn for ever and for ever with unspeakable fury. Moreover, our earthly fire destroys at the same time as it burns, so that the more intense it is the shorter is its duration; but the fire of hell has this property, that it preserves that which it burns, and, though it rages with incredible intensity, it rages for ever...."--James Joyce
  8. ...sure looks like automotive heater hose. Love the careful attention to the spray paint of the clamps.
  9. I sure have not seen much 3-ply half inch decking. Have seen plenty 3-ply 3/8 decking, which usually does not survive old shingle strip without delam. What must have happened here was strip job required replacing some pieces, and replacement effort fell short of a good job. Photo shows what will be a soft spot until it gets corrected (or not) by the next re-roof.
  10. The New Yorker did a story a few years ago about survivalist developments, some done inside de-commissioned missle silos!
  11. "Stachybotris'll get you if you don't watch out!"
  12. ...I appreciate this kind of support. Client and I have talked. When shoes start to drop I feel ready.
  13. ...many times I have been startled by my electric screwdriver in my back pocket when I forget to lock it off.
  14. Thanks for the replies. I inspected a home after a contractor referred me. He found weird stuff and advised she have me look. Evidence revealed by contractor showed serious effort to conceal structural problems. Another inspector preceded me but I did not see his report. An engineer followed me to prescribe a fixit, so I likely am only a choir member. My client has not answered me but I am giving it some days.
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