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  1. Jim Baird

    3 inspection photos you should take to manage your risk

    Exactly my reason for pics is to see what I might not have noticed live. Often I am talking to client as I move and click, so there is a lot to be missed at the moment, but still if I manage 100 I have made a good record.
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    Stand By Generators not to Code!

    "...I occasionally visit your place, but not as regularly as I should..." Funny, I used to visit Jeff's site fairly often but since my last laptop swap I can't seem to get back onto it via pswd/login probs etc. Also likely bcse I never would put any dinero in their offering dish since I am not an AHJ and most of their membership is. You are right, Marc, about those ladder rungs.
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    Real Estate Radio Show Co-Host

    ...a new kind of celebrity. Maybe Andy Warhol was right after all. Re toilet tank shrapnel I know a potter who stumbled coming out of a shower and fell across his toilet, knocking the tank off with his falling mass. Toilets are technically made of porcelain china, and when broken against a tile floor can become a field of shards, Those shards nearly severed this man's forearm. He survived, but just barely.
  4. Mice babies in the glove box, you could blame that on the wife's dust cloth, a cozy baby blanket. The invasion of unwanted species came during, we are fairly sure, a retreat weekend in the NC mountains where we parked the little car on some steeply sloped ground where the uphill side came really close to soil/grasses. Cabin air filter plus outside air ports we think were entry points. Cabin air is right behind glove box. Cabin air filter material was first nest.
  5. I don't take credit for inventing the method. I think I actually learned it from youtube, but it worked very well. The species was a little mouse not a woodrat. My cats have caught some wood and field rats with seven-inch tails that could probably jump over a row of buckets. How many here have stepped on one of those glue kind of traps during an inspect?
  6. BTW, as Marc noted a mouse can't jump high enough to escape. I caught two mice in my wife's honda that had built a nest in the glove box. Their babies tumbled out while she was sitting in traffic and reached for little duster she uses to dust the dash. I bought a shiny new slippery sided 5 gallon bucket and put it in the back seat with some oatmeal in the bottom. Took a cpl of overnight settings to catch them one at a time. I used the catch and release program, made them promise not to come back.
  7. Years ago I inspected a little house that used gas space heaters, those notorious moisture generators, on which a contractor had laid a metal panel roof. In so doing he eliminated every bit of attic ventilation there was. The entire attic frame and deck was blackened by something related to moisture accumulation.
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    HI Artography - Lamp on a Chair

    As you know, I hope, Mike, not every scene deserves a permanent record. BTW I think you are doing a good job of screening them so far.
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    HI Artography - Lamp on a Chair

    ...must be the New Minimalist style of decor. One room I inspected with a bad floor had an attempted concealment of bad floor by filling the room with beds.
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    Wait for it....

    ...looks to me like they were building a bench right by that fence, and they were going to lay them out that way anyway, maybe even dry stacked, so that when the video was over they were almost done for the day.
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    Wait for it....

    ...adventures of the overpaid.
  12. These photos are of an L shape ditch a spec builder is making at the rear of a cpl of lots he is building two houses on. Half acre lots generally, some 3/4 ac, all septic tanks. Neighbors don't like it. Their call to state environmental officer got zero answer. In nearby metro areas sinkholes from buried c&d wastes caused numerous problems that only occurred up to 15 yrs after the deed, in a state where this kind of violation has an 8 yr stat limit. Is this practice allowed where you guys live?
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    Boot flange fastening

    The installer might be the grandson of Rosie the Riveter. This is one of several boot flanges on this roof fastened this way.
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    Boot flange fastening

    Here Bubba Roofer decided he didn't need no flange.
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    sill rot on older Anderson windows

    I have some Marvin casements on my master suite addition. I have to ride herd on the inside wood and recoat it with spar varnish every few years.
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    square footage

    I have been at properties where I thought listed square footage might be in error, and had the listing agent reply that he would not discuss square footage because it is such a litigious issue. His listing only specified what the seller disclosed.
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    Boot flange fastening

    I'm the sure that installer would say that more must be better. If the roof panels outlive the boots, boot replacement might be a challenge the way that self tappers turn the hole edges up and down.
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    Boot flange fastening

    The manufacturer's rec I saw on these flanges said screws should be no more than 1 1/2 inches "apart". It did not say "on center". With a big fat screw head like these, 1 1/2 on center becomes about 3/4 inch apart. I am sure you will not see a rec that says to screw panels on thru the ridges. There is likely lots of loss of fastening power with that way.
  19. This "boot" is adhering to a flue pipe clearly labeled 2" clearance to combustible. Could find no label on boot. Does anyone here know this boot?
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    Crappy drill press

    If you are going to re-engineer that motor I would say to go green and hook up a rotary gerbil cage.
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    Boot flange fastening

    Thanks, Jim. My quick research just showed more than one how to vid saying to place screws no more than 1 1/2 inch apart. I am from the common sense generation. I used these flanges on this kind of roof 20 yrs ago and only used a screw in each corner. Am pretty sure they have not leaked. Common sense tells me that minimizing holes you punch in a roof is the best way to do it. Speaking of common sense, metal roof panels with this profile are also supposed to be fastened on the flats, not on the ridges. I fastened mine on the flats, but I have seen many installations where the installer overruled the directions and put screws on the ridges. I can only think the engineers that decided the flats are where screws should go were worried about resistance to uplift more than they were about leaks.
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    clearance otra vez

    Thanks for the replies, guys. I guess my only question now is whether "high temp rating" qualifies as "non-combustible".
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    Portland in Early September

    ...thanks for sharing these. I swear I've seen those faces on the post office walls before.
  24. Jim Baird

    clearance otra vez

    That size boot has to span that much. My concern is the boot material being combustible.
  25. Thanks for the translation, Bill. Southerners often use "local color" in their writing.