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  1. Thanks guys I also searched "propane" in the archives and learned a bit as well. A local propane company's # is now in my phone and I'll give them a ring tomorrow to see what piping is acceptable here.
  2. I'm inspecting a home tomorrow that has propane heat. Since this is not typical of my area, I'm looking for some pointers. Other than checking to see if the furnace has a sticker on it saying it's been converted to propane, anything else I should check for? Type of piping?
  3. Hahaha! Bill, you have a spunky wife. I occasionally don't take "no" for an answer either, I just wait until my husband goes to work. Sometimes it's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.
  4. I'm putting all my chips on the accelerator. A mason I know won't work (for his own company) in the winter because the project will look like crap. He WILL work as a mason for another larger company in the winter because his name's not on the doomed-to-look-like-crap project. There's no way to fix it; the salt will keep leaching out.
  5. This is what I wrote in an addendem to the report: I posted this picture and some other pertinent information on an online inspector’s forum for some other eyes to look at it. The consensus is it is probably an old manual sewage backflow valve. It's probably not functional, and it likely means the sewer backs up (which seems to happen in that part of Amherst when the soil is very soggy). The recommendation is to have a plumber scope the sewer to determine its condition, and then have the plumber advise them on leaving it or removing it. You may want to have it replaced with an
  6. Do you have any suggestions as to what I should say to the client about it? Other than noting its presence (and it happens to be a bit of a trip hazard), I don't know if I should tell him to operate it in the event of backflow.
  7. This is in the basement bathroom of a house built in 1964. Is it a valve shut-off or something? The top, although it has a hex nut on it, has a square stem. It's in a corner, about 2 feet from the foundation wall in one direction, and 4 feet from the other foundation wall. There is a cleanout in the slab about 4 feet away, and the standpipe is maybe 7 feet away. The area has a history of plumbing backing up when the soil is saturated (alot of the area is reclaimed wetlands). Has anyone seen this before? Thanks! Julie Click to Enlarge 13.25 KB
  8. I saw this same issue on a house built in 1960 a couple months ago. The sump pit had several inches of mud in it. The drain tiles were actually clay pipe (tiles) and one was broken (large piece missing). I said I was unable to see how far the damage went, but recommended a qualified person evaluate the damage. My thinking is whenever soil around a structure is being removed, there is a risk of movement, whether the soil is being removed from under the footer or from the side of it. There were foundation cracks visible as well.
  9. Heck no! Chad, you're crazy!
  10. No ANSI number anywhere? Sometimes it's on another plate with the temperature rise info on it.
  11. Goodman was one of the brands I distinctly chose to NOT buy; another was Carrier. Sears furnaces are made by Carrier.
  12. I like my Amana, but I've heard a few guys bashing them here, although I don't know why. Honestly, I googled different manufacturers and ruled out the ones that had nasty comments and lawsuits pending against them.
  13. I honestly think that the first time I get shocked will be my last inspection. With all the crazy homeowner wiring I've seen, I think I'll pick up some gloves for my own piece of mind.
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