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  1. Actually, I honestly don't know. I know that it wouldn't be covered from a physical damage or loss of income perspective, but I'm not so sure about from a liability perspective. While I would hate to think it, it's likely that someone will eventually sue someone else for failing to take measures to prevent spread of the virus.
  2. I may have mentioned one of my favorite YouTube channels, Smarter Every Day. He's always refreshing and on point and I really like his latest video:
  3. Here's an idea: Some inspectors have begun to make their customers sign hold-harmless agreements with regard to Covid 19. These agreements spell out the actions that various parties will take to mitigate the spread of the virus and state that the parties won't sue each other if one party feels that they were infected by another. Good idea? Bad idea? What's an insurance company's take on this? (Personally, I hate it.)
  4. Gosh, when times are slow, I should work on my website! I had never thought of that! What a great idea! I never would have though it! IPro's "articles" on this site have always been thinly disguised advertisements. As long as they provide fresh & useful content, they are tolerated. (And some of them have been quite good.) This one provides neither. It's just old, worn-out advice that provides nothing new or truly useful. It reminds me of those click-bait ads: 10 Tips Guaranteed to Make Business Soar - You Won't Believe #8!!!" It's just as bad as those home inspector seasonal newsletters that contain important "tips" for homeowners like keeping your gutters clean. It's lazy.
  5. Biggest bunch of crap you guys have ever posted. Nothing but recycled platitudes of little value.
  6. What plumbing code are you on? Are there any other fixtures that dump into that vertical pipe?
  7. I take it you (and everyone else in Boston) have seen the Hundai commercial:
  8. I'm a licensed Washington inspector and the DOL sends me stuff all the time, but I never got that one. The last thing I received from them was on the 28th and it included a link to Inslee's memorandum.
  9. I posted that memorandum earlier in this thread. (https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/Essential Business Guidance - Real Estate Memo.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery) Mike pointed out that it seems to say that it only applies to pending transactions. Not future ones.
  10. You'd probably enjoy my attempts at understanding finance even more. I can't even balance my checkbook without counting on my fingers.
  11. Is this your first time looking at milled lumber? Everything in your pictures is perfectly normal. These are characteristics of lumber, which is a natural product that comes from large plants called "trees." The characteristics in your pictures are all taken into account when lumber is graded. The ugly things in the 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 14th pictures are old injuries to the tree that have scabbed over, probably from wind damage where limbs broke off. Don't worry about them. The lumber grader looked at them and said that they were fine for that grade of lumber. The 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 15th, 16th, and 17th pictures are something called "wane." This is when the lumber includes a bit of the outer surface of the tree, where the "bark" is. (Bark is a rough outer covering on the trunk of a tree.) In fact, you can see some bark still attached in several places. It's a common characteristic of framing lumber. The 11th, 12th, and 13th pictures show some blue staining and some iron staining - utterly unimportant. The blue staining is caused by a very, very, very unimportant fungus and the iron staining is probably from where the lumber was in contact with - wait for it - iron. Many of the pictures also show "knots." These are where branches grew out laterally from the tree trunk. In the sizes and positions in the pictures, they're fine. You need to understand that framing lumber is graded for utility, not for looks. A completely separate grading process would be used for wood destined to become trim or furniture. It would be foolish to use defect-free wood for framing lumber. This is second nature to anyone who's ever worked with lumber in any way. If an inspector were to mention any of these things in an inspection report, he'd be a moron. Every piece of wood in every picture is fine. Forget about it and use your powers of obsession for something else.
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