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  1. Consumer Reports also judged six 12-and-a-half-foot telescoping extension ladders "Not Acceptable": Telesteps 1205 Types IA, I, and II (discontinued but may still be available), 1600 Types IA and I; and Xtend & Climb 770. Consumer Reports did not report on other telescoping ladders by Telesteps or Xtend & Climb, but a stepladder by Telesteps was very highly rated. Separately, CR notes that safety standards for consumer ladders are not mandatory. Instead, there are voluntary standards published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) that outline types based on a maximum weight. http://www.kcbd.com/story/5251323/consu ... oavailable
  2. Quite often antennas are found in attics because the condo association won't allow anything on the roof. (either because of appearance requirements or they own the roof) Now we just see multiple dishes on the roof, but some condos prevent this by requiring cable. (not available in all areas) Some owners get around that by mounting their dish on the deck railings or the side of the house. Aren't Condo Associations fun?
  3. Why don't you post the schematic you're referring too. Most schematics will call it a thermocouple but flame sensor is an accurate description of what it does. It is heated by the pilot flame and allows the gas to come on for heating the water. In the absence of a pilot (blows out) you wouldn't want the gas to come on. If the thermocouple is bad the gas will not come on whether you have a pilot or not.
  4. Can't tell what it is from a picture. Just to clarify your question. You are asking a group of Home Inspectors for legal advice? Only a lawyer can tell you what your next step should be.
  5. John Kogel's diagram is most common wiring for those testers. If there is an open ground only the center light will light regardless of the polarity of the other terminals. At that point reversed polarity doesn't even matter the circuit needs repair. (so, if you show reversed polarity, you can't have an 'open' ground) John's technique with the 'sniffer' works and will indicate reversed polarity if you want to go to that much trouble. The sure test lights are driven by a microprocessor so there is a lot more flexibility in lighting possibilities. No ground is indicated by lighting all three neon lamps. A little thought here and you realize what can you do to that display and indicate - open ground, and some other problem? fortunately the display also indicates a ground problem with one of the additional functions. There are only eight display possibilities with three light testers, cheapo or Sure Test, after that you need further investigation.
  6. Moot question. The presence of a quick disconnect coupler indicates it is not intended as a permanent - year round - installation.
  7. Rural mail delivery sans rain gear ("We don't get out of the vehicle!"):
  8. Try this: http://www.buildingcenter.org/mitsubishi
  9. "What we've got here is failure to communicate."
  10. No way that damage was caused by self propulsion. Obviously fell from a height. Dead before fall.
  11. Helmet camera: http://www.amazon.com/Ion-Wi-Fi-Bike-He ... B007WZTMVE
  12. You'll see this on the outside wall. Click to Enlarge 26.57 KB
  13. The utility will gladly (maybe reluctantly) tape it for you, but that is probably all they will do.
  14. Looks to me like this guy already has an overfilled box. Stickin' a dimmer into it won't help. Correct my math if necessary: 14 gauge wire - 6 conductors, 1 ground, 1 clamps, 2 device= 10 x 2.0 = 20 cubic inches. The box he shows is 2x3 the deepest of which is 18 cubic inches at 3.5 inches deep.
  15. Those insulators look like a common outdoor pole insulator. The wire wraps around the insulator. All the knob and tube I've seen, including this inspection from yesterday, the knob is two pieces and the wire is 'clamped' by the knob. Click to Enlarge 55 KB
  16. It's glass block. Trim it out with PVC board and seal everything to the shower surround. It's fine.
  17. Don't know how it is in your town, but here installation of a branch circuit requires an electrician. Besides violating local code, your insurance probably won't cover any damage incurred. Basically you don't know how to wire a switched outlet much less use the proper hardware for an outdoor installation and you want a wiring diagram. Here's the point: Hire an electrician.
  18. The software manufacturer (3D) should test and specify their software for different platforms. It's not up to the hardware manufacturer to determine whose software is compatible. Call 3D and get their 'word' on the story.
  19. You can download the full text of any number of different codes applicable for your given state from this site. https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/safety.html Of course it will be a scanned document. Which is essentially a collection of pictures in a pdf format - not searchable. Try to use your highlight tool on some text, it will tell you it is a scanned document and if you have a full edition of acrobat it will offer to do character recognition. Click yes, it takes a while to do the longer documents but it is well worth it. Even as a scanned document it is more useful than NFPA's site (unless you intend to join). If you register with NFPA you will not only get the usual deluge of e-mail but snail mail as well.
  20. https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/safety.html If you have a full edition of acrobat you can make any code text fully searchable by using the OCR function. After which you can bookmark highlight etc.
  21. rkenney

    No ledger

    Sure it's a problem. That twelve year old argument carries absolutely no weight. In fact the older it gets the better the odds are that it will fail. Wrong is wrong. No flashing right of the batt. Driven rain doesn't care about the eave. The brackets are not designed for the fastener that must have been used to reach the band board. If they don't reach the band I doubt it would support its own weight. Definately not 50 psf.
  22. Abandoned line from a previous installation. There is absolutely no reason for it to run 'underground.' Just laziness on the part of the technicians who installed the current unit. I have seen this from time to time. I cannot fathom why they didn't remove the old line or why whoever is footing the bill let them get away with it.
  23. rkenney

    Teflon tape

    The most curious thing about this whole debate, http://www.sealtape.com/ptfe_yellow.html the only thing yellow about their GAS PTFE is the spool it comes on. If I smell gas I report it, otherwise it is a latent defect (assuming a problem arises at some future time.)
  24. Skip the carpet (harder to roll a creeper), how 'bout a little insulation.
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