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I came across this boiler while researching. I thought I'd share and ask for opinions.

No visual structural problems were noted in the inspection of the underfloor support and associated systems.

The inspection of this area is limited to a visual investigation for the apparent presence of the systems and evidence of obvious system failure only. There may be multiple individually engineered systems involved and their requirements may differ and/or overlap in function depending on the location, installation date, soil bearing capacity, manufacturers design data and requirements, as well as the engineered design and listings of the individual components or assemblies utilized. The support system is designed to support the weight of the home including occupants, furnishings and any additional snow loads imposed on the roof. The tie down system is designed to resist lateral and uplifting wind loads. An earthquake resistant bracing system is designed to minimize damage to the home and injury to occupants in the event of seismic related movement. The rating or listing, the location and the number of components will normally vary for each individual home and a thorough evaluation is beyond the scope of a home inspection. Further evaluation of the underfloor support and associated systems by a qualified engineer or inspector is recommended for all manufactured homes prior to occupancy. Manufacturers instructions, system plans and permits should be present and made available to the person conducting the review.

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I agree with the folks, I'm sure it could be rewritten to be a bit more reader friendy and with less "fill". I would also like to see it broken down into smaller paragraphs that would allow someone to read and absorb everything, one thought at a time.

My golden rule for writing is to always consider that although I may know what I am trying to get across, the person reading my work may have absolutly no idea what I am trying to describe. It is important to make things as simple and easy to read and understand.

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That disclaimer is worthless. Even if you Katenized it, it would still be worthless.

Rather than disclaim you're far better off to warn, adequately warn as WJ says or advise as Jim Katen says.

For that you need a context, which is almost always going to be setup in your narrative.

Boilerplated disclaimers like this one are useless, a waste of time, and will do nothing to save your butt anyway in my opinion.

Now whose broilerplate is it before I get in trouble?

Chris, Oregon

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Originally posted by Chad Fabry

You folks have been a lot nicer than I thought you would be.

Honestly, I think this boiler is the epitome of bad boiler everywhere. Bad porn has more value.

Of course it's wretched. I'm sorry to say, though, that it's about on par with 90% of the inspection reports that come across my desk these days. I can also tell you, with certainty, that the person who wrote that worked hard on it and is very proud of it. He thinks that it makes him sound professional.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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Originally posted by Jim Katen

Originally posted by Chad Fabry

You folks have been a lot nicer than I thought you would be.

Honestly, I think this boiler is the epitome of bad boiler everywhere. Bad porn has more value.

Of course it's wretched. I'm sorry to say, though, that it's about on par with 90% of the inspection reports that come across my desk these days. I can also tell you, with certainty, that the person who wrote that worked hard on it and is very proud of it. He thinks that it makes him sound professional.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

C'mon, Jim...

Let's raise the linguistic bar a little higher here. I seem to recall that you used the word "execrable" in an earlier post. Maybe a lot earlier. Of course, I could be wrong. (Sorry, WJ) But even if I am wrong, I'm in favor of promoting the use of perfectly good words that should be known by all HI's. (But not necessarily used in a report.)

After all, we're supposed to be more knowledgeable than those we work for, right?

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot...

Chad's sample disclaimer from a (mercifully) unknown source is crap. [;)]

Everyone knows what that means.

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