• Garage door opener remote issues - 0 Replies September 22, 2014
    Second time this happened to me recently. For reasons I won't go into, before entering a house the other day, I turned off all power to the house at the exterior meter disco. When the seller came over to open house, their overhead door opener remote wouldn't work. Never did get into the house tha...
  • Olsen furnace blower never shuts off - 5 Replies September 21, 2014
    Hi, I have an Olsen model HAS 80AH serial U-6291 furnace. I want to replace that little box with the white pull in pull out auto manual fan switch in hopes of stopping the blower motor from running full time. I called Honeywell and they can't figure out what unit to sell me lol. Haven't been able t...
  • Wind Load Caculator - 2 Replies September 21, 2014
    I've started working on a new wind load calculator:Notice the complexity when overhangs are added to the roof. These load diagrams show the Envelope Procedure for a Gable Roof:Load Case A:http://design.medeek.com/resou..._800.jpghttp://design.medeek.com/resources...
  • Really old code book - 1 Replies September 20, 2014
    I stumbled across this 1911 Portland Building Code book for sale on ebay and thought it would be something Mr. Katen would enjoy reading, if he hasn't already. I find it interesting that the code book had lots of advertising. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html...l1313...
  • Black Copper - 3 Replies September 20, 2014
    All of the copper water pipe is black and some of the wiring in the newer elec panels is also discoloring. This basement is empty and clean but has sewer problems and smelled heavily of sewage. Will methane discolor copper? I have read there is also hydrogen sulfide in sewage.This should prob...
  • Be careful who you climb in bed with... - 1 Replies September 20, 2014
  • Placement of new bathroom exhaust fan - 12 Replies September 18, 2014
    Hi all! Well, I'm here naturally, with a question. Long story short - our bathroom is too humid, so I took the 15 year old fan out and put in a new one. - old was in toilet area (you can sorta see the door into it on left side of pic of new fan. It was 50 cfm, and the vent ductwork was pointing...
  • How do you read this? - 12 Replies September 18, 2014
    Is the code guy from 10 years ago saying get rid of the CSST? Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/ben h/tn/tn_201491816547_DSCN0120.JPG 90.89 KB
  • need EIFS phone and emotional support. - 7 Replies September 18, 2014
    This is an instance where I thought I knew everything and now find myself a bit lacking in practical experience.We seldom see any eifs in our area; maybe two or three a year company wide. I have a fair amount of classroom and field experience, however now find myself lacking in detailing experi...
  • GUTTER PROBLEMS- PLEASE HELP - 6 Replies September 18, 2014
    I've attached a photo of gutter work done and want to get your opinion. The problem started when my neighbor had water and ice coming from behind gutter and down the side of the wall where the gutter ends near the wall. As you can see in the attached photo a thin metal strip was f...
  • Books - 2 Replies September 16, 2014
    I have an extra 2003 IRC- Anybody want it?It's free to a good home.
  • Think Twice Before You Blow Off an Attic !!! - 15 Replies September 15, 2014
    Don't want to crawl around in that attic? Think twice before you blow off an attic - it could come back to bite you?That's what a Pillar-to-Post inspector is learning in Florida. According to an online article posted by WFTV.com, a Pillar-to-Post inspector in Florida, who does both home inspecti...
  • Fire at Neighbors - Wake -Up Call - 17 Replies September 15, 2014
    I awoke at 130 AM this morning to a buzz saw. I went outside and my neighbor's house across the alley was on fire. The fire dept. was cutting a hole through the roof, hosing the place down, and busting open windows. Two people went to the hospital for smoke inhalation. They were each able to walk....
  • Advice on home inspection results - 19 Replies September 15, 2014
    We are buying a 1963 Single Family Raised Ranch. Inspection was done . Here are the problems which he cited but did not list any of these as major concern. 1) The upper level Ceiling is cracked in more than one place. The cracks are from one wall of house to other . Also, there are some hori...
  • Range Block and holder - 1 Replies September 15, 2014
    I have a CEB LTD MB2-12633-3 electrical panel, and in need of a range block and holder for this panel. I`m hoping you can help, as we are unable to find one locally.I would appreciate any information you can pass on to me as we are unable to use our stove.Thank you, Al Landry
  • Mixing AL and CU at main disconnect - 9 Replies September 13, 2014
    Is there anything wrong with mixing SEC conductors metals?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014913143610_061elec.JPG 30.77 KB
  • Old fire control equipment - 3 Replies September 12, 2014
    Red Comet is still in business. You can buy this 1950's? automatic fire control on eBay for about $40.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_201491212236_005 Red Comet.jpg 60.47 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s/mik...
  • Domain Names for Oregan Home Inspectors for Sale - 8 Replies September 12, 2014
    One of our inspectors has left the biz and his domain names and website are for sale. The website was done a few years ago with no recent updates but still ranks okay.portlandoregoninspection.comportlandoregoninspector.comMake an offer on the names (website comes with). Michael Brown...
  • WTC Tribute in Light - 7 Replies September 11, 2014
    I thought I'd share a very lucky shot of the World Trade Center 'Tribute in Light' I took last night with the point-and-shoot Pentax Optio WG-2 I use for inspections. I hadn't planned on photographing it. In fact, I didn't even expect to see it. I was walking down the street, and suddenly, th...
  • Expandable foam at SEC panel entry - 13 Replies September 11, 2014
    Is this okay? Or might it cause overheating of the conductors?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014911135319_063AA.JPG 55.29 KB
  • Im looking for the strongest concrete screws - 3 Replies September 10, 2014
    for outdoor humid, hot central florida. Strong structural concrete screws.Im attaching simposon H10S and LGT2 straps to my rafters and cinder block walls. Im using simpson screws to attach to the rafters, however simpson makes no outdoor concrete screws and has no suggestions. So, Im looking for...
  • Odd Electrical Box - 4 Replies September 10, 2014
    Lower switch/recept box attaches to a j-box above using a pivot-type stem thingy, like a ceiling fan. Anyone know anything about this, why it might be used?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ds/jerry simon/tn/tn_2014910154552_Pivoting Elect. Box.JPG 25.68 KB
  • Only in California... - 12 Replies September 10, 2014
    Gotta get those state government revenues up somehow!http://www.remodeling.hw.net/b...lement_o
  • Hot water - 24 Replies September 10, 2014
    Currently I have a 30 gallon electric hot water heater providing hot water to a 3/4 bath (shower and sink) used by two people.I am trying to convince myself that I can pull from this same hot water heater to another new bathroom (shower, tub, dual sinks). When all is done three people will util...
  • What's with w's? - 14 Replies September 9, 2014
    The w's on my screen are weak like what you might see with a ink cartridge running low. Is this just my problem?wwwwwwwwww
  • You make the call - 9 Replies September 7, 2014
    Do you call out the pex because it's not in the rule book, or do you let it slide? Is it rigid enough to take the discharge without whipping around like a snake? Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...GTB2.jpg 31.87 KB
  • Artography - Creation of the Cosmos - 2 Replies September 6, 2014
    Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_201496113727_Concrete Moon 300.jpg 8.51 KB
  • Leaking polyurethane at waterproofing injection - 6 Replies September 5, 2014
    The paste-over has failed at many places on this foundation injection causing the polyurethane to leak. One. How critical is this to the waterproofing process?Two. How do you correct this once everything has cured?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/t...
  • TPR ? Fuse? - 6 Replies September 5, 2014
    Saw this mounted on top of a State Industries electric water heater manufactured in 1983. No TPR valve, as I know them anyway. Anyone able to enlighten me on this? ThanksClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...0052.JPG 58.17 KB
  • Vents over public walkways - 2 Replies September 5, 2014
    12.9.4 Through-the-wall vents for Category II and Category IV appliancesand noncategorized condensing appliances shall not terminateover public walkways ...So installing the vent above a private walkway would be okay?
  • running waste line - 5 Replies September 5, 2014
    I appreciate everyone's input on my issues with running PEX to my new upstairs bathroom (separate topic).My question now has to do with running drain lines from the fixtures to the main waste line. I have to get through true 2x12's in the floor. Of course, I will try to route my lines to minim...
  • What causes drywall seams to show? - 8 Replies September 4, 2014
    A 1980's house has a textured ceiling in the living room. I will grace this place with my presence next week. The client reports that the seams are visible, but not stained.The ceiling joists are likely the bottom chords of maufactured trusses.I think they mean the drywall has sagged around the...
  • A response to an FPE call out. - 10 Replies September 4, 2014
    This is the response to an FPE call out. First time in 12 years that I have seen this, on paper anyway.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s/robert jones/tn/tn_201494134446_FPE electrician response.jpg 46.52 KB
  • Raised trim at tread is trip hazard- IRC ? - 37 Replies September 3, 2014
    Just say this yesterday on my inspection where the owner-builder laminated the stairway too. I'm calling it a potential trip Hazard but can't find anything against this in the IRC? Any suggestions appreciated.ThanksClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...tn/tn...
  • Name of trim piece? - 14 Replies September 2, 2014
    What is the technical name for this "trim" piece that runs on both sides of the home? Built 1910.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s/robert jones/tn/tn_20149213346_DSCN4306.JPG 53.46 KB
  • What the heck is this? - 3 Replies September 1, 2014
    Just saw this yesterday inside a large dual pane window with failed seals in a rural area of AZ. Home was built in 83'. I have never seen anything like it in 23 years of inspecting homes.My guess is some type of insect eggs? If anyone has any thoughts it would be greatly appreciated.Happy ho...
  • ASTM F 1637 - 8 Replies August 30, 2014
    Question: Have a bldg. constructed in 1985. Large Concrete porch has a straight step down about 6 feet from door that is 5 and a half inches, and then porch area still another 3 feet before steps. Does F 1637 have application to bldg. that old? If not what does. Does this violate any code c...
  • EO Coverage for Other Report Users - 4 Replies August 30, 2014
    Does anyone know if E&O insurance covers losses by other users of inspection reports other than the client?...which leads to the next question, has anyone encountered issues allowing pre-sale reports to be distributed to potential buyers (i.e. can buyers sue for losses).Thanks
  • Mother of All Flashlights - 5 Replies August 28, 2014
    Hello everyone,I have been following discussions here and decided to share my favourite flashlight, the Nitecore TM-15.About the size of a soda can, it has several output levels with the maximum being about 3 or 4x as powerful as a single car headlight (2500 lumens vs 900). The 4-18650 batte...
  • Crack in Brick Exterior, Please advice - 4 Replies August 28, 2014
    Hello,I am buying a house and see there are some cracks in on brick wall which is on the back side of house. There is no cracks inside the house of in foundation. Please advice if is is big issue or not.Thanks fore you helpShakarClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.com/forum...
  • Anchor bolts missing - 11 Replies August 28, 2014
    So, if you're missing anchor bolts, what's the best way to secure the house to the foundation?
  • wow.. why is this sucker backdrafting..? - 10 Replies August 28, 2014
    I turned heat on.. to find smoke in the basement... OyDownload Attachment: images/icon_photo.gif IMG_0840.JPG113.74 KBOne of those 'for cryin' out loud.. ' moments in home inspection..
  • I swear, - 1 Replies August 27, 2014
    we never get water in the basement. Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...133_Park Ave 124.jpg 35.18 KB
  • Stainmaster carpet padding and duct tape - 1 Replies August 26, 2014
    Anybody have any experience with duct taping the seams in Stainmaster carpet padding?
  • How To Create A Stylish Bathroom Space - 10 Replies August 25, 2014
    For sanitary room decoration, many designers implement modern philosophy is: to make things easy, simple and that is America. This minimalist trend nowadays a lot of people just to meet the psychological. Bathroom renovation minimalist style more and more popular, especially in the low-carbon concep...
  • Bonding the utility gas line - 7 Replies August 25, 2014
    There's this wire that's wrapped around the gas riser feeding today's house. It's just dangling there, having risen out of the earth along with the pipe.Is it supposed to be bonded?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c..._014.jpg 64.31 KB...
  • This house or used Chevy Truck? - 19 Replies August 25, 2014
    This house just sticks in my mind. Looked at it last week for a bank and really had a hard time pulling away and leaving it alone again.it is on a couple acres, at the outskirts of a very small town near Lansing. Listed for less than a 2012 Chevy Truck and likely could be bought for even les...
  • Indoor IAQ forum locked-- Why? - 3 Replies August 24, 2014
    Why is our IAQ forum locked? I was going to reply to the most recent subject only to find I was unable to do so. It looks like all of the topics under this forum are now locked....
  • Car signs made me a target - 2 Replies August 24, 2014
    Got a message tonight from someone claiming I hit their car with my door. He wanted my insurance info or "he would take further action."I called him back to find out he is the turkey with the POS Mazda that parked too close to me. He claims there is a big dent in his car and he has a witness who...
  • Sewage Ejector Pump - 5 Replies August 24, 2014
    I can't find anything specific in manufacturer instructions disallowing a drain to connect to a vent pipe of a sewage ejector pump vent pipe. The picture shows the adjacent laundry sink draining into the pump via the vent rather than underground inlet. Can you please point me in the right direction...