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  • Required compliance with installation instructions - 9 Replies April 18, 2014
    There was someone here who once mentioned that the IRC required compliance with James Hardi installation instructions for exterior cladding.Anyone know where that is in the IRC?I've a show-down this AM with a builder.Thanks.Marc
  • Sandy substance at collar of flue? - 2 Replies April 17, 2014
    Saw this sandy substance at the bottom of a mechanical draft flue today any ideas? Could this be a byproduct of backdrafting?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...0577.JPG 50.94 KB
  • GE Warm Air Furnace - Age?? - 9 Replies April 17, 2014
    Anyone want to take a stab at it. I'm guessing 83From the furnace age chart:Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c..._Furnace Age.JPG 17.1 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...017.j...
  • Third Hand Smoke? - 3 Replies April 17, 2014
    RE: A 60 Year old two-story house.I did an inspection a few weeks ago and my client was concerned that someone had smoked in the house at some time in the past. Based on the history of cigarette smoking in the country I can only assume that most houses have had occupants that smoked at somet...
  • StabLok with no main breaker - 8 Replies April 16, 2014
    Hey guys,I have an apartment complex with Stab-lok panels. They are fed overhead. I could not find a main for any panel & the maintenance guy there for 3 years did not know of one. Any ideas? I have never seen a unit without a main. By the way, they also have 3 prong receptacles with only...
  • Mold Guy Scares the Bejesus out of Buyer - 9 Replies April 16, 2014
    Was at a typical 75 year old house this morning. A mold testing guy who's the buyer's friend spent at least two hours testing everything in sight for mold. Typical indoor and outdoor air samples, swabs, etc. He says the dishwasher has to be thrown out because the door gasket is dirty with mildew, mo...
  • ready for the bulldozer. - 8 Replies April 16, 2014
    Posting these because they are a month or so away from extinction. no salvage allowed. what a shame!Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...1904.JPG 24.06 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...tn_20...
  • Anybody see Skippy recently? - 1 Replies April 15, 2014
    Just another interesting find.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...P3080331 (960x720).jpg 56.1 KB
  • A little fun with heavy equipment - 6 Replies April 15, 2014
    One of my Trade Mag subscriptions mailed me this link today. Skilled operators make it look so easy. Enjoy...
  • paint in panel - 5 Replies April 14, 2014
    From today's inspection.When it comes to contaminated bus bars, this takes the cake. I pulled a couple of breakers and sure enough; Not only was the bus bars painted, the fools then installed breakers on them.No wonder my 3 prong tester was doing weird flickering.Click to View
  • New to forum - 2 Replies April 14, 2014
    I am new to this forum and found some very interesting discussion here so would like to share and contribute information.
  • Hunting trophies - 25 Replies April 13, 2014
    Some people REALLY get into their trophies. Check out the wall behind the loft railing. This is only about half of what was there!Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...U113.jpg 72.04 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.co...
  • What is this? - 2 Replies April 12, 2014
    Home built in 1963. This "knob" appeaars to be from that era, didn't actually do anything.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s/robert jones/tn/tn_201441219319_DSCN0356.JPG 20.83 KB
  • Mold reporting in Louisiana - 10 Replies April 12, 2014
    First of all, I don't have a facebook page and don't want one.I never agreed with the initial language of the Bill and it was made clear to me that the language would evolve via amendments as the Bill made it's way through the legislative process.I no longer support attacking collusion from...
  • Interesting HVAC return system - 4 Replies April 11, 2014
    This house has an interesting return for the HVAC system. It is a 1950s house on a slab. A concrete tunnel runs beneath the floor down the middle of the house. The wood floor above the slab has been furred up to allow air to flow beneath it. The returns are slits cut in the baseboard.Click to...
  • What company made this siding? - 4 Replies April 10, 2014
    Hello friends,My girlfriend recently purchased a house. Its siding was installed approx 12 yrs ago. It's an engineered wood fiber siding. It has no cement fiber or OSB in it.The problem with it: Its falling apart. Cracking, shrinking, warping, had taken in moisture. Some areas are bulg...
  • Cat 4 direct vent furnace flue/intake? - 4 Replies April 9, 2014
    Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...0504.JPG 38.28 KBHello I ran into this today and have not seen this type of installation before. The exhaust flue and intake pipe appear to be sharing the same pipe and join together right b...
  • Heat pump question - 10 Replies April 8, 2014
    I tested a heat pump today on a job where outside temperatures were in the mid-50's. When I set the thermostat to a desired temperature only 2 degrees higher than the interior temp shown on the t'stat, I was surprised to find that the heat strips kicked in also. In other words, I couldn't get the un...
  • Pressurization - 2 Replies April 7, 2014
    Anyone familiar with pressurization remedial practices? I got a guy buying in Aspen, the house is some kind of wonder-manse on a river, there's a million dollar water management system, and it can't have sub-slab suction. I'm aware that pressurization is a recognized remediation practice, but I've...
  • Tear gas - 0 Replies April 7, 2014
    I continue to be amazed at the things I find in older homes. I found these in the home of a deceased 38 year Army veteran. Veterans know this as "CS", civilians know it as tear gas.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...0910.JPG...
  • Some plaster restoration - 4 Replies April 7, 2014
    I posted some pictures of plaster work on a ceiling medallion on my company FB account. I don't want to swamp you folks who are friends with me on Fb but I wanted to share the project with anyone who gives a crap.Here's the link if you're inclined: plaster medallion
  • Can city inspector force you to hire electrician? - 15 Replies April 6, 2014
    There are permits that were never issued and expired permits from previous owners (some going back 30 years!) that the city is now forcing me to pay for the permits and correct.I don't have a problem correcting problems, who doesn't want things safer?The inspector wrote on the inspection car...
  • spa connection - 7 Replies April 6, 2014
    I had an electrician come out to check for any problems and/or code violations. One of the things he said was my spa connection was not ok. He said the connection between panel and spa cannot be NM flex conduit, it must be in rigid and buried. I have always seen spas connected with flexible...
  • bathroom exhaust fan required? - 7 Replies April 6, 2014
    I had a city inspector tell me I had to have at least a 50cfm fan installed in a bathroom even though there is a window due to new California code requirements.To make this more complicated I can not find if it can be wired with a light or needs to be on another switch. The inspector said no, t...
  • MC (armored cable) ok instead of conduit? - 1 Replies April 6, 2014
    I had an electrician tell me a few things today that seem suspect so I just want another opinion. So, I have a box for an electric water heater with a receptacle at about 5' from floor, and it was wired with romex to a light in the closet/storage shed. I replace the 14/2 romex with 14/2 MC, thi...
  • PVC conduit allowed where? - 3 Replies April 6, 2014
    I had an electrician tell me a few things today that seem suspect so I just want another opinion. There are permits that were never issued and expired permits from previous owners (some going back 30 years!) that the city is now forcing me to pay for and fix. I have a number of questions, I'm...
  • More Steam Pipe Weirdness - 4 Replies April 6, 2014
    This dry return piping for a steam boiler in a 1920's house is located in an unheated basement space. Why the heck would someone pipe it in this zigzag pattern? Was the intent to give off some of the heat to the room. Any ideas?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/...
  • holes in sheathing gable end - 8 Replies April 6, 2014
    Considering buying a house but just went through inspection and saw weird holes in the sheathing + house wrap on the gable end of the attic. Sheathing looks to be very thin like cardboard. Any ideas what could cause these holes? animals? Doc with pics attachedDownload Attachment: images/ico...
  • Is this OK - 12 Replies April 4, 2014
    I'm seeing deep cracks in this connection point.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...37_2.JPG 103.95 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...21_3.JPG 54.07 KBClick to Viewhttp://...
  • Help Me Take Out the Trash - 33 Replies April 3, 2014
    My gravel driveway is about 1/4 mile long, steep, and winding. Putting out the trash is a pain and it's about to get worse now that my trash hauler gave me a shiny new recycling container. In the past, we used little red boxes which I could stack in my car. This new thing is enormous. I could fit tw...
  • " I am an HI, not a plumber." the video. - 11 Replies April 3, 2014
    For a very limited engagement you can view the epic, "Mike Lamb - I am an HI, not a plumber."Video removed.
  • Bird damage to roof? - 7 Replies April 3, 2014
    Would a bird do this? I thought it might be from a gun but I picked at it and found no shot.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014441120_064holes.JPG 87.19 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_201...
  • Need some help. - 11 Replies April 3, 2014
    These are small elongated holes in cedar fences. Find them a lot here in Houston. When you probe the hole no bugs ever come out but a fine muddy substance can be dug out. I have a few pictures I have attached. Would like to know what kind of wood destroying insect this is that is creating this....
  • 5 Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door Opener - 6 Replies April 2, 2014
    Here are the 5 reasons to replace your garage door openerFor safety reversalNoise controlSecurityNo keysBattery Back upBe the wise homeowners and business owners don't compromised your safety just to save money look for the reliable garage door company now...
  • What is the grey box? - 5 Replies April 1, 2014
    The first photo shows the conductors as they exit the main panel into the crawlspace. The conductors leading to the right are shown further downstream in the second photo, then lead to the grey box in the third photo. This box is laying on the surface of the crawl space. Any idea what this grey b...
  • An Exciting New Opportunity For Home Inspectors - 8 Replies April 1, 2014
    Building Inspection Gyrographic Scintillation CenteredAdvanced Monitoring SatelliteAfter leaving a career at NASA to become a home inspector I always believed there was a way to bring the technology of the US Space program to bear on the home inspection industry. Five years ago I reconnected...
  • HI Artography - 2 Rooftops - 2 Replies March 31, 2014
    Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_20144101216_Rooftop w AC and snow400.jpg 58.94 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_20144101257_Rooftop City L 400.jpg 123.18 KB
  • Kenmore stackable washer/dryer - 3 Replies March 31, 2014
    Model # 417.99570110The washing machine portion began acting up last week. It washes fine but when the dial reaches the asterisk (rinse/spin) it stops. You can here the 'electric' humming sound. I have to manually turn the know one notch and then it rinse and spins to the end of the cycle....
  • WV Inspectors - 1 Replies March 31, 2014
    I would like to get a foundation inspection on an older home that was built on clay soil. It is a one level ranch style house that settled after the first 1-5 years and is located about 3-miles outside of city limits. If interested please call 304-951-3844.
  • How to replace light switch from ON/OFF to dimmer? - 13 Replies March 30, 2014
    Hello all members,New to this forum. I would like know how to change a traditional ON/OFF switch to a dimmer light switch. The light switch is NOT a 3-way, and is the only switch in the bedroom that can turn the light on/off.Here are the details with pics:1) There are three white wir...
  • Museum Research Question - 16 Replies March 30, 2014
    Hi, I've a question on the use of insulators we have in our museum's collection.We have two. These are small white ceramic, with a hole in the top presumably for accommodating a fixing nail.Both have U.S.A on the top together with similar, but not identical makers marks.WIS-P AND WIS-P-CHe...
  • Wall mounting track for entertainment center - 4 Replies March 30, 2014
    I'm going to build a wall hanging entertainmnet center for a wall mounted TV, and am looking for a track and clip system to use in addition to fastening the center to the studs, and can't find it. Anyone know where to find them?Looking for something like the track/clips in the third photo on thi...
  • This sucks - 1 Replies March 29, 2014
    Without the furnace running the nearby WH has poor draft.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...otz32814 104 (Small).JPG 52.14 KBThe furnace, right next to it, is missing the panel that seals off the air filter compartment.Click...
  • Heat pump-strange temperature readings - 2 Replies March 28, 2014
    I tested a heat pump today (with oil-fired furnace for backup). Outside temperature was about 45 degrees. Inside temperature was in the mid 60s. When I operated the heat pump (in the heating mode) supply temperature was in the mid 50s. Large (suction) line temperature at the condensing unit was abou...
  • Fireplace make up air vents now inside garage - 2 Replies March 28, 2014
    Just inspected a home yesterday which had a carport converted into a closed garage. The fireplace fresh air make up vents are now inside the garage-does this not create a potential safety problem with auto exhaust entering the living space if the fireplace glass doors are left open?Click to View...
  • Window in Shower - 40 Replies March 28, 2014
    The next project we are working on is a bath remodel. Here is the current layout, but the measurements are not exact and the angled wall is more of a 45, but you can get the idea:http://www.title-3.com/images/...yout.JPGWe are looking to loose the tub and build a big shower. The small sho...
  • Coleman Date Code Issue - 1 Replies March 27, 2014
    Here is one, According to the date code this Coleman furnace was manufactured in 2001 but I didn't think they were still using pilot lights in 2001, this thing looks light it was built in 71, not 2001Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...DSCF4...
  • Looking to Partner with a Home Inspector in MD - 2 Replies March 27, 2014
    Hello All! I am looking to partner with a Home Inspector in the MD area as a referral parnter. I am in and out of homes consistently and run into customers getting ready to start their home purchase journey and need an inspector and I know that once you do an inspection, you are running into a...
  • Hello Steve Smith - 6 Replies March 26, 2014
    I thought a fresh thread would be Ok.This porch sits on two rotting Douglas Fir posts. The short post can be replaced easily. The other post extends from the concrete patio to the roof. My screwdriver sank about 4 inches into the side of the post near the bottom. The back side of the post seems to...
  • The "new" Ge survey mas protimeters - 7 Replies March 26, 2014
    Hello guys, I am new to the forum, but I wanted to see everyones experience with the "new" style Ge survey master Protimeters. We have about 30 old style BLD5360 meters in our company. I have recently received a New style POL5365 meter to replace one of our old broken meters.I am finding...