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  • Artography - At the Art Institute - 2 Replies October 23, 2014
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  • Homeowner wiring 101 - 2 Replies October 23, 2014
    Gotta be a homeowner. Don't think any self respecting electrician would wire up an outdoor heating and cooling unit with one leg to a 15 amp single pole (center) and the other leg to a 20 amp single pole (right).Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...41023...
  • Artography - Sky Scraping - 8 Replies October 22, 2014
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  • How Common is This? - 24 Replies October 20, 2014
    Hello, all:The photo below shows some bracing to a chimney I inspected yesterday, and I'm wondering if this is a common sight, or if it might indicate some underlying condition.http://i81.photobucket.com/alb...0a82.jpg"]Yes, I know there are...
  • The EPA Does Not Have a Mold Awareness Month - 6 Replies October 19, 2014
    The Chicago Tribune printed an article by journalist, Alan J. Heavens, a syndicated columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, stating that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared September as National Mold Awareness month. This is patently false. This hoax appeared in not just a singl...
  • Ejector pump tank size? - 11 Replies October 18, 2014
    Ejector pump tank size?How big should the poop tank be for 4 full bathroms, 3500 Sq ft with a suite?The lid was loose, so i had to check out the piggy-back float valves.Viewer discretion is advised. Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/John Kogel/tn/tn_20141...
  • Why is this hose pulled off? - 14 Replies October 18, 2014
    I had occasion to inspect 2 homes about one block apart. Same age, same floor plans, same furnaces. Texas Furnace Co high efficiency gas furnaces dated 2006. Both have the condensate hose pulled off so that the drip is corroding the cabinet.Why would the HVAC dude do this? Or do these hoses blow...
  • WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWwow! - 9 Replies October 17, 2014
    A friend of mine and his dingbat wife are trying to sell their old house they've been renting to a couple of her kids for around 4 years now.Anyway the place is pretty well trashed including the hvac system,so I gave his wife a bid for a new 90 plus furnace/coil/lineset/condenser and power vent wa...
  • Has Anyone Ever Seen A Roof Framed In This Manner? - 7 Replies October 15, 2014
    I have never observed a roof framed with other than rafters or engineered roof trusses - that is until yesterday.Yesterday I inspected a 1986 rural built home with roof framing that ran parallel to the home's load-bearing walls.Has anyone every observed a roof framed in this manner?Click...
  • Fan Control - 15 Replies October 14, 2014
    Installed in a 2005 Nordyne furnace in the blower compartment. Capacitor looks like a manufacture date of 2010. Was it installed here as a replacement? Does not look like factory install due to the zip tie. My primary concern is the exposed connections to 120V.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspect...
  • 1959 Radio schematic - 6 Replies October 14, 2014
    This was state of the art for an inexpensive table radio in 1959. AM and FM travel along the same path from the antenna to the rotary switch, where you select one or the other frequency to listen to. The Zenith C845 has an 8" speaker and a little tweeter and played well until something went south du...
  • Keys - 5 Replies October 11, 2014
    Anyone got any personal experience with the Kwikset SmartKey or the Schlage SecureKey? I've read all the lock pickers sites, the allegations of easy lock bumping and that stuff, but I'm looking for anyone that's worked with the stuff.
  • Spiders - 1 Replies October 10, 2014
    Damn!http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wi...26106285
  • Help with ID of screws in kitchen cabinets - 24 Replies October 10, 2014
    I need some help trying to ID if this is a Drywall screw. I think it is and the builder is saying it is not. The owner voiced her opinion very strongly that I could not back it out to look at it. My client who was birddogging me the entire inspection is actually the one who pointed it out to...
  • Odd steel construction on modular home - 3 Replies October 9, 2014
    I'm left scratching my head on a few things about this modular home I recently looked at. Home is located in a really bad flood zone, is elevated 14' and has a wood floor system. 2x8s 16" on center from what I can tell with double and triple 2x12 beams. Typical, rectangle ranch style home. Howev...
  • garage wiring - 27 Replies October 7, 2014
    I have an electrician pulling a permit for the detached garage wiring. We were discussing the wiring methods. I wanted to run the #12 UF (single 120v 20amp GFI protected at the main panel) from the house to the garage in PVC conduit underground. The electrician told me the AHJ will fail it citing...
  • An EIFS question - 17 Replies October 7, 2014
    This is a home built in 1999. One side of the EIFS looked faded etc... Is it a lack of paint/coating? I was under the impression that this stuff rarely, if ever needs "repainting". Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s/robert jones/tn/tn_2014107214624_DSCN4978.JPG 4...
  • Chimney crack - 2 Replies October 7, 2014
    Looks like the chimney was rebuilt above the roof. Now has an insert with its own flue liner. Inside the attic there is a long vertical crack. Should I be worried about this out here in earthquake country?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...4216_...
  • Laminate flooring in winterized home - 13 Replies October 6, 2014
    We are considering installing a laminate floor in the kitchen of a Michigan summer home with a basement. It is an old drafty place that gets winterized every fall. Lots of damp rise from basement. I have concerns about the particle board substrate. Any thoughts?
  • How close can exhaust furnace pipe be from gas ln - 23 Replies October 5, 2014
    I have an 80% furnace. The furnace exhaust vent sits on the gas line.....is this safe? Thanks.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...mage.jpg 62.86 KB
  • ABS artwork - 9 Replies October 4, 2014
    Maybe he bills the job by the number of fittings he uses?In any case, the sinks drain rather nicely. Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/john kogel/tn/tn_2014104181658_ABSsculpture.jpg 60.24 KB
  • Exterior Brick Condition? - 5 Replies October 3, 2014
    My wife and I are considering buying a house and had a home inspected. One of the main things concerning us is his statement on the brick exterior. There aren't any weep holes installed and there seems to be a fair amount of spalling. The home owner tells us that there is nothing to be worried about...
  • New rules for builders - 1 Replies October 3, 2014
    http://www.localsyr.com/story/...48WGGTVQ
  • garage lighting - 9 Replies October 2, 2014
    My 24'x36' post frame garage is under construction. I'm planning the wiring and lighting. I'd like some opinions on the types of fixtures and bulbs I should use. The garage will not be heated so whatever I use needs to perform well in cold temps. I will be installing two groups of three way s...
  • Tulsa Inspector Needed - 0 Replies October 2, 2014
    A friend needs a recommendation for a Tulsa, Oklahoma inspector; for his daughter. Anyone?
  • CSST Lawsuit - Lubbock, TX ... Settled - 20 Replies October 1, 2014
    It appears the pending lawsuit against CSST manufacturers has been settled out of court.Case files will be closed and I would guess the push was from the manufacturers to minimize publicity.Such action just makes me much more cautious when I note CSST in houses I inspect.CSST Lawsuit - L...
  • An opportunity to voice your thoughts - 18 Replies September 30, 2014
    Been a while since I've visited but I have an urgent need. I'm working with the National Home Inspector Exam and have lost a couple of people who were helping with a bit of maintenance work this weekend.Some may already know but JD's brother passed yesterday and another SME had a medical issue...
  • Receptacles over electric baseboards - 7 Replies September 30, 2014
    Inspected a 1967 house this morning that had electric baseboard heat (12 zones!!). Almost every baseboard had an electrical outlet above it. I couldn't find an reference to when these were prohibited; anyone have a clue? I wrote them up as hazardous, of course.
  • What kind of critters? - 2 Replies September 30, 2014
    What the heck leaves this kind of stuff behind?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...17_C.JPG 56.93 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...36_B.JPG 28.66 KB
  • Stucco/window? - 5 Replies September 30, 2014
    Do these white streaks coming off the corners of the windows mean anything special. I know its a poor seal to have stucco-caulk-window with no casing bead.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...22_A.JPG 49.84 KB
  • Home Inspector Steals Bait Drugs - Gets Nailed - 2 Replies September 29, 2014
    According to an article published today on the website for the Basin Radio Network, a Gillette, WY home inspector has been arrested for felony possession of Xanax and Fentanyl. It seems thefts of prescription meds were occurring in homes for sale. The Campbell County, WY sheriff's department de...
  • Recommendation for a Tampa, FL Inspector? - 3 Replies September 29, 2014
    Client moving to Tampa, FL and building a new home.Wants a recommendation for a home inspector that can do that.Any suggestions?
  • What is White Powder from Weeps on New Brick Wall? - 13 Replies September 27, 2014
    Inspecting a new home in Austin TX. Very unusual amount of white powder coming from all the weep holes on this wall (but none of the other walls).I wonder if it's from water penetration during construction in our recent unseasonal and heavy rain storms. Does it suggest that the wall is no...
  • Identify this concrete floor material - 20 Replies September 26, 2014
    I can't recall what it's called. Saw it yesterday.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c..._044.jpg 111.25 KBThanks in advance.Marc
  • TR outlets recalls? - 3 Replies September 26, 2014
    I ran into a new house yesterday where most TR (Tamper Resistant) outlets were really, really difficult as far as inserting a receptacle tester.. I know how they work and such and such.. but these were unusually difficult... any thoughts?
  • Adding a Duct/Vent - 13 Replies September 25, 2014
    2/2, 1100 sq. ft condo located in mid-west coast of Florida.I am adding a duct run to cool/heat an enclosed 10'x12' patio. New 2.5 ton, 15 seer Rheem split system installed 4 months ago. Before the ac unit was installed I told the installer/owner that I plan to add a vent to the patio and to mak...
  • HI Artography - 3 Pics from multi-unit building - 8 Replies September 24, 2014
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  • Let's hike above Chamonix France. - 2 Replies September 24, 2014
    Went for this little 4700 feet above town hike while over there. Some folks hop off here in their squirrel suits and pull the chute, hopefully, just before town.https://www.youtube.com/v/zZVg...AEJGRbzQ
  • Depreciate this - 7 Replies September 24, 2014
    In Italy these are by far the most popular shingles. Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...913_ALPS 9-14 193 (Medium).JPG 44.58 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...951_ALPS 9-14 307 (Med...
  • Demand From Listing Agent - What Would You Do? - 23 Replies September 24, 2014
    I received a request from a listing agent to meet an electrician at property I had inspected for a buyer a week or so ago. I explained to her that meeting the electrician at the home should not be necessary, as my report clearly documented my recommendations. I contacted my client and told him that...
  • Possible Condensation Issue with HE Furnace? - 16 Replies September 23, 2014
    The photo below shows something I've never seen before, in my somewhat limited experience with HE furnaces:http://i81.photobucket.com/alb...64bd.jpgThe rust streak shown streams down from the exhaust tubing for the furnace.What problem, if...
  • Are These IC-type Recessed Cans? - 7 Replies September 23, 2014
    Newby question here, I know, but this is how I learn.I understand that in general, if a recessed can is unpainted, it is IC type.The can shown below is from an inspection this morning and is unpainted, but I could find no identifying marks on it to confirm that it is IC type. Is it?http:...
  • Check this siding material out - 9 Replies September 23, 2014
    Just got back from an 18 day trip to the European Alps. Spent 4 days at this place in Switzerland. It had been recently coated with this home made stuff that was crumbling apart. Notice the hair in it. I would think this winter it will be toast.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.com...
  • Garage door opener remote issues - 1 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 - 8 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 - 5 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 - 4 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... - 3 Replies September 20, 2014
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  • 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...