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  • 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 - 9 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...
  • 2014 ASHIWW Fall CEUs Seminar for Home Inspector - 0 Replies August 23, 2014
    Kenmore, WA/August 23, 3014ASHI Western Washington has announced its 2014 ASHIWW Fall Educational Seminar for Home Inspectors to be held at the Shoreline Conference Center, Shoreline, WA on Friday, September 12th and Saturday September 13th, 2014. This seminar will feature popular electrical sys...
  • Dissimilar metals don't play well together - 7 Replies August 23, 2014
    When I was performing QA inspections for a major PV manufacturer, I always took a photo of dissimilar reactive mixes of materials. Every time I included a photo and a description of the issue, they told me it wasn't a problem and to stop reporting the condition.Well, their competitor just recogn...
  • One Helluva Mulcher - 2 Replies August 21, 2014
    This machine means business ...Helluva Mulcher
  • Furnace Combustion - 8 Replies August 20, 2014
    Look at the flame in the left heat exchanger compartment. Seller had furnace tech out to check.Furnace tech called me today, and asked (snidely) if I was the *home inspector*. After acknowledging such, I asked who I had the pleasure of speaking with. He replied "what's your f****ing problem"...
  • Ugliest DIY thing I've seen in a while - 7 Replies August 20, 2014
    Sometimes you find things that just make you bust out laughing. Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/AHI in AR/tn/tn_2014820185319_DSCN6075.JPG 50.82 KB
  • LP siding again - 20 Replies August 19, 2014
    About 8 months ago I got a call from a person planning to buy a house built in 1985. She told me that the home inspector identified the siding as LP siding, and from her research thought it would need to be replaced. I told her I would come and price that, but she never called back and never bought...
  • Bug ID? - 14 Replies August 19, 2014
    Anybody have an idea of what type of bug this is? (Besides Ugly!)Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c..._Top.jpg 34.48 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ttom.jpg 31.89 KB
  • keyboard not working - 2 Replies August 18, 2014
    I have an HP laptop running Windows 7 Premium and all of a sudden the keyboard quit working entirely. I can use the onscreen keyboard but I have never had a problem like this before. Any clues?
  • US Inspect Recruiting Event Indianapolis August 26 - 0 Replies August 18, 2014
    We would like to invite you to join us for a recruiting presentation and dinner (our treat) taking place in Carmel at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26. If you are interested in attending the event, please let me know.US Inspect, in business since 1987 and in the Indianapolis market for 12 years,...
  • Motoring under sail - 10 Replies August 17, 2014
    I watch sailboats and wonder why the 'captain' has sails up when there is no wind? They motor along with the mainsail up, or sometimes just a big jib.Answers are varied, too lazy to drop the heavy sail, maybe the wind will pick up, boat looks better that way, etc. Some of these fair-weathe...
  • Amerispec inspection today - 6 Replies August 13, 2014
    I dealt with an inspector today on a job from amerispec,The guy did a good job writing up some un bonded trac pipe on a furnace and water heater,and a 30a 2p breaker on some#12 feeding a condensing unit.Ya see I give credit where its due when things are done right.
  • Technical name for this stuff? - 25 Replies August 13, 2014
    Foil type material covering the under-floor area of a home built in 1949. Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s/robert jones/tn/tn_2014813213438_DSCN3607.JPG 49.46 KB
  • Beam Calculator - 9 Replies August 13, 2014
    I've recently started doing a lot more residential structural engineering for local clients and the first thing that I realized was that I was lacking a good beam calculator. I do have a number of spreadsheet calculators but I've found them hard to program and once I do have them programmed any ch...
  • Cooling tower fill replacement - when? - 1 Replies August 12, 2014
    Does anyone know of a place - or series of pictures - or video showing a series of cooling tower fill pictures and telling at what point it should be replaced? Thank you for your insight!
  • Stump removal - 32 Replies August 11, 2014
    Any suggestions on how to remove a stump like this, on the cheap?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...0_143332 (Medium).jpg 65.35 KB
  • Mythbusters - 0 Replies August 11, 2014
    To avoid threadjacking I am posting here instead of the Exteriors section re the old brick walls.Now that the red barn paint from old brick and skim milk story is debunked, have you all heard the one about the origin of Dutch boy paint (once a brand if not still one), and by extension leaded pai...
  • Plumbing Vent through wall - 14 Replies August 11, 2014
    Is it OK to vent drain/waste through walls?
  • Flinkote - 0 Replies August 11, 2014
    Is there any evidence that the black tar impregnated Flintkote sheathing contains asbestos? Thanks in advance. Chris
  • Can Portland based stucco be applied over old soft - 23 Replies August 9, 2014
    Trying to determine a new siding for a house built in 1880 with structural brick exterior walls 3 layers thick....Can a Portland based stucco be applied over the soft brick? There's very few houses this age left around here and even less are brick and I'm having hard time finding this informati...
  • Somebodies inspection I was called to double check - 17 Replies August 9, 2014
    A lady I know called me about an inspection she had done on a property she wanted to buy.She wasn't quite sure about what the inspector found and wanted me to look at some electrical issues he had listed.Before I could even get inside I was hit right in the face by lots of stuff that didn't look...
  • rafter ties - 17 Replies August 8, 2014
    Im planning on installing rafter ties in my 1952 cinder block home. It has no rafter ties at all. Every time Im in the attic and look around, I wonder what holds up my roof. The ceiling joists run parallel to the roof ridge. Im also going to install collar ties. Currently there are only two. The roo...
  • Is or isn't it an FPE? - 10 Replies August 8, 2014
    Had this panel yesterday. On the handle it states Federal Pacific. On the label, it states Stab-Lok. However, nothing about this panel looks like an FPE/Stab-Lok. There were two Stab-Lok breakers, but that was it. Is it an FPE/Stab-Lok panel?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.com/for...
  • Disconnect in wall cabinet - 7 Replies August 8, 2014
    Any prohibition against it? I worked with a group of electricians yesterday installing electric tankless heaters at lavatory locations in a school. Each needed a line-of-sight disconnect. A few were inside base cabinets but several were inside wall cabinets between or behind adjustable shelving t...
  • Loose breakers - 7 Replies August 7, 2014
    Is anyone aware of issues with loose breakers in Square D Homeline panels?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/tom raymond/tn/tn_20148792856_DSC01314.jpg 28.09 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/tom raymond/tn/tn_20148793959_DSC01...
  • Artography - Train Stop and Alley at Night - 20 Replies August 6, 2014
    Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014870733_metra.jpg300.jpg 85.41 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014870857_alley boy.jpg300 no IC.jpg 81.37 KB
  • When you don't have anything better to do! - 5 Replies August 6, 2014
    Build a house.https://www.youtube.com/v/Gw9abgNDF4Q
  • OSB sheathing and rot - 7 Replies August 5, 2014
    Does anyone know of a study or has studied, the time it takes for OSB sheathing to rot when there is a leak present. Size of the leak in this case, would be about the size of a pencil eraser.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s/robert jones/tn/tn_201485185939_Hole in r...
  • Windows - Vinyl or Fiberglass? - 11 Replies August 5, 2014
    Does anyone have informed opinions on vinyl vs. fiberglass windows? I have read fiberglass is superior because it doesn't expand/contract much. It does cost about 50% more than vinyl.I don't recommend wood windows because I see too much rot within 15 yrs. even with better brands.
  • Wood Stove too Close? - 14 Replies August 4, 2014
    Hello, is there a code violation here. Is a furnace considered a combustible. I would think that there is some requirement as to clearance from gas piping at the least. Also, would carpet over a concrete basement slab be considered combustible? Manufacturers installation requirements say 8 inches of...
  • Asking for a friend - 1 Replies August 3, 2014
    Who's a great home inspector in the Asheville, NC area?Thanks in advance.
  • Stucco replacement estimate - 8 Replies August 2, 2014
    All the stucco on this 1937 house was in good condition except for 2 planes at the front entrance.I am thinking corner to corner full plane replacement of these small areas instead of patching.Any guestimates? Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/...
  • how do you explain a plumbing vent to a millennial - 2 Replies August 2, 2014
    You ask them if they've ever short gunned a beer...
  • Don't Forget - 11 Replies August 2, 2014
    Been using laptops since the first Powerbook 100, never a hiccup. I'd always chosen when and where to get the new machine. Until yesterday afternoon.Come home, open it up my trusted friend......dead. Deader than dead. But I've got my Time Machine backup. Spent the last night and into...
  • Sticky brown colored leak--what is this? - 17 Replies August 1, 2014
    Can anyone distinguish what this is?And who do we call to fix it? We are told it is not plumbing related, but I don't know what forum to post this on. It is brownish in color and sticky like syrup.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...03014...
  • Guess the cost to replace this roof. - 16 Replies August 1, 2014
    This beautiful house was built in 1928 and is 6000 Sq Ft to include the finished basement. The seller is having the old slate roof replaced with a new slate roof. She has already contracted the work to begin later this month. Take a guess at the cost to replace this slate roof. Click to V...