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  • Furnace Combustion - 2 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 31 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? - 9 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. - 14 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...
  • HI Artography - Rock ballast roof skyline - 2 Replies July 31, 2014
    Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014731225850_proof.jpg300.jpg 42.83 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014731225917_bw 300.jpg 42.9 KB
  • backfeeding into meter box - 1 Replies July 31, 2014
    I think I have seen this asked before but do not remember the answer.Is it okay to back feed wires into the meter box? In this case a pipe runs out of the meter to the air-conditioning.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014731112425_061.JPG 4...
  • Decadent - 0 Replies July 29, 2014
    Owners got pest report prior to putting on market. Hired out deck repairs and here's what we got.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...92_1.JPG 44.15 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...91892...
  • Beams bolted to posts - 9 Replies July 29, 2014
    Most of today's house had its beams bolted to the sides of posts. 1978 build. I suggested client get a hold of the engineering report. Whatcha all think about it?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...291850_A (1).JPG 50.07 KBClick to Viewht...
  • Sump Discharge - 3 Replies July 29, 2014
    Good morning all,I have a question for all of you. Let me start by giving a general idea of my project. On the back of my property there is a sump collection unit (basically a 4" drain tile). This is buried approximately 4' deep. My sump pump exits my house on the side and there is about 110' fr...
  • Handle lock? - 9 Replies July 28, 2014
    Are these wire tabs around these breakers handle locks? I've never seen them before and they appear to lock the breaker in the "on" position. I can understand them for lockout protection when used in the "off" position, but this seem hazardous. Or am I completely off and they're totally somethin...
  • Generator Interlock - 24 Replies July 28, 2014
    Well, I discussed several generator interlock kits I found for my Square D QO load center and finished the work today.I purchased this QO Cover Generator and QOM2 Frame Size Main Breaker Interlock KitI also purchased a Generac GP15000E generator. 15,000 watts with 22,500 starting watts....
  • Water Main Size - 20 Replies July 28, 2014
    I inspected an old Chicago house with a three-quarter inch water main supply. One bathroom on the second floor. Water volume to all the fixtures was fine.I got an e-mail from my clients saying that their HUD inspector told them that if they add another bathroom, which is their intention, they...
  • PEX Shut Off Valve - 2 Replies July 28, 2014
    Gentleman,This is a shut off valve that I've not see before. It is installed on a newer PEX installation after all the copper was stolen from the property. The letters TLC are imprinted on it. I can't find any information on this at all. It was pretty difficult to turn. My main concern is t...
  • Sub panel wiring - 6 Replies July 27, 2014
    Weird wiring-A sub panel is located directly under the main panel. The branch circuit wiring runs thru the main panel into the sub panel. However, the grounds and neutrals of the sub panel circuits are terminated in the main panel.I'm pretty sure this is wrong but need some confirmation....
  • Roof Drainage Problem - 26 Replies July 26, 2014
    Any thoughts as to how to prevent roof water from draining into the neighbor's window? I am thinking that removing the soffit in this area is the only viable choice.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014726134926_040roof.JPG 61.46 KBClick to...
  • Fire hazards of radiant OSB - 2 Replies July 25, 2014
    Download Attachment: images/icon_adobe.gif Reflective-Radiant-Barriers-As-ignition-source.pdf838.41?KBToday's 4 yr old house has it. Should I write it up?Quote: The roof panels have a thin layer of aluminum attached to one side to give it radiant properties and reduce energy costs but it...
  • Need a stucco disclaimer. - 9 Replies July 24, 2014
    Need a stucco disclaimer. 2 sentences that says there may be rot, but i can't see it. Can anybody improve this basic disclaimer below?This is a visual inspection only. For a complete Stucco inspection of wall cavities, etc., consult a stucco inspector.Consult with? Contact?
  • Requiescat in Pace Skip Kelley - 3 Replies July 24, 2014
    To those who knew him, he needs no description. Skip was a friend of my family's and a guy whose dedication to the profession and to ASHI could not be questioned. You mightn't always agree with Skip, but you had to respect his passion. Every inspector who has ever worked in New England owes the ma...
  • flow vs pressure - 8 Replies July 24, 2014
    At 4 fixture master bath, and at 3 fixture main floor bath, as well as at kitchen sink, flow sucks. Turn on all in a group and all go pretty slack.Yet out at hose bibb on front cnr, pressure is 75 PSI and flow squirts thru handle assembly to hit me in face.Original galvanized supply built 1...
  • aav - 0 Replies July 23, 2014
    How to make an aav accessible.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/Jim Baird/tn/tn_2014723234313_HPIM4678.JPG 12.71 KB
  • Guess why - 4 Replies July 23, 2014
    The picture shows an odd interruption of a fairly stylish patterned concrete drive. The inserted segment is treated pine laid sleeper-style on the ground, and old enough now to start offering up nails for passing tires.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/Jim Baird/tn...
  • 120 volt disconnect? - 39 Replies July 23, 2014
    Anybody else see a problem with the way this is wired.It's a 120 volt circuit for a radon fan.The neutral is hooked to the normal hot bars on the disconnect instead of a floating bus bar.The red wire is being used as a neutral wire.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.com/fo...