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  • Software for old part time inspector? - 4 Replies July 22, 2014
    I have been doing home inspections part time for more than 15 years. Within the last few years I went from hand written reports to EZ Home Inspection Software- I had to start somewhere. I would like to upgrade what I am using now. I usually perform no more than 6 inspections per month if that makes...
  • Black drips on roof. Cause? - 1 Replies July 22, 2014
    The roof on yesterday's house had these black drips on about half the roof planes. They weren't sticky. Owner has been there 8 years and said the drips were there when he bought the house and have not changed. Roof was stated to be about 10 years old.A little research seems to show that this w...
  • LP Siding - 5 Replies July 21, 2014
    I literally never see this stuff, until today. Bunch of pics showing stuff that can't be right. I couldn't find a link at the LP site, so any opinions welcome.Window sills all back pitch to the house.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...12254...
  • Flashing Plumbing Stack with Mod Bit - 3 Replies July 21, 2014
    Does anyone have any technical references for how to flash a plumbing stack with modified bitumen?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_201472121333_056 stack.JPG 75.76 KB
  • Help with Chinking ID - 1 Replies July 21, 2014
    I need some help trying to ID what this type of chinking is called. The gap between the logs has EPS foam then a flexible tape like material that is covered with what looks like a synthetic concrete(think EIFS finish coat) to finish the look.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.com/fo...
  • permit question - ridge height - 4 Replies July 21, 2014
    My local says detached building must not exceed the height of the primary structure. They describe the height as measure from grade plane to the average height of the highest roof surface.My question has to do with grade. What if the grade is slightly elevated in the location of the proposed d...
  • Multi family units? - 2 Replies July 21, 2014
    Hello all, I am looking to start doing multi family home inspections and leaning towards eventually having the know how and qualifications to do commercial properties. What are the main differences between multi family electrical systems and single family homes. What good resources do any of you kno...
  • Janitrol Furnace Age - 2 Replies July 21, 2014
    Can you guess the age of this furnace just by looking at it? I am guessing mid 90s. I could not find a data plate.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014721125843_001.JPG 81.97 KB
  • Easier boot leg ground detection? - 2 Replies July 21, 2014
    Does anyone make a 3-prong plug-in receptacle tester that shows a boot legged or false ground? Thanks
  • Poster Child for Pinhole Leaks - 2 Replies July 19, 2014
    I thought that you may enjoy seeing the poster child for pinhole leaks.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c..._Pinhole leaks in Copper.png 1541.92 KBOf course, they saw no reason for me to call out for replacement of any sections of this...
  • Should Ideal 61-059 Remotely Trip This Type Of RO? - 10 Replies July 18, 2014
    Question: Should my Ideal 61-059 remotely trip a GFCI receptacle outlet upstream from an ungrounded standard receptacle outlet?There were a bunch of ungrounded 3-slotted wall outlets downstream from a GFCI receptacle outlet supposedly protected circuit at my inspection yesterday. (these were lab...
  • Possible Leak From Toilet Base Wax Ring - 15 Replies July 17, 2014
    A month ago I installed a dual flush toilet in our guest bathroom and now there's water coming from beneath the tiles + grout, as well as into my son's closet (carpet) located behind the bathroom. There's no noticeable drips or leaks from the base, tank, spigot and hose when I installed it until pr...
  • HI Professional Presentation - 34 Replies July 16, 2014
    I'm working with the directors of the real estate department at a couple of local (well known and respected) law schools to develop a set of criteria for new real estate attorneys in evaluating HI's. The director gets it, understands NAR sucker punch tactics, and wants the new attorneys to effect...
  • Do any of you employ visual aids? - 3 Replies July 16, 2014
    Do you understand now, stupid?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...GTB2.jpg 48.81 KB
  • Is this why? - 4 Replies July 16, 2014
    Look between the wires of the two double tapped breakers.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...GTB1.jpg 61.67 KB
  • What type of plug is this? - 3 Replies July 15, 2014
    In the basement of a home built in 1927. Can't say I have seen this type of "outlet"?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s/robert jones/tn/tn_2014715231746_DSCN2941.JPG 46.94 KB
  • Looking for Branson, MO area inspector - 0 Replies July 15, 2014
    Seeing if anyone here had a recommendation for a great inspector in the Branson, MO/Ozark, MO area. My parents are looking for a house and wanted to see if anyone here has personal knowledge of one before I search other avenues. Thanks in advance. Kevin
  • Chimney Cracks - 4 Replies July 14, 2014
    I inspected a fourplex about four weeks ago. One unit had a wood burning fireplace with vertical cracks on the exterior chimney. Could someone explain to me what might have caused these cracks? (the fourplex was built back in 1973)Most of the cracks that I saw were vertical in nature on at lea...
  • Name this product - 4 Replies July 14, 2014
    Can anyone tell me the name of the product that's being used in this video? http://www.youtube.com/v/kuLLtucD7NQ
  • Anyone seen this before? - 6 Replies July 14, 2014
    2x's stacked vertical for the perimeter walls, with lots of powder post holes it seems.2x's horizontal for interior walls.2x's horizontal for beams in the crawl, with lots of powder post holes.I've never seen this type of construction before. Second story add on, which had conventional framing...
  • dirty filter and condensate management - 6 Replies July 14, 2014
    Could an air filter that is really restricted with dirt cause the system to mis- manage condensate? For instance, the system would be so hungry for air that it would pull a significant amount back through the condensate drain line and thus cause condensate leaks through the system cabinet.
  • Cat IV Vertical 2 Pipe Venting - 11 Replies July 14, 2014
    The direct vent requirements for this furnace call for the two pipes to be installed horizontally. What are the practical concerns with this set up of the pipes being installed vertically?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014714112416_027 vert pipes...
  • Stucco panel identification - 8 Replies July 13, 2014
    Any idea what this might be? My first though was Staccato, but the building is only five years old...Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...cco1.jpg 54.55 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s1/tn...
  • Dorchester USA - 0 Replies July 13, 2014
    Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/rob amaral/tn/tn_2014713142017_IMG_7579.JPG 59.17 KBAnother day on the job... Dorchester neighborhood (Boston) Looking North toward Downtown and Back Bay...
  • bowing hardiplank - 5 Replies July 13, 2014
    I am the architect for an almost finished new house sided with Hardiplank clapboards. The first plank under each window is bowed out. All of the planks are blind nailed. Is there a way to remedy this other than putting in nails at the bottom of the bowed pieces? Is there an adhesive applicatio...
  • Reminds me of a Brook Trout. - 6 Replies July 13, 2014
    Type M copper lines to the laundry area, in a 13 year old, dry basement.Is this about to become a sprinkler system?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...GTB1.jpg 59.22 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c.../uplo...
  • Artography - The Dummy Collection - 3 Replies July 12, 2014
    Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014712162133_Mannequins400.jpg 45.21 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_2014712162211_IMG_0265 dummy head 350.jpg 43.13 KBClick to Viewhttp://www.inspec...
  • Combo home railroad trestle - 1 Replies July 12, 2014
    yesterdays inspection, 40 years old in snow country.beside the obvious most of footings were not below frost line that I could tell. No evidence of movement though. Wood structure mostly nailed together, few lags or bolts... told them to get structural engineer to evaluate and offer remedies befor...
  • Superflex 2110 SDR-11 - 0 Replies July 11, 2014
    I've seen PB 2110 but not Superflex 2110.Is it still PB? Same issues? Anyone know the significance of the SDR-11?Marc
  • Manufactured home tie down. - 3 Replies July 10, 2014
    Has anyone seen this type of tie down for a manufactured home? Built in 1984. I can't recall ever seeing the chain link style tie down before..Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...s/robert jones/tn/tn_201471122354_DSCN2833.JPG 35.16 KB
  • NM Run Through the Floor - 2 Replies July 10, 2014
    Is it okay to run Romex straight through holes bored in the floor? Should there be some kind of raceway or conduit? Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/tn_20147110144_108 Romex.JPG 40.36 KB
  • And this guy DID get an inspection. - 3 Replies July 10, 2014
    Came across this site today and was just floored by the sheer volume of craptastic work in this flipper house.Hoodwinked HouseSome of the stuff just defies description. It's well worth scrolling through the entire page.--Welmoed
  • How to fix a TAR odor in attic? - 9 Replies July 9, 2014
    I just moved into an attic apartment and whenever the temperature outside gets to be hot, 85+ degrees or so, my apartment starts reeking of TAR.Any ideas about how to fix this problem, or what will be required to fix this problem?I suspect the TAR odor is coming from the roof tiles. Maybe a...
  • Lime Stone House - 12 Replies July 8, 2014
    This was a house I inspected in April on the south side in Beverly Hills and I meant to post pics. This is a smooth 4" lime stone exterior. It is unique. I am guessing 1920's and have not seen another house like it.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/t...
  • Homart Furnace - 4 Replies July 7, 2014
    This is a Homart gravity furnace. I tested for CO with Draeger tubes and got negative results (just kidding). Some items I picked up on Homart furnaces from http://www.furnacecompare.com/...art.htmlClick to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/mike lamb/tn/t...
  • a return to the beginning - 5 Replies July 7, 2014
    I remember my first inspection. I had what I thought was fancy software on a PDA and it was going to guide me through the inspection. Man did it bomb out! My digital camera saved me. I just moved around taking pictures although the software did remind me where to go. Between then and now, I'...
  • propane leak at exterior tank - 3 Replies July 7, 2014
    How common is it to smell gas leaks at propane storage tanks? When I opened the lid on an underground tank today it stunk pretty bad. The owned said he had it checked and was told the condition was normal and not to be concerned.
  • How do I read age from this printed on the roof? - 6 Replies July 7, 2014
    This is a new age format (for me)! Thank you for your insight.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oof1.jpg 20.74 KB
  • Printed reports - 13 Replies July 7, 2014
    Do any of you mail printed copies (in addition to e mail) of your reports to the client?
  • Happy Birthday America! - 0 Replies July 3, 2014
    Wish our country well or ill, but know this... we will pay any price, bear any burden and meet any hardship to assure the survival of our freedom.Now here's a picture of Captain America punching Hitler in the face.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c.../hoosier inspec...
  • Who needs IR when you got algae? - 2 Replies July 3, 2014
    Commercial building, must be uninsulated. The green slime algae never misses an optimum grow site.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/john kogel/tn/tn_201473132449_DSCN7396.JPG 46.41 KB
  • Does anybody know the R-value of... - 0 Replies July 2, 2014
    ...an American Standard commode?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/tom raymond/tn/tn_201472193651_DSC01142.JPG 26.03 KBThat's 80 feet from the hatch, but hey, when you gotta go you gotta go.
  • Anyone want a glass of water? - 2 Replies July 2, 2014
    This could have gone in so many different forums; Drainage, Plumbing, Environmental Hazards...You pick.Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...oads/tom raymond/tn/tn_20147294054_DSC01095-crop.JPG 60.99 KBThe well head is right at the end of the drain field. It will n...
  • Water heater electrical disconnect - 17 Replies June 30, 2014
    Anybody know off the top of their head when the requirement for an electrical disconnect, at the electric water heater, when not in sight of the panel, went into effect?
  • well Secretary Marshall exclaim - 3 Replies June 30, 2014
    This clown bombed us with a couple dozen trash posts dropping links. I deleted all but this one.I think I got him locked out. Someone check on my work.
  • To PEX or not to PEX... - 12 Replies June 30, 2014
    I will be starting work on a bathroom on the second story of an old Victorian home (130 years old). The room has no plumbing at all. I have access through the walls to run all the lines (waste/service, etc) from the basement. My service lines will run about 15 feet horizontal) in the basement and...
  • insurance cancellation - 9 Replies June 30, 2014
    I did an inspection on a ranch style home in March of this year. The client has contacted me saying his home owners insurance is cancelling the policy for two reasons.1) Lack of handrail at the front stoop steps.2) Roof condition.On the handrail issue, there is only 2 risers. As we al...
  • Shark Bite on TPR piping - 9 Replies June 29, 2014
    Since TPR piping is to be run full size for the entire length of the discharge pipe, wouldn't a Shark Bite coupling violate that rule since the coupling has reduced ID?Click to Viewhttp://www.inspectorsjournal.c...ads/John Dirks Jr/tn/tn_2014629231617_P1090629.JPG 36.41 KB
  • What is this stuff? - 7 Replies June 28, 2014
    I looked in the attic of the house we just bought (house is in Mesa AZ and was built in 1957) and found this stuff. The inspector didn't look in the attic through this opening so he didn't see it and only noted the cellulose insulation on our inspection report since that's all he saw from the openin...
  • Strange one. - 13 Replies June 27, 2014
    New construction home. Electric water heater. I am sure that we have all experienced that ridiculous smell at the fixtures when an anod rod goes out.That smell, was at one fixture(master bath shower). Could it be a bacteria issue with the branch line feeding the shower head?