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  • 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 - 8 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 - 18 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 - 12 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 - 14 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 - 7 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? - 30 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...
  • Trucks - 16 Replies July 23, 2014
    I still carry tools now and then and I tow heavy things now and then and I have this inspection business. I'm tired of crappy pick-up trucks.We just got back from a trip to Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy and nobody there has a pick up truck, they (people who actually need trucks) drive...
  • What is the purpose - 6 Replies July 22, 2014
    2001 (vacant for a couple months) home. Trying to figure out what this 2" ABS pipe is for. Old stains, standing water and dripping water from pipe after I ran a bunch of faucets in the home. It was near a bathroom, which was behind bearing wall... any ideas??Click to Viewhttp://www.inspector...
  • Software for old part time inspector? - 36 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? - 8 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 - 9 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 - 39 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