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Clarified Home Inspections
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Talk about a hard way to add another outlet!

Why would you do this? This would not be easy to do so I admire the handy work, but obviously, not code compliant. Just put a box in the wall like the rest if the world.
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Somebody was very optimistic when they installed these buttresses to shore up this heavily leaning retaining wall. (surprisingly, it might actually be working)
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18/04/2017
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http://www.flir.ca/flirone/android/

This is amazing ability of electronics prices to fall over time. I spent $4400 CAD on my Flir E40 4 years ago and it was a decent camera at the time. You can now buy this Flir infrared head unit for $329 which plugs into your phone for control and display.

While it does not have quite the same technical capabilities as my camera, this is still an amazing entry level device. It's something that most home owners could afford to have in their tool box.

There is no excuse for any inspector not having a basic camera at this point. It's a mandatory tool imo.

I'm sure within 10 years, high end cell phones will probably just have this camera built into it.
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Need a new roof but you are a little low on cash? No problem if you have some extra aluminum siding and a bucket of tar kicking around! ... and don't mind leaks.
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If you want to mess up your house, do this!

I have seen the failure of this building trend quite a bit. People don't like the look of their front concrete steps so they hire a landscaper to install interlocking or mortared stones to cap the front step and porch. It looks very nice on day one but what happens is that water soaks into the stonework and it can not drain away. It then wicks up and into the masonry veneer on the house. The weep drainage holes around the bottom course of brick also get blocked by the installed stone and the wall can not dry out. In the winter time the soaked masonry freezes overnight, the water expands and quickly crumbles them to dust with every sunny day melt/cold night freeze cycle.

Put down a little salt in the winter time, to drive a few more melt cycles for good measure, and it fails every time.
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3/15/16
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Umm ....?
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The home owner politely disagreed that there could be a problem here. "Its been that way for years you know". I tried to explain what was going on and what was likely to happen in the future, quickly and without warning. He wasn't buying it. The buyer was warned.. strongly.. in writing.
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Nothing to see here... just some things stacked along a wall in an unused basement room (we're moving you know).... except for the huge infestation of black mould! Funny how often those defects just seem to live behind things stacked along basement walls. It must just be their natural habitat I guess.

Note to Home Owners who want to hide defects: Nothing says "Look Right Here!" to me more then when I see this. There are good ways to try and hide this from me...however, I will not share them.
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2015-06-27
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Mother nature wins again! This is all caused by water seeping behind synthetic stucco to such a degree that it destroyed the original brick veneer behind it. Have I mentioned my feelings about synthetic stucco? At least they cleaned up the rubble pile for the inspection.
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Just finished my first course towards becoming WETT certified! Two more courses to do this fall, then I will be certified to do insurance inspections of wood burning appliances.
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