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08-09-11, 05:43 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Michael Thomas

Knock-out plug nor removed when dishwasher was installed?

phTeo,

If the disposer has never worked properly, it's also possible the knock-out plug has left in place when it was installed:
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05-17-11, 01:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,545
Posted By Michael Thomas

The location of the valve one the other bib may...

The location of the valve one the other bib may give you a hint where to look for the valve on the leaking one. Also, if the finished basement has a suspended ceiling, it's worth lifting a few tiles...
05-16-11, 03:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,545
Posted By Michael Thomas

Just to be certain: Was there a valve at the...

Just to be certain:

Was there a valve at the interior of the house you had to turn on to use the hose bib, or did you just turn the handle at the bib at the exterior of the house to start water...
05-05-11, 07:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 12,326
Posted By Michael Thomas

If you can ID the truss manufacturer, they may be...

If you can ID the truss manufacturer, they may be willing to design the required repairs. If not, they have to be designed by a qualified design professional (architect or engineer).

That said, I...
Replies: 10
Views: 850
Posted By Michael Thomas

My preference is the ADA height Toto Drake: four...

My preference is the ADA height Toto Drake: four years ago after using these in my own house I swapped out the assorted other toilets at my rental units with Drakes; previous to doing this I was...
05-01-11, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,107
Posted By Michael Thomas

In older structures without adequate vapor...

In older structures without adequate vapor retarders - and even in many newer structures, depending on how well the floor the attic is sealed - installing an attic ventilation fan can suck huge...
Replies: 7
Views: 4,993
Posted By Michael Thomas

I see this problem to some extent at around a...

I see this problem to some extent at around a quarter of the homes I inspect - it can occur with or without "ice-damming".

When the problem is present only the the north side, the likely cause is...
Replies: 7
Views: 4,993
Posted By Michael Thomas

Is the north side the wet side? Are the roofing...

Is the north side the wet side? Are the roofing nails (at the underside of the roof sheathing) rusted? If so, on the north side only?
01-18-11, 06:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,512
Posted By Michael Thomas

For this to work safely, the two ungrounded...

For this to work safely, the two ungrounded ("hot") conductors have to be on opposite phases.

The reason is the the loads are on the same phase, the amperage on the grounded ("neutral") conductor...
01-04-11, 07:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,671
Posted By Michael Thomas

Several times while explaining the need for...

Several times while explaining the need for safety glazing at required locations during a home inspection, someone at the inspection has rolled up their sleeves and displayed such a scar.

Once, I...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,997
Posted By Michael Thomas

I use pdffactory pro, which allows you to combine...

I use pdffactory pro, which allows you to combine and split .PDFs. There are probably other utility programs which can do the same.
12-23-10, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,161
Posted By Michael Thomas

Considering the number of absolutely bonkers...

Considering the number of absolutely bonkers electrical defects I see (for example, several non-GFCI protected outlets over tubs or within showers a year) I'm astounded there are so few deaths...
Replies: 1
Views: 1,732
Posted By Michael Thomas

Per the IRC, 10 foot separation from a return...

Per the IRC, 10 foot separation from a return (M1602.2 Exception 3), however check with your AHJ to confirm for your installation.
12-19-10, 05:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 33,875
Posted By Michael Thomas

Even small imperfections in the air seal at the...

Even small imperfections in the air seal at the attic floor can admit large amounts of moisture, the openings around the perimeter of this attic access hatch were less than 1/64" wide:
...
12-18-10, 07:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 33,875
Posted By Michael Thomas

The automatic humidistats I've seen have an...

The automatic humidistats I've seen have an adjustable set point, set to the high end they might call for 40% humidity at an 10F outside temperature, at the low end they might call for 10%, and you...
Replies: 17
Views: 15,971
Posted By Michael Thomas

Going back a step.... Was the old drain...

Going back a step....

Was the old drain replaced because it was leaking?

If so (for example) the shower pan may not be correctly supported, and flexing excessively when used.
Replies: 17
Views: 15,971
Posted By Michael Thomas

Offset shower drain

BTW, for future readers of this thread Oatey and other made "offset" shower drains;

http://www.ipscorp.com/images/watertite/860822.gif

for such installations.

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Was...
Replies: 17
Views: 15,971
Posted By Michael Thomas

Sorry you hit a deal end, but your diagnostic...

Sorry you hit a deal end, but your diagnostic sequence is an excellent example of a step-by-step approach to locating this type of leak.

One additional suggestion if someone else wants to try...
12-14-10, 08:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,520
Posted By Michael Thomas

There is a catalog of drywall texture examples...

There is a catalog of drywall texture examples at: Identifying Drywall Textures - GSP Restoration Inc. (http://www.gsprestoration.com/pages/photo.gallery.drywall.texture.htm)
Replies: 17
Views: 15,971
Posted By Michael Thomas

Is this manufactured pan, or a site-built pan...

Is this manufactured pan, or a site-built pan with a liner?

At either type, unless I can establish visually that the water is from the pan and not the drain plumbing below the drain base at the...
11-22-10, 06:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,909
Posted By Michael Thomas

Useful and interesting information as usual Gary...

Useful and interesting information as usual Gary - some new to me. Thanks.

A more direct link to the cellulose over fiberglass information:

Fixing Fiberglass Convection Problems with...
11-22-10, 01:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,909
Posted By Michael Thomas

(Disclaimer - I do not sell or install any type...

(Disclaimer - I do not sell or install any type of insulation product.)

There are several suppliers of formaldehyde-free blow-in loose-fill fiber glass insulation - in fact some brands never used...
11-22-10, 04:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,803
Posted By Michael Thomas

As someone who inspects the results of attempts...

As someone who inspects the results of attempts to create site-built pan flashings (which are often prone to failure) I've become a big fan of adjustable pre-fabricated pans such as the JamSill...
11-21-10, 06:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,903
Posted By Michael Thomas

It's in section 603 of the UPC. I inspect under...

It's in section 603 of the UPC. I inspect under the IRC, so I don't have the exact UPC wording.
11-17-10, 03:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,798
Posted By Michael Thomas

BTW, you might want to consider selling the...

BTW, you might want to consider selling the judgment to a collection agency - they buy it at a discount from the judgment amount, and then are responsible for collecting whatever portion of the...
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