Can radiant flooring have a shape of a rug

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 17:22
I did an inspection today for the house that has radiant flooring in the bathroom. It is done differently in various parts of the floor - one has short tubing, the other long. But in front of the shower it looks like a rug. I never seen radiant flooring in the shape of a rug. Is it real? :D
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Hot PIC of Nick, Dale Duffy, and Kenton in the InterNACHI warehouse.

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 16:17
We'll be holding commercial inspection courses around the world in the coming months.
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Photo of Nick doing his morning workout in our lunch room.

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 16:04
He does pushups with Kelsea on his back when he isn't on the forums. :)
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NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 15:49
Just put all the stuff you want to save in this thread

Hardware Software

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 15:26
Hey guys I need advice. I am getting started in home inspection and am trying to decide on what software to use and what device to put it on. I would like to hear what others are useing as there are so many options.

service panel issue

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 14:00
Hey folks, I'm troubleshooting a 200amp CH panel and have founbd that everyother breaker on both busses is reading 0 on my multimeter. This is occuring on both single pole and two pole breakers -so for instance, the HW heater is only recieving 120v from half of the two pole breaker. Has anyone seen this condition?


Ungrounded receptacle replacement

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 13:02
Thought some might be able to get a better understanding on the subject.

What is the odds

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 12:49
Of two commodes in the same house with the same date of MFG Nov 7 but different years one 1987 and one 2000.

I should have bought a loto ticket yesterday:(

BTW I have a addiction to checking commode dates of MFG the oldest I have found here was 1937 and still in use:D

Service Neutral Used as Ground

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 11:54
For the electrical gurus out there, sorry for all the questions.

1. Can the service neutral be considered/used as the GEC in any situation? I had an electrician tell me that in our main county, the AHJ considered the service neutral the ground when the water line servicing the house is plastic.(assuming I didn't butcher what he said).

2. If this is the case or something similar is correct, how is this possible if the service neutral is carrying a load?

3. I know they try to balance the panel, but how realistic is it to get both phases carrying a similar load so that the service neutral is at 0 potential?(again, assuming I didn't just verbally butcher that as well)

4. Is this a cop-out by the AHJ and should an inspector call out the lack of a GEC in a panel if this is the setup, assuming the panel isn't connected thru metal conduit to a GEC at the meter?

Thanks for any clarity you can provide and I apologize if I have abused/misused any principles, theories or terminology in the writing of this post. I still haven't decided if working on eletrical systems is more dangerous than asking questions about them on a forum. :-D

Offering a New E&O Program

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 11:14
I'm proud to announce that as of today I joined forces with Elite MGA, the exclusive provider for the Hartford E&O program, to provide what I believe to be the most comprehensive, competitively priced, efficient E&O program to home inspectors.

Over the years, I've done my best to establish credibility among the inspector community and have also done my due diligence with respect to my new venture. For those who've had experience with Elite MGA in the past, whether good or bad, what I'm bringing to them is my commitment to servicing my clients through reputation, experience, and accessibility. My feeling toward insurance is if everyone needs it, why not buy it from me? The product is excellent, the rates are great, and myself along with with a staff of support, are here to serve you.

You guys know I HATE be thought of as a "vendor" amidst all the recent chaos and vendor scrutiny, but I think this is really going to benefit those who have a need. The Hartford's name and reputation speaks for itself and I hope mine does to.

If you want a quick quote to see what is available, you can visit or shoot me an email at

Fill holes in Electrical Panel

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:32
How can holes in Electrical Panels be filled/blocked?
I have come across panels in which cables were not passed through knockouts, instead a larger single hole was made to pass three cables. Now, cables glands or knockout plugs won't work there. Any ideas?

No main breaker

NACHI - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 06:58
Can someone post a good narrative on the danger of no main breaker for main panel. Mines a little clunky.

Opening Protection

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 20:53
Opening protection installed inside the window well. Can't recall seeing this anywhere before. Anyone know if this would get kicked back and have documentation noting yay or nay?

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America dodged a bullet today :)

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 19:52
I hope you are all aware of how lucky we are that the politicians finally came to their senses. We were just a few votes away from having lost the ability to protect our family, friends and community as we see fit. Consider today a great day and continue the pressure on the communist minded folks that run our government and do all you can to make sure you never lose your second amendment rights. They are all that stands between you and death. When trouble comes your way you have only yourself to rely on. Dialing 911 will do nothing but get someone there to show up and identify you and your dead family. Arm yourselves and always be prepared to protect those you love. If you do not no one will :) We as a nation dodged a bullet today lets make sure it is dead forever and it does not ever come up again. Do not let the past repeat itself. Protect your rights for those you love and those who cannot protect themselves.

PLEASE this I beg of you all.

Radon mitigation system - vent system doesn't terminate about roof line

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 19:22
I just purchased a home with a recently installed radon mitigation system. The system vents through the basement and then upwards in a PVC pipe on the side of the house. The problem is that the vent terminates about 2/3rds of the way up, whereas my understanding is that according to EPA code it should extend at least a couple feet above the roof line to prevent re-entry of radon gas into the home. Note: I don't have any windows or doors on this side of the house.

Do you guys think I need to bother the radon system installer to have the exhaust system fixed?

Here's a photo of the system:

Attic Access

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 19:15
Has anyone seen this type access panel before? 2000' town house built 2007
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Anyone interested in a 4pt inspection is Silver Springs?

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 18:24
If so please PM your contact info and I will forward it on the requesting insurance agent.


Questions regarding terms: "certified", "licensed", and "registered"

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 16:18
New here, some questions:

Ontario specifically;

I was at the OAHI site, the CAHPI, and InterNACHI, and they all seem to have different terms used to grant a qualification on whomever successfully completes their course.

1) To my understanding, there is no absolute, government mandated minimum requirement to become a home inspector, correct?

2) InterNACHI, and I'm assuming the other providers, are making moves to get Ontario, and well as other Provinces and States, to the point where their governments have an actual minimum standard?

3) Eventually this will be regulated, at that point, say another service such as OAHI 'wins', will this make an InterNACHI certificate void at that point?

4) What's the difference between, certified, licensed, and registered?

"Currently, anyone can offer home inspection services in Ontario, but only registered members of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors can call themselves a registered home inspector."

5) Any other information for a potential new home inspector, in regards specifically to Canada/Ontario?


6) I am also interested in doing Inspections for New Construction. Does anybody have any advice on where to start there?

Scorch marks

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 15:59
I have seen several heat pumps lately with scorch marks around the suction line where it enters the air handler. In one case the grommet was burned as well. What causes these scorch marks?

In all cases I have recommended an HVAC specialist.

Jim Campbell
Orion Home Inspection

New logo for Crown Property Inspection

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 15:27
InterNACHI Design & Print Services:

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Marketing contact:
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