New Next Month "Defect Photo & Narrative Award"

NACHI - Sat, 03/23/2013 - 16:20
Yes, something new has been added to the Best Defect Picture Award.

We have added Narratives. :)

Yes it will now be called Defect Photo & Narrative Award.

I will take 2 weeks to ask for your best photos and run a poll for the best.
I will then take 2 weeks to ask for the best Narrative for that Defect.

Last year, the Committee Awarded 1 Free Year of Membership for the Winner along with a free Case of books.

The same or equivalent will go to the winner of the Best Narrative.

Some bugs might have to be ironed out as we go.

I would like to Thank our Member Jeff Hannon for the idea and thank the Award Committee Members for the support required to make this happen.

Also, thanks to Inachi Nick Gromicko to help us make this happen.


Update on Best Defect Picture Winners

NACHI - Sat, 03/23/2013 - 16:04
Due to difficulty in filing all the winners for Best Defect Picture of the Year, I found it necessary to copy everything here for the end of the year.
My PC was not saving them as I wished and found it better here.

These are the current winners to Date;
Please, if I made an error, let me know.

And thanks for all the participation.


Troy N. Pappas

The lint can still get out if the flap can't open...Right?
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Philippe G. Heller

David Hays

This home had many items that I could have entered into this months contest but I chose the water heater flue. As you can see in the pictures the single wall flue completely failed in the attic. The water heater was about 25 years old. There was no TPR valve at the water heater.


Aux panel. green ground screw installed

NACHI - Sat, 03/23/2013 - 15:11
This home was built in the early 90’s. The main panel in the basement is all Romex. The owner added a second attached garage. The aux panel in the garage is all conduit. There are no separate ground wires in the panel. The green ground screw is still installed so therefore the neutral and ground are still connected. The owner says his union electrician installed it and it is correct. Another opinion? Thanks, Ken
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Renewing TREC Lic online

NACHI - Sat, 03/23/2013 - 14:18
Ok this is lame.
I usually take my CC's and application to the TREC office in Austin.
I went there and they have moved downtown so renewing for the 1st time online cos downtown parking insane.
I started the process thinking it would get to the point to upload the CC certificates. I paid and all and then nothing else.?
Now reading over all the gobble gook and I think it is telling me I cannot renew online unless they have received the CCs 10 days beforehand.
Oh brother-- do I need to go there after all?
Also red it says I will be inactive until then. That better not be true. Its not up for renewal til end of April.
Any clarification helpful:roll:

Range/oven wiring

NACHI - Sat, 03/23/2013 - 08:28
During yesterday's inspection I turned on the oven while I was looking at the electrical panel panel. I measured the amperage on the two sides of the 240 V breaker; one side measured .3 A and the other side measured 4.8 A.

The circuit had no grounded conductor/neutral installed, only a grounding conductor. Wouldn't the difference in amperage indicate this appliance has 110 V components and a grounded conductor/neutral needs to be present?

California InterNACHI membership tops 800 and climbing.

NACHI - Sat, 03/23/2013 - 00:01
Onwards and upwards!


NACHI - Fri, 03/22/2013 - 21:43
Onsite today ran into this crack in the driveway. Obviously follows the lip footing. North end is raised about an inch, South end about a quarter up. This is normal in freeze / thaw but this area raising and that much ?? That Palm wouldn't have a root system that would reach the drive would it ?? No sinking further out other end of the slab. What is pushing the slab ?
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EMF-Electromagnetic Field/Radiation testing

NACHI - Fri, 03/22/2013 - 19:20
I am interested in offering testing for EMF's and Radio Waves on homes as an ancillary service to Home Inspections. I have had some requests since there are high power transmission lines going through our town and some neighborhoods. Does anyone currently offer EMF testing? I am looking for a reporting system to present the data to clients. Any help from an experienced tester is appreciated. Thanks, Greg

Meth testing

NACHI - Fri, 03/22/2013 - 19:16
Does anyone currently test for meth as an ancillary service? I am interested in the testing methods/protocol employed, test kits used, fees charged and regulations if any required for offering this service. Any feedback from experienced testers is appreciated. Thanks, Greg

Thanks InterNACHI

NACHI - Fri, 03/22/2013 - 14:49
Just got an automated call from InterNACHI to call a potential client. Called and scheduled :D. So easy :cool:. Has happened a few times before but thought I would pass on my appreciation ;-). Great benefit!

Patio Enclosure distribution

NACHI - Fri, 03/22/2013 - 14:17
Questions for today's inspection.

Home has a dual fuel 11 year old forced air, heat pump system.
A 9 year old gas water heater in an unfinished basement venting to a metal chimney.

Patio enclosure (uninsulated), there are 2 distribution openings at enclosure. ducts much larger than the rest of the system.

There is a open vent at enclosure that terminates by the furnace. The furnace is high efficiency vented to exterior with intake from exterior.

The only reason I can see for the opening is for make up air for the water heater, seems like a waste of energy to me.

I think heating, cooling this enclosure is a waste of energy.

What are you thoughts on the openings to the enclosure?

Also the A/C lines were held to the sub floor with modified plumbing piping, seems like an unorthodox method of hanging the lines. Any thoughts there?

One more question.

Home has a balancing, zoned distribution system, as a generalist I would not be testing the effectiveness of this system, what about you?
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Exhaust fan for downstairs unit.

NACHI - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 16:36
Hey Guys and Gals,
Downstairs condo bathroom without an exhaust fan. It does have a window. The buyer would like a fan. Exterior wall is in the tub/shower, so no go thru the wall. Without knowing the direction of joists, and assuming they will cause issues, any options for removing the moisture laden air I am not aware of???

Hot Water Heater - anode

NACHI - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 14:57
Had a call from a client that is buying a new hot water heater. He is concerned that the sacrificial anode in the heater is aluminum and wonders if the aluminum contaminates the hot water

Nathan Thornberry: A question

NACHI - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 14:32
You recently posted, via way of a letter crafted on your company letterhead, as penned by someone representing themhelves as an attorney... certain accusations, possible misinterpretations, and threats of legal action against members and/or anyone who posts derrogatory commentary regarding yourself or your companies. This extended to questions regarding barter income, which we maintain we have the absolute right to ask and research as individuals and as members of this association.

Do you give permission to bring those specific posts into the non-Members Only section of this message board. we think it is imperative for anyone who chooses to question your programs to be aware of the threats of legal action yoou have taken.

As the dicussion on barter income started in Misc, and YOU chose to return to the comfort of Members Only, dont you think its appropriate to bring the discussion and your attorney's position into the blinding light of the public-at-large. As she is an Officer of the Court, I am unsure of threats of legal action on a privately owned message board are protected by law.

Where may we post this?

What does this number mean?

NACHI - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 14:30
Just to satisfy my curiosity...

Inside a condo is this fire alarm strobe light. Near the bottom of this assembly is the number 75. This number window looks as if it can be changed.

What does this number mean?

Thanks and have a happy day. :D
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