6x6 Posts on 4x4 Anchors

NACHI - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 13:05
I have just inspected a pergola -free standing trellis- with four 6x6 posts, 12-feet high, anchored to the patio slab by metal anchors set in concrete. Each post is secured with two half-inch through-bolts with washers. However, the metal anchors are 4x4. The builder cut a deep vertical groove (about 12-inches) up the bottom of the posts to accept the metal bracket, then sealed the cut. Is this to code? Do 6x6 posts require 6x6 anchors, or are 4x4s acceptable?
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Hanging light in bathroom

NACHI - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 12:10
I know about the rule of no hanging lights within the 8 foot and 3 foot rule for bath tubs.

Does that also apply to a stall shower?


Water Heater in crawlspace

NACHI - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 10:24
I came across a 40 gallon, gas water heater perched up on cinder blocks sitting inside what is the sump pit. The pump itself is sitting next to the blocks, and the top of the pump fairly even with the base of the water heater. The water heater is less than 5 years old and has some corrosion at the base. Everything about this set up tells me no! no! no!

Any thoughts? I'm a first time poster on here and not seeing how to attach photo. Thanks for any comments.


Service drop

NACHI - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 05:39
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Roof rack

NACHI - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 22:09
Anyone know a good roof rack for a ford explorer?

Radon Training - NEHA and NRPP Approved

NACHI - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 19:44
Last week I submitted my application to NEHA to be a certified radon measurement provider. I listed InterNACHI as my 16 hour pre-licensing training provider. Today I received my certificate from NEHA in the mail.

Thanks InterNACHI for providing top notch radon training. By having InterNACHI's free class approved, I saved several hundred bucks in travel and training costs.

By the way, the InterNACHI class is great a preparing your for the exam that is required by NEHA and offered thru LaserGrade.

Thanks Again,

John Taylor
Absolute Perfection Home Inspection, LLC

Another InterNACHI book option to give to your clients.

NACHI - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 19:38
Pricier than our other book, but this one is full color:

Great Opportunity for ALL Canadian Inspectors

NACHI - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 01:37
Hey guys,

I am helping my sister in law (insurance broker in Toronto) create a new E&O and General Liability insurance program to help out all of those who aren't happy with their coverage or their rising premiums.

So far, they have agreed to education as a factor for pricing your rates. They have also agreed to your rates being based on the volume of inspections you do each year (a twist on pay per inspection).

She would like to know what added coverage some of you would enjoy as value to your coverage (free). For example, covering stolen or damaged tools and equipment? (ir camera, testing equipment, etc)

They also do vehicle coverage so combing will save you even more.

Email me all of your suggestions even if you are thinking way outside the box or feel it may be asking too much. They are being incredibly receptive and really do want to create a policy that offers more for less. This could be a great opportunity for all of us. They can insure in every province.

Also, if anyone is willing to send me a copy of their current policy, that would also help her to find where premiums are being "fluffed" and remove them to bring down prices.

All of your help will be needed and appreciated.

Let's make the move to bring down our overhead costs before they eat us alive!!!

Stay safe,

Any ideas on how to get The News interested in Thermal Imaging?

NACHI - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 00:53
Thermal imaging obviously offers some huge benefits that 75% of the public are clueless about. There was a story last week on prime-time news about general Spring Season home maintenance that was basically common sense.

If an HVAC company can get interviewed on prime-time news about how it's a good idea to look over your swamp cooler before using it in the Spring than it seems like thermal imaging would be a definite news story.

Have any of you ever tried or managed to get the news interested in covering a story about thermal imaging? Any ideas that might peak enough interest to where The News might be interested in spreading the news about thermal imaging?

Commercial Building Inspections

NACHI - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 00:03
If any member here would like to learn how to inspect commercial property, send me an email, you won't willingly inspect another residential property again.

Matter of fact, you'll cringe when you still get those calls "How much do you charge for a home inspection?"

An inspector should obtain a greater numerical mean inspecting small-mid-size commercial buildings in seven working days than the revenue a good-great inspector nets monthly.

You should garner a commendable six figure income each year regardless of how the housing market fluctuates.

My crew and I began this inspection at 9:00 this morning, we were completed at 2:30 this afternoon. I have a system which is fail-proof if contemporaneously initiated.

I'm more than willing to train anyone free of charge, no catches, I want nothing in return, just seeing people succeed in this business is enough gratitude for me, which is not complicated, many people are intimidated, you shouldn't be.

I rented a large home in Breckenridge, CO for next week. If any member wants to...

NACHI - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 22:38
...join me and other InterNACHI staffers up in the mountains, you are welcome to stay with us. Email me at if interested. We pack up the InterNACHI office on Sunday and move it up there for a week. Dale Duffy is coming. Another member from California is flying out to hang out with us. I must warn you though, we work round the clock for that week.

Fingerprinting Texas Home Inspectors

NACHI - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 21:35
If I read your new Bill or whatever with proposed new insurance requirements right, youse guys have to be FINGERPRINTED on every renewal. OR am I missing something and read this wrong.

I've seen some professions make members get fingerprinted on application, BUT not each time they renew. Have lots of your people been involved in gun fights, selling cocaine, rape, attempted child molestation, running guns, etc?

I know over the past 4 yrs in Missouri we've had a lot of Realtors get involved in that sort of stuff BUT I didn't think the Texas inspectors had been super bad boys to rate that type of treatment.

We're closer to being able to offer an accredited college degree in inspections.

NACHI - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 21:08
Any InterNACHI course you've taken will count toward the degree:

Still jumping through hoops. I'll keep everyone posted.

Need to ID drain piping under sink

NACHI - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 21:00
Below kitchen sink and yes that trap at the disposal is off and has DIY written on it but my concern is the pipe which comes out of the wall on the right side and slants down and back into the wall with a cleanout.

Any ideas why that would be there ?
Sure does not look like an island vent however from the roof the vent is about 20 feet away as far as I can tell.

This was a 113 year old loft conversion of an old movie studio.
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Wind Mits

NACHI - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 18:52
Anyone in zip code 34747 can do wind mits?

Ben Gromicko Rocks Again

NACHI - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 18:20
Home Inspection Training Video #2 with Ben Gromicko

Just watched the video and I really must say I get a lot from all your videos. Good info and very inspiring. Big thanks for all you do Bro.


High Temperture at service lug?

NACHI - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 16:39
One of the aluminum service wires at a sub panel I inspected today had a tempeture of about 135 degrees (at the lug). I have always used 140 degrees as a threshold for breakers but I do not know if this tempeture is of concern at the service lug. I know the temperture of the wire is less than it is rated for, however does a temperture at this level indicate a possible loose connection at the lug?
Any thoughts.
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NACHI - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 16:27
My outlet tester had all 3 lights light up from an outlet. I've hit it with another tester and got the same result. I'm sure this isn't good. How does this happen and how should I explain it to a customer?
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