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What is the stainless steel baseboard in a walk-in cooler/freezer?

Trying to identify this base molding that I want to match in a walk-in cooler at a supermarket. It is missing from a few sections of the cooler and needs to be installed. Is this anything special, ...
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Septic Inspection Pipe crooked in field

Hope you can help maybe. Our Septic ( built 2009 ) is a mound system, but installed in a depressed area of the property so it doesn't really look like one. After the recent torrent of rain we've ...
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New house concrete slab foundation cracks

I am building a new house in North Texas, it has been 17 days since the foundation was poured, I live close to the construction site, so I've been going 2-4 times a week. Today I finally was able to ...
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120/240 Multi wire branch circuit - failed inspection because of uneven loads?

From a double pole 20-amp breaker, I ran 12/3 w/g to a quad box with a 120 receptacle and a 240 receptacle. Red wire from one pole of the breaker to the 240, ground to the grounds, white to neutral ...
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60-minute Drywall for ceiling beneath residential fire sprinklers?

My fire sprinkler contractor says that we need to install 5/8" 60-min fire rated drywall in all ceilings, but my GC says 1/2" will pass code. Who is right? If the code does call for 60-minute ...
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How do I choose a Home Inspector and Inspection?

I'm purchasing my first house, and I'm researching into the inspection process. I'd like to ensure a good inspection/inspector: Reading reviews could be valuable, but given that defects may not ...
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When buying a rental home after many years of our occupancy, is a home inspection still necessary? [closed]

I lived in a rental home for around 8 years and am currently negotiating the cash purchase of it. Because I've lived here for so long and (this is my first home purchase),I'm very familiar with the ...
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What happens when you can't make something code-legal?

I suppose this is a bit more general, but I would like to know how inspectors and jurisdictions have handled cases where there's nothing that can be done to bring something up to code. As an example, ...
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Correcting Electrical Subpanel With Two Unsheathed Hots Going Back To Main Panel

I have a small subpanel fed from my main panel. The subpanel has two (unsheathed) hots (from separate breakers) exiting the top, going back into a wall cavity and then back to the main panel where ...
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AFCI breakers and code compliance

Doing a condo kitchen remodel in Los Angeles, CA. I have a licensed GC and electrician, but I'm keeping close tabs on permits, inspections etc. Electric inspection flagged I need to add 2 more ...
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self-improvement vs licensed-contractors

This is a question about the ability of doing remodeling on one's own, compared to hiring licensed contractors. I realize some remodeling/repairs require permits from your local township/city to be "...
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What does this asbestos remediation report mean?

What does this asbestos testing result mean? Background: My wife and I are looking to buy a house built in the 1950s. The seller disclosed that they have had an asbestos abatement done and health ...
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Is Shimming Old Framing Okay?

I shimmed the framing around a window in a 50 yr old house. Would an inspector find fault with that? Should I remove the shims and leave it in its previous state? I would simply replace the studs, but ...
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When is service connection completed for water / sewer for new construction?

Is it after Final Inspection that the lines are run from the house to the street? I'd like to hire a contractor for the service connection portion and need to know at what point in the process this is ...
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Are licensed “builders” required to pull permits

Looking into remodeling a basement in a major US city. The basement height is too low to meet code and I have been told that it is extremely unlikely that the city would grant a variance. I have ...
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What sort of professional can I call for attic inspection and checking foundation?

I am a single lady homeowner of a fix-up foreclosure. I bought the home for cash but did have a home inspection done. It has been almost 10 years, and although I did fix the things that were initially ...
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home inspection for a condo

I am trying to purchase a condo in a three-story building. The condo is located at the third floor. During the home inspection, I would like to know what are the issues that I should pay attention to. ...
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Inaccessible crawl space

I'm in the process of buying a home. I had it inspected by a home inspector and a termite guy. They found that the part of the crawl space under the kitchen was too low to the ground to access. They ...
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Should switch cover plates be installed before final inspection?

For final inspection should I put the switch/outlet cover plates on? It's a minor pain because we still have to tape, sand and paint. We are in Portland Oregon. This is in a bedroom, not a kitchen or ...
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Electrical rough-in Inspection JBox

Background: I live in Minneapolis. I am finishing my basement and in doing so will be adding a sub-panel. I am finishing up the details for the rough-in inspection (pre-panel install). I was under ...
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What is common practice when doing electrical rough-in for recessed lights in a drop ceiling and walls are not yet finished?

I am installing a drop ceiling with pot lights as part of remodeling a portion of my basement. Since I am refinishing the entire room (newly framed walls), it seems like I have a catch 22: I need to ...
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Inspection suggested to replace vents between laundry and garage

I have a house up for sale, and a recent inspector called this out (to which the buyer is requesting to be serviced). When I purchased the house, my inspector did not say anything about these, so I'm ...
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Water stain in basement found during inspection in a house

We are looking to buy a house and don't have much experience yet (lived in condo most of our lives). We had an inspection in the house that we are looking to buy and some stain was found in the ...
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Do these cracks indicate the foundation problem of a building?

while searching for a house to purchase, I found that there are some cracks under the window. Even though they have been fixed by the original owner. However, I am not sure how serious they are. Do ...
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Why is an outlet box outside of the wall?

I'm considering putting an offer in on a house and am questioning this outlet prior to being able to do a home inspection. Is there any reason to be alarmed that this outlet is boxed outside of the ...
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What is this stuff in the attic?

What is the black stuff in the first four photos, and the white stuff in the last photo? Is any of it mold, or is it all harmless stuff? Structure is about 10 years old. Home inspector claimed that ...
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What profession/company is specialized in home air leaks?

We have purchased a condo a couple of years ago. We had it inspected by a pre-purchase-home-inspetor company as it is the common thing done around here. We live near Montreal in Canada, where it can ...
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Should I leave outlet covers on or off for electrical inspector?

I've got an electrical inspection scheduled for 4 circuits I added to my garage. I did the work myself and my city uses the most current NEC. All wiring is running in open stud walls in my garage. I ...
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Is it OK that my circuit breaker panel does not latch closed

I plan on doing some work and having it inspected. As part of the work I will be switching some normal breakers to AFCI. Before I get started I notice my panel does not fully latch closed. The latch ...
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Air Admittance Valve Testing Equipment For Inspection

I have an Oatey air admittance valve (AAV) installed in my home as part of an improvement project. Today the inspector came and said that the AAV would have to be tested with an air admittance valve ...
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What is the best way for a DIY'er to work with contractors/inspectors? [closed]

Like many here, I was born with an unhealthy desire to do things myself. It is in my DNA, it isn't gonna change. This is NOT a post about the evils of the government deciding what/when/how I can do ...
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Bugs find their way into our Sunroom [closed]

This is the 5th year in this house in Minneapolis. There's a 3 season sunroom with glass windows and patio door, all closed tight. The walls are made of some sort of logs. During warm season, we have ...
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Very old furnace- I need a technician to inspect it-What would be a good check up list?

First of all you should know that this is about a 25 years furnace that is very simple and that if nothing is wrong with the heat exchanger it should last forever since, IMHO, the parts are very ...
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Can a termite inspection report declare a house irreparable?

(This question assumes a reputable pest control company.) If a home termite report finds issues in need of repair, is it safe to assume the integrity of the house is intact after those repairs are ...
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Something in my home is making my family sick. How do I determine what it is?

My wife and I moved into a new rental house two months ago. Our small dog, my wife, and myself have all started experiencing symptoms such as headaches, runny nose, constant congestion, cold-like ...
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Is frost at the far edges of my attic a concern?

(I am a first time homeowner doing my first attic inspection.) The prolonged cold weather in my area gave me a good opportunity to look for problems in my attic yesterday. The only thing I found ...
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Do I have to obtain a permit if an electrician does the work?

I'm looking at installing a new 220V outlet in my home garage. My town requires a permit for any alteration to an electrical system. Typically, if a certified electrician installs this for me do I ...
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What does the inspector mean by “Hot and Neutral are not separated”?

In an inspection report on my house, the inspector said "hot and neutral" are not separated. I think he meant "neutral and ground" are not separated. I've attached the picture, is that the case?
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Can municipal authorities get warrant to search suspected building site in U.S.? [closed]

Hypothetically, let's say you decide to do some indoor renovations but not get a permit and you know the work requires permit (e.g. electrical, framing, etc). Also, you lower the blinds on all ...
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What should be on my pre-purchase house self-inspection checklist?

I’m looking at several homes and may purchase one, but realized that I’m probably missing important details when trying to identify potential money-pits. I have a simple checklist so I can save the ...
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What should I consider when buying a USB inspection camera? [closed]

I have a slow leak in a stud wall; I know it is coming from 1 of 3 pipes. I can replace any of the pipes without breaking into the wall; however I need a way to find out which pipe is leaking. I ...
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Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?

I am about to run a whole ton of communication cable in an existing two-story house, and so I am considering buying an inspection camera to help with this. As I started looking around, they range in ...
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How much can you do as a homeowner in Texas without requiring a permit/inspections? [closed]

Backstory: we recently added some furniture to a previously-unused room to make it a quickie guest bedroom for some upcoming family visits. On a whim, I got my electrical tester and plugged it in to a ...
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When buying an older home that has recently been renovated, what should I look for in the home inspection?

I'm in the process of buying a house built in the mid 80's. It was foreclosed about a year ago and has since undergone a large number of renovations (roof, HVAC, windows, doors, plumbing, etc). What ...
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What should I look for during a deficiency walkthrough?

I'll be taking possession of a brand new town house next month and we'll be doing a deficiency walkthrough to catch any issues before we move in. This is not a home inspection, but our ability to get ...
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What are some of the best books/resources on home inspection for first time home buyers?

I'm looking at buying my first home. Considering the amount of money involved, it seems logical to make sense the inspection is solid. (I've seen a few "Holmes Inspection"s to have the reinforced.) ...
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I need to get up on roof anyway, so what should I inspect while I'm up there?

I noticed a filthy tree rat (squirrel) poking its head out from a hole in my gutter leaf guards today. Gotta get up on the roof to clean and repair that mess. Since I'm two stories up already, what ...
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What precautions should I take before moving my family into a pre-1978 (lead-paint-era) house?

I am about to sign a lease and move with my family, including a 3 mo old and 2 yr old, into a home that was built in 1944. The house is in good condition and has been repainted at least once in the ...
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How do I determine what supplies to buy to insulate an attic?

I would like to add more insulation to an attic. What measurements and points do I need to look at to decide what materials to buy? How do I determine if I need airflow baffles? How do I determine ...
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How long can a fireplace go without cleaning/inspection if it's never used?

I have a gas fireplace that I have never used, nor planned to use. Then we lost power on the coldest day I've ever seen here (gas furnace - check, electric blower - oops) and I'm kicking myself for ...