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An average day

Discussion in 'Contractor Talk' started by ICE, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. conarb

    conarb Sawhorse

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    I see what they are trying to do, they are trying to build a standard foundation like a monolithic pour without pouring the slab at the same time, I've thought about it and don't see anything wrong with it, the 22" gap between the top of the cage and the top of the pour is highly unusual, but again I don't see anything wrong with it, I guess Tiger can request a structural observation from the DPoR since it's at variance with the plans, maybe he would request vertical dowels, or maybe he would sign it off.
     
  2. steveray

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    I didn't think the wire nuts had the "wings" 40 yrs ago.....?

     
  3. TheCommish

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    keen observation ICE, flowing on, it think 40 years all wire nuts came in any color of black you wanted
     
  4. ICE

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    Well I don't know about wings and color from forty years ago. I do see small wire spliced with big wire so as you guys are suggesting, there is more to the story.
     
  5. ICE

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    The next two service upgrades were done by licensed contractors. They give as good as they get. Apparently they didn't get enough to do good.

    This enclosure is held to the wall with one screw. The guy said,"Well it went all the way through the stucco".

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    You can see the cable going out the rear. He didn't attempt to disguise the hole in the wall.....or a patch of any sort.

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    The next panel has a bigger hole so he tried to mitigate that.

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    You can see the cable at the bottom. The hole is all the way to the top.

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    Now that was a big hole....it looks like part of the previous service cabinet is still there.

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    This outcome is typical. Once upon a time it was a clean well-kept neighborhood that deserves better.
     
  6. steveray

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    Almost everyone deserves better these days.....Except those that deserve worse...
     
  7. ICE

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    I inspected the under-slab plumbing.

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    I guess I wasn't paying attention at that time.

    This is the detail called out on the plans.

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    Pull back the flashing and what do you find?

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  8. TheCommish

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    ICE, if a metal plate was placed over the old service panel hole before the new surface mountepanelle was installed woud that be allowed?
     
  9. ICE

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    Granted there won't be a lot of water getting in....but still......

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  11. ICE

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    If the arrangement kept water out of the wall and there were no splices behind that plate and no holes in the back of the panel enclosure....well then.....probably not.
     
  12. tmurray

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    Cellulose?
     
  13. ICE

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    Yes it is insulation.

    I found this on a roof today. Darned cat.

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  14. ICE

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    As I was leaving the contractor asked for my name....twice....looking at me sideways he was. I wondered if he can read.

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  15. ICE

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    At least one of the people involved had clean fingers. Lead flashing won't do that. Lead flashing probably causes environmental damage. How about copper....can you get it in copper.....for under $300.

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  16. ICE

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    These are dryer vents. One for each condo located on each side of the wall. The ducts enter the slab floor. The nearest exterior wall is 20 ft. away....I didn't find a termination there or anywhere else. The contractor couldn't find it either.

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    The wall between the laundry rooms is being rebuilt due to fire damage. The electric dryer in unit A burst into flames.
    This is the inside of the dryer vent.
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    One of the garages is full of insulation. The second story attic suffered smoke damage. There's no fireblocking or draftstops.
     
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    $ ~ $

    The "copper colored" metal flashings around the vertical vent
    pipes isn't copper at all......True copper would have oxidized
    by now.........That appears to be some type of manufactured,
    colored flashing to match tile roofing.


    $ ~ $
     
  18. ICE

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    The flashing is galvanized steel painted to match. The tile looks newer than the flashing.
     
  19. conarb

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    That's just sprayed GSM, I still use lead flashings, they allow it because kids have to eat or breathe it to do any damage, interestingly some cities, like Palo Alto, are banning copper flashing becuase water runs off it and kills the fish, I don't understand why it kills the fish when we drink water through copper pipes and it doesn't kill us.
     
  20. ICE

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    Six inspections got it to this:

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