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Forum: Inspection Hardware, Software & Publications 5/12/18, 8:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 305
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Help, I need a commercial (only) inspection reporting software

These pillartopost companies do commercial work. Call them to see if they will share their template. Also, call your franchise main office, I am sure they know others that offer commercial work.
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Forum: Plumbing Inspections 4/10/18, 8:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Found something new

You cant tell from that angle but there was a pipe attached, although a short pipe.
Forum: Plumbing Inspections 4/10/18, 4:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Found something new

In 24 years of inspecting this is the first time I found standing water in a roof vent. I assume it was clogged with something, but I will let a plumber figure that out.
Forum: Structural Inspections 3/30/18, 10:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 300
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Barn Conversions

More and more people are converting old barns into houses or in my case today a wedding venue. Under modern building codes, ASCE 7-10, barn floors that support hay or grain must be capable of...
Forum: Structural Inspections 3/27/18, 8:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 454
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Post tension help

Workmanship looks pretty crappy. Curing 3 to 10 days after the concrete has been placed or has obtained a minimum compressive strength of 2000 psi would be typical. Looks like they just piled on the...
Forum: Interior Inspections 3/21/18, 4:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 379
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Brown streaks on basement walls

Construction during wet weather mixed with a muddy job site.
Forum: Structural Inspections 3/2/18, 8:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 714
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: hydrostatic lateral foundation wall pressure

First of all, some soil moisture under the footing is a good thing. Soil naturally has voids and when these voids go dry the soil structure collapses causing settlement issues during a severe...
Forum: Structural Inspections 3/1/18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 714
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: hydrostatic lateral foundation wall pressure

Michael,

There is no benefit IMO in allowing water to accumulate near the foundation wall. Saturating the soil under the footing will likely result in differential settlement issues resulting in...
Forum: Structural Inspections 2/28/18, 3:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 714
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: hydrostatic lateral foundation wall pressure

Michael,

There are several components to your water leak issue. Soil type, surface drainage, subsurface drainage, backfill material, exterior foundation drainage system, interior foundation...
Forum: Structural Inspections 2/28/18, 2:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 267
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Concrete Scaling - Question

Not without sending core samples to a lab, but that would be too expensive. You can detect delaminated concrete before it pops off by using a hammer or piece of chain. See this article Concrete...
Forum: Structural Inspections 2/25/18, 1:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 267
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Concrete Scaling - Question

If the driveways were poured in the heat of summer most concrete contractors will add water to the mix to make finishing the mix easier. During the final finishing, the excess water bleeds to the top...
Forum: Structural Inspections 2/21/18, 2:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 215
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Leaky chimney water test, determining if water is entering through exterior crack

Couldn't tell from your video, but did it have a rain cap on top?
Forum: Structural Inspections 2/16/18, 8:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Slab Foundation - Home Built in 1999

Could be poor concrete work or poor compaction. If you can't see the concrete floor don't guess. I always carry a golf ball in my bag to use on any hard surface flooring, it will find the low spot...
Forum: Plumbing Inspections 2/10/18, 11:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Hot water won't drain

I believe the problem is caused by a combination of three things:


No secondary overflow in the sink
Plate over the drain with the small holes
Vapor pressure of hot water versus cold...
Forum: Structural Inspections 2/7/18, 3:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 430
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Brick cracking

Was this an old garage converted into a room? If so, the brick may be sitting on the garage slab or the old driveway under the asphalt that floats independently of the foundation wall.
Forum: Roofing Inspections 2/3/18, 1:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 512
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Roof Limits

6/12 is my limit, but I do walked up the valley on 8/12 on occasion. A valley on and 8:12 is just under a 6:12 pitch. As others have said, loose granules on an old roof is like walking on ball...
Forum: Interior Inspections 2/1/18, 5:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 735
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Drywall crack

Wes,

Typically cracks like those point in the direction where the floor structure has settled. In this case looking at the door the floor settlement is to the right. Look for other cracks to get...
Forum: Canadian Home Inspectors 1/28/18, 3:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 473
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Classic Truss Uplift

William,

Sistering onto the bottom chord, would not help, the truss works as as system. Since the mechanism that causes the truss to rise and fall is due to the coefficient of linear thermal...
Forum: Electrical Inspections 1/6/18, 10:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: False Ground?

Matt,

It appears they added a true ground wire to the original ungrounded system.

A false ground IMO is when they install a jumper wire at the receptacle from the neutral to the ground lug.
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 1/4/18, 11:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 136
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Hydraulic Load Test

Anything that increases or decreases the ability of the soil to absorb water will impact the hydraulic load test.
Forum: Structural Inspections 12/27/17, 6:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 541
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Laminated beam split

Is the walls with the diagonal cracks above the doors perpendicular to the main beam? Typically those diagonal cracks point in the direction of the floor sag.
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 12/9/17, 5:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 216
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: what force has to be considered in pre engineered wood that we would normally ign

Not sure what book you are referring to, but if you're talking about flooring you have to allow for expansion.
Forum: Roofing Inspections 12/5/17, 11:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 399
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: Metal dormer installation?

Looks homemade to me.
Forum: Structural Inspections 11/26/17, 11:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 534
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: House may be settling - advice?

Matt,
How about tacking some outside photos of your house from a distance to get a feel for the topography.
Forum: Structural Inspections 11/26/17, 12:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 534
Posted By Randy Mayo, P.E.
Re: House may be settling - advice?

Matt,

The majority of houses settle in the first few years (5 to 8). After that additional settlement is rare. If additional foundation movement occurs it's usually associated some changes in...
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