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Isaacq
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Here is another common one:
[[GALVANIC]]Galvanic corrosion is occuring between copper pipe and steel pipe on water heater. Recommend connecting a dielectric union

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The alternative is a brass nipple a minimum of four inches or a dielectric insulator coupler.

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Russ Hensel wrote:Reece, why do you put one or more? Why not put one, or two or three...I mean if there is 10, I understand. Why the vagueness. Not saying your wrong, just trying to understand is all. I used to do that, but then said, why? I know how many there are and can identify them. Why not be specific? In case you miss one? Your too good for that.


I will write the following: The third breaker from the top on the right side of the garage distribution panel was double-lugged. That goes under the picture of the double-lugged breaker.
If there is another breaker, say for instance, the fifth breaker, then I would change third to fifth and that would be under the correct picture. Both statement would then be placed in the main body of the electrical section.

I take pictures of every defect and they all go in the report. With the ease of use afforded by the software today, I can't see why I would do it any other way.

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I was told a few years back that
Double Tap is at the breaker
Double Lug is at the Neutral or Ground Bar.

I have been writing these up as 2 different issues.

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You are correct John. "Double Lugging" definitely happens at a "lug", but if it's become a common misnomer in the area in which you inspect, you kind of have to go with the flow!

I just realized something John...You're in Council Bluffs, Iowa, correct? By the way, update your profile and add a signature with your name, company, and URL at least.

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Yes sir Iowa born and raised.

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Is there a bar in a double wide trailer there called "O Face"?

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JHarrison wrote:I was told a few years back that
Double Tap is at the breaker
Double Lug is at the Neutral or Ground Bar.

I have been writing these up as 2 different issues.

Same here, except that I was told that about 46 years ago.
My dad, granddad, and three uncles all were electricians,
which could explain why the only profession dealing with
real estate that I've never been in is the electrical profession.
I'm pretty sure I was rebelling......

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Isaacq wrote:Here is another common one:
[[GALVANIC]]Galvanic corrosion is occuring between copper pipe and steel pipe on water heater. Recommend connecting a dielectric union


Let's expand on this...to make it more understandable. Your not writing a report to a GC or plumber, your writing this report to a person who, most likely, knows very little of what your talking about.

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Corrosion on water supply pipes. Typical causes are leaks, static electric charges, and/or dissimilar material connections; other causes or multiple causes are possible. Leaks could develop at any time if corrosion continues and valves may not work properly or may fail. Recommend contacting a plumber to evaluate condition and provide resolutions.

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Russ Hensel wrote:How can it be better? I think this is the way the profession should evolve into. Lets get away from just generalization jargon and try and be a little more complete and I think we should give more information to educate everyone.

Anyone have any comments or suggestions. What can I do better?


I would specify work to be completed by a licenced electrical contractor, and add a timeframe. Or better yet recommend further evaluation by a licenced electrical contractor with repair or replacement as required.

The specifics are stronger if they include who should do the work.... and when. Sometimes it is immediate, sometimes before condition of sale is waived and sometimes discretionary.

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The only problem with putting licensed electrician, Licensed roofer, licensed.....is that it doesn't take a licensed person to do roof maintenance, change or GFCI's. What I've done is disclose on the front 1st page. It's that it's always recommended to use a licensed contractor and or general contractor. This way I don't have to write it throughout the report.

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I concur with Russ here for I as well like to put as much information in my reports as possible. As Russ as stated the more information the less likelyhood of a complaint/law suit. My verbiage may not be as long as some but I like to put lots of photos with arrows directing the readers to the exact defect in this case a double tap/lug if you will.

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Russel
Although I regard you as a trusted colleague and authority on many home inspection subjects/topics, the end result is the client and what they require.
A simplied narration and verbiage.
Even technicians or trades need to be spoon feed the narration IMO.

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Isaacq wrote:The only problem with putting licensed electrician, Licensed roofer, licensed.....is that it doesn't take a licensed person to do roof maintenance, change or GFCI's. What I've done is disclose on the front 1st page. It's that it's always recommended to use a licensed contractor and or general contractor. This way I don't have to write it throughout the report.


Even though a "handyman" may be able to repair the item, for your protection, recommending the appropriate licensed professional should be the standard. I believe the CAR contract has something like a licensed professional should be the employed in their legal lingo!

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