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    Attached is a pic of a portion of stem wall on a property built in 1992. Only a small portion of stem wall was deteriorated. Can anyone provide me with clues as to what might be causing this deterioration?

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    Bad concrete mix would be my guess, but I'm no concrete expert.


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    Attached is a pic of a portion of stem wall on a property built in 1992. Only a small portion of stem wall was deteriorated. Can anyone provide me with clues as to what might be causing this deterioration?
    Ron,

    Could be a lot of things. Unwashed sand was pretty common in older homes. I realize that this is not old, but like Brandon wrote, could be too much water in the mixture, could be improper cement/aggregate mixture.

    I wonder if it might be due to freezing before the concrete was fully cured. I do not run into that around here, but Shasta would get cold enough. Maybe someone from a cold climate will chime in.

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    Its from a bad mix Ron. I see form time to time.

    I call it out as a cosmetic issue and if the buyer/seller wants more information they should employ a contractor.

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    Ron.

    Looks like you had almost 150 Escrows last month.


    How is work holding in Shasta County Ron... Did you ever get in with Mike Rossiter at C&C ? gOOD gUy. (-:

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    We are hanging in there. Most of the home inspectors are keeping busy inspecting short sales and bank owned properties. We have lost about half of our realtors and inspectors since the economic downturn, just like everywhere else. I have yet to have Mike call me for an inspection, even though I have known him for almost six years. That's ok. How are things in Healdsburg? I miss that town, having lived there in the early 80's.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Bishop View Post
    We are hanging in there. Most of the home inspectors are keeping busy inspecting short sales and bank owned properties. We have lost about half of our realtors and inspectors since the economic downturn, just like everywhere else. I have yet to have Mike call me for an inspection, even though I have known him for almost six years. That's ok. How are things in Healdsburg? I miss that town, having lived there in the early 80's.

    If I just did Home Inspection I would die. But with all the Termite and Infrared work I do I'm doing very good and very thank full. I have one guy working for me and I'm very glad to have him. he is a big help...

    You keep swinging Ron


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    I am thinking about getting in to infrared thermography next year. It looks like the way to go.


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    Is any one doing it in Redding ?

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    j\just one inspector


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    How is that working out for him?

    Do you know what Camera he has ?

    If you get in... Go in big. do not hold back. Look at a FLIR T400
    About $ 13K But worth every penny...

    I have a new BX320 Excellent camera.

    Do you have any info on the guy and how he doing with IR In your area.

    Best

    Ron


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