Has A Stately Tree Suddenly Become Firewood? Has Sandy Rubbed You The Wrong Way?

Has A Stately Tree Suddenly Become Firewood?  Has Sandy Rubbed You The Wrong Way? If you have storm damage what can you do?  Is your car under a tree or in some water?  What now? damaged Tree Many people may find themselves in this situation today. You need your car and you need the tree parts or other debris removed so you can get on with things. But your insurance agent or his appraisers may not be available, or won’t be available for days. And they will be over worked, it not overwhelmed. You may be stuck can’t contact your agent or if your agent does not give you the all clear to move things or he may ask you to document the damage or conditions prior to doing anything first. This is when a certified home and property inspector like me can be a big help to you.

  • We can photo document the damage or the risk conditions.
  • Our photography is of the quality and resolution to capture all details.
  • We are forensically trained photographers and provide sequenced series that locate and detail what happened or is occuring.
  • We provide accurate photo (and video) documentaion that is deliverable electronically.
  • In many instances the documentation is suffucent so the appraisers don’t have to make an immediate site visit.

So when you find yourself or others in this position, cretified professional home and property inspectors like me are able to provide this service. We do recommend that you contact your insurance agent or provider for their advice and approval befor taking any action. And please be mindfull that any time branches, trees or other objects have been damaged or displaced, there is always the risk that live downed wires are present.     Original blog post on ActiveRain: Link to Blog Post

Jughandles – A New Definition

Jughandles – A New Definition

I bet you thought jughandles were attached to jugs or pitchers so you could lift them and pour.  And that’s still true.

But I’ve learned that in New Jersey the term jughande is also used to describe a loop in the road system that controls traffic wanting to turn accross the oncoming traffic of the roadway.

Left turning vehicles are directed off on the right on a lane that veers away and circles to a stop sign in a road intersecting with the original highway. Drivers then turn on to that road and wait for the light to cross the highway.

These turns have a lot of individual variations from place to place, using existing roadways in established neighbourhoods or mathmatically precise back looping circles on new roadways. But most actually look like jug handles.


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WTF?…..They Stay There, Move Up, Slide Back and Eventually Creep Ahead.

WTF?…..They Stay There, Move Up, Slide Back and Eventually Creep Ahead.

I’ve got it. I finally figured it out.

Have you ever noticed when you’re traveling on a highway, the auto-route or even a turnpike, that there are drivers who you think are passing you but they take forever to do it?

They come up behind you, get in the outside left lane and then creep up to pass you. And they move up and slide back or just stay there for mile after mile. Eventually they creep ahead of you and cut over because there is some one else on their tail.

I’m in New Jersey this week for a wedding.   So I’ve been doing a lot of driving on these highways.  I’ve sort of half noted this behavior before but I’ve seen a lot of it this week and I’ve finally figured out what is going on.

Now we all drive to meet our clients, to show and open houses and to inspections.  We have to be mobile for our livelihood.  So driving skills and behavior observation of other drivers is important to us.  So important that we don’t actively think about it but we watch all the time.

We see things but maybe don’t think about it, but in this case I’ve realized what’s going on!  These drivers are passing on cruise control.

That’s right!  They don’t pull out, accelerate, pass you and get back in the lane again.  That’s the way we were taught to pass.  That’s the safe way.

They just leave it in cruise control and gradually creep past you at 60 to 70 miles an hour for mile after mile, basically an arms length away.

Do you think that’s a safe practice?  Just think about what can happen if one of the eight tires has a blowout, hits something or bottoms out in a pothole.  And that’s only the tires.

There are many other sudden mechanical breakdowns that can suddenly cause a sideways veer.


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