@ the OP,
If I said anything that offended you or implied that you are not competent inspector, I offer my sincere apology.
My comment expressed surprise that no one else had mentioned the lack of a chimney cap. I routinely see other inspectors pointing out deficiencies in photos that have nothing to do with the thread. Very common at this forum. I in no way meant to imply that the OP was not capable of performing his own inspection. Apparently, that is what you chose to assume.
“I suspect the OP noted the lack of rain cap.”
I suspect so as well. I was surprised that no one had commented on it. Tangential observations from photos are pretty common at this forum, from what I have seen.
“We answered the question the OP asked.”
No argument there, but straying from the thread seems to be common practice at this forum. Am I to be excluded from that freedom?
“How do you know how far the trees are from the house? BTW”
As you correctly imply, it is not possible to definitively tell how far the vegetation is from the house, but it is quite obvious from the photo that there is vegetation in contact with the deck, which is why I used the term “structure”, not “house”.
Gentlemen, I am here to learn, and offer comments to elicit responses that might expand my knowledge. I have become accustomed to having other forum members call out deficiencies in photos that have nothing to do with the thread, so when I saw no one had in this case, I tossed out a few comments to see if there were some aspect of the items cited on which my knowledge was less than complete.
Given the accusations of laziness and professional incompetency that routinely get hurled about by some at this forum, I am surprised that my relatively innocuous comments even made it onto your respective radars.