Today’s inspection, Empire, Colorado at 9,200 ft. elevation. The drive there took an hour, all above 8000 ft, right after three blizzards in a week and a half.
The first picture is at about treeline, more or less 10,000 ft., wind howling. That’s snow blowing along about a foot above the road surface.
The second picture was the happy prospect of checking the service panel of a home, mostly homeowner-built… clueless homeowner-built… while standing in 18" of christalized water.
The little pile of snow on top of the service panel covered an ice-plug that filled a open knock-out. Original part of the home built in 1897.
A half hour into the inspection fire trucks and ambulences began racing by and kept racing by for about 40 minutes. An avalanche 20 minutes up the highway (Colorado 40, Berthoud Pass) buried 3 cars and swept one down the hillside. The client’s husband would have been there but he worked at the mine, which was cut off from the outside world by the slide.
Wind 15-25, gusting to 40, 25 degrees F.
Oh, that last one is Nederland, from which I left for the inspection this morning. Up until recently, the NACHI HQ was just to the left of that second telephone pole viewed straight up the road.
Comes out of the wall below the panel and then disappears into the snow. What’s it connected to? Probably a driven rod chopped off at 2 or 3 feet because they hit rock.
I disclaim it, Paul. I just tell them what I can see. You see those black wires sticking out of the box in this photo from the crawlspace? Those were energized. Photo taken in a crawlspace pit the seller had dug to house the furnace and the water heater… and undermined the foundation in the process. That’s the lower edge of the footing you see in the lower right of the picture.
Takes a lot of brains to dig a trench next to a footing…
I (myself) sort of miss the snow. Today was in the 60’s in Massachusetts. We broke all sorts of weather related recordstoday. I was actually sweating a bit today while playing with the kids in the yard.