NACHI.TV releases all new, online video course: How to Perform Deck Inspections.

The How to Perform Deck Inspections online video course includes:
  • 42-minute online video;
  • 80 photos, diagrams and custom graphics;
  • 5 quizzes;
  • a 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
  • accreditations and state approvals.

The course covers the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Decks and Similar Structures
  • Decks Defined
  • Porches
  • Verandahs
  • Balconies
  • Patios
  • From the Ground Up
  • Deck Load
  • Footings and Posts
  • Wood Decay
  • Moisture and Wood Decay
  • The Pick Test
  • Support and Connections
  • Girders and Beams
  • Ledger Connections
  • Overhangs
  • Framing Around
  • Cantilevered Decks
  • Bracing
  • Connections and Fasteners
  • Posts and Rails
  • Guardrails and Supports
  • Decking
  • Board placement and Support
  • Stairs
  • Stringers, Risers and Treads
  • Lighting
  • Handrails
  • Electrical Receptacles
  • Receptacle Requirements
  • Weatherproof Receptacles
  • Other Considerations
  • Location and Egress

Take the online video course, How to Perform Deck Inspections now.

(NACHI.TV subscribers only)

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New inspection article: Tape Sampling for Mold Inspections

Tape sampling is a useful tool that can help a testing laboratory determine the species of mold that’s apparent during a mold inspection.  This information can be helpful when attacking the problem through mitigation.  Read about how to perform this easiest of tests, including when and where to sample, as  well as when not to sample, in Tape Sampling for Mold Inspections.