New inspection article: Inspecting Residential Interior Doors

Interior doors in homes are often given little consideration as to their construction, especially when builders feel compelled to save money any way they can.  But inspecting them for specific conditions, such as installation and operability, can help make a big difference in the overall quality of the home.  Read Certified Master Inspector® Aaron Miller’s article reflecting his 40 years of on-the-job observations inspecting homes in his new article, Inspecting Residential Interior Doors.

New inspection article: Inspecting Brick Veneer in Residential Construction

Brick is one of the sturdiest and time-tested building materials available.  It also requires specific installation techniques and maintenance in order to perform effectively.  Read Certified Master Inspector® Aaron Miller’s article reflecting his 40 years of on-the-job observations of the many challenges involved in inspecting brick veneer in the new article:  Inspecting Brick Veneer in Residential Construction.

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)

New article: Concrete for Exterior and Structural Walls

Typical wood-frame homes may be less expensive and quicker to construct compared to other types, but their ability to withstand environmental threats can pale in comparison to homes that are constructed using insulated concrete forms for their structural components.  Read about the pros and cons of using these two standard construction methods, and why ICFs may come out on top, in Concrete for Exterior and Structural Walls.