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Old 8/14/18, 2:09 PM
Elijah Smith Elijah Smith is offline
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The image that I have uploaded for this essay is showing the chimney with a rubber version of step flashing. From the vantage point it looks like the step flashing is properly installed into the mortar joints of the bricks. Which is a preferred method of installation method.

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Old 8/14/18, 2:17 PM
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I wanted to address the exterior wall construction process and the products and materials that go into its construction. The first part is the bones of the home, the framing members of the house. On top of them the sheathing is attached as the last stage of protection from intrusion of outside elements. Over this is the flashing then the house wrap to guide any water that enters to this point to the flashing to roll off of the building structure. The first stage is attached to the house structure is the siding which is the first stage of water sheading. the image used for this essay is "https://www.nachi.org/gallery/?level=picture&id=819".

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Old 8/14/18, 2:55 PM
Isaac Jaramillo Isaac Jaramillo is offline
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This is a picture of the down stairs guard rail. Guard rails should be constructed so adults don't fall over them, or for children to not crawl through them. Guard rails should not be over 4 inches in diameter. This guard rail is over 4 inches would recommend to repair or replace.

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Old 8/14/18, 3:05 PM
Isaac Jaramillo Isaac Jaramillo is offline
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Handrails on stairs are important. Any stairs that have a riser of four or more steps should have a graspable handrail. The handrail height should not be more than 34 inches to 38 inches higher then the rise of the steps.

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Old 8/14/18, 6:00 PM
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The attached picture is of the side of a house with a bring veneer. There are several issue with the picture. There is negative grading going towards the house. This can cause water damage to the foundation and basement walls. There is also no splash block where the downspout is hitting the concrete.

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Old 8/14/18, 6:02 PM
Daniel Gaul Daniel Gaul is offline
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"Kickout Flashing" This article talks about a specific type of flashing seen on rooves. This type is used when roofing materials intersect with wall materials. The purpose is to move the water on the roof away from the wall and into the gutter. If these are missing, water can penetrate when the roof meets the wall and cause damage.

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Old 8/14/18, 8:45 PM
John Speicher John Speicher is offline
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Shown in the picture is a short section of deck railing that meets code requirements. The main rails are fastened securely to the porch post. The top of the railing is at 36. The spindle spacing is not more than 4.

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Old 8/14/18, 8:56 PM
Cezar Garcia Cezar Garcia is offline
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This is a picture of the base of an outdoor kitchen. As you can see there is evidence of water pooling in the area because the drainage line is filled with debris. Because the wood base of the counter is directly touching the pavers, you can see where the water has wicked up into the wood and is starting to rot the toe kick area. I recommend that the drain line be cleared of debris so that the water can drain quickly. I would also recommend that the counter be lifted onto concrete base to avoid further water damage.

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Old 8/14/18, 9:05 PM
Cezar Garcia Cezar Garcia is offline
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I just completed the course on inspecting the exterior. I learned that water damage is the primary concern with regard to the exterior.

The following are common building-related sources of water intrusion:

- windows and doors: Check for leaks around your windows, storefront systems and doors.

- roof: Improper drainage systems and roof sloping reduce roof life and become a primary source of moisture intrusion. Leaks are also common around vents for exhaust or plumbing, rooftop air-conditioning units, or other specialized equipment.

- foundation and exterior walls: Seal any cracks and holes in exterior walls, joints and foundations. These often develop as a naturally occurring byproduct of differential soil settlement.

- plumbing: Check for leaking plumbing fixtures, dripping pipes (including fire sprinkler systems), clogged drains (both interior and exterior), defective water drainage systems and damaged manufacturing equipment.

- ventilation, heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems: Numerous types, some very sophisticated, are a crucial component to maintaining a healthy, comfortable work environment.

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Old 8/14/18, 11:12 PM
Joseph Keate Joseph Keate is offline
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This photo shows hardboard siding touching a concrete surface. This condition could allow rainwater to wick up into the siding and then into the OSB sheathing, which could cause moisture intrusion into the structure. All siding should be at least 6" above grade.

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Old 8/14/18, 11:17 PM
Joseph Keate Joseph Keate is offline
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A foreclosure is a process by which a homeowner loses their property, usually to a lender or local government, for failure to pay agreed-upon taxes, payments or fees. In summary, unpaid taxes, mortgage payments and/or HOA fees can result in a property foreclosure, and the process by which this can take place varies by region and circumstance.

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