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Old 9/19/18, 10:04 AM
Travis Howell Travis Howell is online now
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Inspection & Writing Assignment:

Take an image of any system or component that is covered within this course. The component can be in good condition or it may have a defect. You must write a short essay describing your image. The essay must be at least 40 words. You will submit your essay in the box that is titled Your Essay. Once you submit your essay it will automatically be marked as complete and submitted to the course forum.

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Old 9/19/18, 10:05 AM
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For example, you could take a picture of a railing and write about how it works. This will be your essay. This assignment is very similar to what a home inspector does during a home inspection--performing an inspection, taking inspection images, making observations, evaluating, writing notes, formulating opinions, and communicating observations in written form.

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Old 9/19/18, 1:48 PM
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It is imperative that decking posts do not come into contact with moisture. The decay of wood will progress to further deterioration and only worsens over time. Roof gutters should never terminate next to deck post due to water runoff coming into contact with wood. The ledger board should be properly fitted with flashing and counter flashing and all fasteners should be corrosion resistance.

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Old 9/19/18, 6:27 PM
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When attaching the deck onto the ledger board, it is imperative to use lag screws or through bolts to ensure proper anchoring. Any type of nail or toe-nail is strictly not permitted. All fasteners must be corrosion resistant. It is also important to use fasteners that are designed for shear strength. This is often times found in stainless steel fasteners.

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Old 9/20/18, 5:26 PM
MICHAEL MORRIS MICHAEL MORRIS is offline
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In this image we have a deck that is attached to the house. The posts are mounted correctly on a concrete footer. the footer is 12 inches deep. The balusters are installed properly and the gap is less than 4 inches. This deck is also properly attached to the house using correct lag bolts.

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Old 9/20/18, 5:50 PM
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There are more than 2 million decks built and replaced each year in the United States. It is estimated out of the 45 million existing decks, only 40% are completely safe. 90% of deck collapses occur from being poorly fastened to the house. The summer time is when most deck collapses happen and when decks were occupied or under a heavy snow load.

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Old 9/21/18, 12:24 PM
Chris Krauth, CPI Chris Krauth, CPI is offline
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This photo. Shows the raised deck on the dwelling. The balusters, posts and handrails are all of wood construction, and the decking has been replaced with a composite type material. As can be seen by the tape measure in the photo, the balusters are properly spaced so as to not allow the passage of a 4" sphere. Also of note is the spacing between the deck boards. The boards were not properly spaced and butted up tightly against each other, which could cause water to pond on top of the decking. This should be repaired by a competent professional to lengthen the life of the decking system.

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Old 9/21/18, 12:47 PM
Chris Krauth, CPI Chris Krauth, CPI is offline
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"Deck Receptacles" - In 2008, the NEC was changed to require at least one outdoor receptacle inside a deck, balcony, or porch. Previously the code only required one receptacle on the rear and one on the front of the home. Inspectors should be aware of this change when inspecting the exterior of homes and decks, patios or balconies. This change was made to help increase the safety of these areas by decreasing the need for extension cords to power outdoor appliances. These receptacles should be covered by a weatherproof enclosure and be supported by and sealed (with caulk or something similar) to the supporting structure. Missing receptacles at these areas should be noted as safety issues.

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Old 9/22/18, 8:07 PM
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This picture is from a build around 2016. I thought it was considered a deck. Now after watching these videos, Im not sure what it would be called. One side has a covering like a Verandah and the other portion is open like a deck. Ive come to a conclusion, it will be my Verdeck.

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Old 9/22/18, 8:16 PM
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This essay is on Deck Recepticles. After watching these series of videos and reading this article,Im seeing the need for an outside receptacle. Thinking back l, Ive seen plenty of extension cords ran through door ways to an outside deck and never gave it the concern it truly needed.

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Old 9/23/18, 7:47 PM
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This topic hit home. I was doing work on a clients home when notice that one of the house that was lifted by a storm chaser was unsafe in terms of the post and bolts and brackets. Etc The post are not treated painted and cut notched.

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Old 9/23/18, 7:55 PM
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overloading. This can occur when the wire gauge is not sufficient to carry the electrical load; This is also what i saw on a contractor job last week the deck/common porch is very high supported with 2 4x4 post that are not treated the code inspector just had the builder address the rail and spacing issues. nothing else was checked

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Old 9/25/18, 12:50 PM
Thomas G. Edwards Thomas G. Edwards is offline
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This is essay is titled "deck is only resting on a loose block" Walk on the deck and it is solid. Walk on the stairs and they are fine. Take a look underneath and there appear to be posts. But this deck was being held up by a loose block. Any lateral movement could cause that block to slide out and the entire deck could collapse. I don't think we know how close to catastrophe we are.

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Old 9/25/18, 12:56 PM
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Essay on Girder Post Connection from the Image Library: This is one of the most common faults I see now, that I never knew was a fault. I would estimate that more than 1/2 of the deck girders I see are only held in place by bolts. This was my eye opener to better understand correct deck building techniques

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Old 9/25/18, 2:54 PM
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Decks can be a beautiful addition to any home. The key to a great addition is to ensure that the deck is properly built and supported. If a deck is not properly constructed it could lead to injury or even death of the homeowner or one of their guests. The photo attached shows how a deck could add to the appeal of a home.

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