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Old 12/13/17, 5:35 PM
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This thread is dedicated exclusively for those students currently enrolled in the InterNACHI course titled, "How Perform a Garage Inspection Course."

Upon successful completion of this 4-hour course, the student will be able to:
  • inspect the various components of a residential garage;
  • identify the components of a residential garage;
  • understand how the various safety components and procedures function and perform;
  • describe to clients defects observed at a residential garage inspection.

And, in keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this course is open and free to all members, and can be taken again and again, without limit.

Students are free to pose questions and comments here and join in the conversation with other students. The thread will be monitored by the course instructor.

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Old 12/15/17, 2:44 PM
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In this garage there was a 120V circuit, however, it was not GFCI protected. It is a recommendation in my area that all out dated garage or exterior outlets be updated to GFCIs. It is also recommended a licensed electrician perform the update.

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Old 12/15/17, 2:48 PM
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A garage firewall is understood to be composed of drywall at least 1/2" in thickness on walls and 5/8" X on ceilings above living spaces. However, on almost all inspections the thickness of the drywall will be difficult to determine.

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Old 12/15/17, 6:14 PM
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In the attached picture, the trim between the two overhead doors on the exterior has damage from moisture along the bottom third. I commonly see this and treat it as general maintenance as long as there is no9 framing dmage.

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Old 12/15/17, 6:18 PM
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I chose to read the article on garage inspection. It mentioned improper bearing point issues such as deck screws being used at the truss hangers, nails bent over, and plywood gussets on the trusses which suggests alterations have been done.

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Old 12/16/17, 12:43 PM
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The firewall from the garage to the home was compromised by having the dryer exhaust terminate in the garage. Modern safety standards dictate that there should be a fire rated wall between the living space of the home and the garage. The inspector recommends that correction be done by a qualified contractor.

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Old 12/16/17, 1:15 PM
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There was a mud room/ laundry room off the garage. The washing machine was connected to a non GFCI rated receptacle and was in close proximity to a water source. All outlets in a garage, laundry room, bathroom, kitchen or unfinished basement must be GFCI protected to avoid a shock hazard. Recommend licensed electrical contractor to repair as necessary.

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Old 12/16/17, 1:31 PM
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It is important to keep gutters clean and free of leaves and debris.Gutters are designed to divert the flow of water off the roof and away from the foundation. It is essential to have the gutters cleaned regularly or as needed basis namely at the end of the fall in the beginning of summer.

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Old 12/16/17, 2:32 PM
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Garage inspection article
Trusses should not be altered without an engineers approval . Trusses should bear on a wall and and not hoist hangers. SIf joist hangers are used the should be the appropriate size and attached with the appropriate fasteners (not screws).

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Old 12/17/17, 1:38 PM
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On a recent mentored inspection I came across a supply register from the first floor heating system in the garage wall,the seller argued that it had a fire damper installed and was therefore legal.I explained that the reason they are not allowed was for transmission of fumes from the garage to the living space such as carbon monoxide,gas fumes from a lawn mower or spill in the garage.As in this course,the living space system can not supply or return air to or from the garage for the reasons I stated.My mentor informed him that I was correct and recommended that it be removed and the hole be fire stopped.

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Old 12/17/17, 1:57 PM
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Inspection Reports: Present or Past Tense?As a new inspector I have noticed that some of the other new guys do their reports while they inspect with handheld devices and most do the report in present tense.I agree that it should be past tense,it gives the impression that what we report was actually done before the report was written.As a contractor all of our proposals were written in present and even future by explaining what we were going to do as apposed to what we have already completed.My reports are in past tense.

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Old 12/17/17, 9:21 PM
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The garage ceiling was damaged under the area of the master bathroom. Since there is a living space above, the drywall should be at least 5/8 inch thick to help reduce the spread of fire. Recommend evaluation and repair as necessary.
The seams between drywall sections should also be better joined to increase the safety.

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Old 12/17/17, 9:30 PM
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C.L.U.E. stands for "Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange" and it is a database of claims that enables insurance companies to access consumer claims information when they are underwriting or rating an insurance policy. It stores data for the past 5 years. It is valuable because if informs buyers and insurance companies of risks and claim history.

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Old 12/18/17, 9:35 AM
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A cover plate was missing from the wall switch receptacle. Access to exposed electric components easily accessible. Electrical issues are considered a safety concern. I recommend having a qualified licensed electrician evaluate and install new cover plates per standard practices

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Old 12/18/17, 9:40 AM
Joshua R. Engquist, 2802-106 Joshua R. Engquist, 2802-106 is offline
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russes cannot be altered in any way without the approval of a structural engineer. When you see plywood gussets added at truss connections like these triangular gussets, then an alteration of some sort has obviously been made and you have to recommend evaluation by a structural engineer.

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