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Old 3/14/19, 7:49 PM
Tim Mcarthur Tim Mcarthur is offline
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Inspection of sagging beam

What I have leaned form reviewing the image of a sagging beam is that you can not always depend on level to indicate a sagging beam. you must perform a visual inspection of the beam from all sides.

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Old 3/14/19, 8:19 PM
Trent Owens Trent Owens is offline
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For this assignment, I decided to check the outside masonry. I found what seems to be a settlement crack between the window framing and the masonry work.This crack is only approximately an eighth of an inch wide and is uniform the entire length of the crack. This crack shows no sign of ongoing movement and may actually in fact be caused from shrinkage.

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Old 3/14/19, 8:40 PM
Matthew Rasmussen Matthew Rasmussen is offline
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This photo is of an existing horizontal crack that someone tried to repair and paint over. This settlement is still active because it continues to show after the patch job. The downspout also terminated too close to the foundation and could cause moisture intrusion.

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Old 3/14/19, 8:44 PM
Matthew Rasmussen Matthew Rasmussen is offline
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I chose the illustration of downspout extension. The illustration is important because way too often I see improper termination of downspouts. It is very common and is a somewhat simple fix that doesnt take place. It is recommended that downspouts terminate 4 to 6 feet away from the structure.

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Old 3/14/19, 8:48 PM
Trent Owens Trent Owens is offline
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For this assignment,I chose the article "Structural Design Foundations" A residential construction foundation will consist of a footing, slab,wall,pile, pier or possibly a combination of these. There are 7 types of foundations. They are, crawlspace,basement,slab on grade, monolithic slab, piles,piers, and other possible methods. Concerning residential foundation materials,the most common are concrete block,preservative treated wood,and pre-cast concrete.

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Old 3/14/19, 9:16 PM
Ronald Farrell Ronald Farrell is offline
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I read the article on structural design of wood framing for inspectors. The article was helpful for understanding the design concepts involved with wood framed structures. The terminology is very important for describing the conditions encountered during inspections of wood framed structures.

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Old 3/14/19, 9:57 PM
Jason Rowles Jason Rowles is offline
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Inspection & Writing Assignment:

I observed the property foundation to be cracking in areas, I photographed the rear left corner and window showing cracks in the corner and the concrete starting to break under the basement window. Recommendation: Contact certified mason expert for repairs and maintenance to foundation walls

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Old 3/14/19, 10:17 PM
Jason Rowles Jason Rowles is offline
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While we all want to proclaim ourselves as experts there are a few things to keep in mind or might be creating a world of trouble for yourself.

When you use the word Expert you are creating a sense that you know everything there is to know about home inspections, then you go through a home and accidently miss something, now the client is trying to sue your company because you claimed to be an expert. 9 times out of 10 the home owner is going to win.

In order to minimize damages in court avoid using the term expert and try to use something else like experienced or knowledgeable, these terms hold less weight in court.

Declaring yourself an expert in the field will possibly imply that an unspoken warranty is in place in case of accidents that can cause homeowners thousands of dollars.

In conclusion, always make sure you cover yourself. Dont claim to be an expert if you or your company cant back it up, its not a bad thing to be new just dont over stretch your abilities and try to convince people youre something that youre not. Experience comes with time.

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Old 3/15/19, 1:59 AM
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This photograph shows a picture of marble flooring. The marble flooring measures approximately ten inches by ten inches and is each piece square shaped. Marble tile is a natural floor surface covering that is quarried from mountains around the world. Prized for its beauty, style, and elegance, this material has graced the palaces of kings and queens for centuries, making it an upscale, luxurious option for interiors. However there are some serious drawbacks and maintenance concerns that come with the installation of these floors, that need to be understood before a purchasing choice is made.
The biggest advantage of marble floor tile is that it can instantly elevate the appearance of a space, giving it a regal bearing that is hard to imitate. At the same time marble is available in multiple colors, and even in stunning multicolor mixes, providing flexible options for a variety of decorative schemes. Tiles can also be cut to rectangles, and triangles of varying sizes, in order to create complex mosaic piece installations. Because it is a product of the earth, every single piece of marble tile used in every single floor is a one of a kind, and there is no other like it anywhere in the world. In the case of multi colors this can be quite extreme, with distinct features blaring forth from every tile. With more solid colored looks the shifts and changes will be much more subtle and subdued, but still present, making your floor stand out with its own personality.
The look of a marble floor can bring the stunning power and dignity of a flowing mountain range into an interior space. Even if the material is heavily refined, the inherent feel and presence of its energy can have a potent effect, injecting an environment with trembling energy and awe, while also connecting it to the greater outside world. Artists have treasured marble for centuries because it has a natural translucent property that allows light to penetrate through it slightly. This can make a statue, or even floor tiles seem to almost glow when the sun hits them just right. The illuminated effect is much more pronounced in white and lighter colored materials.
Unlike most natural stones, marble is able to take a very high polish, getting silky smooth and shimmering when treated properly. This is a look of sophistication and glamor, that evokes the highest sense of elegance in a space. Its also a truly distinct look, which can make a difference when trying to create a flooring installation that really stands out. Marble is a great conductor of heat, making it eligible for a variety of below surface radiant heating systems to be installed. This can infuse the tiles beneath your feet with a rush of cozy warmth that can be thrilling, especially on cold wintry mornings.

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Old 3/15/19, 2:32 AM
Steven Rad Steven Rad is offline
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I decided to write an essay on what I learned from the article Ant Inspection. According to the article ants are the most prevalent pests in household, restaurants, and in building in general. Ants, especially, carpenter ants can cause significant building damage.
I learned a lot of fascinating information from the article such as the following: Ants are social insects that live in colonies divided into three castes: queens, males and workers. Most of the ants you may observe, which are responsible for gathering food, are sterile female workers. Winged males and females will leave the nest to mate, and to find suitable locations for new colonies. After mating, the males die and the impregnated females (queens) shed their wings and lay eggs that will hatch into the legless, grub-like larvae. The queen takes care of these larvae as they develop until they finally become pupae. Within a few weeks, adult worker ants emerge from these pupae and take over the job of tending the young.
The article also describes how to distinguish from ants from termites. According to the article winged ants are often mistaken for winged termites, which also leave their nests to mate. These insects can be distinguished from one another by three main characteristics:
The ants body is constricted, giving it the appearance of having a thin waist, while the termites body is not constricted.
The ants hind wings are smaller than its front wings, while the termites front and hind wings are about the same size. Wings might not always be present, however, as both species eventually lose them.
Also, according to the article a number of steps can be taken by homeowners to reduce the potential for future ant problems, such as:
Store food items that attract ants, such as sugar, syrup, honey, and pet food in closed containers. Wash them to remove residues from outer surfaces.
Rinse out empty soft drink containers or remove them from the building.
Thoroughly clean up grease and spills.
Remove garbage from buildings daily and change liners frequently.
Correct roof and plumbing leaks and other moisture problems that will attract ants.
Eliminate wood-to-ground contact, such as where landscaping has pushed soil or mulch up against the wood siding of a home.
Clip back tree limbs and vegetation touching the roof or siding of the house. Limbs and branches serve as bridges between tree limb nests and the structure.
Seal cracks and openings in the foundation, especially where utility pipes and wires enter from the outside.
Stack firewood away from the foundation, and elevate it off the ground. Never store firewood in the garage or other areas of the home, as firewood is a major ant nesting area.
In summary, according to the article ants are complex creatures that create structural defects in buildings. Inspection and exclusion techniques should be practiced.

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Old 3/15/19, 9:36 AM
Nick Coyazo Nick Coyazo is offline
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Inspection & Writing Assignment:

There are several boards on the deck that show signs of wood rot. Inspector recommends replacing the rotten boards on the deck. There are also four spindle that are broken. The railing on the deck is loose. Inspector recommends securing the railing on the deck.

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Old 3/15/19, 10:10 AM
Nick Coyazo Nick Coyazo is offline
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The window above the rear of the home shows signs of water penetration. Inspector was able to use the infrared camera to confirm water was inside the window frame. Inspector recommends replacing damaged wood rot. Prime, paint, and seal after new wood is attached.

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Old 3/15/19, 4:45 PM
James R. Carter James R. Carter is offline
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Inspection & Writing Assignment:

This image shows the front corner of a house that is showing signs of movement. The house sets on a slope that sits 30 feet above the street. There is improper drainage in the area, signs of hillside erosion, and based on these and other cracks in the structure, movement of the foundation.These conditions must be noted and considered in the report.

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Old 3/15/19, 5:51 PM
Christopher McKesson Christopher McKesson is offline
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After reading "Structural Design Concepts for the Building Inspector" I have learned the many factors that work together to determine a design needed to withstand the different forces, e.g gravity, wind uplift forces. The different load orientations, vertical or lateral that come to bear on a structure. It is very important to consider all of these factors when designing a structure to withstand needed loads.

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Old 3/15/19, 6:05 PM
James R. Carter James R. Carter is offline
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The article, Structural Design Basics of Residential Construction for the Home Inspector, describes the structural designs of home building. Beginning with the historical designs of post and beam and balloon, to the modern approach of platform framing. It is important for inspectors to know how buildings are constructed, so that they can identify systems and what part they play in the overall structure design and performance. Also, a better understanding of how these structures can be effected by by natural, environmental, or inadequate building, help the inspector to identify and report issues.

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