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Old 3/22/19, 7:55 PM
Michael Arce Michael Arce is offline
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Upon inspecting the foundation walls on the outside on the of the property, I noted a horizontal crack that ran from one side of the wall to the other. This could be caused by pressure on the outside on the foundation or possibly improper back-filling in the rear of the house.

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Old 3/22/19, 8:09 PM
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I learned that crawlspaces host a large number of hazardous and harmful conditions for inspectors. It is very important that you have the right equipment if one was to enter. Being the crawlspaces are mostly unmonitored. An inspector runs a risk of running into mold, fungus, loose wiring and pest such as termites, ants, snakes and rodents that may carry pathogens.

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Old 3/22/19, 10:34 PM
Laurent Benattar Laurent Benattar is offline
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Research & Writing Assignment:

The illustration titled Plate Bending' depicts a telescoping support post with it's support plate bending under the pressure of the beam that it is supporting. This suggests that the beam, is inadequately supported and would require more posts to support it properly. To determine the adequate support, we recommend that a qualified contractor carry out the necessary work.

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Old 3/23/19, 12:58 PM
chris sanderson chris sanderson is offline
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In the crawlspace the floor joist are supported by 2x6 bracing in between the columns. The 2x6 braces are scabbed together with 4x4's and rocks that act as a make shift foundation. The inspector recommends that the floor structure be re-evaluated by a qualified professional.

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Old 3/23/19, 1:19 PM
chris sanderson chris sanderson is offline
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Soils and Settlement - The soil that supports the load of a structure should have the proper Moisture and Density control to make the soil stable and not have settlement. Many engineering specifications state that a structure shall be placed on undisturbed soils. Soils that need to be compacted such as those on hill sides should be compacted with the same consolidation methods and water rates, or they can have differential settling.

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Old 3/23/19, 1:50 PM
Loren Pickerill Loren Pickerill is offline
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This shows a crack near the top of a door opening indicating some settelling in the structure. The door opens and closes OK. This is on a 2nd story bedroom. There is also some uneven floor surfaces. This was the only crack noticed in the walls on the interior.

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Old 3/23/19, 2:41 PM
Loren Pickerill Loren Pickerill is offline
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I studied a picture from illustration library of a floor joist cut too short. When a floor joist is cut too short to rest on its supporting member it is a structural defect. This must be reported in your inspection report.

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Old 3/23/19, 3:11 PM
Tony Kermis Tony Kermis is offline
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Multiple large cracks were noted at the brick siding and foundation along the left side of the home. This is evidence of structural movement. Proper repairs are needed to ensure continual cracking and/or movement and moisture penetration does not occur. Contact a licensed qualified structural engineer who specializes in residential dwellings to further evaluate and recommend appropriate repairs.

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Old 3/23/19, 6:09 PM
Jhonatan Pinzon Jhonatan Pinzon is offline
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After reading an essay I learned about an air pollution control device knows as a baghouse, which is designed to filter dust and other particles from contaminating the air that goes into commercial and industrial facilities. A baghouse works by getting air in and through filter bags it goes through to going out as clean air all while leaving the contamination part inside to accumulate, which is a part that must be cleaned out. The baghouse efficiency can also be affected by the temperature of the gas, pressure drop, and gas flow rate. Inspections of these devices supersede the interNACHIs commercial standards of practice and therefore, commercial property inspectors are in a better position to inspect these devices.

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Old 3/23/19, 7:10 PM
Jhonatan Pinzon Jhonatan Pinzon is offline
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The driveway has cracked and it now a piece that has chipped off from it. This happens when cold temperatures are reached that cause it to chip or could be a sign of settlement if and only if more cracking has been found on the walls of the home. The home inspector recommends a licensed contractor for further evaluation.

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Old 3/23/19, 9:30 PM
Colton Beckley, 33475 Colton Beckley, 33475 is offline
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this image is showing siding that is very close to the grading of the ground level. this siding should be at least 6 inches above the grading level to prevent moisture intrusion. this should be noted as a defect in the report and recommend repair or evaluation by a qualified professional.

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Old 3/23/19, 9:32 PM
Ronald Muscarella Ronald Muscarella is offline
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During the inspection of the site 2 transverse cracks were observed at the right side of the driveway slab, approximately (6) six feet apart and migrated to an expansion joint and differential settlement at. The section of slab is at a curved portion of the drive way. The first crack is approximately (1) one foot in length and is where the differential settlement exist. The second crack is approximately (5) feet in length, no differential settlement was observed at this location. In addition, a lawn sprinkler head was observed next to the slab edge at the first, shorter, crack. Based upon observation the cracks may have been caused by improper subgrade compaction in addition to saturated condition from the lawn sprinkler. At this time would recommend a contractor reviews this condition.

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Old 3/23/19, 9:34 PM
Colton Beckley, 33475 Colton Beckley, 33475 is offline
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I chose an image showing tree roots affecting the foundation wall. trees planted too close to the foundation may affect the foundation walls. the tree roots can push against the foundation causing horizontal cracks in the foundation which could lead to the walls bowing in. this should be noted as a defect as far as structural and water intrusion into the foundation walls.

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Old 3/23/19, 10:21 PM
David Curtis David Curtis is online now
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This is a very small crack that has formed right down the middle of a very large (about 7' wide) window opening. Based on its location, it's most likely a result of expansion and contraction and there is evidence that it's been attempted to be fixed in the past. Expansion and contraction cracks are not a concern, but I would recommend monitoring the crack to be sure it doesn't increase in size over time.

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Old 3/23/19, 10:36 PM
David Curtis David Curtis is online now
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Balloon framing is an older framing technique that was primarily used when long length lumber was much more available. The idea behind balloon framing is the use of long studs that run all the way from the sill to the eave of the house. There has been some revitalization in balloon framing with the advent of long-length metal studs. Some advantages include the ability to run electrical throughout the walls for electricians. Drawbacks include the ability for a potential fire to climb from the main floor of the house up to the second. There were also differences in expansion between the long-length studs running along the outer walls of the house vs. the inner partition walls that are not as long.

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