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Old 9/3/18, 3:43 PM
Elton L. Wissner, III Elton L. Wissner, III is offline
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Evidence of water penetration around chimney in several locations in attic space. Counter flashing and the step flashings had been damaged and caulking was separating where the roofing intersects the chimney. It is recommended to properly repair or replace flashings as needed and to caulk completely.

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Old 9/3/18, 3:51 PM
Jaime Flores, TREC 22981 Jaime Flores, TREC 22981 is offline
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Due to the region that we are in at times some items are not common to come across and inspect on a regular basis. Such is the case with fireplaces and it's components. Upon one inspection of a pre-manufactured fireplace the hearth extension came into question and some more investigating had to be done as to the manufactures recommendation for its installation and build. I relied and referenced that material in my report since typical explanations are usually of the masonry built diagram and reference.

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Old 9/3/18, 4:00 PM
Elton L. Wissner, III Elton L. Wissner, III is offline
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Most consumers do not realize the weight of the chimney and its attaching components. They also take for granted the how vulnerable that they are to collapsing. Chimneys should be inspected for mortar failure, insufficient lateral support, improper footings, soil erosion, expansive soils, frost heaves. A regular inspection may prevent failure of the chimney and possible injury.

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Old 9/3/18, 4:54 PM
Robert Fulks Robert Fulks is offline
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in this photo a crack is clearly visible in the brick veneer above the fireplace opening,and just below the mantle. a crack in this area prompted a closer inspection of the lintel supporting this masonary..the steel angl-iron lintel was solid ,intact and properly installed.this crack is a minor concern.

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Old 9/3/18, 8:45 PM
Jessie Shpeley Jessie Shpeley is offline
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This picture is of a flue liner
Flue liners allow the smoke and hazardous chemicals to pass through the house and out the chimney.
This Flue liner is a major defect it has multiple separations in it and should be changed out.
This poses a serious risk of releasing harmful chemicals into the house hold and fire hazard
I would recommend the homeowner to get it professionally taken care of and not use the fireplace

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Old 9/3/18, 9:00 PM
Jessie Shpeley Jessie Shpeley is offline
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I chose the article Fireplace Fuel

In this article I learn that there is a lot more to burning wood in a fireplace then just throwing any kind in.
It is very important to make sure you use dry seasoned wood, which allows of a cleaner more efficient burn.
Never use wood that has harmful chemicals in it, as it may release harmful chemicals and toxins in your home or outside air.
Not using the proper fuel for your fireplace can have extreme health hazards, it also can cause damage to your home and fireplace.

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Old 9/3/18, 9:30 PM
Parker Daughhetee, III Parker Daughhetee, III is offline
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Inspection & Writing Assignment:

In this photo you can notice a couple things. Number 1 the trim board on the left is twisting and the topside edge is most likely not sealed thereby allowing moisture to penetrate behind. Number 2, a visible chimney and rain cap are installed.

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Old 9/3/18, 9:35 PM
Parker Daughhetee, III Parker Daughhetee, III is offline
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While inspecting a chimney it is important to look closely at the crown for visible cracks, inspect the brick and mortar for spalling and displacement of the brick. Make sure the rain cap and chimney cap are secured and use caution if close to the edge of the roof.

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Old 9/3/18, 9:51 PM
Alfonso Vacchio Alfonso Vacchio is offline
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The chimney has no defects noted, the brick is in good condition and rises above roof line to a level that would allow exhaust gases to vent the home properly. This chimney only serves for exhaust of a boiler and hot water heater.

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Old 9/3/18, 10:01 PM
Alfonso Vacchio Alfonso Vacchio is offline
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While doing an inspection of a circuit breaker box I am looking for any double tapped circuit breakers which is 2 wires connected on one breaker unless the circuit breaker is approved for use with more than one wire connection.

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Old 9/3/18, 11:58 PM
Jeff Wise Jeff Wise is offline
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The photo shows a chimney that is greater than 30 inches in width and no cricket has been installed to divert water away from the base of the chimney. This area is prone to water intrusion and can result in wood rot and a decrease in structural integrity of the surrounding framing material.

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Old 9/4/18, 12:12 AM
Jeff Wise Jeff Wise is offline
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Flashing is a crucial component when it comes to eliminating moisture intrusions in and around chimneys. All chimneys should have head, counter, step and apron flashing correctly installed where roof areas meet the exterior surfaces of chimneys. It is important that counter flashing is embedded or attached no less than 1 inch into the mortar joint. In addition to the four types of flashing, any chimneys with a width greater than 30 inches should have a cricket installed on the adjacent upper-side roof surface.

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Old 9/4/18, 9:15 AM
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development disallows the installation or use of ventless fireplaces in HUD housing. The HUD Handbook (7485.2) states the following:

(1) Individual Gas or Oil Heaters. Individual gas and oil heaters shall be connected to an approved vent, flue or chimney, and shall have adequate air supply for complete fuel combustion. Heaters shall be protected to prevent unsafe human contact or fires and have clearances around them. Floors beneath equipment shall be protected against fire and deterioration. Screening shall not minimize required ventilation to the space heater. When provided new or replaced, individual controls or units shall not be positioned near the floor, especially in elderly projects or in units for the handicapped.

(2) Open Flame Heaters. Open flame radiant space heaters shall not be used.

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Old 9/4/18, 9:24 AM
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Research & Writing Assignment:

based on the linked image from the nachi gallery the chimney is incorrectly identified as being two feet abobe the roof ridge
the art department should correct this image as new inspectors may not know this is actually a defective image as are many of the nachi graphics


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Old 9/4/18, 12:10 PM
Jarad Reddoor Jarad Reddoor is offline
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Step flashing on chimney is incorrectly installed and also failing. step flashing must be sealed under roof shingles so that there is a water tight bond between the two. If not properly installed water will penetrate and could damage wood, insulation, and other components of the home.

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