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Forum: Student Discussions 12/4/18, 3:44 PM
Replies: 1,345
Views: 18,851
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Research & Writing Assignment: Easy way to...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Easy way to conserve energy is to seal and insulate your attic hatch. Most attic hatches are in the ceiling to the attic and provide a chimney effect from the...
Forum: Student Discussions 12/4/18, 3:27 PM
Replies: 1,345
Views: 18,851
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Inspection & Writing Assignment: This is an...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

This is an image of a louver for an attic house hold fan that is located in the hallway of the foyer that has a ceiling height of 14'. This louver allows heat to...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/17/18, 3:27 PM
Replies: 2,859
Views: 58,378
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Research & Writing Assignment: The top of...

Research & Writing Assignment:

The top of the swimming pool barrier shall be at least 48 inches above grade measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. The...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/17/18, 3:20 PM
Replies: 2,859
Views: 58,378
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Most...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

Most devices and equipment serving pools or spas and the surrounding areas must be protected by ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices. This includes but...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/13/18, 12:00 PM
Replies: 819
Views: 8,339
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Research & Writing Assignment: One of the...

Research & Writing Assignment:

One of the essential tools every home owner should own is a plunger. A clogged sink or toilet is one of the most inconvenient household problems that you will face....
Forum: Student Discussions 8/13/18, 11:56 AM
Replies: 819
Views: 8,339
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Inspection & Writing Assignment: The cap...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

The cap covering a well may be a small part of the overall household water well system, but it is an extremely important one.

A properly installed well cap...
Forum: Student Discussions 7/17/18, 10:20 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 4,566
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Research & Writing Assignment: I just read...

Research & Writing Assignment:

I just read your article on Drone law primer home inspections which I found very interesting from a home inspection perspective. Using a drone on home inspections...
Forum: Student Discussions 7/17/18, 12:21 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 4,566
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Inspection & Writing Assignment: In this...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

In this course I learned how important it is to make sure our company expresses ourselves in the most professional methods as possible. Please see the attached...
Forum: Student Discussions 7/13/18, 9:48 AM
Replies: 2,069
Views: 47,681
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Research & Writing Assignment: I'm writing...

Research & Writing Assignment:

I'm writing about the electrical service from hell. The service 200 amp main service panel was wired with #2 Al and should have been wired with 4/0. There are also...
Forum: Student Discussions 7/13/18, 9:40 AM
Replies: 2,069
Views: 47,681
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Inspection & Writing Assignment: I observed...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

I observed this stain on the second floor ceiling hallway thinking this could be a water stain and possibly as a result mold could be growing. I inspected the...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/27/18, 3:25 PM
Replies: 5,485
Views: 108,911
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Research & Writing Assignment: Multiple...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Multiple adjustable steel columns were installed in the basement of a home that was built in the early 19th century. Many of the support beams were decayed from...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/27/18, 3:16 PM
Replies: 5,485
Views: 108,911
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Here...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

Here you'll see a 200 amp 36 circuit panel fed with 4/0 AWG CU wiring. You'll note multiple neutral terminated on the neutral buss bar which is a violation in the...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/27/18, 10:43 AM
Replies: 422
Views: 7,919
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Research & Writing Assignment: 10 Easy was...

Research & Writing Assignment:

10 Easy was to save energy in your home: Home owners can easily reduce energy in their home by making some simple adjustments that won't effect their life style....
Forum: Student Discussions 6/27/18, 10:30 AM
Replies: 422
Views: 7,919
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Inspection & Writing Assignment: This is a...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

This is a picture of a pool that is built below grade and the pool doesn't have a barrier around the pool to protect anyone from entering the pool area. This is a...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/11/18, 1:47 PM
Replies: 3,657
Views: 73,255
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Inspection & Writing Assignment: This is a...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

This is a photo of a radon mitigation system that was installed previous to our inspection. You'll note the power comes in directly from the basement without...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/11/18, 12:04 PM
Replies: 3,657
Views: 73,255
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Research & Writing Assignment: Ajustable...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Ajustable steel columns: I attended the structural conference in Atlantic City and understood that temporary steel columns should be installed with the jacking...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/9/18, 10:07 AM
Replies: 4,097
Views: 69,327
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Research & Writing Assignment: I reviewed...

Research & Writing Assignment:

I reviewed the structural integrity of the garage trusses and clearly you can not alter the trusses in any way without the direct approval of a structural engineer....
Forum: Student Discussions 6/9/18, 10:01 AM
Replies: 4,097
Views: 69,327
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Inspection & Writing Assignment: This is a...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

This is a photo of the edge of the roof line where I'm confirming the number of layers of roofing installed as well as ensuring the water and ice shield have been...
Forum: Student Discussions 12/20/17, 12:18 PM
Replies: 654
Views: 12,077
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Provide three photos of the water meter at the...

Provide three photos of the water meter at the end of every inspection:
As a home inspector it is critically important at the end of any inspection where the home is supplied with municipal water to...
Forum: Student Discussions 12/20/17, 12:01 PM
Replies: 654
Views: 12,077
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
This wood attic stair was installed in the...

This wood attic stair was installed in the ceiling of a two car garage with an accessible attic space above the garage without any habitable space. This attic stair should be covered with 1/2" gypsum...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/3/17, 6:25 AM
Replies: 14,083
Views: 235,315
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Cistern Systems: I had an opportunity to see a...

Cistern Systems:
I had an opportunity to see a non-potable cistern system installed in a basement of a home. This cistern system was made of concrete block reinforced with rebar and a pool liner was...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/3/17, 6:05 AM
Replies: 14,083
Views: 235,315
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Moisture Intrusion: It is incredibly important...

Moisture Intrusion:
It is incredibly important to ensure flashing was installed between the cedar siding and the deck framing to protect this wall from water intrusion. Also, the decking material...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/2/17, 8:29 AM
Replies: 15,632
Views: 216,940
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Bump Keys Bump keys are designed by...

Bump Keys
Bump keys are designed by manufactures to override the operating pins that control the lock. These bump keys are readily available on the market and are not illegal. It doesnt take a lot...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/2/17, 8:12 AM
Replies: 15,632
Views: 216,940
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Fireplace Inspection: When inspecting a...

Fireplace Inspection:
When inspecting a fireplace, a couple of things that are important aside from making sure the firebox is safe for operation. Its also important to ensure that the hearth is...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/31/17, 12:02 PM
Replies: 15,928
Views: 321,155
Posted By Thomas J. Allen
Aluminum wiring was sometimes used in homes...

Aluminum wiring was sometimes used in homes between 1965 and 1973 when it became clear that aluminum wiring can be a fire hazard due to inherent qualities of the metal. Contractors used aluminum when...
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