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Forum: Student Discussions 10/1/17, 9:16 PM
Replies: 11,758
Views: 154,611
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Because chimneys are so heavy their safe and...

Because chimneys are so heavy their safe and secure attachment to foundations is critical. While there is probably little an inspector can do to prevent catastrophic failure in the case of an...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/1/17, 9:16 PM
Replies: 11,758
Views: 154,611
Posted By Douglas Bailey
All brickwork, including that on a chimney as in...

All brickwork, including that on a chimney as in the photo above, must be kept clean and free of moss. This type of growth will cause a rapid deterioration of the mortar joints, requiring the...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/30/17, 2:03 PM
Replies: 9,950
Views: 182,056
Posted By Douglas Bailey
One of the most basic means of keeping water out...

One of the most basic means of keeping water out of a basement is to be sure the grade on all sides of the house slopes away from the foundation for 10 to 15 feet. Swales can be constructed to...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/30/17, 2:03 PM
Replies: 9,950
Views: 182,056
Posted By Douglas Bailey
It is important that all siding and trim be well...

It is important that all siding and trim be well sealed with a quality paint. The trim in the photo shows significant signs of weathering, where the paint is peeling and blistering off the wood. ...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/29/17, 12:27 AM
Replies: 9,091
Views: 195,606
Posted By Douglas Bailey
There are many factors to consider when designing...

There are many factors to consider when designing and building a deck. It must resist all the forces a house does with typically significantly less framing members. And since it is elevated, it...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/29/17, 12:25 AM
Replies: 9,091
Views: 195,606
Posted By Douglas Bailey
The framing on this deck does not provide...

The framing on this deck does not provide adequate areas for water to run off. At this wide low corner moisture damage is evident on both the decking and the closed side trim boards that were...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/28/17, 7:05 PM
Replies: 11,349
Views: 256,728
Posted By Douglas Bailey
There are a number of ways to effectively...

There are a number of ways to effectively insulate skylight shafts. Spray foam, rigid foam above the roof deck, or even structural insulated panels can work in this location. Fiberglass batt...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/28/17, 7:00 PM
Replies: 11,349
Views: 256,728
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Areas in an attic that are not insulated provide...

Areas in an attic that are not insulated provide significant heat loss. In this attic the entire drywall shaft leading to the skylight was left without insulation. This effectively creates a "hole"...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/28/17, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10,072
Views: 182,888
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Since 2005 all decks have been required to have...

Since 2005 all decks have been required to have at least one electrical receptacle. The need comes from the way we use our decks, people are always "plugging something in", so the code was...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/28/17, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10,072
Views: 182,888
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Detail photo of flashing under siding and capping...

Detail photo of flashing under siding and capping wood trim. New home construction where the contractor understands the importance of keeping moisture out of a house as much as possible. All the...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/27/17, 1:17 PM
Replies: 11,575
Views: 213,962
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Inspecting the structural integrity of a home is...

Inspecting the structural integrity of a home is rarely a cut and dried process. There are no perfect houses, and there are few we are called on to inspect that are ready to be bulldozed down. ...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/27/17, 1:14 PM
Replies: 11,575
Views: 213,962
Posted By Douglas Bailey
1x4 web on roof rafter shows significant...

1x4 web on roof rafter shows significant deflection. This is also reflected in rafter bowing, sagging, or "saddleback" curvature noted from the exterior in the roof. Nearly all webs on the N side...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/26/17, 8:15 PM
Replies: 11,544
Views: 254,022
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Air filters on forced air HVAC systems are...

Air filters on forced air HVAC systems are important because they enhance the quality of air in the home, and help keep dirt off the furnace components. It should be located in an area that is easy...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/26/17, 8:12 PM
Replies: 11,544
Views: 254,022
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Baseboard heaters are one common type of heating...

Baseboard heaters are one common type of heating unit regularly encountered while doing home inspections. Baseboard heaters are typically 240 volt and create heat when current is run through the...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/26/17, 2:28 PM
Replies: 12,820
Views: 252,749
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Rafter ties and collar ties both do horizontal...

Rafter ties and collar ties both do horizontal roof bracing, but each has a different purpose. This is something that must be inspected during a roof inspection, typically while in the attic. A...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/26/17, 2:23 PM
Replies: 12,820
Views: 252,749
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Well detailed metal valley flashing present on...

Well detailed metal valley flashing present on roof in all locations. Shingles overlap metal edges, and top course where valley terminates into ridge line is well capped by asphalt shingles. Lower...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/24/17, 12:29 PM
Replies: 12,877
Views: 266,158
Posted By Douglas Bailey
When pushing the test button AFCI testers create...

When pushing the test button AFCI testers create an artificial representation of an arc fault, which is intended to verify that installed AFCI functions are working. However, they are not as...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/24/17, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12,877
Views: 266,158
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Heat markings observed on ceiling above bathroom...

Heat markings observed on ceiling above bathroom light. Fixture mounted too close to ceiling, or uses wattage too high for this installation. Recommend lower watt lamps, or LED lights be installed...
Forum: Inspection Support Network (ISN) 9/15/17, 3:14 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,097
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Re: ISN sells out?

Porch now has my entire client and real estate agent database that they will be marketing to. Without my permission. I have a promise on my web site:
"I promise that I will not provide to any...
Forum: Special Deals for InterNACHI Inspectors 8/11/17, 6:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Re: First one to reply gets a free, custom-made online video ad for their inspection

This is fantastic, thank you a ton. In this crazy market I appreciate the help.
Forum: Special Deals for InterNACHI Inspectors 8/11/17, 1:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Forum: Student Discussions 4/20/17, 2:28 AM
Replies: 1,287
Views: 34,842
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Re: "How to Inspect Manufactured and Mobile Homes" online course

If a permanent garage is built adjacent to a manufactured home penetrations are not allowed between that structure and the home. Fire separation is kept intact by using a minimum 5/8" fire-rated...
Forum: Student Discussions 4/20/17, 2:20 AM
Replies: 1,287
Views: 34,842
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Re: "How to Inspect Manufactured and Mobile Homes" online course

Manufactured homes can be placed on permanent foundations. If they are, they should have at least a 2x4 sill plate of rot resistant material such as pressure treated or redwood. The sill should be...
Forum: Home Inspector Pro 3/15/17, 4:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Re: Manufactured Home template to share?

It went beautifully today. Thanks for the confidence.
Forum: Home Inspector Pro 3/14/17, 4:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Re: Manufactured Home template to share?

Thanks Stephen. Do you typically record the required data plates?
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