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Forum: Student Discussions 11/29/18, 12:06 AM
Replies: 11,886
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Posted By Robert Ernst
Research & Writing Assignment: Often times...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Often times in this area there are deck posts set on hills. We find over time the erosion of the dirt starts to expose the footings. There are times where the whole...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/29/18, 12:02 AM
Replies: 11,886
Views: 246,723
Posted By Robert Ernst
Inspection & Writing Assignment: This home...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

This home has stucco siding. The ledger was inset into the stucco and flashed above. The lag bolts are attaching it to the band joist of the structure. This...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/16/16, 9:15 PM
Replies: 16,200
Views: 224,190
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Student discussions of "How to Inspect Fireplaces, Stoves, & Chimneys" course

The Chimney being one of the largest masonry structures of a home and the fact they carry smoke and gasses from burning fuel makes the need for them to be in good condition very important. The...
Forum: General Inspection Discussion 9/9/16, 11:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 743
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Whole House Vent???

That is a whole house fan. They are popular here since it's hot during the day but cools off allot at night. I wouldn't be turning it on unless some windows are open since they draw allot of air....
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 4/18/16, 10:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By Robert Ernst
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 12/21/15, 8:42 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,277
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: $2,500.00 CMI fee paid. Only non-CMIs can win. If you don't qualify yet, we'll ho

The answer is E. a copy your concealed carry permit issued three or more years ago
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 12/8/15, 2:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,119
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Double 5/8" type X on garage ceiling?

Is this for a single family home? Can't say I have ever heard of that for a single family structure. You can see if Type C wallboard or another higher fire resistant board is available in your area.
Forum: General Inspection Discussion 11/13/15, 10:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,070
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Insulation type

Looks like Basalm Wool insulation. It typically came in a black Kraft paper wrapping. It's found in old homes and was made of wood fibers.
Forum: Inspecting HVAC Systems 9/30/15, 12:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,312
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Is this fresh air intake up to code?

What he's asking about is not combustion air. He sates it's in the return plenum. This is to provide mechanical ventilation for the home. The IRC and Mechanical code require ventilation air for any...
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 9/30/15, 12:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 970
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: floor joist

Go to the manufactures web site and there should be information. There are some instances where you can cut all but 1/2" of the web. Usually it's going to be more towards the middle. I see there is a...
Forum: Inspecting HVAC Systems 9/29/15, 2:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,312
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Is this fresh air intake up to code?

There is no requirement for there to be a filter in the code that I've ever seen. Even the ASHRAE standards don't address this. Some manufactured homes have a small filter that only filters out large...
Forum: Ancillary Inspection Services 9/22/15, 10:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,304
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Self Closing/Latching RV Gate that opens to a pool?

Since we don't have a speciaifed set of rules here I used the CPSC ones. The Southern Nevada Pool Code is basically the same. If there is a Vehicle Gate then it should be self latching but doesn't...
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 8/4/15, 12:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,763
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Interesting afternoon…

Good job stopping that DOS. It shows a good IT team. Back in the day I worked for a company that was attached allot and it can eat up allot of resources.
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 7/7/15, 12:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,086
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: High levels of CO in the basement

So if it happens in the warmer months is it when there is no need for heat? If that is the case then there has to be another source of Combustion. A water heater possibly? Many CO detectors alarm...
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 6/28/15, 11:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,858
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Vegas Conference Presentation Schedule.

I'm happy Nick is more involved. Last year was a real let down from years past. With it being the first year not being run by COA I expected some changes but it was far worse than imagined. I needed...
Forum: Interior Inspections 10/23/14, 10:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,480
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Asbestos, fiberglass or something else?!?!

It could be a Celotex type interior wallboard. Similar to what they used for acoustic tiles. Some of those products had Asbestos for fore resistance.
Forum: Legislation, Licensing, Ethics & Legal Issues for Inspectors 10/8/14, 9:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,816
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Nevada Real Estate Division Renews InterNACHI's Standards of Practice & Legal Cou

Say Hello to the new Commissioner for me and let see if we can get the Nachi agent CEU classes approved.
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 9/29/14, 10:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,778
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Vegas

I will be going again this year. I travel down there every few months anyway.
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 9/12/14, 11:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,225
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Las vegas inspection conference

I'm going and have gone for the last few years. There seems to be allot of repeat classes and less offered then in years past. I travel to Vegas often and have stayed at the Flamingo a couple of...
Forum: Legislation, Licensing, Ethics & Legal Issues for Inspectors 8/25/14, 1:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,472
Posted By Robert Ernst
Forum: Structural Inspections 8/9/14, 11:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,812
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Fire stop question

I don't often see drat stops required for fire in areas that are not concealed. To meet energy codes the areas should be separated. It's often an overlooked area that can provide good improvement so...
Forum: Inspecting HVAC Systems 8/1/14, 10:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,515
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Air conditioning return

Does the bathroom have a self closing self sealing door.? What prevents the door from being left open and CO or other fumes from entering the living space via the duct? I believe a jumper would help....
Forum: Plumbing Inspections 7/26/14, 11:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,014
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: hot water heater backdraft

I agree that your water heater could help the other one draft. Someone should be testing the pipe for draft pressure. Depending on the temp outside the more draft is needed. So during the winter you...
Forum: Plumbing Inspections 7/24/14, 1:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,014
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: hot water heater backdraft

I often check fuel burning appliances as part of my Energy Testing. There are some tests that can be performed by an Energy Auditor. I believe Georgia Power has a big involvement with Energy...
Forum: Inspecting HVAC Systems 7/17/14, 1:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,886
Posted By Robert Ernst
Re: Fresh Air Makeup ?

If the room has a door and can be shut it needs make up air in that room. The duct to the furnace is not going to help much if you can close a door. The house has enough volume to not need combustion...
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