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Forum: Student Discussions 11/5/18, 11:07 AM
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Forum: Student Discussions 9/11/18, 6:53 PM
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Research & Writing Assignment: The article...

Research & Writing Assignment:

The article I chose was "Bathroom Ventilation Ducts and Fans". In this article I learned that when properly installed, these ventilation systems protect against...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/11/18, 6:39 PM
Replies: 12,931
Views: 218,373
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Roof...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

Roof penetrations should be closely inspected as this is where most roof leaks occur. This photo shows a plumbing vent pipe boot that has been patched with...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/26/17, 10:51 AM
Replies: 12,938
Views: 222,762
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
I read the article "Condensation in Double-Pane...

I read the article "Condensation in Double-Pane Windows". Double pane windows have a seal that prevents moist air from entering between the panes. Moist air between the panes can condensate on the...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/25/17, 11:23 PM
Replies: 12,938
Views: 222,762
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
In this photo you can see that the wall cladding...

In this photo you can see that the wall cladding and trim have moisture damage. The cladding does not have six to eight inches clearance from the ground. This situation can also provide an easy...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/30/17, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5,155
Views: 96,744
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters or GFCI...

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters or GFCI protected receptacles help protect humans from electrical shock should they come into contact with an electric current from the receptacle and ground at the...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/30/17, 9:58 PM
Replies: 5,155
Views: 96,744
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
This home was new construction. All 15 and 20...

This home was new construction. All 15 and 20 amp branch circuits had AFCI breakers per current practice. All AFCI breakers were tested using the test buttons and tripped properly. Inside the...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/27/17, 4:15 PM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 46,684
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
I read the article "Moisture Meters for...

I read the article "Moisture Meters for Inspectors". There are two types of moisture meters: "pin type" and "search mode". Some devices are capable of both modes. The inspector should use the mode...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/27/17, 3:54 PM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 46,684
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
This is a photo of "visible apparent mold". ...

This is a photo of "visible apparent mold". Present at the site were water stains, decayed wood, and my moisture meter indicated the area was damp at the time of inspection. The hypothesis that...
Forum: Student Discussions 7/3/17, 10:02 AM
Replies: 15,090
Views: 256,435
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
I read the article on concrete shrinkage cracks. ...

I read the article on concrete shrinkage cracks. Basically concrete slabs for floors or foundation walls are expected to have surface cracks. This is due to the slab surface, exposed to air, drying...
Forum: Student Discussions 7/3/17, 9:35 AM
Replies: 15,090
Views: 256,435
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
This crawlspace was at an older home (note...

This crawlspace was at an older home (note diagonal subfloor boards). The CMU foundation walls and piers are square with no cracks. CMUs are positioned with the holes vertical. Joists have good...
Forum: Student Discussions 4/3/17, 5:59 PM
Replies: 7,110
Views: 51,324
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: How To Perform Deck Inspections Video Course

One of the several issues this deck had is the lack of posts to support the guard and stair rails. The guard rails are supported only by the balusters. Guard rails should have posts spaced no more...
Forum: Student Discussions 4/3/17, 3:39 PM
Replies: 7,110
Views: 51,324
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: How To Perform Deck Inspections Video Course

I read two articles that had elements pertaining to decks.

The Deck Receptacles article explained that decks, balconies and porches larger than 20 square feet should have an electrical...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/14/16, 8:37 PM
Replies: 14,637
Views: 301,139
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: How to Inspect HVAC Systems Course

I just read the article on changing HVAC filters and have a few observations. It is important to check the condition of the filter at least monthly, and clean/change if it is dirty. A dirty filter...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/14/16, 8:07 PM
Replies: 14,637
Views: 301,139
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: How to Inspect HVAC Systems Course

This disposable air filter had been installed backwards. The filter was designed to support air flow in one direction only, indicated by an arrow on the side of the filter. The filter had come...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/31/16, 6:26 PM
Replies: 12,867
Views: 282,857
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: “How to Perform Roof Inspections” Course

For my Roof Inspection assignment I read the article comparing plywood and OSB. I learned that the properties of OSB make it an option to be used wherever plywood would be used, but plywood is...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/31/16, 6:00 PM
Replies: 12,867
Views: 282,857
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: “How to Perform Roof Inspections” Course

The attached photo shows a chimney stack that is more than 30 inches wide. Backer flashing is present that has been covered with sealant. With a 62 inch wide chimney like this one, a cricket...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/3/16, 7:02 PM
Replies: 16,559
Views: 316,688
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections

I just read an article on residential wiring types. The importance of governing bodies and standards (like the NEC) was driven home when I learned the origin of the term "BX" (Product B,...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/3/16, 6:34 PM
Replies: 16,559
Views: 316,688
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections

In the attached photo, a branch circuit conductor shows signs of overheating at the connection to the circuit breaker. The wire covering is discolored and the area has signs of heat and smoke. The...
Forum: Student Discussions 4/29/16, 8:02 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 47,593
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: "Defect Recognition & Report Writing" online course

I read the NACHI article on inspecting ceiling fans. Ceiling fans do not cool the air, they circulate the air to provide improved comfort. Running a ceiling fan in an unoccupied room is a waste of...
Forum: Student Discussions 4/29/16, 7:40 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 47,593
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: "Defect Recognition & Report Writing" online course

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This is a photo of a deck that has horizontal guard rail stringers and no balusters. The stringers are spaced more than 4 inches apart. Current practice calls for spacing such that a...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/5/16, 10:55 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 47,593
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: "Defect Recognition & Report Writing" online course

Beginning Defect Recognition and Report Writing course. Hope to find tips to speed up report writing!
Forum: Student Discussions 1/11/16, 6:32 PM
Replies: 2,677
Views: 51,703
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: "How to Inspect Pools and Spas" Course

Pool drains can create suction high enough to hold a swimmer against it, possibly leading to drowning or serious injury. Owners and swimmers need to understand that drains are usually actively...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/11/16, 5:58 PM
Replies: 2,677
Views: 51,703
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: "How to Inspect Pools and Spas" Course

Here is a pool I recently inspected. In this photo we can see the pool water was clear, and no odors were detected. Owner described his maintenance schedule which included regular brushing and...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/20/15, 10:43 PM
Replies: 2,677
Views: 51,703
Posted By Jimmy Tucker
Re: "How to Inspect Pools and Spas" Course

Starting pool and spa course!
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