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Forum: Student Discussions 10/1/17, 10:16 PM
Replies: 9,258
Views: 130,730
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, 10:16 PM
Replies: 9,258
Views: 130,730
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/30/17, 3:03 PM
Replies: 7,862
Views: 158,304
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/30/17, 3:03 PM
Replies: 7,862
Views: 158,304
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/29/17, 1:27 AM
Replies: 8,225
Views: 173,658
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/29/17, 1:25 AM
Replies: 8,225
Views: 173,658
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/28/17, 8:05 PM
Replies: 8,964
Views: 230,120
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/28/17, 8:00 PM
Replies: 8,964
Views: 230,120
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/28/17, 1:41 PM
Replies: 7,886
Views: 161,210
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/28/17, 1:38 PM
Replies: 7,886
Views: 161,210
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/27/17, 2:17 PM
Replies: 9,168
Views: 185,798
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/27/17, 2:14 PM
Replies: 9,168
Views: 185,798
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/26/17, 9:15 PM
Replies: 9,155
Views: 224,074
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/26/17, 9:12 PM
Replies: 9,155
Views: 224,074
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/26/17, 3:28 PM
Replies: 11,697
Views: 226,998
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/26/17, 3:23 PM
Replies: 11,697
Views: 226,998
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/24/17, 1:29 PM
Replies: 10,358
Views: 236,511
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: Inspection Education & Training 9/24/17, 1:25 PM
Replies: 10,358
Views: 236,511
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, 4:14 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,044
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, 7:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
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, 2:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Forum: Student Discussions 4/20/17, 3:28 AM
Replies: 1,025
Views: 29,006
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, 3:20 AM
Replies: 1,025
Views: 29,006
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, 5:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
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, 5:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By Douglas Bailey
Re: Manufactured Home template to share?

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