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Forum: Student Discussions 1/27/19, 5:08 PM
Replies: 18,112
Views: 292,489
Posted By Mark Mustola
Research & Writing Assignment: Over many...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Over many years an older home gets modified by the weekend warrior or a unqualified handy man. They often improperly cut notches or drill holes in joists to run...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/27/19, 5:01 PM
Replies: 18,112
Views: 292,489
Posted By Mark Mustola
Inspection & Writing Assignment: This photo...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

This photo shows a crack in a poured foundation wall. The crack is primarily vertical. It is less than 1/4 inch in width and there is no differential movement. ...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/26/19, 4:31 PM
Replies: 19,651
Views: 357,904
Posted By Mark Mustola
Research & Writing Assignment: At one time...

Research & Writing Assignment:

At one time it was common to ground the service panel to the homes supply piping. By todays standard you need to different grounds. If you encounter an older home...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/26/19, 4:27 PM
Replies: 19,651
Views: 357,904
Posted By Mark Mustola
Inspection & Writing Assignment: There is...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

There is an electrical outlet and a light switch within the bath tub envelope. This is improper and represents a serious safety hazard. I recommend you have a...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/21/19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9,962
Views: 41,138
Posted By Mark Mustola
Research & Writing Assignment: Gutters are...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Gutters are a important component of the roofing system. Their primary propose to to control water run off. If water coming off the roof is to properly controlled...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/21/19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 9,962
Views: 41,138
Posted By Mark Mustola
Inspection & Writing Assignment: I...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

I inspected this roof by walking on it. The shingles show wear ad deterioration. Also the flashing around the plumbing vent is worn and cracked. I recommend...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/25/18, 7:02 PM
Replies: 3,725
Views: 58,291
Posted By Mark Mustola
Proper chimney flashing are important to keep...

Proper chimney flashing are important to keep water out of the building envelope. It's important to understand the proper why to install flashing on different types of chimneys such as brick or...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/25/18, 6:55 PM
Replies: 3,725
Views: 58,291
Posted By Mark Mustola
The cabinet under the kitchen sink are clean and...

The cabinet under the kitchen sink are clean and dry with no evidence of past or present water damage. Both the supply and waste plumbing appear to be properly installed with no evidence of water...
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 2/11/18, 4:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 366
Posted By Mark Mustola
Re: Inspections for Home Depot

I was asked to do one for Home Depot. Inspection went fine, payment came promptly, I'd do another if they asked.
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 9/6/17, 5:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 369
Posted By Mark Mustola
Re: Apartment inspection

I would approach it from the angle of how many hours it would take me to inspect and write the reports. Hopefully you already have a figure of what your time is worth.

Does each apartment have...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/26/17, 7:04 PM
Replies: 36,165
Views: 493,450
Posted By Mark Mustola
Re: "Introduction to the Standards of Practice" course

This is a natural gas fired water heater. It is a 40 gal general electric unit. The TPRV has a proper extension pipe. The unit is vented into a masonry chimney that has been lined with a metal...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/25/17, 10:20 PM
Replies: 34,687
Views: 412,728
Posted By Mark Mustola
Re: Home Inspector Code of Ethics Course

There are many things that you could do to your home to save money and energy costs. For example: you could install a whole house attic fan to reduce your reliance on AC which is expensive to...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/25/17, 10:11 PM
Replies: 34,687
Views: 412,728
Posted By Mark Mustola
Re: Home Inspector Code of Ethics Course

During the course of a home inspection, if a Realestate agent asks you to downplay or omit a defect in the inspection report because they feel it may cause the buyer to back out of the deal, would be...
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