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Forum: Student Discussions 3/8/18, 12:03 PM
Replies: 1,755
Views: 44,622
Posted By James A. Trautner
The slope and pitch of a roof are not the same...

The slope and pitch of a roof are not the same thing. Slope is the incline of the roof expressed as a ratio of the vertical rise to the horizontal run. This ratio is always expressed as inches per...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/8/18, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1,755
Views: 44,622
Posted By James A. Trautner
This home has a hip roof with architectural...

This home has a hip roof with architectural asphalt shingles. All roof penetrations are sealed with proper boots that are installed correctly and are in good condition at the time of this roof...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/7/18, 5:05 PM
Replies: 2,301
Views: 59,301
Posted By James A. Trautner
This home has a 3 ton Lenox heat pump. The system...

This home has a 3 ton Lenox heat pump. The system electrical supply has a 35 amp breaker located in the main box at the meter on the east side of the home. There is a disconnect located next to the...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/7/18, 5:04 PM
Replies: 2,301
Views: 59,301
Posted By James A. Trautner
An arc flash occurs when electric current leaves...

An arc flash occurs when electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another. Arc flashes are a very serious example of what can go wrong during an...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/27/18, 1:38 PM
Replies: 4,299
Views: 74,416
Posted By James A. Trautner
Roofing underlayment is an essential part of any...

Roofing underlayment is an essential part of any roof. The materials ability to withstand the different weather conditions and to protect a home's interior. The more an inspector understands about a...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/27/18, 1:31 PM
Replies: 4,299
Views: 74,416
Posted By James A. Trautner
This home has a full hip roof with a single layer...

This home has a full hip roof with a single layer of architectural laminated shingles. A "T" type drip edge is installed over the underlayment. The valleys are closed-cut. All roof penetrations have...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/14/18, 4:29 PM
Replies: 3,887
Views: 62,754
Posted By James A. Trautner
Wind mitigation is an attempt to limit the amount...

Wind mitigation is an attempt to limit the amount of wind damage on a structure due to high wind conditions mainly caused by hurricanes. To help offset the cost of insurance there are several things...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/14/18, 4:19 PM
Replies: 3,887
Views: 62,754
Posted By James A. Trautner
This home has a HIP, architectural asphalt...

This home has a HIP, architectural asphalt shingled roof. The roof is decked with 1/2" plywood. The decking attached to with 8d 2 1/2" nails spaced 6" apart. There are single straps with 3 nails per...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/14/17, 1:33 PM
Replies: 15,161
Views: 255,051
Posted By James A. Trautner
People need to realize how easy it is to reduce...

People need to realize how easy it is to reduce their energy bills. Some are as simple as changing their light bulbs to a more energy efficient type or just changing their A/C filter. Other ways take...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/14/17, 1:21 PM
Replies: 15,161
Views: 255,051
Posted By James A. Trautner
The foundation slab is exposed on all sides of...

The foundation slab is exposed on all sides of the home a minimum of 6 inchs on all sides of the home. The slope on the west side of the home is to great and erosion issues are evident. An engineer...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/8/17, 3:57 PM
Replies: 15,171
Views: 247,944
Posted By James A. Trautner
Back flow of water from a home is a potential...

Back flow of water from a home is a potential problem because it can allow contaminated water to flow into the public water source. There are several types of back flow preventers like double check...
Forum: Student Discussions 11/8/17, 3:41 PM
Replies: 15,171
Views: 247,944
Posted By James A. Trautner
The slope of the foundation on the west side of...

The slope of the foundation on the west side of the home is extremely steep and wash out from around the home is visible. An engineer is needed to evaluate the issue and to recommend a solution for...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/30/17, 4:28 PM
Replies: 23,689
Views: 427,251
Posted By James A. Trautner
There are 15 tools that every home owner should...

There are 15 tools that every home owner should own, they are a plunger, combination wrench set, slip joint pliers, adjustable wrench, caulk gun, flashlight (extra batteries), tape measure, hacksaw...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/30/17, 4:16 PM
Replies: 23,689
Views: 427,251
Posted By James A. Trautner
This home has a 22 inch by 54 inch attic access...

This home has a 22 inch by 54 inch attic access located in the garage, no attic stairs are present. There are 2x6 engineered rafters there are no cuts or holes through them. There is a light at the...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/30/17, 1:31 PM
Replies: 4,729
Views: 58,452
Posted By James A. Trautner
Entering a home that has been flooded you should...

Entering a home that has been flooded you should always take necessary precautions to reduce further damage from the flooding and to insure your safety. One of the major mistakes is not insuring that...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/30/17, 1:18 PM
Replies: 4,729
Views: 58,452
Posted By James A. Trautner
The foundation of this home is in good condition....

The foundation of this home is in good condition. The property is properly sloped to allow drainage away from the structure. No cracking was observed in the footings. There is a minimum of 6 inches...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/26/17, 11:47 AM
Replies: 4,691
Views: 81,588
Posted By James A. Trautner
Due to the conditions in crawlspaces they are not...

Due to the conditions in crawlspaces they are not entered or checked regularly. There are many hazards that a crawlspace inspection may uncover. Like molds and fungus, pests, asbestos, sewage...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/26/17, 11:29 AM
Replies: 4,691
Views: 81,588
Posted By James A. Trautner
The crawlspace is sealed with 6 mil plastic over...

The crawlspace is sealed with 6 mil plastic over entire area. The condition of the walls are not visible due to plastic covering. Pipes are 3/4" copper and appear properly supported. Pipe insulation...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/25/17, 2:32 PM
Replies: 5,838
Views: 83,316
Posted By James A. Trautner
A sediment trap on a gas water heater should be...

A sediment trap on a gas water heater should be installed after the cut off valve and before the unit. the trap is made with a "T" and a short piece of capped pipe. With the gas secured the cap can...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/25/17, 2:24 PM
Replies: 5,838
Views: 83,316
Posted By James A. Trautner
This home is equipped with a 40 gal electric...

This home is equipped with a 40 gal electric water heater with a disconnect mounted on wall next to the unit. The TPR valve on the top of the unit and the discharge is piped thru the wall to the...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/25/17, 11:41 AM
Replies: 4,929
Views: 76,922
Posted By James A. Trautner
Preparing a home for elderly people should be a...

Preparing a home for elderly people should be a priority much like preparing it for a child. Elderly injuries from falling in the home are far more than with other age groups. There are 60 deaths per...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/25/17, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4,929
Views: 76,922
Posted By James A. Trautner
The front door is an egress from the home. The...

The front door is an egress from the home. The landing is 4 1/2" below an in opening 36" x 80" door. The landing is concrete and measures 8' 4" x 4' 6". There is a second egress on the back of the...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/24/17, 6:08 PM
Replies: 18,013
Views: 290,594
Posted By James A. Trautner
The grade is sloped on all sides of the home to...

The grade is sloped on all sides of the home to insure water is running away from the house, on the west side of the home the slope is slightly steep at exactly 1 foot of drop to every 2 feet out....
Forum: Student Discussions 10/24/17, 5:48 PM
Replies: 18,013
Views: 290,594
Posted By James A. Trautner
Ceiling fan safety is something most of us never...

Ceiling fan safety is something most of us never really think much about. How many people have installed there own fan and never addressed the most common mistake that others have made? The problem...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/24/17, 2:18 PM
Replies: 19,299
Views: 296,662
Posted By James A. Trautner
A thermal expansion tank is no substitute for a...

A thermal expansion tank is no substitute for a TPR valve. While both help control the flow of water through the water heater the job of the expansion tank is to keep contaminated water from getting...
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