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Forum: Student Discussions 12/6/18, 1:31 PM
Replies: 2,223
Views: 50,962
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Research & Writing Assignment: During my...

Research & Writing Assignment:

During my inspections, I always try to convey the importance of regular maintenance to all my clients. On both the exterior and the interior, making sure all joints...
Forum: Student Discussions 12/6/18, 1:25 PM
Replies: 2,223
Views: 50,962
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Here is an...

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Here is an example as to why it is important to take the cover off and check the condition of the wires inside the panel. I found this shorted / burned wire at a...
Forum: Student Discussions 12/3/18, 10:14 AM
Replies: 3,705
Views: 58,005
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Research & Writing Assignment: Attic...

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Attic ventilation. As with any attic proper ventilation is the key to preventing excessive moisture trapped in the attic space. A continuos soffit vent along with a...
Forum: Student Discussions 12/3/18, 10:10 AM
Replies: 3,705
Views: 58,005
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Inspection & Writing Assignment: During a...

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During a recent inspection of an attic, I found bath exhaust ducts not fully hooked to the exterior vents. This is causing excessive moisture after only 3 months...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/26/18, 2:44 PM
Replies: 2,303
Views: 59,412
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Research & Writing Assignment: As an...

Research & Writing Assignment:

As an inspector, when I come across a Federal Pacific Electric panel, I always recommend further evaluation by a licensed electrician. Just remember most...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/26/18, 2:42 PM
Replies: 2,303
Views: 59,412
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Here is an...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

Here is an example of electrolysis at a fitting on a domestic water system. Notice the dielectric union installed under the fitting that is leaking. Unfortunately...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/6/18, 3:52 PM
Replies: 4,693
Views: 81,757
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Research & Writing Assignment: While...

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While inspecting crawl spaces, PPE is of utmost importance. I friend of mine , after inspecting a damp crawl, contracted a lung infection that kept him hospitalized...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/6/18, 3:49 PM
Replies: 4,693
Views: 81,757
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Here is an...

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Here is an example of an area of ceiling that was patched in. This happened to be directly under a second floor walk in shower. After sealing the drain at the...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/4/18, 1:08 PM
Replies: 5,832
Views: 116,219
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Research & Writing Assignment: When...

Research & Writing Assignment:

When inspecting the roof and eave areas, please pay close attention to any aluminum cladding that is not installed properly, loose or not sealed properly. I...
Forum: Student Discussions 6/4/18, 1:05 PM
Replies: 5,832
Views: 116,219
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Besides...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

Besides this being a Federal Pacific Electric panel, which as a home inspector we should recommend further evaluation by a licensed electrician, this panel...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/23/18, 4:33 PM
Replies: 4,306
Views: 74,588
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Ladder safety if extremely important whenever...

Ladder safety if extremely important whenever climbing a ladder, whether for inspections or at home. Take it from someone who has climbed ladders for various occupations for over 30 years, you can...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/23/18, 4:29 PM
Replies: 4,306
Views: 74,588
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Electric baseboard heaters. There should never be...

Electric baseboard heaters. There should never be an outlet installed above an electric baseboard heater. Almost all manufacturers and most municipal codes prohibit this. This is a fire hazard. Most...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/21/18, 1:50 PM
Replies: 7,479
Views: 64,773
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Upon finishing all the courses and quizzes I do...

Upon finishing all the courses and quizzes I do have to say they were very beneficial. Having experience in most items covered helped greatly but every once in a while I came across some information...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/21/18, 1:48 PM
Replies: 7,479
Views: 64,773
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Here is an example when the city sewers become...

Here is an example when the city sewers become overcharged and start to back up. This occurred after an extremely heavy rain in a short amount of time. Unfortunately homes in the neighborhood had...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/21/18, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15,214
Views: 248,435
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Inadequate or not having any ventilation at all ,...

Inadequate or not having any ventilation at all , at an unfinished crawl space can cause major moisture problems. Almost all, if not all dirt floor crawl spaces in our area will get wet at some time....
Forum: Student Discussions 5/21/18, 11:54 AM
Replies: 15,214
Views: 248,435
Posted By Steve Ruelli
signs of water at kitchen ceiling. Signs of dark...

signs of water at kitchen ceiling. Signs of dark mold like stains at ceiling. Recommend evaluation of roof above by qualified roofer. Would also recommend testing drywall for any possible mold that...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/21/18, 11:06 AM
Replies: 23,725
Views: 428,032
Posted By Steve Ruelli
One of the most common problems I find when...

One of the most common problems I find when looking at the electric panel is the clearances. This is especially true when the basement or room was finished after the house was built. Please remember...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/21/18, 11:04 AM
Replies: 23,725
Views: 428,032
Posted By Steve Ruelli
So here's a classic example of how not to store...

So here's a classic example of how not to store belongings not in use any more. These were laid against and blocking electric disconnects. Not only is this a hazard in case of an emergency , they...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/21/18, 10:10 AM
Replies: 19,100
Views: 344,847
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Stone sills that are installed under windows and...

Stone sills that are installed under windows and or doors, need to be properly pitched outwards away from the window or door. If they become back pitched, water could enter the wall cavity, showing...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/21/18, 10:07 AM
Replies: 19,100
Views: 344,847
Posted By Steve Ruelli
This worker has removed the fall protection...

This worker has removed the fall protection bracing in order to perform his task. Unfortunately he is not wearing any tie offs or other fall protection. This could be a potentially serious problem...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/19/18, 8:54 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 17,615
Posted By Steve Ruelli
One of the most important things I encourage is...

One of the most important things I encourage is for our clients to follow us on the inspection. Not only are we there to report conditions we should also provide a little education on the buyers new...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/19/18, 8:52 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 17,615
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Brown water stains along with dark area of...

Brown water stains along with dark area of ceiling were both signs of a water problem. Checked the roof and flashings and all appeared good. Did find the aluminum cladding loosecat window frame...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/18/18, 10:31 PM
Replies: 16,618
Views: 232,096
Posted By Steve Ruelli
When inspecting grading around the foundation ,...

When inspecting grading around the foundation , proper pitch away from the foundation is key. Along with a gutter and downspout system, these are the most important things to help keeping your...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/18/18, 10:27 PM
Replies: 16,618
Views: 232,096
Posted By Steve Ruelli
Deteriorated mortar joints inside the firebox....

Deteriorated mortar joints inside the firebox. Loose firebrick. Damper was removed and the liner and firebox both showed signs of water penetration. I recommended evaluation by certified chimney...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/18/18, 6:41 PM
Replies: 4,672
Views: 49,623
Posted By Steve Ruelli
It is important to identify sump discharge piping...

It is important to identify sump discharge piping that drains into the sanitary sewer. This is a code violation in my town along with many others. I always explain the problems with mixing storm...
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