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Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/6/17, 2:02 PM
Replies: 9,366
Views: 210,044
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Crawlspace Hazards and Inspections: While...

Crawlspace Hazards and Inspections: While inspecting under an older manufactured home, I observed a Racoon Latrine, which appeared as a 5 gallon bucket of waste dumped into a pile. Racoon feces is...
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/6/17, 1:54 PM
Replies: 9,366
Views: 210,044
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
As part of ladder safety, I would recommend also...

As part of ladder safety, I would recommend also checking the condition of the rubber feet. This is the "gripping" connection between your ladder and the concrete surface it's set-up on. The ladder...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/3/17, 12:08 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,960
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Attic Pull-Down Ladders: This style of attic...

Attic Pull-Down Ladders: This style of attic access is seen too often, typically installed at the garage ceiling for attic access storage. The access doors I've seen, come from the manufacturer built...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/2/17, 11:52 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,960
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
While inspecting this older Zinsco panel, I noted...

While inspecting this older Zinsco panel, I noted one 20 amp circuit breaker in the "tripped" position, and would not "reset". It appeared the 45 year old circuit breaker was worn-out. Due to the...
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/24/15, 1:19 AM
Replies: 11,143
Views: 209,984
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: “How to Perform Roof Inspections” Course

I read the Tile Roofing article for my assignment. I learned the tiles are responsible for approximately 75% of the initial moisture contact with the structure, while the roofing underlayment is...
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/24/15, 1:03 AM
Replies: 11,143
Views: 209,984
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: “How to Perform Roof Inspections” Course

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While inspecting a shake roof the other day, I noticed severely worn roof covering materials, including through the underlayment, exposing roof sheathing plywood to the weather and moisture....
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/15/15, 12:14 AM
Replies: 7,429
Views: 145,554
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion Course

Modular vs. Manufactured Homes

I inspected a home recently that advertised "stick-built" home in the Realtor's listing. During the attic inspection, it became obvious to me that the structure was...
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/14/15, 11:55 PM
Replies: 7,429
Views: 145,554
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion Course

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During a recent roof inspection of a single family home, using 30 year composition shingle roofing, I noted this deteriorating plumbing vent pipe boot. Paying careful attention to this area...
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/11/15, 8:02 PM
Replies: 8,686
Views: 172,024
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: 'Structural Issues for Home Inspectors' course

The two articles that I chose to read were: 1). Collar ties vs. Rafter ties, and 2). Attic pull-down ladders.
Until today, I've only ever heard of collar ties, and understood their purpose in...
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/11/15, 4:41 PM
Replies: 8,686
Views: 172,024
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: 'Structural Issues for Home Inspectors' course

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The attached photo shows evidence of excessive moisture in the crawlspace area sometime in the past. Though no settling was noted at the exterior foundation, the pier-block footings in this...
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/11/15, 1:30 AM
Replies: 9,366
Views: 210,044
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Garage Doors and Openers

Last month while testing an auto-reverse safety feature of a garage door opener, I accidentally caused physical damage to the upper garage door panel. After activating the garage door to close, I...
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/11/15, 1:04 AM
Replies: 9,366
Views: 210,044
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: 'Safe Practices for Home Inspectors' Course

Bathroom Ventilation Ducts and Fans

I've seen many older homes during the past couple years of inspecting homes, without proper bathroom venting systems installed, relying on operable windows for...
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussion for Inspectors 10/11/15, 12:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 700
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Non Operational FAU

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During a routing inspection of a home today, I encountered a non-operational heating system. The gas valve mounting and burner compartment access panel had been removed, for apparent repairs....
Forum: Inspection Education & Training 10/18/13, 12:34 PM
Replies: 11,143
Views: 209,984
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: “How to Perform Roof Inspections” Course

Just getting into this course, and am very pleased by the amount of information given.
I have a question though, regarding roof ridge and rafter pressures. Quiz #3 states that ridge and rafters are...
Forum: General Inspection Discussion 8/11/12, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,416
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: Leak testing a roof?

Hey guys,
Thanks for the responses, I'm fairly new in this profession, I appreciate the guidance!
Forum: General Inspection Discussion 8/11/12, 10:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,416
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Leak testing a roof?

Hello, The other morning while on an Inspection, with the Buyer present, I was followed into the attic. Together, we noticed an automotive oil drain pan placed at the lower end of the valley...
Forum: California Home Inspectors 1/5/10, 7:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,839
Posted By Ken A. Vandervort
Re: InterNACHI booth at Sacramento Spring Home Show on March 19-21, 2010.

Interested in going to Home Show but Googling doesn't show who is the sponsor or where it's at. Does anyone know anything further? Thanks.
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