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Forum: Student Discussions 8/27/18, 6:08 PM
Replies: 5,656
Views: 111,945
Research & Writing Assignment: Electrical...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Electrical Service Panels - I installed electrical systems on 2 houses in the past and followed every rule the local jurisdiction provided. Unfortunately the towns...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/27/18, 5:44 PM
Replies: 5,656
Views: 111,945
Inspection & Writing Assignment: The panel...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

The panel shows that it is bonded. The green screw is tightened down in the correct hole. Unfortunately this is a sub panel and should not be bonded. This was one...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/18/18, 7:28 PM
Replies: 7,381
Views: 60,943
Research & Writing Assignment: Inspecting a...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Inspecting a Deck, Illustrated - Since becoming a home inspector I have found that 90% of decks that I inspect are defective. The ledger board connection is where I...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/18/18, 7:19 PM
Replies: 7,381
Views: 60,943
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Here is a...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

Here is a picture of a classic veranda. This was built in 1854. The architect referred to this structure in his original plans as a veranda. This has a...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/18/18, 4:58 PM
Replies: 3,872
Views: 68,611
Research & Writing Assignment: IR Cameras:...

Research & Writing Assignment:

IR Cameras: Inspecting for Moisture Intrusion- Moisture intrusion is perhaps the most insidious and destructive process to a home or building. It can seep into...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/18/18, 4:44 PM
Replies: 3,872
Views: 68,611
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Infrared...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

Infrared is dependent on radiant emission of an object, not on its ability to reflect light. This is also known as black body radiation. Heat happens as the atoms...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/17/18, 1:11 PM
Replies: 14,605
Views: 240,363
Research & Writing Assignment: Inspecting...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Inspecting Gutters and Downspouts - In my relatively short career as a home inspector I have noted that gutters and downspouts are the most neglected feature of a...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/17/18, 1:01 PM
Replies: 14,605
Views: 240,363
Inspection & Writing Assignment: The...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

The attached photo is of a basement wall and floor in a 100 year old house. The foundation wall on the interior is displaying spalling and disintegration brougnt...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/2/18, 6:05 PM
Replies: 7,381
Views: 60,943
Inspecting a Deck, Illustrated The last 3 homes...

Inspecting a Deck, Illustrated
The last 3 homes I inspected had decks. None of them met the standards laid out in the course or article. In one particular case the posts were not attached to the...
Forum: Student Discussions 5/2/18, 5:53 PM
Replies: 7,381
Views: 60,943
The stairs attached to the deck have two issues...

The stairs attached to the deck have two issues that are clear from the photo. Number one is the balluster spacing. It should be 4 inches maximum. The current design will allow for children to pass...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/19/18, 2:55 PM
Replies: 23,062
Views: 414,540
Bat Infestation - Recently I leased a 100 year...

Bat Infestation - Recently I leased a 100 year old home. I twice encountered a bat flying around the second story of this three story house. I had never researched bats and was therefore ignorant of...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/19/18, 2:44 PM
Replies: 23,062
Views: 414,540
I was inspecting the the water flow from the taps...

I was inspecting the the water flow from the taps and checking drain flow from both sides of the kitchen sink. I noted that the left sink basin drained very slow. I suspected that the trap was...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/13/18, 1:00 PM
Replies: 3,817
Views: 75,568
Checklist for Inspecting Radon Mitigation Systems...

Checklist for Inspecting Radon Mitigation Systems in Residential Homes - Home inspectors are most often hired to inspect as a result of a pending home sale. Some sellers find the radon inspection...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/13/18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 3,817
Views: 75,568
Foundation cracks increase the probability for...

Foundation cracks increase the probability for radon entry into a house. The cracks do not move the radon gas by themselves. Gas seeks pressure equilibrium. An open space such as a basement will tend...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/5/18, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18,240
Views: 332,580
Fall-Arrest Systems - Having fallen from a 4 foot...

Fall-Arrest Systems - Having fallen from a 4 foot height while working on a siding project I can attest to how easy it is to make a mistake and pay the price. My injury was to my right heel and it...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/5/18, 11:55 AM
Replies: 18,240
Views: 332,580
One of the more serious dangers is often hidden...

One of the more serious dangers is often hidden from view purposely. While inspecting this roof I noted several area where the shingles were a different color shade. At first I thought it was repair...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/30/17, 12:33 PM
Replies: 4,480
Views: 47,271
Basic Waterproofing for Basements - The home I...

Basic Waterproofing for Basements - The home I currently own was built in 1854. The foundation is uniformly concrete below grade with brick above grade. The walls are around 12" thick. Seepage is an...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/30/17, 11:59 AM
Replies: 4,480
Views: 47,271
The stove is a commercial grade natural gas fired...

The stove is a commercial grade natural gas fired unit that was manufactured by Comstock-Castle in 2008. The ignition of the gas burners is live pilot. The stove top consists of 4 range burners that...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/25/17, 6:38 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 16,722
Bat Infestation - Recently I rented a house that...

Bat Infestation - Recently I rented a house that has a bat infestation problem. The house is 100 years old and is approximately 6000 square feet. We found a bat flying around the second floor in our...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/25/17, 6:21 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 16,722
The chimney flashing is copper. The step flashing...

The chimney flashing is copper. The step flashing has pulled away from the chimney on several sections. This is a potential water infiltration point.
The roof is showing signs of wear. Several...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/25/17, 3:48 PM
Replies: 16,089
Views: 222,529
Fireplace Fuel - I have had a fireplace in my...

Fireplace Fuel - I have had a fireplace in my last 2 homes. Burning seasoned hardwood has always been a priority for me. Some years ago I was refurbishing a 100 year old Victorian and removed some of...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/25/17, 3:33 PM
Replies: 16,089
Views: 222,529
The fireplace is a large open firebox with a...

The fireplace is a large open firebox with a folding screen. The hearth measures 20" from the firebox to combustible materials. 22" or more is acceptable for this design. The firebrick mortar is...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/23/17, 3:50 PM
Replies: 17,260
Views: 281,381
Structural Design of Foundations for the Home...

Structural Design of Foundations for the Home Inspector - Many of the homes in my area were built between 1860 and 1910. All homes have basements. The foundations are very seldom concrete. Most are...
Forum: Student Discussions 10/23/17, 3:30 PM
Replies: 17,260
Views: 281,381
The southern exterior wall in the furnace room is...

The southern exterior wall in the furnace room is showing signs of extensive water infiltration. The wall surface is separating and extensive horizontal cracks indicate hydraulic pressure on the...
Forum: Student Discussions 7/28/17, 12:07 PM
Replies: 18,782
Views: 345,423
EMFs in the Home: There are basically two types...

EMFs in the Home: There are basically two types of radiation that we are exposed to on a daily basis, ionizing and non-ionizing. Non-ionizing radiation is what is produced by sources such as...
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