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Forum: Student Discussions 3/28/18, 8:39 PM
Replies: 4,350
Views: 67,610
Posted By Gary Martin
My essay is on three deadly mistakes a buyer...

My essay is on three deadly mistakes a buyer should not make. 1. Thinking you cant afford home. 2. Not using a buyers agent to aid in the buying process. 3.Getting a cheap home inspection. ...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/28/18, 8:02 PM
Replies: 4,350
Views: 67,610
Posted By Gary Martin
photo depicts typical handrail leading to a...

photo depicts typical handrail leading to a finished basement. There are light switches at top and bottom of stairs. Lighting is in the basement room and is barely adequate to light stairs. ...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/27/18, 8:24 AM
Replies: 20,847
Views: 356,750
Posted By Gary Martin
Backdrafting occurs when flue gases are released...

Backdrafting occurs when flue gases are released into the home due to negative pressure inside the home. Negative pressure can be caused by fireplaces, dryers, and vent hoods which all expulse...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/27/18, 8:15 AM
Replies: 20,847
Views: 356,750
Posted By Gary Martin
Photo depicts 200 amp electrical panel. Panel...

Photo depicts 200 amp electrical panel. Panel breakers are of correct type for the panel. There is a generator interlock installed which was not tested. Also installed is a 40 amp backfeed breaker...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/23/18, 5:44 PM
Replies: 14,665
Views: 252,554
Posted By Gary Martin
My essay is on wood decay. Approximately 10% of...

My essay is on wood decay. Approximately 10% of wood production goes toward replacement of decayed wood. Fungi that cause wood decay are called saprophytic. Moisture levels in the 27% range are...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/23/18, 5:30 PM
Replies: 14,665
Views: 252,554
Posted By Gary Martin
Pictured is basement foundation wall where wall...

Pictured is basement foundation wall where wall meets masonry chimney foundation. Chimney foundation is concrete block construction while wall is poured. As you can see from the photo, both...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/23/18, 3:45 PM
Replies: 12,609
Views: 214,783
Posted By Gary Martin
This essay deals with the hazards to inspectors...

This essay deals with the hazards to inspectors of crawl spaces. Many crawl spaces are breeding grounds for mold and fungus, both of which can be harmful to inspectors. They also can harbor any...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/23/18, 3:02 PM
Replies: 12,609
Views: 214,783
Posted By Gary Martin
Photo depicts roof of family room where it...

Photo depicts roof of family room where it attaches to main part of house. Areas of concern for the inspector should be: skylight flashing, chimney flashing, and siding to roof intersection. The...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/23/18, 7:50 AM
Replies: 7,046
Views: 49,590
Posted By Gary Martin
This essay is on saving money and energy in a...

This essay is on saving money and energy in a home. Installing programmable thermostats which turn down heat settings at night and when no one is home will reduce heating and cooling costs. ...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/23/18, 7:43 AM
Replies: 7,046
Views: 49,590
Posted By Gary Martin
This photo depicts a deck with a serious issue...

This photo depicts a deck with a serious issue that almost certainly will lead to deck collapse. The support post is only bearing on one half of the footing. The footing has shifted away from the...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/22/18, 8:13 PM
Replies: 12,623
Views: 219,182
Posted By Gary Martin
This essay is on how to avoid lawsuits. The most...

This essay is on how to avoid lawsuits. The most important factor is to have a signed contract with the client. The contract must be signed before the inspection, otherwise it is useless. ...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/22/18, 8:01 PM
Replies: 12,623
Views: 219,182
Posted By Gary Martin
Photo shows a sliding door window which has lost...

Photo shows a sliding door window which has lost seal between panes. This is a south facing door which is more vulnerable to thermal effects. Since the seal has broken, the door is no longer energy...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/22/18, 11:35 AM
Replies: 16,420
Views: 257,160
Posted By Gary Martin
This essay deals with type B and type L vents. ...

This essay deals with type B and type L vents. Type B vents are used for gas appliances where the flue temperature does not exceed 480 degrees F. Type L vents can be used where temperature does not...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/22/18, 11:26 AM
Replies: 16,420
Views: 257,160
Posted By Gary Martin
Attached photo depicts 4 inch sanitary sewer...

Attached photo depicts 4 inch sanitary sewer pipe. Pipe material is pvc. Joints appear to be in good shape with no leaks. A cleanout is installed on right end.(does not appear in photo. Pipe is...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/21/18, 9:46 AM
Replies: 4,070
Views: 48,696
Posted By Gary Martin
My essay is on the proper construction of hearths...

My essay is on the proper construction of hearths for fireplaces. Hearths are intended to protect fires from spreading beyond the fireplace. Hearths should be at least 2 inches thick and extend 16...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/21/18, 9:37 AM
Replies: 4,070
Views: 48,696
Posted By Gary Martin
Photo depicts poured basement foundation where it...

Photo depicts poured basement foundation where it meets concrete block foundation that is used to support masonry fireplace. This foundation is over 30 years old and shows no evidence of cracking(not...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/20/18, 11:37 AM
Replies: 30,899
Views: 425,949
Posted By Gary Martin
My essay is on generators for the home. Although...

My essay is on generators for the home. Although generators are not required to be part of the home inspection, the inspector should note certain aspects of generator use that can be considered to...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/20/18, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30,899
Views: 425,949
Posted By Gary Martin
pictured is a mini split ac system. This unit...

pictured is a mini split ac system. This unit was tested and was functional in both heat and ac modes. There is no disconnect within sight of the compressor unit. The only disconnect is the...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 8:36 PM
Replies: 16,070
Views: 311,928
Posted By Gary Martin
This essay deals with damage done by the...

This essay deals with damage done by the inspector during an inspection. When an inspector causes damage to a component they are required to inspect and the action is considered normal operating...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 8:26 PM
Replies: 16,070
Views: 311,928
Posted By Gary Martin
Photo shows 200 amp electrical panel. Panel...

Photo shows 200 amp electrical panel. Panel appears to be relatively new. Circuit breakers are of the correct type for the panel. This panel has a generator interlock installed. The bottom right...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 7:50 PM
Replies: 14,317
Views: 296,798
Posted By Gary Martin
This essay discusses two methods of mold removal;...

This essay discusses two methods of mold removal; soda blasting and dry ice blasting. Soda blasting involves baking soda under high pressure sprayed unto the affected area. Dry ice blasting uses...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 7:21 PM
Replies: 14,317
Views: 296,798
Posted By Gary Martin
image shows a hot water oil boiler. The device...

image shows a hot water oil boiler. The device appears to be new with all the required safety devices installed and functioning as designed. Domestic hot water is provided by a coil in the boiler. ...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 12:55 PM
Replies: 29,764
Views: 336,108
Posted By Gary Martin
My essay is on the comparative negligence defense...

My essay is on the comparative negligence defense for Home Inspectors. It is very important that the home inspector provide detailed reports on all areas that need attention. In that way, the...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 29,764
Views: 336,108
Posted By Gary Martin
The seller's real estate agent has a vested...

The seller's real estate agent has a vested interest in the outcome of a home inspection. There is a possibility that the agent would want to try to influence the inspector to "look the other way" on...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/15/18, 8:38 AM
Replies: 1,517
Views: 36,448
Posted By Gary Martin
My essay is on the subject of accessing roofs....

My essay is on the subject of accessing roofs. All roofs present a certain level of risk to the inspector. Different roof coverings may require different strategies. Asphalt roofs provide more...
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