Building Defects List & Home Inspection Education
BUILDING DEFECTS LISTS - CONTENTS: home inspection education curriculum suggestions & basic defect knowledge: recommended curriculum content for home inspector education. Lists of important defects for residential buildings organized by major topic
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Home inspection education, curriculums & defects lists: this article series, beginning here, provides lists of common building defects and basic defect knowledge that also outline recommended curriculum content for home inspector education.
The building defects and inspection points listed in these articles also guide homeowners and home buyers to building areas that merit careful attention and often point areas of safety concern or important maintenance and repair tasks.
These home inspection training curriculums and building defect lists are based on smilar curriculum documents first prepared by Joe Scaduto, an ASHI member who prepared course material for Northeastern University's Building Inspection Certificate program in 1988, subsequently by D Friedman, InspectApedia's editor, for New York University ca 1988 and later, with others, recommended to ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Other early contributors to home inspection education in the U.S. and Canada include Dr. Jess Aronstein, Alan Carson, Mike Casey, Mark Cramer, John Cox, Dwight Barnett, Douglas Hansen, Rick Heyl, Larry Hoytt, Bill Merrill, Kevin O'Malley, Dennis Robitalille, Keith Peddie, Pat Porzio, Roger Robinson.
These curriculum and lists of defects are informed by the home inspection DACUM (Developing A Curriculum) procedure, an additional analysis of the process of home inspection that was developed for building inspection education beginning Calgary, AB for Canadian and U.S. home inspector education and certification examinations in 1997.
ASHI did not adopt this material though currently that association as well as other home & building inspection associations, universities, and private education firms offer extensive home inspection education courses in the classroom, online, and by distant education and home study courses. For examples see the offerings by Carson Dunlop Associates at the left of this page.
For each building inspection topic, home inspector performance criteria will be described in two areas:
1. Knowledge Base
2. Inspection Skills
General outline for inspection methodology, observations, and reporting,
useful also for suggestions for presentations at Home Inspection Conferences & Seminars
1. Define the problem
What are we looking at, for, about?
What are the expert sources, principal concerns, etc. Who's the authority?
What are the implications, effects, concerns, risks, problems,
in maintenance, safety, marketing, comfort, economy?
2. Define the procedure
Inspection methodology, where and how to look, procedures to assure
completeness and technical accuracy.
Telltale clues, warning signs, confirming signs, interrelationships with
ASHI or other Home Inspection or Building Standards Standards for observation, operation, and description - the
minimum set of requirements.
CHINESE DRYWALL HAZARDS discusses Chinese drywall odors, sulphur smells, and corrosive outgassing hazards in buildings. Major costs to remove this product, repair or replace electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC components may be involved, and there may be immediate safety hazards due to damaged smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors in buildings where Chinese drywall outgassing has caused damage.
FEAR-O-METER a promotion theory to convert risk of hidden defects & hazards into action thresholds, for a discussion of how an accumulation of inspection evidence leads to a rational decision to perform invasive or desctructive inspection measures.
Log Home Inspection & Repair Guide - how to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems on log houses; how to identify and determine the age of different types of log homes: traditional log homes, manufactured log homes, slab-sided log homes, and alternative log homes using concrete logs and fiberglass logs.
Safety Articles for Building Owners and Inspectors
ASBESTOS IDENTIFICATION IN BUILDINGS provides a detailed guide to recognizing asbestos-containing materials in buildings and links to in depth articles about individual asbestos-containing building materials
FPE Stab-Lok HAZARDS & REPAIRS WEBSITE - some circuit breakers may not only fail to protect the building from fire or its occupants from shock, they may also cause arcing, arcover, fire, or even explosion accidents and injuries to building inspectors, electrical workers, building owners, and home inspectors.
ZINSCO / SYLVANIA HAZARDS - some circuit breakers may not only fail to protect the building from fire or its occupants from shock, they may also cause arcing, arcover, fire, or even explosion accidents and injuries to building inspectors, electrical workers, building owners, and home inspectors.
Canadian Association of Home Inspectors CAHPI, includes the National Certification Program for Home Inspectors, and CAHPI, the professional association and provider of education for Canadian Home Inspectors - in English ou en Francais
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