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Inspecting Adjustable Steel Columns
by Arlene Puentes
To the world at large, a column holds something up. If it appears to be fulfilling
its intended purpose, there’s little reason to give it another thought. As a home inspector, I’ve seen a lot of columns, and I’ve given them a lot of thought, specifically two types of adjustable steel columns.
Home Inspection and Plastic Plumbing Systems
by Kenny Hart
Many plumbers who joined the trade 30 or 40 years ago believe the use of plastic pipe and fittings is the best thing that has happened to residential plumbing systems in a hundred years. On the other hand, old-timers can be heard complaining that plastic has taken much of the trade out of the business, and has given everyone the idea he can be his own plumber. Is it possible that both groups are right? Probably.
What Home Inspectors Need to Know About Slate Roofs
by Joesph Jenkins
Although most home inspectors will work their entire career without ever inspecting a slate roof, those who are called on to do so have an opportunity to help protect and preserve one of our nation’s most overlooked architectural treasures. Many existing slate roofs in the United States are more than a century old, and may continue to function well for another century.
Considering Commercial Building Inspections?
by Jennifer G. Prokopy
Experienced home inspectors looking for a chance to stretch their skills can find it in commercial building inspections, a market that offers many opportunities for business growth.
Resolving Complaints, A Risk Management Series, Part 1 of 4
by Alan Carson
The phone call always starts
like this: “You inspected the house we bought six months ago and now we are having problems.” Most of us have received calls like this, and all of us dread them.
Understanding and Inspecting EPDM Roofing, Part 1
by John Cranor
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), or “rubber roofing,” is one type of single-ply roofing. Since it first appeared in the mid-60s, EPDM has proven to be a reliable and durable roofing system.