Bruce Barker - Newsroom Author Details

Bruce Barker - Photo Bruce Barker is the founder and president of Dream Home Consultants LLC and the author of Everybody’s Building Code, written to help home inspectors understand the International Residential Code. Bruce has been building and inspecting homes since 1987. He currently serves as ASHI President (2021). He is a certified Residential Combination Inspector and a licensed contractor in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina.

Articles authored

Lessons Learned, October 2021

Remodeling ASHI, January 2021

Don’t Become an ASHI Ghost, October 2020

The Word: Plastic Building Materials, July 2020

The Word: Fire Words, June 2020

North Carolina ASHI Annual Conference and Chapter Meeting, March 2020

The Word: Retaining Walls, November 2019

The Word: Crawlspace Ventilation, September 2019

The Word: Deck Stairs Update, July 2019

The Word: Vent, July 2018

The Word: Time, January 2018

The Word: Attic Ventilation, December 2017

Radon Standard Press Release, June 2017

ASHI Deck Standard FAQs, May 2017

Decks, August 2016

Deck Stairs, July 2016

Electrical Systems: Questions and Answers, November 2015

Smoke Alarms, October 2015

Plumbing Pipes, February 2015

Kitchen Appliance Inspections, January 2015

Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing & Flexible Appliance Connectors, October 2014

Siding ABC's, July 2014

Siding ABC's, June 2014

Siding ABC's Part 2, May 2014

The Word - Siding ABCs, April 2014

Non-Traditional Gas Appliance Venting, March 2014

Asphalt Shingle Roof Coverings, February 2014

Aluminum Wiring, January 2014

HVAC Forced-Air Ducts, December 2013

Old Wiring Methods, November 2013

The Rest of the Story, October 2013

The Rest of the Story, August 2013

The Rest of the Story, July 2013

DWV Systems:, June 2013

Proposed Home Inspection Standard Improvements Presented for Comment, May 2013

Electricity, May 2013

Proposed Home Inspection Standard Improvements Presented for Comment, April 2013

Electricity: Basic Theory, April 2013

Standards of Practice, March 2013

Electricity: Basic Theory, February 2013

Water Heater Relief Valves, December 2012

Business Planning, November 2012

Basement Remodeling, October 2012

Bathroom Remodeling, September 2012

The Word: Kitchen Remodeling, August 2012

The Word: Deficient Reporting, July 2012

The Word: Plumbing Vents & Traps, June 2012

The Word: Common Vent, May 2012

The Word: Electrical Cable Installation Deficiencies, April 2012

The Word: Guards, March 2012

The Word: Redux, February 2012

The Word: Venting Gas Appliances Using a Chimney, January 2012

The Word: Combustion Air, December 2011

The Word: Crawl Space Ventilation, November 2011

The Word: Decks, October 2011

Maintaining and Interpreting the ASHI Standards, October 2011

The Word: Decks, September 2011

The Word: Decks, August 2011

The Word: Safety Glazing, Part 2, July 2011

The Word: Safety Glazing, June 2011

The Word: Habitable Rooms, May 2011

The Word: Pool Barriers & Entrapment Prevention, April 2011

The Word: Body Parts, March 2011

The Word: Electrical Panel Cabinet, February 2011

The Word: Receptacle, January 2011

The Word: Scope, December 2010

The Word: Stairway, November 2010

Auxiliary Standards of Practice: Frequently Asked Questions, September 2010

The Word: Temperature Drop, September 2010

The Word: Traps and Vents, August 2010

The Word: Backflow Prevention, July 2010

The Word: Grounding and Bonding, June 2010

The Word: Roof Framing Terms, April 2010

The Word: Wisdom?, March 2010

The Word: Escape Openings, February 2010

The Word: A Half Dozen This Month, January 2010

The Word: Service entrance conductors, December 2009

The Word: Fireblock, November 2009

The Word: Draft, October 2009

Focus on Standards, October 2009

The Word: Fireplace, September 2009

The American Society of Home Inspectors Invitation for Comment on Draft Standards of Professional Practice for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Inspections, September 2009

Invitation for Public Comment on Draft Standards for Pre-drywall Inspections, July 2009

The Word: Vapor Barrier, July 2009

Green Inspections: Solar Photovoltaic Systems, June 2009

Focus on Standards, June 2009

The Word: Vent, May 2009

The Word: Subpanel, April 2009

Hot Toilets, April 2009

Focus on Standards: Standards for Ancillary Services, February 2009

One Inspector's Journey Into Infrared Thermography, July 2008

More: What’s in a Name?, October 2006

What's In A Name? Using Precise Names for Components to Prevent Confusion, June 2006

A Home Inspectors' Guide to Flexible HVAC Duct Installation, November 2005

Swimming Pools: To Inspect or Not To Inspect?, March 2005

Supporting Inspection Findings by Citing Authoritative Sources, June 2004