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The complete book of home inspection

Author: Norman Becker
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Inspect any home inside and out-with help from an expert! Find out the real value of a house or condo using the tested techniques in this step-by-step guide. Written by a professional home inspector and fully updated throughout, The Complete Book of Home Inspection, Fourth Edition, shows you how to determine exactly what's behind, beneath, above, and around a house before you make an offer. If  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Becker
ISBN: 9780071702775 0071702776
OCLC Number: 613429330
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 359 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1: Tools And Procedure --
Tools needed --
Inspection procedure --
Exterior inspection --
Interior inspection --
Electromechanical systems --
Final inspection --
Exterior inspection --
2: Roofs --
Pitched roofs --
Shingles --
Flat roofs --
Built-up roofs (BURs) --
Single-ply membrane --
Roll roofing --
Metal roofing --
Checkpoint summary --
3: Roof-Mounted Structures And Projections --
Chimneys --
Vent stacks --
Roof vents --
Roof hatch --
Skylights --
TV antennas --
Lightning protection --
Gutters and downspouts --
Built-in gutters --
Exterior-mounted gutters --
Downspouts --
Checkpoint summary --
4: Paved Areas Around The Structure --
Sidewalks --
Street-level/driveway-level steps --
Front and side paths --
Entry steps --
Patio --
Driveway --
Checkpoint summary --
5: Walls, Windows, And Doors --
Exterior walls --
Exterior siding --
Masonry wall --
Trim --
Windows --
Inspection --
Exterior doors --
Storm windows, screens, and storm doors --
Storm windows --
Screens --
Storm doors --
Inspection --
Caulking --
Checkpoint summary --
6: Lot And Landscaping --
Drainage --
Groundwater, water table --
Inspection --
Retaining walls --
Inspection --
Landscaping --
Lawn --
Shrubs --
Trees --
Decks --
Free-standing decks --
Composite decks --
Fences --
Checkpoint summary --
7: Garage --
Attached garage --
Fire and health hazards --
Plumbing check --
Flood potential --
Doors --
General considerations --
Detached garage --
Exterior --
Interior --
Heat and electricity --
Checkpoint summary --
8: Wood-Destroying Insects And Rot --
Termites --
Subterranean termites --
Dry-wood termites --
Formosan termites --
Other wood-destroying insects --
Carpenter ants --
Powder-post beetles --
Rot --
Inspection --
Checkpoint summary --
Interior Inspection --
9: Attic --
Insulation --
Violations --
Leakage --
Fire hazards --
Ventilation --
Attic fan --
Whole house fans --
Structural --
Checkpoint summary --
10: Interior Rooms --
Walls and ceilings --
Mold-resistant drywall --
Chinese drywall --
Floors --
Heat --
Windows --
Electrical outlets --
Fireplace --
Gas-fired fireplace --
Bedrooms --
Bathrooms --
Water pressure and flow --
Kitchen --
Hallway and staircase --
Checkpoint summary. 11: Basement And Crawl Space --
Foundation --
Settlement --
Inspection --
Dampness --
Water seepage-causes and control --
High groundwater level --
Hydrostatic pressure-walls --
Inspection --
Furnace room --
Ventilation --
Crawl space --
Conditioned crawl space --
Checkpoint summary --
Electromechanicals --
12: Electrical System --
Inlet electrical system --
Electrical capacity --
Fuses and circuit breakers --
Inlet service panel box --
Panel-box interior --
Aluminum wiring --
Grounding --
Improper ground connections --
Interior electrical inspection --
Electrical outlets --
Knob-and-tube wiring --
Low-voltage switching systems --
Violations --
Checkpoint summary --
13: Plumbing --
Water supply and distribution --
Fixtures --
Drainage system --
Waste-disposal system --
Cesspool --
Septic system --
Exterior inspection --
Vent stack --
Fresh-air vent --
Lawn sprinkler systems --
Septic system --
Interior inspection --
Fixtures --
Cross-connection --
Water pressure, flow --
Plumbing wall hatch --
Pipes --
Basement inspection --
Water-supply pipes --
Distribution piping --
Drainage pipes --
Well-plumbing systems --
Wells --
Well pumps --
Accessory equipment --
General considerations --
Checkpoint summary --
14: Heating Systems I --
Central heating systems --
Heating outlets: registers and radiators --
Thermostat and master shutoff --
Warm-air systems --
Advantages --
Disadvantages --
Gravity warm air --
Forced warm air --
Heat pump --
Geothermal heating/cooling --
Hot-water systems --
Gravity hot water --
Forced hot water --
Steam heating systems --
Distribution piping --
Controls --
Domestic water heater --
Advantages and disadvantages --
Hybrid heating systems --
Steam-hot water --
Hydro-air --
15: Heating Systems II --
Oil-fired systems --
Gas-fired systems --
Electrical systems --
Area heaters --
Gas-fired units --
Electrical units --
Heating system inspection procedure --
Warm-air systems --
Hot-water systems --
Steam systems --
Oil burners --
Gas burners --
Checkpoint summary --
16: Domestic Water Heaters --
Tank water heaters --
Reversed connection --
Relief valve --
Rumbling noise --
Exhaust stack --
Operational inspection --
Water heater replacement --
Water heater capacity and recovery --
Tankless (coil) water heaters --
Inspection procedure --
Tankless (wall-mounted) water heaters --
Indirect-fired storage water heaters --
Checkpoint summary --
17: Air-Conditioning --
Air-conditioning capacity --
Air-conditioning systems --
Integral system --
Split system --
Heat pump --
Evaporative cooler --
Checkpoint summary --
18: Swimming Pools --
Concrete pools --
Vinyl-lined pools --
Preformed fiberglass pools --
Pool equipment --
Pool accessories --
Inspection procedure --
Checkpoint summary --
Other Issues --19: Energy Considerations --
Energy audit --
Insulation --
Attic ventilation --
Storm windows --
Caulking and weatherstripping --
Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves --
Heating and air-conditioning systems --
20: Environmental Concerns --
Radon --
Asbestos --
Drinking water --
Lead --
Formaldehyde --
Leaky oil tanks --
Electromagnetic fields --
Mold --
21: Green Home Technology --
Roof --
Roof-mounted structures --
Paved areas around the structure --
Exterior walls-siding (cladding) --
Deck --
Windows --
Structural framing --
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) --
Water heating --
22: Conclusion --
Professional home inspection --
Home inspection limitations --
Real estate warranty program --
Private home inspection warranty programs --
Manufacturers' warranties --
Contract --
Appendix --
Home inspector requirements --
Quiz based on The Complete Book of Home Inspection --
Quiz answers --
ASHI Standards of Practice --
ASHI Code of Ethics --
ASHI membership categories and requirements --
Glossary --
Inspection worksheets --
Index.
Responsibility: Norman Becker.

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Written by a professional home inspector, this instruction manual for existing and potential homeowners now includes expert guidance for home inspectors.  Read more...

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