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Principles of Home Inspection: Chimneys & Wood Heating
By Carson Dunlop & Associates

Principles of Home Inspection: Chimneys & Wood HeatingVirtually every home heating system requires a chimney or vent, making this an important topic for both home inspectors and homeowners.

 

The text explores the efficiency and life expectancy of various types of chimney and wood heating methods. Components and potential problems of wood furnaces are discussed for regions of the country where this heating method is common. Wood stoves and wood fireplaces, popular throughout North America, also are covered.

Contents
Overview of Chimneys Masonry Chimneys Metal Chimneys or Vents Overview of Wood Heating Wood Furnaces and Boiler Wood Stoves Wood-Burning Fireplaces Inspection Tools Inspection Checklists Inspection Procedure Answers to Review Questions
 
 

Principles of Home Inspection: Hot Water Boilers
By Carson Dunlop & Associates
Principles of Home Inspection: Hot Water BoilersThis comprehensive text is designed both for beginners who need an in-depth introduction to hot water boiler inspection and more advanced practitioners looking to deepen their understanding.

 

Hot Water Boilers covers advantages and disadvantages of hot water heating, differences between boilers and furnaces, sequence of operation, efficiency, and life expectancy.

Contents
Overview of Hot Water Boilers and Heat Exchangers Controls Distribution Systems Radiators, Convectors and Baseboards Radiant Heating and Tankless Coils Mid- and High-Efficiency Boilers and Combination Systems Life Expectancy, Capacity and Sequence of Operations Inspection Tools Inspection Checklists Inspection Procedure Answers to Review Questions
 
 

Principles of Home Inspection: Insulation
By Carson Dunlop & Associates
Principles of Home Inspection: InsulationThe inspection of insulation and ventilation systems is particularly challenging because so little of the systems can be seen.

 

This text discusses how insulation, air/vapor barriers and ventilations systems work to keep houses comfortable and structurally sound. Basics of heat transfer and vapor movement are covered first to lay the groundwork for discussion of insulation and ventilation materials, systems and applications. Thorough treatment of venting living spaces is provided, including balanced ventilation systems and heat recovery ventilators (HRVs).

Contents
The Basics of Heat and Moisture Flow Insulation Materials Materials for Air/Vapor Barriers Venting Roofs and Living Spaces Attics Flat and Cathedral Roofs Basements and Crawlspaces Walls Above Grade and Floors Over Unheated Areas Ventilation Systems Standards of Practice Inspection Tools Inspection Checklists Inspection Procedure Answers to Review Questions
 
 

Principles of Home Inspection: Roofing
By Carson Dunlop & Associates
Principles of Home Inspection: RoofingThis comprehensive text explores the fill range of roofing materials and installation procedures.
 
Since most roof leaks are flashing related, this critical topic is covered in-depth, including valley, chimney, pipe, sidewall, hip and ridge, skylight, drip edge, and dormer flashings. For inspectors in cool climates, the important topic of ice damming also is thoroughly covered.
 
Contents
An Overview of Steep Roofing Asphalt Shingles Wood Shingles and Shakes Slate Clay Tile Concrete Tile Fiber Cement Shingles Metal Roll Roofing Steep Roof Flashing Types of Flat Roofing Flat Roof Flashings Inspection Tools Inspection Checklists Inspection Procedure Answers to Review
 
 

Principles of Home Inspection: Steam, Electric & Wall/Floor Heating
By Carson Dunlop & Associates
Principles of Home Inspection: Steam, Electric & Wall/Floor HeatingSteam, electric and wall/floor heating methods are often neglected in other texts because they are not as widely used as other methods.

 

For home inspectors who do expect to see them in their practice, this book offers a solid introduction to the materials, components, operating principles, and safety controls of these heating methods.

Contents
Principles of Steam Heating General and Component Problems with Steam Boilers Principles of Electric Heat Space Heaters Electric Furnaces, Boilers, and Radiant Heating Wall Furnaces and Floor Furnaces Room Heaters, Gas Fireplaces, and Gas Logs Inspection Tools Inspection Checklists Inspection Procedure Answers to Review Questions
 
 

Principles of Home Inspection: Structure
By Carson Dunlop & Associates
Principles of Home Inspection: StructureStructural conditions are often the most serious and expensive area to correct, and are among the most difficult for home inspectors to identify.

 

This comprehensive text walks inspectors through challenging topics such as cracks, soil conditions, footings, and distinguishing solid masonry from masonry veneer walls.

Contents
An Overview of Footings and Foundations Conditions of Footings and Foundations An Overview of Floors Sills Columns Beams Joists, Subflooring and Concrete Floor Slabs Solid Masonry Walls Wood Frame Walls Masonry Veneer Walls Arches and Lintels Introduction to Roofs Rafters, Roof Joists, and Ceiling Joists Collar Ties, Knee Walls, and Purlins Trusses, Wood I Joists, and Roof Sheathing Seismic and Wind Resistance Inspection Tools Inspection Checklists Inspection Procedure Answers to Review Questions