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  1. Range Anti-Tip Device

  2. Determining Appliance Age

  3. Steam Cycle Dryers

  4. Home Appliance Recalls

  5. Dryer Vents

  6. Max Length for Dryer Vent

  7. Required Kitchen Appliances For FHA

  8. Over-The-Range Microwaves

  9. Appliance Testing Requirements

  10. Gas Appliance Connectors

  11. Dryer Vent Near Condenser

  12. Dishwasher Circuit Requirements

  13. Maximum Height for Over-The-Range Microwaves

  14. Strain Relief Clamps

  15. Dryer Vent Into Enclosed Space

  16. Inspecting an Icemaker

  17. Securing Washing Machine Drain Hose


  1. Common Mobile Home Defects

  2. Common Homeowner Wiring Problems

  3. Older House Common Problems

  4. Common Window Problems

  5. Electrical Outlet Common Problems

  6. Common Problems of 1950s Houses

  7. Common Problems of 1960s Houses

  8. Common Problems of 1970s Houses

  9. Common Problems of 1980s Houses

  10. Common Problems of 1990s Houses

  11. Common Problems Mobile Homes Over 40 Years Old

  12. Water Heater Installation Common Problems

  13. Common Plumbing Problems with Older Homes

  14. Common Foundation Problems

  15. Re-plumbed Houses Common Problems

  16. Common Electrical Defects

  17. Common Over-The-Range Microwave Problems

  18. Common Roof Truss Defects

  19. Wall/Window Air Conditioner Common Problems

  20. Common Problems Older Mobile Homes

  21. Common Problems Homeowner Remodeled Homes

  22. Common Causes of Ceiling Stains

  23. Common Problems with Attic Insulation


  1. Inspecting Garage Doors

  2. Window Energy Ratings

  3. Haze on Double-Pane Windows

  4. Inspecting Windows

  5. Left-Hand and Right-Hand Doors

  6. Burglar Bars

  7. ANSI 297.1

  8. Dormer Windows

  9. Window to Door Conversion

  10. Egress Windows

  11. Dormer Window Leaks

  12. Double Cylinder Deadbolt Locks

  13. Safety Glass

  14. Low-E Window Glass

  15. Sweating Window Glass

  16. Door from House to Garage

  17. Door from Bedroom to Garage

  18. Window Screen Requirements

  19. Minimum Exit Door Requirements

  20. Pet Door to Garage

  21. Pressure Washing Double Pane Windows

  22. Inswing or Outswing Entry Doors

  23. Window Safety Glass Requirements

  24. Holding Down Button to Close Garage Door

  25. Metal Plate on Floor Under Garage Door

  26. Tubular Garage Door Track System

  27. Condensation on Windows in the Morning

  28. Landings at Exterior Doors

  29. Solid Wood Door to Garage First Required

  30. Closer at Door to Garage

  31. Window Weep Hole Covers


  1. GFCI Receptacles

  2. Generator Hook-ups

  3. Federal Pacific Electric Panels

  4. Internet Service

  5. GFCI-Receptacle Won’t Reset

  6. Tamper-Resistant Receptacles

  7. Light Fixture Over Shower/Tub

  8. Ceiling Fans

  9. Double Tap

  10. Dead Bathroom Receptacle

  11. Circuit Breaker Life Expectancy

  12. Cheater Plugs

  13. Bare Bulb Light Fixtures

  14. Wire Sizes

  15. Minimum Height for Garage Outlets

  16. Bathroom Receptacle Spacing

  17. Horizontal Electric Panel

  18. Split Bus Panels

  19. Test Buttons on Circuit Breakers

  20. Bathroom Receptacle Missing

  21. Homeowner Wiring Mistakes

  22. Receptacle Spacing

  23. Drooping Fan Blades

  24. Aluminum Wire Before 1960

  25. Wall Plugs

  26. Rewiring a House

  27. Knob And Tube Wiring

  28. Size of Electric Panel

  29. Two-Slot Receptacles

  30. Testing Outlets For Grounding

  31. Aluminum Wiring

  32. Three-Way Switch

  33. Reversed Polarity

  34. Circuit Breaker Won’t Reset

  35. Code Compliance Inspection

  36. Long-Term Inactive Service

  37. Ground Wire

  38. Open Junction Box

  39. Anti-Oxidant Paste

  40. Required Switched Lighting

  41. Kitchen Counter Outlets

  42. Mystery Wall Switch

  43. Dead Front GFCI

  44. Garage Receptacle Outlet Placement

  45. Circuit Breaker Locks

  46. Power Lines in Trees

  47. Neutral Wire Termination

  48. Exterior Wiremold

  49. Life Expectancy of Wiring

  50. Zinsco Panels

  51. Receptacles at Wood Paneling

  52. False Ground Receptacles

  53. Common Electrical Defects

  54. Open Wire Splices

  55. Old Fuse Panels

  56. Overstripped Wires

  57. Grounded vs. Grounding Conductors

  58. CAFCI vs. AFCI Circuit Breakers

  59. Recognizing Tamper Resistant Receptacles

  60. DFCI Breakers

  61. Ungrounded GFCI Receptacles

  62. Opening Electric Panels

  63. Over-The-Range Microwaves

  64. Electric Service to a Mobile Home

  65. Electric Panel Over Stairs

  66. Outdoor Electric Receptacle Requirements

  67. NM-Cables In Attic

  68. Generator Sizing for Well Pumps

  69. Converting 240V Circuit to 120V

  70. Old Wiring in Walls

  71. Extremely High Electric Bill

  72. Making A Circuit Directory

  73. Definition of Luminaire

  74. Extension Cord Hazards

  75. Too Many Outlets On A Circuit

  76. Determining Size of Electric Service

  77. Receptacle Requirement for Hallways

  78. Circuit Breaker TEST Buttons

  79. Polarized Outlets and Plugs

  80. Painted Receptacles

  81. Disconnect Requirements for Electric Water Heaters

  82. Dishwasher Circuit Requirements

  83. Grandfathering of Old Electrical Components

  84. When Current Receptacle Spacing Was First Required

  85. Tinned Copper Wiring

  86. When Three-Slot (Grounding) Receptacles Were First Required

  87. Residential Voltage

  88. Six Switch-Throws Rule for Main Disconnect

  89. Minimum Height of An Exterior Receptacle Outlet

  90. Removing Receptacle Outlet Cover Plate

  91. Lights Dim What Air Conditioner Starts Up

  92. When GFCI Receptacles First Required

  93. GFCI Receptacle Required Locations

  94. Difference Between AFCI and GFCI

  95. Flickering or Blinking Lights

  96. Receptacle Height Above Floor

  97. Bundled Wiring in an Electric Panel

  98. Upside Down Electric Receptacles

  99. Undersize Wiring

  100. Insurance Problem with Fuse Panels

  101. Backstab Receptacle Outlets

  102. What GFCIs Don’t Do

  103. Hard-Wiring a Range

  104. Color Code for NM Cable

  105. Electrical Terms Glossary

  106. Listed and Labeled

  107. Lateral Service Warning Tape

  108. Minimum Distance Sink to Electric Panel

  109. Maximum Gap Around Recessed Panel

  110. NM-Cable Appliance Cord

  111. 3 Phase or Single Phase Electrical Service

  112. Breaker with Yellow or White Test Button

  113. Understanding 3 Phase Electric Service

  114. Ceiling Fan Minimum Height

  115. Doorbell Transformer in Electric Panel

  116. Determining Age of Square D Panel

  117. UL Dry, Damp and Wet Locations

  118. Service Drop Clearance Requirements

  119. Taped Wire Nut Connections

  120. Identifying a Combo AFCI Breaker

  121. Fluorescent Light in Closet

  122. Surge Protector in Electric Panel

  123. Receptacle Outlets at Stairs

  124. Spa Tub Not Working

  125. Lampholder in Exterior Location

  126. Strain Relief Clamps

  127. Service Conductors Attachment to House

  128. Electric Panel in Bathroom

  129. GFCI for Washing Machine Receptacle

  130. Kitchen GFCI Requirement

  131. Electric Panel in the Closet

  132. AFCI Breakers First Required

  133. Living Near a High-Voltage Power Line

  134. Self-Contained Receptacles and Switches

  135. Using a Tic-Tracer for Home inspection Safety

  136. GFCI Protection for Storage Shed Receptacles

  137. Receptacle Replacement

  138. Lightning Rods

  139. Multiple Breaker Manufacturers in Panel

  140. Difference Between Receptacle, Outlet, and Plug

  141. Maximum Number of Receptacles on a Circuit

  142. While-In-Use Receptacle Covers

  143. Selecting an Emergency Generator

  144. Window A/C on Portable Generator

  145. Tandem Circuit Breakers

  146. Light Switch “ON” Position

  147. Voltage at Receptacle Outlets

  148. Code Requirements for Screw-In Fuse Panels

  149. Neutral-Ground Separation at Subpanels First Required

  150. Why Bonding Neutral and Ground at Subpanel Unsafe

  151. Dishwasher GFCI Protection

  152. Opening Around Receptacle Outlet

  153. Spray Paint in Panel Box

  154. Light Fixture Over Shower or Bathtub

  155. Aluminum Service Entrance Cable Sizes

  156. Replacement of Corroded Panel Cabinet

  157. Dedicated Circuits

  158. Electrical Standards for Older Homes

  159. Minor Electrical Defects

  160. Maximum Number of Breakers in a Panel

  161. Applicable Edition of NEC

  162. Copper Wires Turning Green or Black

  163. Wire Nut NM-Cable Termination

  164. Garage GFCI Requirement

  165. Service Receptacle for HACR Equipment

  166. GFCI Protection for Wet Bar Sink Receptacles

  167. Maximum Spacing for Securing NM-Cable

  168. Replace AFCI Breaker with CAFCI Breaker

  169. GFCI vs. Circuit Breaker

  170. GFCI Safety Statistics

  171. Panel Mounted Upside Down

  172. Light Switch for Water Heater Disconnect

  173. Disconnect for Tankless Gas Water Heater


  1. Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit

  2. Eliminating Air Leaks

  3. Whole House Fans

  4. Heat Pump Water Heaters

  5. Jump Ducts

  6. Closing Doors To Reduce Utility Bill

  7. Mobile Home Energy Efficiency

  8. Fireplace Dampers


  1. EIFS

  2. Difference Between Acrocrete and EIFS

  3. Brick Houses

  4. Efflorescence on Brick Walls

  5. Vinyl Siding

  6. Housewrap

  7. Composite Wood Siding

  8. Asbestos Siding

  9. Brick Houses and Heat

  10. Loose Siding

  11. Fascia and Soffit

  12. Efflorescence on Brick Walls

  13. Backyard Shed Building Permits

  14. Wood Deck Lifespan

  15. Deck Safety Inspection

  16. Guardrail Requirements

  17. When To Repaint The House

  18. Common Foundation Problems

  19. Life Expectancy of Stucco

  20. Life Expectancy of Plywood Siding

  21. Life Expectancy of Wood Siding

  22. Z Flashing

  23. Roof to Wall Connections for Wind Mitigation Form

  24. Avoiding Sinkhole Properties

  25. Engineered Wood Siding

  26. Siding Over a Concrete Block House

  27. Aluminum Siding Pros and Cons

  28. Paint Peeling Prematurely

  29. Freeze Damaged Brick

  30. Brick Ladder Reinforcement

  31. Painting Vinyl Siding

  32. Determining Type of Wall Structure

  33. Cracking Stucco

  34. Finding Hidden Moisture in Walls

  35. Concrete Block vs Wood Frame

  36. Rising Damp in Bricks

  37. HardiePlank with Wood Trim

  38. Skirt Board on Plywood Siding

  39. Difference Between Structural and Cosmetic Defects

  40. Wall Behind the Stucco

  41. Chert Houses

  42. Crawl Space Ventilation

  43. Notching and Boring Studs

  44. Structurally Sound House

  45. Sealing Patio Pavers

  46. Different Types of Soil Movement

  47. Crawl Space Ventilation Under Concrete Floors

  48. Most Common Roof-To-Wall Attachment

  49. Fiber-Cement Lap Siding Butt Joints

  50. Finding Cracks


  1. Factory-Built Fireplaces

  2. Leaning Chimney

  3. Ventless Fireplaces

  4. Chimney But No Fireplace

  5. Chimney Creosote Bulidup

  6. Gas Fireplace Soot Buildup

  7. Fireplace Dampers

  8. 3-2-10 Rule for Chimneys


  1. Mobile Homes

  2. Electrical

  3. Heating and Air Conditioning


  1. Air Conditioner Troubleshooting

  2. Mobile Home Air Conditioner Size

  3. SEER Rating History

  4. Auxiliary and Emergency Heat

  5. Furnace AFUE Ratings

  6. Old Underground Fuel Oil Tanks

  7. Air Conditioner SEER Ratings

  8. Package Unit Air Conditioners

  9. Heat Pump Defrost Cycle

  10. Furnace Safety Switch

  11. Thermostat Blower Settings

  12. Balanced Air Conditioning

  13. Geothermal Heat Pumps

  14. MERV Filter Ratings

  15. Mold Around Ducts

  16. Minimum SEER Rating

  17. UV Air Treatment

  18. Frozen Coolant Line

  19. Hydronic Heat

  20. Cost of Heat Pump Replacement

  21. Heat Pump vs. Straight Cool

  22. Humidistats

  23. Closed Air Vents

  24. Air Conditioner Running Constantly

  25. Bad Capacitor

  26. Bathroom Exhaust Fans

  27. Air Conditioning Heat Recovery Systems

  28. Best Mobile Home Air Conditioner

  29. Average Lifespan of an Air Conditioner

  30. When to Turn On Emergency Heat

  31. Condensate Drain Traps

  32. Finding SEER Rating

  33. Whole House Fans

  34. Jump Ducts

  35. Condensate Drain Under House

  36. Transfer Grilles

  37. Return Air Vent in Master Bedroom

  38. Closing Doors To Reduce Utility Bill

  39. Bard Air Conditioner Age

  40. Lennox Air Conditioner Age

  41. Wall Switch Next To Furnace/Air Handler

  42. Wall/Window Air Conditioner Common Problems

  43. Electric vs. Natural Gas for Heating

  44. Level Condenser Units

  45. Dryer Vent Near Condenser

  46. Furnace Flame Color

  47. Return Air In Same Room As Gas Furnace

  48. Phase-Out of R-22

  49. Guardian Air Conditioner Age

  50. Lights Dim What Air Conditioner Starts Up

  51. Guardian Air Conditioner Age

  52. Xenon Air Conditioner Age

  53. Determining if R-22 Or R-410A System

  54. Air Conditioner Not Cooling Enough

  55. Return Air Plenum

  56. Building Cavity as Return Air Duct

  57. Ducane Air Conditioner Age

  58. Heating and Air Conditioning Glossary of Terms

  59. Latent Heat

  60. Daikin Age Conditioner Age

  61. Half Bath Ventilation

  62. Kitchen Range Hood Requirements

  63. Thermal Zone Air Conditioner Age

  64. Furnace in a Bedroom or Bathroom

  65. Ductless Mini-Splits

  66. FanRecycler and AirCycler

  67. Payne Air Conditioner Age

  68. Tempstar Air Conditioner Age

  69. WeatherKing Air Conditioner Age

  70. Amana Air Conditioner Age

  71. Rheem Air Conditioner Age

  72. Ruud Air Conditioner Age

  73. York Air Conditioner Age

  74. Comfortmaker Air Conditioner Age

  75. International Comfort Air Conditioner Age

  76. Inter-City Products Air Conditioner Age

  77. Bathroom Vent Fan Not Clearing Air

  78. Total System Basis of SEER Rating

  79. Aire-Flo Air Conditioner Age

  80. Nordyne Air Conditioner Age

  81. Cumberland Air Conditioner Age

  82. Luxaire Air Conditioner Age

  83. Janitrol Air Conditioner Age

  84. Heil Air Conditioner Age

  85. FHP Heat Pump Age

  86. EcoTemp Air Conditioner Age

  87. Trane Furnace Age

  88. Johnstone Air Conditioner Age

  89. Affinity Air Conditioner Age

  90. Air Conditioning the Garage

  91. Thermostat Screen Gone Blank

  92. Determining Age of an Air Conditioner or Furnace

  93. Coleman or Coleman-Evcon Age

  94. Indoor Furnace Combustion Air

  95. Age of HQCO Air Conditioner

  96. Heating Cost of Heat Pump vs. Electric Furnace

  97. Condenser Shaking

  98. Window A/C on Portable Generator

  99. Homes Before Air Conditioning

  100. UV-Light To Kill Mold In HVAC System

  101. Aspen Air Conditioner Age

  102. Minimum Slope of Flue Connector

  103. Difference Between Inverter and Conventional Heat Pump

  104. PTAC Units

  105. Requirements for Air Handler in Attic

  106. Arcoaire Air Conditioner or Furnace Age

  107. Access Clearance for Service Required in Front of Furnace or Air Handler

  108. Service Receptacle for HACR Equipment

  109. Kenmore Air Conditioner Age

  110. Determining If Heat Pump or Straight Cool Condenser

  111. Decreased Energy Efficiency of an Older Air Conditioner

  112. Gas Dryer Duct Thru Plenum

  113. GE Gas Furnace Age

  114. Airtemp Air Conditioner Age

  115. Heat Pipes

  116. Armstrong Air Furnace or Air Conditioner Age

  117. RADCO Air Conditioner Age


  1. 10 Questions To Ask A Home Inspector

  2. Negotiating With The Home Inspection

  3. Mobile Home Inspection

  4. Attending The Inspection

  5. Building Permits

  6. Negotiating Repairs

  7. Condo Inspection

  8. Questions For A Better Inspection

  9. Foreclosures

  10. Naming House Components

  11. Neighborhood Characteristics

  12. Specialized Inspections

  13. Appraisal vs. Home Inspection

  14. Home Inspection Surprise

  15. Inspection With Utilities Off

  16. Flipper Houses

  17. Seller Deceptions

  18. Abandoned Houses

  19. Buying a Former Rental House

  20. Questions We Can’t Answer

  21. Cost of a Home Inspection

  22. A Dead Person’s House

  23. Best Homebuyer Advice

  24. Using the Inspection Report

  25. Building Inspector vs. Home Inspector

  26. Scary Home Inspection

  27. Serviceable vs. Satisfactory

  28. Home Inspection Requirement

  29. Winterized Houses

  30. What Happens During an Inspection

  31. Measuring A House

  32. Determining Age of a House

  33. Seller Prep For A Home Inspection

  34. New Home Inspection

  35. Serviceable Condition

  36. Actual and Effective Year Built

  37. Buying a Flipper House

  38. Do-It-Yourself Home Inspection

  39. Fixes for a Better Home Inspection

  40. Buying a House That Has Been Moved

  41. What To Bring To An Inspection

  42. Home Inspection Tips

  43. Buying an Abandoned House

  44. Buying a Country House

  45. Verifying Home Inspection License

  46. Home Inspection Tools

  47. Home Inspection Standards

  48. Home Inspection vs. Walkthrough

  49. Glossary

  50. Talking with the Seller

  51. Lifting Carpets

  52. Appliance Testing

  53. Crawl Space Inspection

  54. Seller Attending Inspection

  55. FHA Inspection

  56. Average House Lifespan

  57. Required Kitchen Appliances for FHA

  58. Prescriptive vs. Performance Codes

  59. Realtor Recommended Inspectors

  60. Repairs By Inspector After Inspection

  61. Contractor vs. Home Inspector

  62. Inspection Before Signing Contract

  63. Failing a Home Inspection

  64. Beginning of Florida Building Code

  65. Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement

  66. Home Inspector Associations

  67. What Determines Year of a House

  68. Cosmetic Defects

  69. Funny Home Inspection Pictures

  70. Following The Inspector During Inspection

  71. Expired Building Permits

  72. Deal Killer Home Inspectors

  73. Buying a House Sight Unseen

  74. Meaning of “Not Readily Accessible”

  75. Finding a Local Home Inspector

  76. Who Pays For Home Inspection

  77. Using a Previous Home Inspection

  78. Frequently Asked Home Inspection Questions

  79. Inspecting in the Rain

  80. How To Not Get Screwed On The Home Inspection

  81. Home Inspector Cost Estimates

  82. Inspecting Outbuildings

  83. Flag Lots

  84. Contractor Allowed To Do Home Inspections

  85. Missing Components of a Home

  86. Inspections Required By Lenders

  87. Difference Between Structural and Cosmetic Defects

  88. Average Lifespan Ratings

  89. Barn Inspection

  90. Buying a House That Has Been Renovated Without Permits

  91. Inspecting a Hoarder’s House

  92. Using a Tic-Tracer for Home inspection Safety

  93. Asking Permission for Additional Inspections

  94. What’s Included in a Home Inspection

  95. Condo versus PUD Home Inspection

  96. Recommending Further Evaluation

  97. Most Often Asked Home Inspection Question

  98. Who Can Do a Home Inspection

  99. Responsibility for Repairs After Home Inspection


  1. Wind Zones for Mobile Homes

  2. Finding Mobile Home Wind Zone Rating

  3. Hurricane Prep

  4. Alachua County Wind Zone Map

  5. Bradford County Wind Zone Map

  6. Columbia County Wind Zone Map

  7. Dixie County Wind Zone Map

  8. Gilchrist County Wind Zone Map

  9. Lafayette County Wind Zone Map

  10. Levy County Wind Zone Map

  11. Marion County Wind Zone Map

  12. Putnam County Wind Zone Map

  13. Suwannee County Wind Zone Map

  14. Taylor County Wind Zone Map

  15. Union County Wind Zone Map

  16. Beginning of Florida Building Code

  17. Trees Near a Mobile Home


  1. R-Value of Insulation

  2. Rock Wool Insulation

  3. Spray Foam Insulation

  4. Adding Attic Insulation

  5. Finding Insulation

  6. Vermiculite Attic Insulation

  7. Common Problems with Attic Insulation


  1. Roof Shapes

  2. Wind Mitigation Form

  3. Wind Mitigation License Requirements

  4. 4-Point Inspections

  5. Roof Certification Form

  6. Common Insurance Inspections

  7. Lowering Homeowners Insurance

  8. Surplus Lines Insurance

  9. Getting Ready for a 4-Point Inspection

  10. Roof to Wall Connections for Wind Mitigation Form

  11. Hip Roof Discount on Wind Mitigation Form

  12. Roof Deck Attachment Discounts For Wind Mitigation Inspection

  13. Whether Wind Mitigation Form Is Required For Insurance

  14. 4-Point Inspection Pass or Fail

  15. 4-Point Inspection and Fuse Panels

  16. Citizens Property Insurance

  17. Non-permitted Home Improvements and Insurance Claims


  1. Mobile Homes

  2. Home Components

  3. Roofs

  4. Gravel Roofs

  5. Modified Bitumen Roofs

  6. Architectural Shingle Roofs

  7. Regular Shingle Roofs

  8. Metal Roofs

  9. Asbestos Cement Shingle Roofs

  10. Circuit Breakers

  11. Wood Decks

  12. Water Heaters

  13. Houses

  14. Air Conditioner

  15. Modular Home

  16. Electric Wiring

  17. Stucco

  18. Plywood Siding

  19. Copper Pipe

  20. Wood Siding

  21. PVC Pipe

  22. Cast Iron Pipe

  23. Galvanized Steel Pipe

  24. ABS Pipe

  25. PEX Pipe

  26. Windows

  27. Value and Use of Life Expectancy Estimates

  28. Radon Mitigation Systems

  29. SPF Roofs

  30. GFCI Receptacles


  1. Mobile Home Data Plate

  2. Mobile Home Construction Quality

  3. Wind Zones for Mobile Homes

  4. Manufactured vs. Modular Home

  5. Locating Mobile Home VIN Number

  6. Locating Very Old Mobile Home VIN Number

  7. Big Gap Under Interior Doors

  8. Mobile Home Skirting Ventilation

  9. Licensed Mobile Home Installers

  10. Mobile Home Fire Safety

  11. Finding Mobile Home Wind Zone Rating

  12. Common Mobile Home Defects

  13. Wind Zone History

  14. Load Bearing Walls in Mobile Homes

  15. Mobile Home Life Expectancy

  16. Mobile Home Stairs

  17. HUD Tags

  18. Tyvek Belly Wrap

  19. Transit Cracks in Wallboard

  20. Mobile Home Belly Wrap

  21. Cost to Move a Mobile Home

  22. Mobile Home Inspection

  23. Trailer-Mobile-Manufactured-Modular

  24. Manufactured and Mobile Homes

  25. Mobile Home Move Permit

  26. Remodeling An Older Mobile Home

  27. Package Unit Air Conditioners

  28. Vinyl Siding

  29. Multiple Mobile Home VIN Numbers

  30. Mobile Home Tie-Down Requirements

  31. Preventing Dampness in Mobile Homes

  32. Mobile Home Air Conditioner Size

  33. Mobile Home Inspection Cost

  34. Mobile Home Additions

  35. Mobile Home Metal Roof Coating

  36. Park Model Mobile Homes

  37. Painting Mobile Home Wallboard

  38. HUD Code Standards

  39. Moving Zone 1 Mobile Home to Florida

  40. Mobile Home Remodeling Permits

  41. Mobile Home Air Conditioner SEER

  42. Pit Set Foundation

  43. Mobile Home Vent Requirements

  44. Top Tips for Used Mobile Home Buyers

  45. Importance of Leveling

  46. Manufactured vs. Modular Home

  47. Modular Home Serial Number

  48. Doublewide or Singlewide

  49. Best Mobile Home Air Conditioner

  50. D-Sticker Mobile Homes

  51. Modular Home Life Expectancy

  52. Upgrading Old Mobile Home to HUD Standards

  53. Beginning of Double-Wides

  54. Mobile Home Energy Efficiency

  55. HUD Tag To Find Year of Manufacture

  56. Radon in Mobile Homes

  57. Looking for Mold in a Mobile Home

  58. HUD Requirements For Selling A Remodeled Mobile Home

  59. Manufacturers Licensed To Sell Their Mobile/Manufactured Homes in Florida

  60. Termites and Mobile Homes

  61. Homesite Limitations for Mobile Homes

  62. Mobile Home Crawlspace Inspection

  63. Electric Service to a Mobile Home

  64. Improving Mobile Home Energy Efficiency

  65. Determining Price for Used Mobile Home

  66. Loss Of Electricity In Half Of A Double-Wide

  67. Number of Mobile Homes in U.S.

  68. Shipping Container Conversion

  69. Mobile Home Water Heater Location

  70. HUD Code vs IRC

  71. Mobile Home Terms

  72. Humidity Level in Mobile Homes

  73. Making a Mobile Home Look Like a House

  74. Required Exit Doors for Mobile Home

  75. Mobile Home Inspection with No Electric or Water

  76. Definition of Manufactured Home

  77. Mobile Home Water Heaters

  78. RP Sticker

  79. Mobile Home Building Codes

  80. TPR Valve Discharge Piping Termination

  81. Buying a Foreclosure Mobile Home

  82. How Fast Mobile Homes Are Built

  83. Two Layers of Asphalt Shingles

  84. Trees Near a Mobile Home

  85. Modular Home Tie Down Requirements

  86. Park Trailer vs. Park Model

  87. Park Model Data Plate

  88. Hurricane Wind Speed Rating of Mobile Homes

  89. Safety of Older Mobile Homes

  90. Mobile Home Chimney Stacks

  91. Moving Existing Wind Zone 1 Home in Florida

  92. Moving Existing Wind Zone 2 Home in Florida

  93. Anchor Stabilizer Plates

  94. HUD Data Plate/Performance Certificate

  95. HUD Label Verification Letter

  96. Ground Cover Vapor Barrier

  97. Florida Over-Rides

  98. Common Foundation Pier Defects

  99. Complaint Resolution

  100. Listing of Installation Components

  101. Roof Replacement

  102. Insulation Rating

  103. Second Set

  104. Finding a Good Mobile Home Inspector

  105. Crawl Space Safety

  106. HUD Tag Missing

  107. Mobile Home Water Heater Shut-Off Valve

  108. Minimum Clearance Under Mobile Home

  109. Mobile Home Wheels

  110. Site Drainage Requirements

  111. Foundation Design

  112. Required Anchor Rod Depth

  113. Manufacturer Medallions on Very Old Mobile Homes

  114. Crowned Floors

  115. When Stabilizer Plates First Required

  116. Maximum Tie-Down Spacing in Florida

  117. Main Water Shut-Off for Mobile Homes


  1. Mold

  2. Gainesville Superfund Site

  3. Preventing Mold Growth

  4. Preventing Dampness in Mobile Homes

  5. Lead Paint

  6. Humidistats

  7. Mold Clean-up

  8. Marijuana Grow-Houses

  9. Contagious Wood Rot

  10. Old Underground Fuel Oil Tanks

  11. Removing Tobacco Odor

  12. Evaluating Wood Rot

  13. Formaldehyde Gas

  14. Using Bleach To Kill Mold

  15. Looking for Mold in a Mobile Home

  16. Mold Remediation Law

  17. Recognizing Asbestos

  18. Carpeted Bathrooms

  19. Finding Hidden Moisture in Walls

  20. Vermiculite Attic Insulation

  21. Thermal Imaging to Find Mold

  22. New vs. Old Home Moisture Problems

  23. Cleaning Up Rodent Urine and Droppings in Attic Insulation

  24. Removing a Dead Rodent from the Attic

  25. Buying a House with Mold

  26. Common Locations of Wood Rot

  27. Mold Contagious

  28. UV-Light To Kill Mold

  29. Buying a Hurricane Flood Damaged House


  1. Buying a Fixer-upper

  2. Older Houses

  3. Sears Catalog Houses

  4. Knob And Tube Wiring

  5. Buying a 1950s Home

  6. Difference Between “Character” and Defect in Older Homes


  1. S-Traps

  2. Polybutylene Piping

  3. Galvanized Water Piping

  4. Light Fixture Over Shower/Tub

  5. Septic Tanks

  6. Sewer Gas

  7. Identifying Different Pipe Materials

  8. Older Water Heaters

  9. High Water Bills

  10. Underground Plumbing

  11. Septic Tank Cleaning

  12. Repiping a House

  13. Tankless Water Heaters

  14. Water Heater Blankets

  15. Inspecting Toilets

  16. Stinky Water

  17. Sloan Flushmate

  18. Gas or Electric Water Heater

  19. Location of Water Supply Pipes

  20. Water Heater TPR Valves

  21. Finding Age of Water Heater

  22. Accordion Pipe

  23. P-Traps

  24. Difference between PVC and ABS

  25. Septic Tank Backup

  26. Water Service/Supply Pipes

  27. Septic Tank Upgrade Requirements

  28. Home Additions and Septic Tanks

  29. Septic Tank Backups

  30. Septic Tank Cleaning

  31. Water Hammer

  32. Old Underground Fuel Oil Tanks

  33. Emergency Water Shut-off

  34. Plumbing Cross Connection

  35. Anti-Scald Valves

  36. Galvanic Corrosion

  37. Vent Pipes

  38. Water Heater Backdrafting

  39. Sewer Gas Smells

  40. Saddle Valves

  41. Shower Pan Testing

  42. Water Heater Expansion Tanks

  43. Bathroom Receptacle Missing

  44. Light Fixture Over Shower/Tub

  45. Minimum Toilet Clearances

  46. Pipes Sticking Out of the Ground

  47. Common Plumbing Problems with Older Homes

  48. Washing Machine Hoses

  49. Dielectric Unions

  50. Re-plumbed Houses

  51. Life Expectancy of Copper Pipe

  52. PVC Pipe Inside The House

  53. Life Expectancy of PVC Pipe

  54. Bottle Traps

  55. Life Expectancy of CPVC Pipe

  56. FVIR Water Heaters

  57. Gas Appliance Connectors

  58. Escutcheon Plates

  59. Sunlight Damage of PVC Pipe

  60. Tracer Wires

  61. Living in a House During Plumbing Replacement

  62. Hot Water on Left

  63. Septic Tank at Vacant House

  64. Locating the Septic Tank

  65. Backflow Preventer in Sprinkler System

  66. Plastic Pipe Acronym Meanings

  67. Safety of Plastic Pipes

  68. Remodeling Garage with Gas Water Heater

  69. Washing Machine Drain Hose Connection to Standpipe

  70. 1950s Pipe Materials

  71. 1960s Pipe Materials

  72. 1970s Pipe Materials

  73. 1980s Pipe Materials

  74. 1990s Pipe Materials

  75. Determining If Septic Tank or Sewer

  76. Difference Between Water and Sewage Pipe

  77. PEX Pipe Freeze Resistance

  78. PEX Pipe Exterior Installation

  79. Hot Water at Washing Machine

  80. No Gas Meter

  81. Spa Tub Not Working

  82. Fixture Shut Off Valve Requirements

  83. Galvanized Nipple

  84. Water Pipe Insurance Problems

  85. Thermostatic Mixing Valves

  86. SpinSecure Faucet Lock

  87. Trap Arm Slope

  88. Wall-Mounted Toilets

  89. Building Traps

  90. Water Meter Spins Back and Forth

  91. Qest Pipe

  92. Mold in Toilet Tank

  93. Kitchen Disposals and Septic Tanks

  94. Minimum Shower Requirements

  95. Tankless Water Heater Service/Flush Valve Kits

  96. Septic Tank Additives

  97. Recycled Water for Landscape Irrigation

  98. Retrofit Hot Water Recirculation Systems

  99. Scorched Burn Marks Near Base of Gas Water Heater

  100. Combination Waste and Vent

  101. Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tablets

  102. Fixture Units

  103. Pipe Support Hanger Spacing

  104. Vent Stack vs. Stack Vent

  105. Gas Smell Near the Meter

  106. Difference Between CSST and FAC

  107. Gurgling Drains

  108. Garbage Disposal at Drain Waste and Vent

  109. Many Names for a Hose Bibb

  110. Gray Water Reuse Requirements in Florida

  111. Sand in the Toilet Tank

  112. Sink Drain Piping Layout

  113. Plumbing Vent Termination

  114. Pipe Sticking Out of Soffit

  115. Backwards Trap

  116. Green vs. White Sewer Drain Pipe

  117. Underground Utility Color Codes

  118. Water Heater Older Than The House

  119. Bathroom Accessories

  120. Why Hose Faucet Vacuum Breakers Leak

  121. Open Pipes Sticking Out Of The Wall

  122. Securing Washing Machine Drain Hose

  123. Damaged Hose Faucet Handle

  124. Trapped TPR Discharge Pipe

  125. Horizontal-To-Horizontal Sanitary Tee

  126. Child’s Toilet

  127. Maximum Length of Washing Machine Drain Hose

  128. Headroom for Powder Room Under Stairs

  129. Identifying Cast Iron Pipe

  130. Water Meter Box Level

  131. Rain Water in Roof Vent Pipe

  132. Galvanized Pipe Still Code Approved

  133. Preparing Plumbing for a Hard Freeze

  134. PVC Pipe for Indoor Plumbing

  135. Minimum Size Inlet Pipe for Water Heater

  136. Mobile Home Water Heater Shut-Off Valve

  137. Broken Cover Plate at Water Meter Box


  1. Plaster vs Paint Pool Refinishing

  2. Variable Speed Pool Pumps

  3. Inspecting a Green, Cloudy Pool

  4. Liner vs Fiberglas vs Concrete

  5. Above-Ground Pool Permit

  6. Barrier Requirements for Above-Ground Pools


  1. Radon In An Empty House

  2. Radon Mitigation

  3. Radon By Zip Code

  4. Understanding Radon

  5. Radon in Condominiums

  6. Mobile Homes and Radon

  7. Recognizing A Radon Mitigation System

  8. Granite Countertops and Radon

  9. Pre-Listing Radon Test

  10. Options When Radon Is High

  11. Where Radon Comes From

  12. Radon in Florida

  13. Radon Poisoning Symptoms

  14. The Cost Of Not Testing For Radon

  15. Radon in Well Water

  16. Do-It-Yourself Radon Testing

  17. Number of Radon Deaths Per Year

  18. Opening Windows to Reduce Radon

  19. Average Indoor and Outdoor Radon Levels

  20. Time Required for Radon Test Results

  21. Tamper-Resistance of Radon Test Devices

  22. Buying a House with High Radon

  23. Radon Mitigation System Life Expectancy

  24. Radon Mitigation System Maintenance

  25. Operating Cost of Radon Mitigation System

  26. Buying a House with a Radon Mitigation System

  27. Condo Radon Mitigation

  28. Testing Vacant Land

  29. Florida Radon Law

  30. Radon Test Results After Tampering


  1. Buying a Fixer-upper

  2. Garage Conversions

  3. Remodeling An Older Mobile Home

  4. Homeowner Porch Enclosures

  5. Mobile Home Additions

  6. Evaluating a Fixer-Upper

  7. Home Improvement Permits

  8. Painted Bathroom Tile

  9. Difference Between Renovation and Tear-Down House

  10. Final Inspection for Building Permits

  11. Buying a Fire Damaged House

  12. Non-permitted Home Improvements and Insurance Claims


  1. Roof Inspection

  2. Mobile Home Metal Roof Coating

  3. R-Value of Insulation

  4. Roof Shapes

  5. Rock Wool Insulation

  6. EPDM Roofs

  7. Roof Pitch

  8. Asphalt Shingle Minimum Pitch

  9. Kickout Flashing

  10. Roof Inspection versus Estimate

  11. Causes of Roof Leaks

  12. Cutting Roof Trusses

  13. Roof Cricket

  14. TPO Roofs

  15. Gutters

  16. Adding Attic Insulation

  17. Roof Certification Form

  18. Metal Roof Minimum Pitch

  19. When To Replace The Roof

  20. Tar-and-Gravel Roofs

  21. Attic Pull-Down Ladders

  22. Roof Lifespan

  23. Architectural Shingles

  24. Vent Pipe Boots

  25. Dormer Window Leaks

  26. Roof Edge Leaks

  27. Roof Flashing

  28. Negotiating Roof Replacement

  29. Buying House with Old Roof

  30. Gravel Roof Maintenance

  31. Finding Age of a Roof

  32. Cool Roofs

  33. Extending Roof Lifespan

  34. Sheathing Upgrade for New Roofs

  35. Low Slope Metal Roofs

  36. Maximum Roof Layers

  37. Verifying Your Roofing Permit

  38. Plywood vs. OSB

  39. Galvanized vs. Galvalume

  40. Hip vs. Gable Roof Cost

  41. H-Clips

  42. Ridge Board/Beam

  43. Replacing A Roof That Is Not Leaking

  44. Dips and Lumps In The Roof

  45. Common Roof Truss Defects

  46. Roof Deck Attachment Discounts For Wind Mitigation Inspection

  47. Roofing Felt vs. Synthetic Underlayment

  48. Popped Nails In A Shingle Roof

  49. Trusses vs. Rafters For Roof Framing

  50. Making a Roof More Leakproof

  51. Vermiculite Attic Insulation

  52. Purpose of Gravel on Roof

  53. Attic Access Requirements

  54. Common Causes of Ceiling Stains

  55. Minimum Slope for Tile Roof

  56. Roofing Boots

  57. Difference Between Roll Roofing and Modified Bitumen

  58. No Attic Access

  59. Roof Replaced But Old Flashings

  60. Attic Hazards

  61. Roofing Purlins and Battens

  62. Roofer’s Square

  63. Minimum Slope/Pitch for Corrugated Metal Roof

  64. Attic Painted Silver

  65. Common Problems with Attic Insulation

  66. Cleaning Up Rodent Urine and Droppings in Attic Insulation

  67. Removing a Dead Rodent from the Attic

  68. Flat vs. Slanted Roofs

  69. Recognizing a Roof-Over

  70. SPF Roofs

  71. Two Layers of Asphalt Shingles on a Mobile Home

  72. Premature Shingle Curl

  73. Hurricane Damage Roof Inspection

  74. Roof Ponding

  75. Roof Slope Factors

  76. Steep Roof vs. Low Slope Roof

  77. Installing an Appliance in the Attic

  78. Most Common Roof-To-Wall Attachment

  79. Gravel Roof Blisters

  80. Sagging Roof Ridge Line

  81. Leaks at Fake Dormers

  82. Rain Water in Roof Vent Pipe

  83. Buckling Shingles

  84. Causes of Curled Shingles

  85. Attic Improvement Mistakes to Avoid

  86. Shingle Granule Loss

  87. Leaves in the Attic


  1. Trip Hazards

  2. Tenant Safety

  3. Sewer Gas

  4. House Numbers

  5. Tree Dangers

  6. Chimney Creosote Buildup

  7. Attic Pull-Down Ladders

  8. Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  9. Bedroom Safety

  10. Tree Dangers

  11. Deck Safety Inspection

  12. Smoke Alarm Replacement

  13. Mobile Home Fire Safety

  14. Red Tagged Gas Appliances

  15. Bare Bulb Light Fixtures

  16. Dryer Vent Safety

  17. Window Security Bars

  18. New Smoke Alarm Law

  19. Stairs

  20. Steep Stairs

  21. Garage Door Safety Check

  22. Kitchen Safety

  23. Stair Lighting Requirements

  24. Washing Machine Hoses

  25. Double Cylinder Deadbolts

  26. Maximum Steep Stairs

  27. Recognizing Safety Glass

  28. Open Risers at Stairs

  29. Smoke Alarm in Kitchen

  30. Smoke Alarm Test Button

  31. Maximum Stair Run

  32. Attic Hazards

  33. Stair Nosing Requirements

  34. Accessing a Bedroom Through Another Bedroom

  35. Aging In Place

  36. Using a Tic-Tracer for Home inspection Safety

  37. Lightning Rods

  38. Minimum Stair Riser Height

  39. Barrier Requirement for Above-Ground Pools

  40. Security System Smoke Sensors as a Substitute for Smoke Alarms

  41. Abandoned Wells

  42. Selecting an Emergency Generator

  43. When a Stair Railing is Required

  44. Bathroom Accessories

  45. Cabinet Screws

  46. Best Location for CO Alarms

  47. Stair Landings

  48. Minimum Stair Headroom


  1. House with Asbestos Siding

  2. Foreclosure with Utilities Off

  3. House That Needs a New Roof

  4. House with an Old Roof

  5. House That Has Had Foundation Repair

  6. House with a Crawl Space

  7. Concrete Block or Wood Frame House

  8. House with a Radon Mitigation System

  9. House with High Radon

  10. Fire Damaged House

  11. House Renovated Without Permits

  12. House with Mold

  13. Near a High-Voltage Power Line

  14. Hurricane Flood Damaged House

  15. Home with Repaired Hurricane Flood Damage


  1. Sinkholes in Gainesville

  2. Driveway Cracks

  3. Trip Hazards

  4. Tree Roots Growing Under The House

  5. Causes of Sinkholes

  6. Sinkhole Warning Signs

  7. Protecting Yourself Against Buying A House Over A Sinkhole

  8. Retaining Wall Structural Problems

  9. Ground Slope Requirements Around House

  10. Hurricanes and Sinkholes

  11. Abandoned Sprinkler System


  1. Structural Problems

  2. Causes of Sloping Floors

  3. Collar Ties

  4. Cracks

  5. Determining If Floors Slope

  6. Removing Interior Walls

  7. Minimum Ceiling Height

  8. Concrete Spalling

  9. Garage Floor Cracks

  10. Recognizing Structural Problems

  11. Notching and Boring

  12. Scoring of Concrete Slabs

  13. Sweating Concrete Slabs

  14. Common Foundation Problems

  15. Fiber Reinforced Concrete

  16. Buying a House That Has Had Foundation Repair

  17. Laminate Flooring That Moves

  18. Determining Type of Wood Flooring

  19. Sagging Garage Ceiling

  20. Hot Garage

  21. Drilling, Notching, Boring a Roof Truss

  22. Minimum Size of Rooms

  23. Chimney Sinkholes

  24. Diagonal Drywall Cracks and Windows and  Doors

  25. Horizontal Cracks in a Masonry Wall

  26. Concrete Window Sill Cracks

  27. Stair-Step Cracks in a Masonry Wall

  28. Difference Between Carport and Garage

  29. Accessing a Bedroom Through Another Bedroom

  30. Difference Between Structural and Cosmetic Defects

  31. Garage Floor Slope

  32. Ghost Lines on Ceilings and Walls

  33. Type X Drywall


  1. Termite Urban Legends

  2. Termite Damage

  3. Termite Identification

  4. Termites in Block Houses

  5. What Termites Eat

  6. Clean WDO

  7. Termite Inspection

  8. Wall Damage Exploration

  9. Reasons for a WDO Inspection

  10. Mulch and Termites

  11. Concrete Block House Inspection

  12. Carpenter Bees

  13. Wood Decay

  14. Causes of Wood Rot

  15. Termite Shields

  16. Termite Bait Traps

  17. Difference Between Subterranean and Drywood Termites

  18. Tenting For Termites

  19. Termites and Mobile Homes

  20. Termite Inspection Stickers

  21. Difference Between Roach and Termite Fecal Pellets

  22. Termite Swarming Season

  23. Evidence and Damage in Termite Report

  24. “Clear” WDO/termite report

  25. Carpenter Ants and Termites

  26. Storing Wood Under the House

  27. Bora-Care®

  28. TIP Zone Map

  29. Definition of WDO Inspection


  1. Termite Urban Legends

  2. Circuit Breaker Won’t Reset

  3. Cost to Move a Mobile Home

  4. Remodeling An Older Mobile Home

  5. Locating Mobile Home VIN Number

  6. Roof Lifespan

  7. Common Mobile Home Defects

  8. Causes of Sloping Floors

  9. Preventing Dampness in Mobile Homes

  10. Sinkholes


  1. Older Water Heaters

  2. Tankless Water Heaters

  3. Water Heater Blankets

  4. Water Heater TPR Valves

  5. Stinky Water

  6. Finding Age of Water Heater

  7. Envi-Ro-Temp Water Heater Age

  8. Whirlpool Water Heater Age

  9. Lochinvar Water Heater Age

  10. Maytag Water Heater Age

  11. Premier Plus Water Heater Age

  12. Kenmore Water Heater Age

  13. Rheem Water Heater Age

  14. Bradford White Water Heater Age

  15. Jackson Water Heater Age

  16. Cost to Replace a Water Heater

  17. Regular vs. Power Vent Water Heaters

  18. Regular vs. Direct Vent Water Heaters

  19. Age of Water Heater With Missing Serial Number

  20. Water Heater Maintenance

  21. Rinnai Water Heater Age

  22. Noritz Water Heater Age

  23. Water Heater Average Lifespan

  24. Heat Pump Water Heaters

  25. FVIR Water Heaters

  26. Difference Between Single and Dual Element Water Heaters

  27. Disconnect Requirements for Electric Water Heaters

  28. Mobile Home Water Heater Location

  29. Remodeling Garage with Gas Water Heater

  30. Water in the Drain Pan

  31. When a Drain Pan is Required

  32. Pressure Relief Valve for Tankless Water Heaters

  33. Purpose of Sacrificial Anode

  34. Navien Water Heater Age

  35. US Craftmaster Water Heater Age

  36. Tankless Gas Water Heater with No Electricity

  37. Mobile Home Water Heater TPR Valve Discharge Piping Termination

  38. Rheem Tankless Water Heater Age

  39. Mor-Flo Water Heater Age

  40. Marey Water Heater Age

  41. Retrofit Hot Water Recirculation Systems

  42. Scorched Burn Marks Near Base of Gas Water Heater

  43. Condensation Drip at Water Heater Flue

  44. Insinkerator Instant Water Heater Age

  45. Water Heater Shut-Off Valve

  46. Clearance In Front of Electric Water Heater

  47. Clearance for Outdoor Tankless Gas Water Heater

  48. Takagi Water Heater Age

  49. A.O. Smith Water Heater Age

  50. Tabletop Water Heaters

  51. Two Shut-Off Valves at Water Heater

  52. Single vs. Double Element Water Heater

  53. Elevated Water Heaters

  54. T&P Valve Mounted Horizontally

  55. Disconnect for Tankless Gas Water Heater


  1. Ceiling Stains

  2. Water Intrusion Problems

  3. Preventing Dampness in Mobile Homes

  4. Causes of Roof Leaks


  1. Well Water Testing

  2. Well Short Cycling

  3. Well Disinfection

  4. Understanding pH of Well Water

  5. Chlorinator/Dechlorinator Systems

  6. Generator Sizing for Well Pumps

  7. Radon in Well Water

  8. Arsenic in Well Water

  9. How Often to Disinfect a Well

  10. Iron in Well Water

  11. Well Permit Requirements

  12. Lakos Separator

  13. Potassium Permanganate

  14. Sand in the Toilet Tank

  15. Abandoned Wells

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