Home Inspections: HVAC System, Insulation, Grading, Exterior, Decks, Windows and Grand Fathered

$10.00

2 credit hours class.

This course covers purpose and anatomy of a HVAC System, the purpose of insulation and ventilation, grading and drainage, function and anatomy of exterior decks and windows, and what it means to be “Grand Fathered”.

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Home Inspections: HVAC System, Insulation, Grading, Exterior, Decks, Windows & Grand Fathered

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Description

About the Instructor

Michael Turner has 30 years of construction industry experience. He holds active state licenses in Electrical and Mechanical and Commercial building licenses. We have owned our own Electrical and A/C business where he performed rough-in’s and final’s for general contractors before opening our own residential building company in 2002. We have built and renovated hundreds of homes in the Greater New Orleans Area. After the real estate downfall in 2008 we continued renovating until becoming a licensed home inspector in 2011.  He is an approved instructor to teach the 90 Hour Home Inspection course at Donaldson Education and does post training of 30 hours platform and 10 live inspections to those finishing up the course. He is licensed to perform termite inspections and is certified to do mold testing.

Course Outline

HVAC SYSTEMS

Slide 1: Purpose of heating and cooling systems                                           2/30                       2/30

Slide 2: Anatomy: Central Heating & Cooling System                                 3/30                       5/30

Slide 3: Air Handler Unit (AHU)                                                                      2/30                       7/30

Slide 4: Air Handler Unit (AHU) as a Heat Pump                                        3/30                       10/30

Slide 5: Anatomy: Condenser with Gas Furnace                                          3/30                       13/30

Slide 6: Control and line voltage                                                                     2/30                       15/30

Slide 7: Anatomy: Heat Pump in Cooling Mode                                        5/30                       20/30

Slide 8: Anatomy: Outdoor Coil – AC Condenser                                       2/30                       22/30

Slide 9-10: Anatomy: Gas Furnace                                                                 3/30                       25/30

Slide 11-13: Air distribution                                                                             3/30                       28/30

Slide 14-16: Determining tonnage and dates                                                 2/30                       30/30

INSULATION and VENTILATION

Slide 1: Insulation – Moisture – Ventilation                                               1/30                                       1/30

Slide 2-3: Fundamentals of Building Science                                              4/30                                       5/30

Slide 4-5: Mechanisms for Heat Transfer                                                     5/30                                       10/30

Slide 5-12: Controlling Heat Flow and Moisture                                         7.5/30                                   17.5/30

Slide 13-16: Vapor barriers and moisture under crawl-spaces and basements  7.5/30                  25/30

Slide 17-19: To vent or not to vent                                                                     5/30                                       30/30

GRADING

Slide 1: Grading                                                                                                          2/10                       2/10

Slide 2: Drainage                                                                                                        2/10                       4/10

Slide 3-4: Vegetation – Gutters and downspout drainage                                  3/10                       7/10

Slide 5-6: Retaining walls as it relates to soil erosion and settlement               3/10                       10/10

EXTERIOR – DECKS – WINDOWS

Slide 1: Function of the exterior (wall cladding) (siding)                                       2/30                       2/30

Slide 2-3: Anatomy of materials and different types available                              3/30                       5/30

Slide 4-8: Exterior siding installation methods                                                         5/30                       10/30

Slide 9-10: Identifying Exterior Components as it relates to the structure          4/30                       14/30

Slide 11-16: Cracks to brick veneer wall                                                                       6/30                       20/30

Slide 17-20: Decks – Steps – Porches – Hand and Guard Rails                            5/30                       25/30

Slide 21-23: Windows and Doors                                                                                 5/30                       30/30

GRANDFATHERED and PROPERTY RESPONSE

Slide 1: What does it mean to be “Grand Fathered”?                                                2/15                       2/15

Slide 2: Types of codes and authority who writes the codes                                    3/15                       5/15

Slide 3-5: Determining factors that allow a home to be grand fathered               4/15                       9/15

Slide 6-10: Protect the buyer and prevent litigation                                                 6/15                       15/15

Course Description

This course covers purpose and anatomy of a HVAC System, the purpose of insulation and ventilation, grading and drainage, function and anatomy of exterior decks and windows, and what it means to be “Grand Fathered”.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  • Recognize home inspectors’ duties and limitations and prepare the home for inspection.
  • Distinguish between the many building components in a residential building and effectively communicate defective and safety conditions with buyer and other personal involved in the transaction
  • Interpret home inspection reports while providing valuable information to the public and buyers
  • Discuss specific safety and hazardous concerns of materials, products, equipment and components

Course Materials

All materials needed for this course are included in this manual. Links to additional materials are included in the Sources section at the end of this manual.

Course Requirements

If this course if given in a live format, then you must be present for the full four hours of the course to receive credit for attending.

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Pre-requisites

There are no educational pre-requisites for this course.

Registration

Registration for this course may be completed by phone, fax or email. Payment is due on or before the start of class. Any attempt to take this course under an assumed identity will forfeit your right to a certificate of completion and may result in sanctions by the Louisiana State Real Estate Commission.

Attendance

You must be present for the entire four-hour session to receive credit for attendance. Partial credit is not given for partial attendance.

Course Participation

Instructors may not, in any venue, answer questions of a personal or legal nature, and students should not interpret any information received from instructors or course content as being legal advice.

Cell Phones

Please turn off all cell phones prior to the start of class.

Course Completion

You must be present for the full four hours of the course to receive credit for attending. You must submit your Louisiana State real estate license number so that we can report your hours to the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.