Instruction manuals, guides, technical bulletins, and more will be listed below. These resources may provide great references to reinforce issues found during a home inspection. Deficiencies related to items and components found in the references below should not be viewed as an all-inclusive listing of such deficiencies as a home inspection is not exhaustive. That’s why it is important to follow recommendations made in the home inspection report as to further evaluation and repairs relating to items.
Tennessee State S.O.P. For Home Inspectors
This document lays out the requirements and limitations of Home Inspections
Life Expectancy Chart
This chart details the predicted life expectancy of appliances, products, materials, systems and components.
Home Seller Inspection Checklist
Checklist for the seller detailing over 40 items to check prior to home inspection.
Double Neutral Document
A document from Schneider Electric explaining the repercussions of doubled neutrals under a single lug on terminal bars in panelboards.
James Hardie Best Practices
This document lays out the instillation requirement for fiber cement cladding products.
Prescriptive Deck Construction Guide
This document lays out proper deck construction, spans, fasteners, prohibited practices, and much more.
Structural Steel Lintels
The design of structural steel lintels for use with brick masonry is too critical an element to be left to “rule-of-thumb” designs. Too little concern for loads, stresses and serviceability can lead to problems. Information is provided so that structural steel lintels for use in brick masonry walls may be satisfactorily designed.
H.U.D. Grading & Site Drainage
A United States Department of Housing and Urban Development document discussing how common this defect is along with some current building standards
Hazardous FPE Circuit Breakers & Panels
The underlying reason for the presence of defective Federal Pacific Electric (“FPE”) Stab-Lok® circuit breakers in millions of homes today is now publicly known, through a Court finding in a class action lawsuit in New Jersey. For a long time, while this line of circuit breakers and panels were in production, FPE cheated on its testing to cover up the fact that the product did not reliably meet the applicable UL (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.) safety standard requirements.
Aging Electrical System
Residential electrical systems over 30 years old may contain hidden hazards that require professional inspection and repair. This document talks about the changes in older electrical systems and the need for updating.
EIFS Building Guide
This document lays out the installation requirements for EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) wall cladding.
Fastening Metal Roofing
Sources vary on the placement of the fasteners, and some manufacturers may allow for the placement of fasteners on the ribs. This document helps explain.
The Safe Home Book
The Safe Home Book is filled with essential tips and facts that every family needs to live safely and comfortably in their home.