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  1. Which roof is the steepest:
    - 2/12
    - 6/12
  2. What size should TPR valve extension piping be?

    A. 3/4 inches
    B. Same size as the valve its connected to
  3. How many milli-amps to trip a GFCI outlet?
  4. Inspectors can use the TREC logo in their advertisements.

    True or False
  5. In a _____ system, the purpose of the condenser is to remove the heat from the refrigerant passing through the copper tubing.
  6. Where will you find a drip leg on a gas heating unit?

    A. Where the gas line turns to meet the heating unit
    B. There is none
  7. OSB is most commonly used as:
    a. Roof sheathing
    b. Inside wall sheathing
    c. Underlayment for tile floors in bath area
    d. Underlayment for linoleum floors
  8. Which is a deficiency?

    - High water pressure
    - Low water pressure
    - Both
  9. A proper pitch for a patio pitched ___________________.
  10. What is the minimum distance of a single wall vent connector for a wood-burning stove to combustibles?

    A. 6 inches
    B. 12 inches
    C. 18 inches
    D. 12 inches
  11. It is important to maintain a positive grade away from the structure of at LEAST _______ inch drop per foot for six feet.
    A. 1/4
    B. 1/2
    C. 3/4
    D. 1
  12. What causes bowing of the chimney above the roof in an older house?

    A. Sun
    B. Concrete expansion from shady side
  13. An inspector must include in the report all components or systems that are found in a home.

    True or False
  14. Wood has to be between ___ and ___ to be solidified.
  15. Name two locations to install a check valve in a house with combination sewers to reduce
    the risk of backup into the basement.
    a. Floor drains and main drain line
    b. Basement sink and toilets
    c. Hose bibs and pool self-fill mechanisms
    d. None of the above
  16. How can you determine if a home is on sinking soil or on unsteady soil?

    A. You should make that conclusion from a standard home inspection
    B. Only a geotechnical evaluation can make that kind of determination
  17. Which is permissible?

    a. Installing a surface mounted light in a shower

    b. Installing a surface mounted light 7 feet above a bathtub

    c. Installing a surface mounted light in a clothes closet

    d. Installing a surface mounted high intensity light

  18. The _______ is a number that represents an insulation material's resistance to heat flow per inch of thickness. An ________ is the total heat resistance for a given thickness of insulation.
    [One Answer]

  19. Romex wiring can be used

    A. In garage with proper height
    B. In the attic nailed to the top of the joist
    C. Outside
    D. All of the above
  20. Vents must terminate a minimum of ______ feet/foot apart
  21. During an inspection of a brick veneer residence, an inspector notes step cracks that follow the mortar joints. If the step cracks are wider at the top of the wall, this in an indication that:
    a. Excessive moisture is behind thewall
    b. Settlement of the soil is occurring
    c. Spalling is occurring
    d. Rotation of the footings is occurring
  22. You are inspecting a wood retaining wall. You notice 6" x 6" squares every four feet along the wall:

    A. These are decoration
    B. These don't mean anything
    C. These are part of the tie back system
  23. 60 amps with a 60 amperage rating is so because __________________.
  24. What is the minimum width of the exit door of a home?

    A. 32 inches
    B. 36 inches
  25. A GFCI located next to a sink is wired with 2 wires, no ground, and trips with the receptacle test button. This is:

    A. Safety hazard
    B. Acceptable
  26. All of the following are REQUIRED by the Standards
    of Practice to be inspected EXCEPT
    a. range exhaust vents.
    b. water ionization devices.
    c. whole-house vacuum systems.
    d. electric heaters in bathrooms.

  27. The color of the ground wire in a 3 wire electrical system is _____?

    a. Green
    b. Black
    c. Gray
    d. White
  28. An engineered floor requires squash blocks:

    A. At all bearings
    B. Only if the span is greater than 16"
    C. Only if the span is greater than 12"
    D. As required by manufacturer
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  30. An A/C unit manufacturer's label plate is not required to list:

    A. Design pressure
    B. Name of manufacturer

  31. In an air conditioning system, the purpose of the __________ is to absorb heat from the air before the air travels to the conditioned space.

    A. Flow valve
    B. Condenser
    C. Compressor
    D. Evaporator
  32. Grounding rod must be driven?
    a. 6 feet
    b. 10 feet
    c. 8 feet
    d. 12 feet
  33. If an inspector has knowledge of a possible violation of the rules of TREC, the inspector ______ report the possible violation to the Texas Real estate Commission.

    - Should
    - Should not
  34. Can A/C have larger breaker than corresponding wire?
    a. True
    b. False
  35. A crack that increases along its path is called?
    a. angled crack
    b. vertical crack
    c. horizontal crack
    d. v-crack
  36. A vertical hairline crack in a poured concrete basement wall:

    A. Should not be reported
    B. Should be looked at by an engineer
    C. Most likely a shrinkage crack
    D. Exists in all walls
  37. How far apart (maximum) can sill bolts be:
    a. 6"
    b. 3'
    c. 6'
    d. 3"
  38. A post-tension monolithic slab on grade foundation should not have:

    A. Cables
    B. Aggregate
    C. Greased sleeves
    D. Exposed cable ends

  39. What is the average life expectancy of a 235lb asphalt shingle?
  40. Home inspectors do not need to pay income tax for the inspections they perform.

    True or False
  41. A stud that is located in an exterior wall is
    doubled, and NOT more than two successive studs
    are bored. A hole bored through the stud may be a
    MAXIMUM of what percentage of the width of the
    stud?
    a. 40%
    b. 55%
    c. 60%
    d. 75%
  42. What are the two common footing problems with piers?
    a. Inadequate footing and pier base not below the frost line
    b. Oversized footing and pier bases
    c. Oversized pier bases and undersized footings
    d. Piers and footings made of wood
  43. A drain that gurgles or belches as it drains water may be a symptom of:
    a. The presence of a mechanical vent
    b. A leak in the trap
    c. A missing vent
    d. The presence of a drain trap
  44. Overhead service-drop conductors shall have a vertical clearance above the roof of not less than:

    a. 10 feet
    b. 6 feet
    c. 8 feet
    d. 4 feet
  45. What are considered daily run times for the pool pump?

    A. 6-8 hours
    B. 10-12 hours
    C. 4-6 hours
    D. 2-3 hours
  46. To prevent back-drafting at chimney, an open return should be within _______. If not, it will be reported as a safety hazard.
  47. Cap flashing required over a parapet wall
    a. True
    b. False
  48. Fuses are more prone to be improperly sized and overloaded.
    a. True
    b. False
  49. A client thinks an inspector was negligent, they should contact the _________ to discuss filing a law suit.

    A. TREC
    B. Education Committee
    C. Attorney
    D. Another Inspector
  50. According to the TREC SOP, the inspector must report the method used to inspect the roof, if the inspection is performed from any place other than a roof level.

    True or False
  51. The most obvious clue to a plumbing venting problem is:

    A. Gurgling
    B. Water hammering

  52. Dryer can be vented to:

    A. Attic
    B. Crawlspace
    C. Garage
    D. Outside with a back draft damper
  53. Bulging plaster is observed high up on several bedroom walls. The primary concern is the bulging plaster is a(n):
    A. installation defect
    B. indication the home was very cold for a period of time
    C. indication the air handler leaked
    D. potential safety issue
  54. What is the required duct size for a dryer vent?

    A. 4 inches
    B. 5 inches
    C. 6 inches
    D. 3 inches
  55. All swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs must be enclosed with a fence, building wall, or a wall that completely surrounds and obstructs access to the swimming pool. The top of the obstruction, whether a fence or a wall, must be a minimum of ____ inches above grade.

    A. 48
    B. 44
    C. 40
    D. 36
  56. Pipes are not ________________ if there is a loud banging or knocking just after the steam boiler fires.
  57. Each license applicant must satisfy the examination requirement not later than how many months after the date on which the license application is filed?

    A. 9
    B. 1
    C. 6
    D. 3
  58. A wrinkled vinyl liner is usually the result of:

    A. Draining the pool
    B. UV damage to the liner
    C. Improper installation
    D. Improper or overuse of chemicals
  59. The 'Hartford Loop' in a steam system:
    a. Automatically maintains the water pressure
    b. Is an equalizer that insures that pressures are equal above and below the water
    line
    c. Precludes siphon action if the unit develops a leak
    d. All of the above
  60. Green Lumbar has a moisture content of what percent or more?

    A. 20
    B. 25
  61. A standard air conditioning system can easily be converted to a heat pump by the
    addition of a few key components.
    a. True
    b. False
  62. Flat roof is used as an observation deck. Plumbing vent must extend:

    A. 8 feet
    B. 7 feet
  63. The inspector is REQUIRED to
    a. determine the presence or absence of a pressure relief valve on a water heater.
    b. light a pilot on a natural gas device that appears operational.
    c. attempt to light a pilot on a natural gas device that appears not to be operational.
    d. probe structural components to determine their condition.
  64. What is the MINIMUM length permitted for a plug-in
    type of cord on a trash compactor?
    a. 12 inches.
    b. 18 inches.
    c. 36 inches.
    d. 48 inches.

  65. The following roof type requires waterproof underlayment:

    A. Asphalt
    B. Metal
    C. Tile
    D. None of the above
  66. What adds to sheer strength of an interior ceiling?

    A. Gypsum drywall
    B. Gypsum plaster
    C. Portland plaster
    D. All the above
  67. Vertical load on top of this truss has the following effect on foundation walls:
    a. Vertical pressure only
    b. Vertical and horizontal pressure
    c. Horizontal pressure only
  68. A year ago an inspector inspected two investment properties for a client. The client was unhappy with the job the inspector did and is now suing the inspector. What is the maximum amount that can be paid out from the real estate recovery fund?

    a. $30,000
    b. $7,500
    c. $25,000
    d. $12,500
  69. Cracks or missing bricks in an unlined chimney should be reported as a _____________
  70. GFCIs are required per a 19 _____ ruling of NEC or Edison.
  71. 1 square foot for every _____________ is the amount of free vent space for an attic.
  72. What kind of connector is needed to attach plastic DWV to cast iron DWV?

    A. Hubless
    B. CPVC
  73. What are the two types of combustions?
  74. Condensate line is allowed in plumbing vent.
    True or False?
  75. The inspector shall operate the cooling system when the outside temperature is greater than 55 degrees.

    True or False
  76. What is the MINIMUM clearance above the floor for electric water heaters located in a garage?
    a. 12 inches from the base.
    b. 12 inches from the lowest element.
    c. 18 inches from the base.
    d. 18 inches from the lowest element.
  77. All of the following are approved for use in water
    supply pipes EXCEPT
    a. galvanized steel.
    b. copper.
    c. plastic.
    d. rubber.
  78. What materials are used for making seamless joints in a drywall facing?
    A. Gypsum and glue
    B. Joint cement and tape
    C. Nails and screws
    D. Shellac and wax
  79. P traps should be within _____ inches of an appliance

  80. What is the minimum bearing for a wood beam on a column:

    A. 3 inches
    B. 4 inches
  81. Discoloration, moisture, or cloudiness between the lights of an insulated glass window are signs of a ______________.
  82. While inspecting a tar and gravel roof, what would indicate that the roof is failing?

    A. Delamination
    B. Ponding of water on a roof
  83. During an inspection of a brick veneer residence, an inspector notes step cracks that follow the mortar joints. If the step cracks are wider at the bottom of the wall, this is an indication that:

    a. Rotation of the footing is occurring
    b. Settlement of the soil is occurring
    c. Excessive moisture is behind the wall
    d. Spalling is occurring
  84. Describe the function of a trap primer.
    a. To remove water to prevent overflowing of floor drain
    b. To add water to the trap to replace water lost through evaporation
    c. To increase the amount of water consumed in the trap
    d. To allow siphoning of the trap
  85. What is drywall made of?
    A. Compressed paper
    B. Gypsum covered with paper
    C. Kalsomine
    D. Wood chips and fibers
  86. The _______________ shuts off the burners if the furnace overheats
  87. Garage door opener sensor can be no more than 6" off the floor.

    True or False?

  88. When should a wood stove sit on a protective non-combustible pad?

    A. Over a concrete floor
    B. Over a wood floor
  89. Clean outs should be installed not more than _____ feet apart
  90. All swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs must be enclosed with a fence, building wall, or a wall that completely surrounds and obstructs access to the swimming pool. The top of the obstruction, whether a fence or a wall, must be a minimum of _____ inches above grade.
    a. 36
    b. 40
    c. 44
    d. 48
  91. There is no _____ distance for rafters

  92. A furnace can be located in a laundry room?
    True or False
  93. What is rated for 100 amp and is unsafe:

    A. 100 amp panel with 200 amp main breaker
    B. 200 amp panel with 100 amp main breaker
    C. 100 amp wire with 100 amp panel
    D. 200 amp panel with 100 amp wire
  94. The combustion chamber in a gun style burner should be observed for:
    a. Condition of the firebrick
    b. Condition of the metal shields
    c. Burn through or warping at the rear of the unit
    d. All of the above
  95. Blisters and bubbles on a built-up roof usually indicate:

    A. Chimney flashing problems
    B. That there is moisture trapped between the plies of felt
    C. That the gravel needs to be replaced
  96. What color should the flames be in a properly lit gas burner?
  97. Wall furnace vent is what type?

    - B
    - L
    - BW
    - A
  98. You turn off the GFCI in one bathroom and it kills the power to the receptacles in another bathroom. What do you report?

    A. This is an acceptable practice
    B. This is incorrect, need electrician
    C. This is unsafe
    D. There should be a GFCI with buttons in each bath
  99. A home is built with a second floor and a trussed attic/roof above it. Which one of the following is not a consideration when determining joist depth?

    A. The depth of the insulation to be installed
    B. The eventual use of the attic

  100. Four tons of cooling equipment equals ____ BTU's

    A. 48,000
    B. 36,000
    C. 24,000

  101. If wood siding is cracking, bulging or sagging, you should suspect:

    A. Rot and/or inspect infestation
    B. Structural deficiencies in framing
  102. Downspout extensions should extend how far from the house?
  103. Asphalt shingle valley overlap required:

    A. 18"
    B. 12" closed out or woven
  104. You loyalty should lie with:

    A. The house
    B. The buyer
  105. What causes water hammer?
    a. Loose pipes
    b. Instantaneously closing valves
    c. Hydrostatic shock
    d. All of the above
  106. Inspectors can advertise they are wood destroying insect inspectors, even if not licensed by the SPCS.

    True or False
  107. A hallway must have a _________ if it is longer than 10 feet.
  108. The relief valve for a water heater must be installed:

    A. Only in hot water pipe
    B. With stem directly in tank (top 6")
  109. The service outlet in the attic shall be accessible on the same level and not more than ____ feet from the equipment.
  110. ________ occurs above 19%; _______ appears below 13% solidified.
  111. A clothes dryer vent line duct:
    a. Can have a screen at the end of the duct
    b. Can be secured with sheet metal screws
    c. Can pass through a clean line
    d. Can pass through a ventilation duct
  112. What is the purpose of a drip leg on a gas line?
    a. Traps sediment and metal chips.
    b. Traps sulfur
    c. Traps water
    d. Both a and c
  113. When installing insulation in rafters, the minimum gap between the sheathing and
    insulation is:
    a. 1"
    b. 2.5"
    c. 1.5"
    d. 2"
    e. No minimum gap required
  114. What is the maximum distance plugs can be in a kitchen at countertop area?
  115. Which areas of the house require ventilation?

    A. Attic, bath, kitchen
    B. Boiler room, basement, bedroom,,
    C. Kitchen, garage, bath
    D. Attic, garage, bath
  116. For a claim arising after September 1, 2001, what is
    the MAXIMUM amount that may be paid from the
    Real Estate Inspection Recovery Fund for all claims
    against a single inspector?
    a. $7,500
    b. $12,500
    c. $25,000
    d. $30,000
  117. Two types of ignition found in fossil fuel pool heaters are:

    A. Digital or Analog
    B. Manual or Automatic
    C. Millivolt or Electronic
    D. A 240v disconnect at the pool sub panel
  118. Which of the following is not part of the roof framework?
    - scissors truss
    - collar ties
    - ridge board
    - rafters
  119. Mechanical Exhaust Vents and Bathroom Heaters
  120. If the person is licensed as a Real Estate Inspector or as an Apprentice Inspector, any advertisement must contain:

    a. The person's license number
    b. The name of the person's sponsoring Professional Inspector
    c. A statement indicating that the person is sponsored by a Professional Inspector
    d. All of the answers

  121. A conventional forced warm air furnace and a mid efficiency furnace both have a ______________.
  122. A heat pump system is primarily sized for the?
    a. Cooling load
    b. Heating load
    c. Need to dehumidify
    d. Ambient conditions during operation
  123. What is the MINIMUM required overhead clearance
    of a service drop cable that runs above a swimming
    pool diving board?
    a. 12.5 feet.
    b. 14.5 feet.
    c. 16.5 feet.
    d. 18.5 feet.
  124. Communications wire has to be greater than or equal to _________ to parallel power wires
  125. Junction boxes supplying swimming pool, wet-niche
    fixtures MUST be a MINIMUM of how many inches
    above the water level?
    a. 4 inches.
    b. 6 inches.
    c. 8 inches.
    d. 10 inches.
  126. You have a furnace, water heater and dryer in the same laundry room. What do you do first?
    A. Write this up as a safety hazard
    B. See if there is enough combustion air available
  127. A fused neutral (neutral wire runs to a fuse) is?
    a. Ok
    b. Unsafe
    c. Grand-fathered
    d. None of the above
  128. Where are joists hangers required?

    A. Where joists cannot rest on a support
    B. Balconies
  129. The minimum acceptable head room in a stairwell is

    A. 70 inches
    B. 80 inches
  130. An inspector's license was reprimanded and he was penalized _______ for making material misstatement of fact regarding criminal offenses on renewal.

    A. $1,500
    B. $10,000
    C. $500
    D. $1,000
  131. A fireplace hearth should be:

    A. 5 inches thick
    B. Distinguishable from surrounding floor
    C. Level with floor
    D. Lower than floor
  132. The most common clue to a venting problem is?
    a. Sewer odor
    b. Gurgling drains
    c. Slow drains
    d. All of the above
  133. Operate the Cooling system using normal control devices except when the outdoor temperature is less than _________ Fahrenheit
  134. Which roof covering typically has the shortest lifetime?

    - cement tile
    - metal roofing
    - roll roofing
    - Single-ply membrane
  135. Step cracks in the mortar joints, if they are wider at the top of a brick wall, is an indication that _____ of the soil is occurring.
  136. The vertical above a deck and/or balcony to the communication wire should be how many feet?
  137. The International Residential Code requires cleanouts for drain pipes to be established at intervals throughout the drain system. What is the maximum allowable distance between cleanouts?

    a. 50 feet horizontally
    b. 75 feet horizontally
    c. 100 feet horizontally
    d. 125 feet horizontally
  138. Which of the following siding materials is MOST
    prone to moisture intrusion?
    a. Wood clapboard.
    b. T-111.
    c. Cement fiber siding.
    d. EIFS synthetic.
  139. How much clearance is front and to the side of a toilet must there be (measured from the center)?

    ____ ______ front and ____ ______ side
  140. Inspectors shall not accept employment to repair, replace, maintain or upgrade systems or components of property covered by the Standards of Practice on which the Inspector has performed an inspection under a real estate contract, lease or exchange or real property within ____ months of the date of the inspection.

    A. 6
    B. 12
    C. 0
    D. 10
  141. How much water does clay absorb per hour?
  142. A three-prong receptacle with an open ground on an older two-wire should be ________.
  143. Safety glazing includes _____________ which shatters into small, smooth edged rectangular cubes upon impact.
  144. Range Hood and Exhaust Systems
  145. Fireplaces & Chimneys
  146. An inspector's license was reprimanded and he was penalized _______ for failing to protect the public against fraud, misrepresentation or unethical practices in the field of real estate inspections and/or inspection business while associated with him.

    A. $500
    B. $10,000
    C. $5,000
    D. $1,000
  147. What is the proper way to flash around the chimney for a tile roof:
    a. Counter and strip flashing
    b. Plastic flashing
    c. Caulk
    d. Counter and pan flashing
  148. In a new construction, a high efficiency furnace in a closet must have outside combustion air.

    True or False?
  149. You have a crack in a basement wall. Which one needs to be reported as a problem?

    A. Hairline vertical
    B. Hairline horizontal
    C. 1/2" wide crack
    D. 1/4" wide crack
  150. When cold water comes into the shower after a toilet is flushed, there is low pressure < __ psi

  151. Spacing of collar ties should be:

    A. Collar ties are spaced every 4 feet
    B. Collar ties are spaced every 6 feet
  152. A chimney is _______ when the chase serves as a flue.

  153. It is preferable to put wood shingles and shakes over what type of roof sheathing to allow them to dry more quickly?
    - Plywood
    - Solid
    - Spaced
    - 1" x 10"
  154. Minimum live load on a balcony is ______
  155. Because of the high expansion/contraction rate of aluminum, an electrical system using aluminum wire that was installed properly can have problems later on due to the movement of the wire, causing:
    a. Loose connections
    b. Crimped connections
    c. Spliced connections
    d. Insulated connections
  156. Step cracks in a masonry wall at the top corner of a window angled up and away are caused by:

    A. Settled header
    B. Rusted hurricane ties
    C. Rusted lintel
    D. Poor window insulation
  157. Moisture trapped under a built-up roof (BUR) will cause:

    A. Alligatoring
    B. Blistering
  158. Federal and state regulations both require certain warnings to be conspicuous. As a home inspector, you will often have to determine whether or not hazardous components are adequately labeled. Which of the following would a reasonable person consider to be conspicuous?

    a. UNPLUG POWER BEFORE TOUCHING CIRCUIT (with graphic warning symbols)

    b. UNPLUG POWER BEFORE TOUCHING CIRCUIT (without graphic warning symbols)

    c. Unplug power BEFORE touching circuit

    d. Both A and B
  159. The minimum headroom clearance in a stairwell is

  160. Deck built 14" off ground around a home:

    A. Needs railings
    B. Requires no railing
  161. Ceiling drywall can ___ if is less than __________ thick.

  162. The minimum ceiling height in a habitable room is:

    a. 7 feet 2 inches
    b. 7 feet
    c. 6 feet 10 inches
    d. 6 feet 8 inches
  163. How far from the pool must a GFCI plug be?
  164. A diatomaceous earth (D.E.) filter:

    A. Should be backwashed when pressure reaches 15 psi.
    B. Is Not found on residential pools
    C. Removes smallest particles
    D. Looks just like a sand filter
  165. A fireplace should not share a chimney flue with:

    A. Another fireplace
    B. Furnace
    C. Another wood stove
    D. All the above
  166. In an older home, a forced hot air furnace is replaced by a heat pump. The heat coming
    out of the register is:
    a. Hotter
    b. Cooler
    c. Same
    d. Depends on the air duct layout
  167. Grade should have a _ inch fall within the first __ feet.
  168. The clearance from a wall furnace to the ceiling is:
    a. 8"
    b. 12"
    c. 16"
    d. Per manufacturer's instructions
  169. What kind of wire cannot be covered by insulation?
  170. An inspector notices that the bottom of a truss is separating from the top of the center wall which supports the truss. What is likely the cause?

    a. Horizontal shearing
    b. Cupping
    c. Doming
    d. Horizontal twisting
  171. Ladder falls on a car while you are doing an inspection. What type of insurance covers this?

    A. General Liability
    B. Professional Liability
  172. ___________________________ is a sign of too much moisture in the attic.
  173. How many inches of hearth extension must you have for a fireplace with less than 6 square feet?
  174. What is the minimum distance a wet stack must penetrate above the roof?
  175. A bathroom must have either an _____ cfm exhaust fan or a _______% operable window with a minimum of ______ square feet.

    Answer: 50 cfm - 5% - 1.5 square feet
  176. What color are the flames in an oil burner?
  177. Permits are not required for water tanks on grade less than or equal to _____________ & height/width ratio less than or equal to 2:1
  178. Given that you have a #6 AWG copper wire, 100 amp main breaker and a panel rated for 150 amps, what is the service average?

    A. 100 and all is good
    B. 60 and safety hazard
  179. A copper-to-steel connection undergoes a/an?
    a. Chemical reaction
    b. Electrolytic reaction
    c. Nuclear reaction
    d. Thermal reaction
  180. The inspector is not required to:

    A. Operate free-standing appliances
    B. Report supply and drain pipes that leak
  181. In a hydronic boiler system, the normal operating pressure is:
    a. 30-40 psi
    b. 12-15 psi
    c. 3-5 psi
    d. 22-25 psi
  182. _____ carry floor and wall loads horizontally to foundation.
  183. What size drain does a shower pan have?

    a. 4 inches
    b. 1 inch
    c. 2 inches
    d. 3 inches
  184. What is a characteristic of knob and tube wiring?

    A. Is a safety hazard
    B. No ground
  185. A three phase service has _____ wires at the service entrance
    a. 2
    b. 3
    c. 4
    d. 5
  186. Should home inspectors report inside locks and latches that do not work?
  187. ___________________ is vulnerable because sewer gas can eat through the top of the pipe.
  188. Duct Systems, Chases, and Vents
  189. You have a 4-ply bitumen built-up roof. This consists of:

    A. 4 layers of felt, 4 layers of bitumen
    B. 2 layers of felt, 2 layers of bitumen
  190. In a heat pump during the cooling cycle, which coil acts as the evaporator? In the heating
    cycle, which coil acts as the evaporator?
    a. Indoor/Outdoor
    b. Outdoor/Indoor
    c. Indoor/Indoor
    d. Outdoor/Outdoor
  191. Incomplete combustion and possible carbon monoxide producing can be identified by...
  192. ________ Professional Conduct and Ethics outlines the rules of professional conduct for home inspectors.

    A. 535.226
    B. 535.220
  193. _____ occurs when expansive clay soil dry & shrink at the foundation perimeter causing the foundation to settle.
  194. An important item to note about inspecting aggregate pool liners is:

    A. It is just like plaster
    B. The defects are more difficult to see
    C. Vinyl is better
    D. It is a substandard material
  195. What concern, other than structural, arises with a misaligned-aligned chimney?
    a. Heat get near combustible materials
    b. Smoke and CO can re-enter the house
    c. Creosote can collect in the attic
    d. All of the above
  196. A metering device is used to:

    A. Measure the energy use
    B. Reduce pressure on coolant
  197. A positive drainage slope away from a house
    foundation of 5% is equal to a
    a. 6-inch drop in 10 feet.
    b. 6-inch drop in 5 feet.
    c. 12-inch drop in 10 feet.
    d. 12-inch drop in 5 feet.
  198. ___ inches is the maximum size duct for a clothes drier.

    A. 4
    B. 2 1/2
  199. The promulgated inspection form is needed for commercial inspections.

    True or False?
  200. Flat roof is used as a deck. Plumbing vent must extend:
    a. 1 foot
    b. 4 feet
    c. 7 feet
    d. 8 feet
  201. Piping installed deeper than and parallel to footings or bearing walls shall be ___ degrees.

    A. 30
    B. 45

  202. Decks should be checked for:
    a. Adequate support
    b. Means of attachment to house
    c. Condition of floor planking
    d. Protective railings
    e. All of the above
  203. Parquet squares are made of:
    A. Hardwood
    B. Softwood
    C. Terrazzo
    D. Vinyl
  204. Retaining wall - 8" block with 3" displacement:

    A. Recommend repair
    B. Up to 4-inche displacement OK
  205. What determines the amount of electricity (amperage) a wire can carry?

    A. Type (stranded or solid)
    B. Size (diameter)
  206. When does a built-up roof need flood coating?

    A. Tar paper showing
    B. When ponding
  207. Inspectors must maintain a ________ standard of professionalism.

    - Low
    - Open
    - Medium
    - High

  208. Describe a French drain or dry well:

    A. A gravel pit that accepts waste from the plumbing system

    B. A buried gravel pit designed to allow water to accumulate quickly and dissipate slowly by soaking into the soil

    C. Can be used instead of a septic system
  209. How high must a ceiling be in bedrooms and living areas?
  210. What is the minimum live load on a balcony?

    a. 70 lbs
    b. 80 lbs
    c. 50 lbs
    d. 90 lbs
  211. A gas fired water heater cannot be located in a:
    a. Garage
    b. Attic
    c. Hallway
    d. Bathroom or bedroom
  212. Roof Structures & Attics
  213. What is not a safety hazard in a stairway?

    A. Missing spindles
    B. Uneven risers
    C. Mid stairs landing
    D. Torn carpet

  214. What is the typical clearance to combustibles for venting of a wall furnace?
    a. 1"
    b. 2"
    c. 4"
    d. 6"
  215. A plug-sealed extension at the sewer outlet which is unplugged when work needs to be performed on the sewer lines. What am I?
  216. The home inspector should operate radiator control valves.

    True or False?
  217. The exhaust vent of a gas dryer:

    A. Can be vented to a chimney with a gas furnace if it is on the bottom
    B. Vented to an 'L' type vent only
    C. Must be vented to the outside
    D. Vented to a 'B' type vent only
  218. A flat roof with a two-foot surrounding parapet wall, what must be provided to allow
    drainage:
    a. Gutters
    b. Scuppers
    c. Roof drain with secondary overflow drain
    d. Either b or c above
  219. Can the inspector also be the real estate agent on the same transaction?

    Yes or No
  220. The service drop should be _______ above the final grade to the lowest point of drip loop.
  221. Flex gas pipe (appliance connections) can be coupled together

    True or False
  222. What size vent pipe is for a jen air?
  223. Aluminum wire has approximately a _____ percent higher expansion/contraction rate than copper wire.
    a. 10
    b. 20
    c. 30
    d. 40
  224. What two functions do bridging and bracing perform?
    a. Prevent racking of the house during windstorms
    b. Provides additional support for trusses and rafters
    c. Restrain the joists from twisting and to transmit loads from one joist to the next
    d. Acts as a shim for beams and girders
  225. When plaster cracks appear over gypsum lath either 2 or 4 feet apart, this is normally:
    a. Not serious
    b. The last sign before the wall or ceilings fall
    c. Unusually heavy storage in attics or 2nd floors
    d. A sign of poor workmanship
  226. Resistance is measure in ____.
  227. Garage Door Operators

  228. Deck joist - what is the proper attachment to house?

    A. Bolts
    B. Direct nail
    C. Toe nail
    D. Joist hanger
  229. In an air-conditioning system, the purpose of the _____ is to remove heat from the refrigerant passing through the copper tubing.
    a. Condenser
    b. Evaporator
    c. Compressor
    d. Flow valve
  230. At what point in an A/C cycle does the gas turn to a liquid:
    a. Coming out of evaporator coil
    b. Coming out of the compressor
    c. Coming out of the condensing coil
    d. After the expansion device
  231. The balusters of a detached deck over 30" off the ground must have a spacing of no more than 4" between them

    True or False?
  232. How might a rafter spread be noticed from the exterior of the home?

    A. A hump in the ridge line
    B. Waviness over the roof surface
    C. Separation of the soffits from the wall
  233. Doors
  234. The minimum breaker size for a clothes dryer is _____ amps.
  235. All outdoor receptacles below how many feet, how many inches are required to be GFCI protected?

    a. 5-6
    b. 6-6
    c. 4-6
    d. All are required to be protected
  236. According to the rules of the Texas Real Estate Commission, an inactive inspector may:

    A. Sponsor a Real Estate Inspector
    B. Sponsor an apprentice real estate inspector
    C. Perform inspections in association with an active professional inspector
    D. Not perform inspections
  237. A plug fuse rated at 30 amps is color coded:
    a. Blue
    b. Green, not all color coded any longer
    c. Red
    d. Black
  238. Good stair design has a maximum rise of __ to __ and a minimum tread width of __.

    A. 8" to 8 1/4" and 10"
    B. 7 1/4" to 8" and 10"
  239. A roof with a 5/12 slope would not be good for
    A. Built up roofing
    B. Wood shakes
    C. Cement tiles
    D. Asphalt shingles
  240. Temperature/pressure relief valves are typically rated at?

    A. 150 psi and 210 degrees F
    B. 110 psi and 210 degrees F
  241. The minimum breaker size for a range is _____ amps.
  242. What is a small peaked roof construction on the high side of a chimney called?

    A. Pitched pocket
    B. Dormer
    C. Parapet
    D. Cricket
  243. The minimum acceptable waste stack size for resistance is:

    a. Same size as the largest horizontal pipe
    b. 3 inches plus 1.5 inches
    c. 12 square inches
    d. Based on the total discharge to the stack and the discharge within a branch interval
  244. Hardwood flooring can be glued directly to a concrete slab.
    True Or False
  245. All of the following types of pipe may be used in homes for gas except:

    A. CPVC
    B. Copper
    C. Galvanized steel pipe
    D. Black pipe
  246. Oil tank - Pipes from tank to burners:

    A. Must be protected from damage
    B. Must have one copper pipe
  247. Which of the following conditions would be LEAST critical to your client's safety?
    A. A pin hole in the heat exchanger
    B. No handrails on an interior stairway
    C. Lack of a pressure and temperature relief valve on the water heater
    D. A non-reversing garage door opener
  248. Each zone valve for a hydronic heating unit needs:

    A. Circulating pump
    B. Thermostat
  249. What landing is required for a stairwell?

    ___ ______ deep
  250. Limiting your liability to the inspection fee in your preinspection contract works every time because once the sign it they are stuck with it.

    True or False
  251. There is no need for inspectors to maintain and increase their level of knowledge of the field.

    True or False
  252. Before a licensed professional inspector may sponsor an apprentice inspector or a real estate inspector, he or she must provide proof to the commission that he or she has completed not less than real estate inspections while licensed as a professional inspector under this act
    a. 50
    b. 75
    c. 100
    d. 200
  253. _________________ has the lowest R-value.
  254. What limits the inspection of crawl spaces?
    a. Entry size
    b. Lack of lighting
    c. Cramped work space
    d. All of the above
  255. Clothes closet - bulb ok or not ok - new construction?
    a. Surface-mounted or recessed incandescent fixtures with completely enclosed
    lamps
    b. Surface-mounted or recessed fluorescent fixtures.
    c. Surface-mounted incandescent fixtures can be mounted on ceiling with 12"
    clearance.
    d. All of the above
  256. How should board-and-batten wood siding be
    installed?
    a. In a horizontal position.
    b. In a vertical position.
    c. Over vertical furring strips.
    d. With the tongue inside the groove.
  257. Plaster cracks over a chimney breast are usually caused by:

    A. Heat
    B. Settlement of the chimney
  258. [National] What is the proper grading for land around the foundation? _" per foot for _' or _'
  259. Carbon monoxide, pure Carbon, and aldehyde are all results of a ___________________.
  260. What is the proper strapping requirement for ductwork?

    - 6 feet
    - 4 feet
  261. Inspectors should report their findings:

    A. Based upon emotion
    B. In a manner in which would create conflict of interest
    C. In an effort to please real estate agent
    D. In a fair, impartial and professional manner
  262. When is NOT the time to sign your inspection agreement?

    A. After the home inspection is completed
    B. In the Realtor's office before the inspection
  263. You are inspecting a house where the second-story balcony is observed and every cantilevered joist is rotted halfway out from the wall.

    A. Tell the client of the problem, and report as such
    B. Say nothing
    C. Contact the city building inspector and let them know of the problem
    D. Tell all appropriate parties that there is a hazard, and no one should step out on it

  264. The most likely area to find a crack or hole in the heat exchanger is:

    A. In front, behind the heat shield
    B. In the top of the heat exchanger
  265. _____ are used to keep rafters from separating from the ridge board.

  266. Which room in a house often has receptacle outlets on multiple circuits?

    a. Garage
    b. Kitchen
    c. Bathroom
    d. Living Room
  267. Dryer Exhaust Systems
  268. In the cooling cycle of a heat pump, the condensing coil is located:

    A. Outside
    B. Inside
  269. A temperature pressure relief valve on a water heater that is installed above the tank in the pipe is wrong why?

    A. Must be installed within the top 6 inches of the tank
    B. Must be installed within the top 8 inches of the tank
  270. What is a simple formula for sizing fossil fuel heaters?

    A. Never determine sizing of a heater
    B. Convert the BTU's to tonnage and divide by 12
    C. Determine the surface area of the pool and multiply by 333
    D. Figure 333 BTU's per 100sf of estimated pool surface area
  271. In a typical heat pump operating in the heat mode, the temperature differential at the heat exchanger (supply/return air) should be about:

    A. 25-30 degrees
    B. 5-7 degrees
    C. 15 degrees
    D. 20-22 degrees
  272. How many feet of tile must you have on shower walls?

    __ ____ or ______ _______ ______
  273. When inspecting the A/C unit, you find supply air to be 64 degrees and return air to be 90 degrees. What would your report?

    A. Change filter
    B. Call technician
    C. OK
    D. None of the above
  274. A/C unit has 3-ton capacity. What is the BTU?

    A. 36,000
    B. 3,000
  275. What is the MINIMUM clearance above the floor for
    electric water heaters located in a garage?
    a. 12 inches from the base.
    b. 12 inches from the lowest element.
    c. 18 inches from the base.
    d. 18 inches from the lowest element.
  276. The T & P relief line cannot:
    a. Be trapped
    b. Be reduced in size
    c. Be threaded on one end d. All of the above
  277. Knob and Tube wiring should not be insulated.

    True or False
  278. Horizontal foundation cracks are usually due to _____.
  279. Cartridge filter:

    A. Cleaning recommended when pressure is 8-10 pounds above normal operating pressure

    B. Often mistaken for a sand filter

    C. Contains Zeolite

    D. The pores are 25-30 microns

  280. On a tile roof what is the proper way to flash around the chimney?

    A. Counter and step flashing
    B. Counter and pan flashing
  281. The purpose of the Standards of Practice adopted
    by the Texas Real Estate Commission is to
    a. establish the minimum level of inspection
    service.
    b. prevent inspectors from exceeding the
    requirements of the Standards of Practice.
    c. provide ethical standards for inspectors.
    d. provide voluntary guidelines for the
    performance of real estate inspections.
  282. Water stains along the junction of the basement wall and floor most likely indicates a problem with the __________.
  283. A deck is attached to a house with several nails. What would you tell your client?

    A. Have deck checked and repaired by an expert
    B. Add more nails
  284. Legal action can be taken up to _____ years after the incident; a complaint must be filed up to _____ years after the incident for payment out of the recovery fund.

  285. What is the bearing point of a scissor truss:
    a. Outside walls
    b. Ridge
    c. Gusset plate
    d. Middle
  286. How far above a showerhead should the waterproof material in a bathroom extend?

    a. ≥ 2"
    b. ≥ 3"
    c. ≥ 4"
    d. ≥ 5"
  287. Water Heating Equipment
  288. What size wire should go to the grounding rod maximum and minimum?

  289. A stud that is located in an exterior wall is doubled, and NOT more than two successive studs are bored. A hole bored through the stud may be a MAXIMUM of what percentage of the width of the stud?
    a. 40%
    b. 55%
    c. 60%
    d. 75%
  290. Plumbing vent must terminate at least?

    A. 6 feet from window and 10 feet above
    B. 10 feet from window and 6 feet above roof
  291. Yard fencing:

    A. Is required when pool is in the yard
    B. Is a responsible way to create a child safe barrier between the house and pool
    C. Causes drowning accidents
    D. Should be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching gate when a pool is present
  292. According to Industry Standards, low voltage lighting systems are or are not inspected?
  293. What is/are the most common reason for replacement of knob-and-tube wiring?
    a. Breakdown of cloth covering (insulation)
    b. Buried in thermal insulation
    c. Homeowner splices and repairs
    d. All of the above
  294. How do you determine if a shower door has safety glazing?

    A. Marked in one of the corners
    B. Glass will be foggy
    C. Wire mesh
  295. Tonnage can be determined by dividing FLA by 6-7?

    A. Not anymore with the new high efficiency a/c units. The math doesn't work anymore. Try it on a 13 or 14 SEER unit.

    B. Yes.
  296. Which of the following is a sign of water penetration through a foundation wall?
    a. Rotted girder or joist
    b. Efflorescence on the wall
    c. Water stains around the floor drain
    d. Delamination of the sub floor
  297. An inspector is REQUIRED to put which of the
    following information on a written inspection
    report?
    a. List of items in the order they appear in the
    Standards of Practice.
    b. Inspector's license number and name.
    c. List of the toxic waste substances found during
    the inspection.
    d. Duration of the inspection.
  298. A mid-efficiency furnace:

    A. Has two heat exchangers
    B. No draft diverter required
  299. There are cuts in the roof truss' bottom cords to make room for a drop-down stairs. What would you report?

    A. Have engineer evaluate
    B. Not structural
    C. Tell owner to fix it
  300. How far can the disconnect be for the outside A/C unit?
  301. Minimum dimensions of a window in a sleeping room are ______ or _______ to equal ______

    Answer: 20 x 24 - 5.7 square feet

  302. What is the proper distance between wood shakes:

    A. 3/4 inches
    B. 5/8 inches
  303. Dishwashers
  304. What is the minimum flexible cord length for a plug connected kitchen waste disposal?
  305. The inspector is required to:

    A. Inspect sprinkler systems
    B. Inspect fire sprinkler system
    C. Report deficiencies in functional drainage
  306. You are inspecting a flat roof with a rock ballast finish. You see an A/C platform sitting
    on two 4"x4" SPF boards:
    a. Say nothing.
    b. Tell buyer that the 4x4's should be replaced with pressure treated wood.
    c. Inform the client that this arrangement may damage the roof system.

  307. Double tapping a circuit breaker is allowed when:
    a. Never
    b. In 15 amp circuits only
    c. Panel space is limited
    d. Breaker is designed for double tapping
    e. Protected by a fuse
  308. Grading & Drainage
  309. Sand filter:

    A. Looks just like a D.E. filter
    B. The pores are 25-30 microns
    C. Is only found in older pools
  310. Fireplace mantel should be a minimum of _____ from opening.

    A. 12 inches
    B. 16 inches
    C. 24 inches
    D. 10 inches
  311. A masonry building, circa 1910, has a horizontal metal star bolted to it on the outside at the top of first floor. These pieces are:

    A. Used to secure area around window openings

    B. Used to anchor the wall structure to the roof

    C. Installed for decorative purposes

    D. To fill holes from a portion of a structure that was removed
  312. What malfunctioning component causes an odor
    around a toilet?
    a. Tank gasket.
    b. Wax ring.
    c. Flapper seal.
    d. Vent.
  313. _____inches X inches _____ is the minimum access opening of a gas meter
  314. When inspecting stairways, porches and decks, all must have:

    A. Be at least 3 feet wide
    B. Be strong enough to support 200 psi
    C. Be at least 6 feet 8 inches wide
  315. A licensee under this section shall notify the commission and pay the required fee within days after the date of change of place of business occurs.
    a. 10
    b. 15
    c. 30
    d. 60
  316. What is the recommended maximum water temperature for a spa?

    A. Whatever is comfortable for the homeowner
    B. 99 degrees
    C. 104 degrees
    D. 100 degrees
  317. The inspector is not required to:

    A. Report deficiencies in material used for venting systems
    B. Determine type of material contained in insulation, wrapping of pipes, ducts, jackets
    C. Report flue or vent pipes that do not properly terminate
  318. Four entrance cables providing service to a house indicates:

    A. 120
    B. Three phase service
  319. An inspector shall exclude from the inspection any part, component or system which the inspector is not competent or qualified to inspect.

    True or False
  320. Clay tile roof should have how much overlap?

    A. 6 inches
    B. 3 inches
  321. The minimum freeze depth in Texas is:
    a. 3 inches
    b. 6 inches
    c. 12 inches
    d. 24 inches
  322. This roof style has a slope on all four sides, either meeting in a peak or a ridge line:
  323. Branch circuits must be installed in several locations in every building. Which of the following is not one of them?

    a. Central HVAC equipment
    b. An office or bedroom
    c. The laundry room
    d. Bathrooms
  324. Sub panel requirements.
    a. Neutral and ground must be separated
    b. Can be grounded together
    c. Must be bonded
    d. Must be isolated
    e. a, c, and d
  325. What is the most durable roof covering?
    a. Slate
    b. Wood
    c. Asphalt
    d. Metal
  326. A plumbing vent has to extend at least ___ above the roof and be at least ___ from a window.
  327. Loose connections in aluminum wiring systems cause arcing and short circuits, which in turn cause:

    a. Fires
    b. Low voltage
    c. Anti-oxidation
    d. High voltage
  328. A reversing valve allows a heat pump to operate in what two modes?

  329. When inspecting kitchen cabinets:

    A. Remove everything from the cabinets and inspect the attachment method

    B. Observe that they are securely attached to the wall

    C. Report unable to determine method
  330. Frost on evaporator coil:

    A. Too much refrigerant
    B. Too little air flow

  331. In a pier and beam house, the beam ends must bear:

    a. 8 inches
    b. 2 inches
    c. 6 inches
    d. 4 inches
  332. For a pier and beam house, the drain line from the temperature and pressure relief valve must:

    A. Connect and drain to the soil pipe
    B. Gravity drain to the exterior
  333. The minimum sized bond wire for a hydrotherapy tub is _____ AWG

  334. What size drain is needed for a tub?

    a. 2 inches
    b. 1 inch
    c. 1 1/4 inch
    d. 1 1/2 inch
  335. Downwarping of a foundation in clay soil may be
    caused by
    a. excessive watering.
    b. drying edge effect.
    c. solar flaring.
    d. masonry expansion.
  336. Inspectors should inspect homes in which they have, or expect to have, a financial interest.

    True or False
  337. The drip edge is installed over the ____ _____ or over at the rake.

  338. What is the purpose of the neutral wire?

    A. It acts as the equipment ground
    B. It is just another wire
    C. It completes the circuit
    D. It can be white or green
  339. What is the term for the type of flashing used
    where the edge of a shingle roof meets a vertical
    wall?
    a. Valley
    b. Step
    c. Woven
    d. Hip
  340. You look into the burner area of a water heater and see a twisted metal pierce sitting on the burner.

    A. The baffle (turbulator) has rusted out and dropped
    B. This is correct as the device is there to increase efficiency
    C. It should not be twisted and is broken
    D. There is no piece of twisted metal in a water heater
  341. Any fixture that weighs over _____ pounds shall be supported independently from the outlet box
  342. How far does the light globe in the closet have to be from the wall?

  343. What can one do to minimize the risk of termite infestation?

    A. Use standard household pesticides
    B. Breaking earth-to-wood contact
    C. Increase moisture content at foundation
  344. Sometimes, despite best efforts, you may have an unreasonable client, in these cases you need ________ to fall back on.

    A. Real Estate Agent
    B. Contract
  345. The inspector is REQUIRED to
    a. determine the presence or absence of a
    pressure relief valve on a water heater.
    b. light a pilot on a natural gas device that
    appears operational.
    c. attempt to light a pilot on a natural gas device
    that appears not to be operational.
    d. probe structural components to determine
    their condition.
  346. A lintel is used in which part of a wall system:

    A. Retaining wall
    B. Wall opening
    C. Gypsum wall finish
  347. Knob and tube wiring should not be insulated True or False
  348. According to the Standards of Practice, which of
    the following situations is an inspector REQUIRED to
    report as "in need of repair"?
    a. A water heater temperature and pressure relief
    valve drain smaller than the outlet fitting of
    the valve.
    b. Handrail balusters that are 3 inches apart.
    c. The installation of water heaters in a garage
    with an ignition source less than 24 inches
    above the floor.
    d. The absence of safety glass in a window above
    the kitchen sink.
  349. The proper exposures for 18" and 24" shakes are:

    A. 10" and 12"
    B. 7.5" and 10"
    C. 7.5" and 12"
    D. 8" and 10"

  350. What two things do collar ties do:
    A. Stabilize the roof and distribute the load
    B. Bridge the shingles and flashing
    C. Support the ceiling joists and headers
    D. Replace the sheathing and decking
  351. How many years do Inspection Committee members serve?
    a. 2
    b. 4
    c. 6
    d. 9
  352. The ground immediately adjacent to the foundation should be:
    a. Cemented, if possible
    b. Sandy or clay type soil
    c. Dry and have plenty of vegetation planted
    d. Sloped away from the foundation at the rate of 1" per ft. for at least the first 6'

  353. In balloon framing, the studs are:

    A. 2x4 16" on center
    B. 2x6 24" on center
    C. Continuous from foundation to the roof line
    D. Seated on top of joist and deck sheathing
  354. What type of roof is often inadequately ventilated

    - one over a cathedral
    - vaulted ceiling
    - both

  355. If a suction line is frosting up it could be due to improper ________ and/or ___________________
  356. When inspecting a heat pump or air conditioner, you find the inside coils condensation drain is connected directly to, or is inside of a sanitary sewer line.

    A. This is a health and safety concern and it needs to be corrected

    B. It is neither right or wrong, you do not need to report anything
  357. In a pier and beam house, the drier vent must go:

    a. Behind a wall
    b. To the crawl space
    c. Outside to the atmosphere
    d. To the attic
  358. What sort of crack in a drywall ceiling can be caused by truss uplift?

    A. A crack running alongside a girder the length of the house.
    B. A crack along the junction of the ceiling and the walls.
  359. What is the biggest hazard for a firebox:
    a. Too much wood
    b. Gap between frame & brick
    c. Missing doors
    d. Open damper
  360. ____ inches is the minimum and ____ inches is the maximum a shower pan depth can be?
  361. The ground wire should always be clamped upstream of the water meter?
    a. True
    b. False
  362. You have a crack in a basement wall. Which one needs to be reported as a problem?

    A. 1/2 " wide crack
    B. 1/4" wide crack
  363. This type of siding becomes brittle in cold weather...
  364. The flooring system is __________ if you see cracked natural tiles such as slate or stone.
  365. Inspectors can show the report to:

    A. Anyone the inspector wants to
    B. Anyone the client approves
    C. Electricians for hire
  366. How wide must a hallway be?
  367. How far from the pool can a disconnect box be?

  368. The floor joists of a deck are attached by joist hangers. There is one nail in a joist hanger hole. What do you tell the client?

    A. Do not buy the house
    B. It's ok
    C. Have an engineer examine
    D. Each hole needs proper size nail
  369. Must home inspectors inspect the outside door locking device?

    Yes or No

  370. Does a sump pump require a GFCI?
    a. Yes, if it is a dedicated receptacle
    b. No, if it is a dedicated receptacle
  371. How much exposure is proper for an 18" shake roof?

    A. 6"
    B. 7 1/2"
  372. What is counter flashing?

    A. A bottom layer of flashing covered by step flashing
    B. A second layer of flashing that covers a bottom layer of flashings
  373. How often should an oil furnace be turned up?

    A. Biannually
    B. Biennially
    C. Semiannually
    D. Annually

  374. Mantle and ceiling have soot.

    A. Fireplace is probably not drafting properly
    B. Poor job of cleaning the flue
    C. Oil fired furnace in house
    D. Due to poor housekeeping
  375. What is the minimum required clearance in front of the main electrical panel box?
    a. 12" wide x 24" front
    b. 24" wide x 30" front
    c. 26" wide x 36" front
    d. 30" wide x 36" front

  376. The number of handrails needed for a 36 inch wide stairway is:

    a. 2
    b. 0
    c. 1
    d. 3
  377. The recommended slope for waste plumbing is typically?
    a. ¼ inch per foot
    b. ½ inch per foot
    c. ¾ inch per foot
    d. 1 inch per foot
  378. A gas vent can enter the chimney a minimum of how many inches from the bottom?
  379. If the neutral and hot wires are reversed at a receptacle, this condition referred is called:
  380. The variation in temperature between the supply air and the return air in an A/C system
    should be approximately?
    a. 10-14°
    b. 14-22°
    c. 21-24°
    d. 25-35°
  381. What size wire should go to the grounding rod - minimum?

  382. The discharge pipe extending from a water heater pressure relief valve:
    a. Must be the same diameter as the valve
    b. Must discharge within 6" of the floor
    c. Must be galvanized, copper, or CPVC
    d. All of the above

  383. A temperature differential of greater than 20 degrees Fahrenheit between the supply and return sides of the evaporator is a sign of something wrong with the cooling system. True or False?
  384. Repeated, visible sagging for a span of 24 inches in
    a roof is usually caused by
    a. thin plywood sheathing.
    b. improper nailing of roof sheathing.
    c. rafter failure.
    d. truss failure.
  385. A ridge board must be at least the same size as the end cut of the rafters.

    True or False
  386. What is the psi of a low pressure steam system?

    A. 10-20
    B. 0.5-5
  387. What would you not list as safety hazard upon examining a chimney?

    A. Opening between brick and profile of flue
    B. No damper
    C. Cracked flue
    D. Creosote and soot build-up
  388. How much glazing area should every habitable room in a residential dwelling contain?

    a. ≥8% of floor area
    b. ≥6% of floor area
    c. ≥10% of floor area
    d. ≥7% of floor area
  389. What two wires should be separated in a sub-panel?
  390. Where the service drop crosses over a roof with a slope of 4/12 or more, the minimum clearance above the roof cannot be less than:
    a. 3 feet
    b. 4 feet
    c. 6 feet
    d. 8 feet
  391. Which of the following is the least safe for the occupants:
    a. Dead bolts with a keyed interior arrangement
    b. A garage without a safety reverse
    c. A loose handrail
    d. No safety glass
  392. Mechanical draft systems vent terminals shall be located not less than __ feet below, ___ feet horizontally from, or ___ feet above a door, window or gravity air inlet into a dwelling.

    A. 3-4-1
    B. 4-4-1
  393. During an inspection of an air conditioning system, an inspector is not required to:

    a. Report as in need of repair condensing units fins which are bent.
    b. Report as in need of repair a primary condensate drain pipe that lacks insulation.
    c. Report as in need of repair a suction line that lacks insulation.
    d. Program digital-type thermostats or controls.

  394. What is the proper spacing between foundation anchor bolts:
    a. 2'
    b. 4'
    c. 6'
    d. 8'

  395. Sump pump runs even though it has been dry (no rain) for a long time. What is the cause?

    A. Float stuck
    B. Float above water level

  396. OSB:
    a. Will deteriorate from rain if left exposed on the job site
    b. Can be used for flooring
    c. Is structurally sound
    d. All of the above

  397. A downspout can go into foundation drain.

    True or False
  398. The inspector is not required to determine ___________ _____________ of any system or component.

    A. Years of age
    B. Life expectancy
    C. Make and model
    D. Working properly

  399. What size copper wire is required for 40, 30, 20, and 15 amp breakers?

    A. 8, 10, 12, 14
    B. 10, 12, 14, 16
  400. A ___________ can be accessed as long as there is 18in. x 24in. clearance
  401. On a polarized 3 wire receptacle, the hot conductor is connected to the _____ screw and the neutral conductor is connected to the _____ screw.
    a. Silver / Green
    b. Chrome / White
    c. Brass / Silver
    d. Brass / Green

  402. What purpose do weep holes serve?
    a. To allow the rain water to drain out of the 1" air space
    b. Balance the pressure on both sides of the brick
    c. To hold the veneer to the framing
    d. Both a and b
  403. The normal MINIMUM run for a residential stair tread is:
    A. 7 in.
    B. 8 in.
    C. 9 in.
    D. 11 in.
  404. How far can equipment be from the attic access
  405. All of the following are true about PVC pipes at a pool are true EXCEPT:

    A. UV rays can cause the pipes to become brittle
    B. Painting the pipes is not sufficient protection against UV rays.
    C. They are susceptible to UV rays.
  406. How many 20-amp breakers must service a kitchen?

  407. Double-tapping on a circuit breaker is allowed:

    A. Breaker is designed for double-tapping
    B. Never
  408. In most heat pumps, the 'auxiliary heat':

    A. Augments the normal operation of the unit in extremely cold weather

    B. Is often called supplemental heat

    C. Is sometimes called emergency heat

    D. All the above

  409. When inspecting a dishwasher, which item does not need to be done?

    A. Look for signs of rust
    B. Check the soap dish
    C. Determine water temperature
    D. Check to insure the dishwater is securely mounted
  410. What is the minimum flexible cord length for a plug connected dishwasher?
  411. according to the rules of the Texas Real Estate Commission, a licensed inspector may, when providing a written inspection report for a prospective buyer of a one family residence:

    a. Use only from REI 7A-0
    b. Use a form other than form REI 7A-0
    c. Change the sequence of the items listed on the form REI 7A-0
  412. Two-conductor wiring can be used with a GFCI?
    a. True
    b. False
  413. Name three common locations of cross connections in a plumbing system.
    a. Bidet, garden hose, and boiler connection
    b. Toilet, sink, and bidet
    c. Garden hose, laundry tubs, toilet
    d. Boiler connection, toilet, and lawn sprinklers
  414. The minimum headroom for working spaces for service equipment and panel boards shall be _____ feet.
    a. 3 ½
    b. 4 ½
    c. 5 ½
    d. 6 ½
  415. What is the purpose of an air gap on a dishwasher?

    A. Keeps water from siphoning out of the dishwasher
    B. Protect against the contamination of the water supply
  416. A licensed real state salesperson can also inspect the property if they hold both licenses.

    True or False
  417. KD-19 wood is dried to a moisture content of what percent or less?

    - 21
    -19
    - 10
    - 16
  418. A furnace has a pilot, thermocouple setup. What shuts down the burner?

    A. Shut-off valve
    B. Thermocouple
  419. A downspout terminated 6" before the foundation - what should you say?
    a. Recommend an extension
    b. Recommend a splash block
    c. Recommend a French drain
    d. Recommend a new gutter
  420. What method of attic ventilation is considered to be the most effective?

    A. Vents at each gable
    B. A combination of soffit and ridge vents
    C. Soffit vents at each eave
    D. Ridge vents along the full length of the roof
  421. According to Standards of Practice for inspecting pools, the inspector shall observe:

    A. Type and condition of finish treatments
    B. Water clarity
    C. Presence or Absence of child safe barriers
    D. Type of filtering system
  422. What is a sign of a cracked heat exchanger?

    A. Flame distortion
    B. Dirty registers
    C. Poor pilot performance
    D. Dirty burners
  423. Drains, Wastes, and Vents
  424. Standard three light electrical testers are NOT always reliable because:
    A. Some receptacles only have two prongs
    B. Three light testers sometimes have broken bulbs
    C. Three light testers will not detect multiple wiring problems
    D. Different test device manufactures have different light patterns
  425. The aggregate total against any one inspector is?

    A. $300,000
    B. $3,000
    C. $30,000

  426. Defects most likely found in drywall can normally be associated with:
    a. Moisture
    b. Too few nails
    c. Improper framing or use of damp wood
    d. Poor installation
    e. all of the above

  427. What copper pipe is the lightest?
  428. Which of the following is not part of the structural inspection?

    A. Foundation walls
    B. Interior finish material
    C. Roof framing member
    D. Girders and floor joists
  429. If a person is licensed as a professional inspector, real estate inspector, or apprentice inspector, any advertisements must contain the license number of the person.
    a. True
    b. False
  430. The _______ wire (white) and the _________ wire must be on separate grounding bars.
  431. Which of the following framing types is continuous
    from the foundation up to the roof?
    a. Mortise and tenon framing.
    b. Balloon framing.
    c. Pole framing.
    d. Platform framing.
  432. Horizontal cracks are _______
  433. What is the minimum diameter and extension above the roof line of a vent pipe to prevent frost/snow closure?

    A. 3 inch diameter and 6 inch above snow line
    B. 4 inch diameter and 12 inch extension
  434. Breakers are safer than fuses. Any house with fuses should be upgraded to breakers.
    a. True
    b. False
  435. If heating equipment can damage during inspection, is it a requirement to inspect? Yes or no?
  436. Where is the circulating pump for hydronic heating system normally located?

    A. Don't have one
    B. Return side
    C. Supply side
    D. Middle
  437. The following can be run under a concrete floor, except:

    A. Gas pipe
    B. Water line
    C. Drain line
    D. Electrical conduit

  438. _______ is the minimum clearance for an incandescent light in a closet.
  439. The maximum cord length for a 120V window A/C unit is:

    A. 6 feet
    B. 10 feet
  440. A built-up roof has a 9" overlap. How many ply exist?

    - 6
    - 3
    - 2
    - 4
  441. Inspections should be:

    A. Micro-analyzed
    B. Environmental
    C. Objective
  442. What is the maximum distance a plug can be from the rim of the basin?
  443. An air handler is in the attic. What is the minimum width of a walkway for access?

    A. 48"
    B. 24"

  444. NM (Non-Metalic) is better known as the _____ cable.

  445. Proper electrical wire height from road, driveway and yard:

    A. 18in, 12in, 10in
    B. 10in, 12in, 18in

  446. The ____________ of the thermostat can be lost if the batteries are low and the inspector turns off the heating unit safety switch.
  447. What is the purpose of the accumulator in a heat pump?

    A. Keep liquids out of the compressor
    B. Reduce air flow in coil
    C. Keep dirt out of the compressor
  448. A deck is 4 feet off the ground and you note that the ledger board has four 16d nails in each bay:

    A. Place another 2 x 10, nailed under the ledger board
    B. Tell the buyer that proper bolts should be installed
  449. What parts are located inside and outside of an A/C system?
    a. Inside: reversing valve and Outside: reversing valve
    b. Inside: compressor and Outside: evaporator coil
    c. Inside: evaporator coil and Outside: condenser/compressor
    d. Inside: condenser/compressor and Outside: evaporator coil
  450. The devices used to provide ignition for oil and gas-fired systems are:

    A. Blower, motor, fan and limit switches
    B. Pilot/electronic ignition and sensing devices
  451. The evaporator (swamp) cooler should or shouldn't have a compressor?
  452. What conditions may result in inadequate lateral support?

    A. Roof trusses will lift upwards
    B. The walls will deflect inward
  453. Siding should be kept at least:

    A. 12" from soil contact
    B. 6" from soil contact
  454. The anode rod in a water heater protects the tank from rust and corrosion

    True or False

  455. Copper flashing nailed with galvanized nails is acceptable:

    True or False
  456. _________ is the process of electrically connecting any electrically conductive item to the earth.
  457. Where concrete is poured on earth to construct a floor, the minimum thickness of the concrete should be:

    A. 3"
    B. 3 1/2"
  458. Three entrance cables providing service to a house indicates:

    A. 120/240 volts
    B. Three phase service
  459. What is the minimum size drain for a bathroom sink?
  460. Why should the extension from the relief valve on a water heater not be threaded at the bottom?

    A. To prevent anyone from getting sprayed in the face when the relief valve trips
    B. To prevent the end from being capped
    C. To prevent steam from being released from the extension
  461. When you find the insulation on incoming electrical service cables frayed or chewed, your comments should be:

    A. None. It belongs to the electric company and is not part of a home inspection
    B. Call the electric company or licensed electrician
    C. Replace the service entrance
  462. Corner pops in a concrete foundation with brick veneer walls are due to:

    A. Excessive spalling of the concrete
    B. Un-tensioned cables
    C. Excessive moisture in the brick
    D. Over-tensions cables
  463. Substantial movement of a building can be explained by all of the following except:

    A. Missing lintels
    B. Soft soil
    C. Poor grading
    D. Missing frost footings
  464. What is the best ventilation in the winter?

    A. O'Hagin vents
    B. Louvered gable
    C. Gable and turbine
    D. Ridge and soffit
  465. What size is the access into an attic with equipment?

    ___ inches x ___ inches
  466. What causes the rumbling noise from some electric
    water heaters when the heating elements are
    energized?
    a. Sediment.
    b. Electric arcing.
    c. Pressure relief valve.
    d. Thermostatic arcing.
  467. Nonmetallic sheathed cable (Romex) is generally
    considered an acceptable type of wiring for
    a. providing underground service to detached
    buildings on the same lot.
    b. use within ceiling and wall spaces.
    c. use within attic spaces, but only if mounted
    above accessible floor insulation.
    d. use on exposed surfaces of basements and
    garages.
  468. How far must combustibles be above the stove?
  469. Branch Circuits, Connected Devices, and Fixtures
  470. A person, not your client, is looking for a starter home. He would like you to tell him if a
    home was not purchased because of a bad inspection report. You should tell him:
    a. Ok, if you inspect home for a fee
    b. Will ask Seller if it's ok
    c. Cannot do it
    d. The contents of an inspection report are confidential
  471. What should the inspector suggest suggest to the customer if the main panel is underrated for the service amperage?

    A. Replace the panel
    B. Have an electrician evaluate the service
    C. Use fuses and breakers to match the panel rating
    D. Add a sub panel to get more circuits

  472. What is the minimum space between roof shingles and the siding from a dormer or
    sidewall?
    a. 1"
    b. 1 ½"
    c. 2"
    d. 3"
  473. Failing to provide indirect supervision or a real estate inspector sponsored by the professional inspector in a manner to protect the public is a violation of:

    A. 22 TAC 585.226
    B 22 TAC 535.226(f)
  474. A built-up roof having a lap joint every 12 inches is a:

    - 3 ply
    - 6 ply
    - 2 ply
    - 4 ply
  475. Why are cracks and gaps at the coping and gouting important to note in your report?

    A. May cause a trip hazard
    B. They can allow water to get behind or beneath coping or decking materials and pool liner
  476. What is the minimum diameter and the minimum extension above the roofline of a vent pipe to prevent frost closure (per IRC)

    A. 3"/6" above snowline
    B. 3"/6"
  477. Two small copper pipes going through a basement wall indicates:

    A. Water pipes
    B. Possible underground storage tank
  478. A house rests on an 8" concrete block foundation 8' high. One wall is backfilled 6' high while the opposite wall is exposed with a downhill slope in front. The backfilled wall has a horizontal crack across its length. The cause may be anything except:

    A. Force of ground against wall
    B. Weight of house on foundation
  479. This roof has two opposite slopes sloping inward toward the center of the roof
  480. What type of water heater has the slowest recovery rate?
  481. _______ Feet is the maximum length cord for swimming pool equipment.
  482. According to the SOP, when inspecting a plumbing system, an inspector is required to:

    A. Inspect sewer clean-outs
    B. Inspect the visible vent pipe terminations to the exterior
  483. What is the minimum size drain for a toilet?
  484. Of the nine members of the Texas Real Estate
    Inspector Committee, what is the MAXIMUM number
    of committee members that may hold a Real Estate
    Broker's license?
    a. One
    b. Three
    c. Six
    d. Seven
  485. Small horizontal cracks approximately every 3-feet in a stucco wall are:

    A. Due to poor overlap of lath ends
    B. Due to stress
    C. Normal
    D. Due to shrinkage
  486. What kind of window is required if a basement is being used as a bedroom?
  487. As an inspector, you are required to keep current E&O insurance on file with TREC.

    True or False
  488. A fireplace that has two top registers and two bottom registers is called a:
  489. You view a Type B vent in an attic. Insulation is falling in the open chase. What do you report?

    A. Recommend a fire stop be installed
    B. What you see
    C. Recommend they remove insulation from chase
    D. All the above
  490. ___ ______ is the minimum and ___ ______ is the maximum water depth to seal P traps

  491. What functions does knee walls perform?

    A. Support the purlins at the rafter ends
    B. Support the roof rafters and prevent sagging
  492. How large should the footing or foundation for a masonry fireplace be?

    a. It should be more than six inches thick and extend six inches beyond the fireplace on all sides.

    b. It should be more than 12 inches thick and extend six inches beyond the fireplace on all sides.

    c. It should be more than six inches thick and extend 12 inches beyond the fireplace on all sides.

    d. It should be more than 12 inches thick and extend 12 inches beyond the fireplace on all sides.
  493. The defrost cycle is initiated by _________________ and __________________.
    a. Homeowner and temperature
    b. Time and temperature
    c. Time and humidity
    d. Temperature and humidity
  494. The T&P relief line must be a minimum of:

    a. 3/4 inches
    b. 1/2 inches
    c. 1 inch
    d. 1/4 inches
  495. Forcing, under pressure, a material that will raise a concrete product to provide a proper pitch is called ____________.
  496. The following is beyond the basic home inspection:

    A. Check function of all plumbing fixtures
    B. Operate incoming water main valve
  497. Mustard algae stains:

    A. Are green in color
    B. Are reddish brown and often mistaken for rust
    C. Are yellow in color
  498. The real estate agent requests a copy of your inspection report:

    A. You would give a copy as a professional courtesy
    B. You would never give a copy to a Realtor
    C. You would get permission from your client
  499. During an inspection, an inspector finds clothes in a closet touching a circuit panel. What comments should an inspector write on his report?
    a. No comment required
    b. No comment required if house was built prior to 1955
    c. No comment required if house was built prior to 1969
    d. Report as in need of repair
  500. Of the following, which best describes a skimmer?

    A. It is located in front of the pump
    B. It is part of the circulation system
    C. It is connected directly to the backwash valve
    D. It is an ABS plastic container installed at water level on the sidewall of the pool
  501. The area accessible only to ___________ should be 10 feet. (Vertical above grade)
  502. A clothes dryer vent line duct:

    A. Can pass through a ventilation duct
    B. Can be secured with sheet metal screws
  503. In an air-conditioning system, the purpose of the ________ is to remove heat from the refrigerant passing through the copper tubing.

    a. Evaporator
    b. Flow valve
    c. Condenser
    d. Compressor
  504. In Texas, which state agency licenses and controls wood destroying insect inspectors?

    A. Texas Structural Pest Control Board
    B. Texas Insect Control Board
  505. The chemical reaction between cement and water
    that causes concrete to harden is called
    a. reactivity.
    b. hydration.
    c. consolidation.
    d. admixture sequencing.
  506. Which of the following types of foundation
    settlement usually has no appreciable effect on the
    structure?
    a. Lateral movement.
    b. Differential settlement.
    c. Uniform settlement.
    d. Grade beam uplift.
  507. The TREC standards are the _______ guideline for ethical practice.

    A. Only
    B. Code
    C. Minimum
  508. What is E&O?

    A. Energy and Output Evaluation
    B. General Liability Insurance
    C. Errors and Omission Insurance
  509. What part of a home's structure is least likely
    to be visible to the home inspector?
    A. Footings
    B. Foundation
    C. Crawl space
    D. Attic
  510. Would a 60-amp conductor and a 100-amp main breaker be OK? Yes or No?
  511. An inspector may share his fee with the real estate agent, with or without consent.

    True or False
  512. What is the minimum tread depth and maximum rise for stairs?
  513. Notching of a 2x8 floor joist can be made in the outer ___ of joist.

  514. A vent pipe does not need to extend past the attic.

    True or False?
  515. How many milli-amps to trip a GFCI outlet?

    a. 8-9
    b. 5-8
    c. 4-5
    d. 3-4
  516. A three-phase service has ____ wires at the service entrance.

    - 3
    - 4
  517. All of the following are considered defects on a garage door opener except:

    A. Electronic sensors mounted 12 inches off the floor
    B. Missing remote controls
  518. The minimum headroom for working spaces for service equipment and panel boards shall be ____ feet.

    A. 3 1/2
    B. 6 1/2
  519. What size breaker would you find on a dryer?
  520. A 2" x 6" @16" on center can safely span?
    a. 6'
    b. 10'
    c. 12'
    d. Depends on species of wood
  521. An inspector is required to inspect at least:

    A. All the windows
    B. 50% of all windows
    C. None of the windows
    D. One window in each room
  522. Service Entrance and Panels
  523. What roof material doesn't require an underpayment?

    A. Asphalt shingles
    B. Slate
    C. Wood shingles
    D. Wood shakes
  524. The most likely area to find a crack or hole in the heat exchanger is:
    a. In the top of the heat exchanger
    b. Along the rear seams
    c. In front, behind the heat shield
    d. Along the lower section where the flames are

  525. Why would you install a pressure regulator?

    A. You are near a fire main
    B. You do not have enough water pressure in the house
    C. You are controlling the amount of water coming into the house
    D. The pressure in the home is too high
  526. A Safety Vacuum Release System(SVRS):

    A. Divides suction between two drains
    B. Is installed on most pools
    C. Shuts off pump or introduces air into suction lines to release swimmers trapped at drains
    D. Allows the homeowner to remove the inline filter basket while the pump is running
  527. Why would you put your mirror under a water heater draft hood?
    a. To look up the flue
    b. To check for CO
    c. To detect back drafting
    d. To look at the sky
  528. How many inches of hearth extension for a fireplace greater than 6 square feet?
  529. When inspecting a pier and beam foundation, an inspector must observe the crawl space area by entering it if there is a minimum of ____ inches headroom in the crawl space.

    A. 12
    B. 25
    C. 36
    D. 18
  530. According to the Standards of Practice, which of the following situations is an inspector REQUIRED to report as "in need of repair"?
    a. A water heater temperature and pressure relief valve drain smaller than the outlet fitting of the valve.
    b. Handrail balusters that are 3 inches apart.
    c. The installation of water heaters in a garage with an ignition source less than 24 inches
    above the floor.
    d. The absence of safety glass in a window above
    the kitchen sink.
  531. The function of the barometric damper is to:

    A. Prevent backdrafting
    B. Cool flue
    C. Provide combustion air
    D. Provide draft regulation

  532. A modern high efficiency gas furnace should use outside air supply only?

    True or False?
  533. The size of the fuses or breakers at the main disconnect will always tell you how much
    electricity is available to the house?
    a. True
    b. False
  534. According to TREC Standards, a home inspector is requires to:

    A. Operate a representative number of plumbing fixtures
    B. Operate all plumbing fixtures

  535. What is the maximum the balusters can be on railings?
  536. What is a truss uplift?

    A. Where the roof load pushes the rafters upward
    B. Trusses at too wide a span
    C. Trusses that have chords cut
    D. A bowing upward of the truss's bottom chord
  537. Wood shakes/shingles are best maintained by:

    A. Allowing them to age naturally
    B. Applying a quality waterproof sealer periodically
  538. Why are cracks and gaps at the coping and grouting important to note in your report?

    A. May cause a trip hazard
    B. Coping is expensive to repair
    C. They can allow water to get behind or beneath coping or decking materials and pool liner
    D. Esthetically, cracks are an eyesore

  539. How many bearing points do trusses have?
  540. The maximum cord length for a 240v window A/C unit is:

    - 4 feet
    - 8 feet
    - 10 feet
    - 6 feet
  541. A vent for a high efficiency furnace pitches:
    A. Downward toward outside
    B. Downward toward furnace
    C. Upwards away from furnace
    D. Both B and C above
  542. Gas pipe (both plastic and metal) should beburied a minimum of ______ inches
  543. A casement window is hinged on:

    A. The bottom only
    B. Two sides
    C. The top only
    D. One side only
  544. Blue water in a tub facet is caused by a malfunctioning _____ ballcock
  545. The inspection vapor barrier should face toward the heated side (living space) of the insulation because:

    A. The insulation must 'breathe' the same air as the unconditioned space
    B. Moisture could condense I the insulation if the vapor barrier faces the cold side
  546. Wood shakes should be installed roughly:

    A. Makes no difference
    B. 2 inches apart
    C. 1/2 inch apart
    D. 1 inch apart
  547. What type of pipe should be used to carry natural gas through a residential structure?

    A. PVC
    B. Black Iron
  548. What type of siding has the least ability to hold paint over long periods of time?
  549. To whom can you give your report:
    a. Client and Realtor
    b. Client and his attorney
    c. Client and whomever he says is ok
    d. Broker
  550. What is the maximum distance from floor to bottom of an egress window?
  551. What is the MINIMUM REQUIRED overhead clearance
    for any conductor that runs above a swimming
    pool?
    a. 12 feet.
    b. 16 feet.
    c. 18 feet.
    d. 22 feet.

  552. When wood siding is applied, what is the proper construction technique?

    A. End butt joints close together
    B. Use scarf joints at corners
    C. Double nail under the laps
    D. Nail above overlap, never through the undersiding
  553. Three entrance cables providing service to a house indicates:
    a. 120/volts
    b. 100 amps
    c. 120/240 volts
    d. Three-phase service

  554. The number of handrails needed for a 28 inches wide stairway is:

    - 1
    - 3
    - 0
    - 2
  555. Converting a heating system fan to cooling type fan requires:

    A. A 2-speed or variable speed fan
    B. Nothing
  556. Maximum length of a flex gas tubing to a dryer or range is:

    A. 6 feet
    B. 4 feet
  557. There is a gas furnace in the basement and you notice your glasses are fogging up:

    A. Caused by improper appliance ventilation
    B. Caused by a broken humidifier
  558. All valves should be _________ of an inch
  559. Why should a dirt floor in a crawl space be covered?

    A. To prevent dust from entering the ducts and piping in the crawl space
    B. To prevent moisture from soil being released into the crawl space
    C. To insulate the house above from cold released from the soil
  560. The minimum separation between a chimney and a combustible material is _____ inches
  561. Ranges, Cooktops, and Ovens
  562. Which of the following is true about pool fencing?

    A. Gates should open toward the pool
    B. Reasonable height is 4.5 to 5 feet
    C. Gates should open away from the yard
    D. A reasonable height is 3 to 4 feet
  563. In most cases chimney deterioration is caused from:
    a. Water/moisture caused by condensation
    b. Wind
    c. Improper height
    d. Nesting animals
  564. According to the rules of TREC, no action for a judgment that results in an order for collection from the real estate inspection recovery fund shall be started later than:

    - 1 year
    - 2 years
  565. Nails moving in and out of the joists can be the cause of ______ _______
  566. What is the size of a non-ferrous grounding rod?
  567. What is the MAXIMUM overcurrent protection for
    #12 copper?
    a. 15 amps.
    b. 20 amps.
    c. 30 amps.
    d. 40 amps.
  568. The inspector is required to walk on the roof no matter what? Yes or no?
  569. In cavity wall construction, masonry units that are
    turned into the wall and straddle both wythes are
    called
    a. holders.
    b. headers.
    c. stackers.
    d. soldiers.
  570. In new construction, a high-efficiency furnace in a closet must have outside combustion air.

    True or False
  571. The temperature in an unfinished attic should be the ______________.
  572. Girders and joist must overlap ___ on concrete and ___ on wood or steel.

    A. 1 1/2" and 3"
    B. 3" and 1 1/2"
  573. Stairways
  574. An air conditioning system is being inspected for
    proper cooling. What should be the range of the
    temperature drop across the coil?
    a. 4 degrees F to 9 degrees F.
    b. 10 degrees F to 15 degrees F.
    c. 14 degrees F to 22 degrees F.
    d. 22 degrees F to 27 degrees F.
  575. Green lumber has a moisture content of _____% or more.
    a. 10
    b. 15
    c. 20
    d. 25
  576. According to the standards, what should always be inspected?

    - storm windows
    - garden sheds
    - awnings
    - wall cladding
  577. The inspector is not required to report:

    A. The type of foundation
    B. Anything that is not accessible
    C. As in need of repair, a crawl space that is not adequately ventilated
  578. The inspector shall report the type of cooling system and energy source.

    True or False?
  579. How do you check if a shower door has safety glazing?

    A. The glass will be foggy
    B. There will be wire mesh
    C. It will be marked in the corner
    D. Hit the glass with a hammer
  580. To rid hot water smelling like eggs, replace magnesium anode tube with an ______________
  581. A T & P valve should be designed to trip at what temperature F?
    a. 150
    b. 210
    c. 212
    d. 225

  582. The inspector is not required to enter a crawl space if the width of the access opening is less than ____ feet.
  583. Bulging plaster is observed high up on several bedroom walls. The primary concern is the bulging plaster
    is a(n):
    A. installation defect
    B. indication the home was very cold for a period of time
    C. indication the air handler leaked
    D. potential safety issue
  584. _______ means electrically connecting 2 or more conductive items together and to the grounding system
  585. How many inches (height in. x width in.) should the perimeter wall opening be.

  586. Metal roofs are best protected by:

    A. Allowing them to age naturally
    B. Properly maintaining with paint
    C. Finished with brush-on-bitumen coating

  587. What are risers and treads mounted to?

    A. Floor joists
    B. Rafters
    C. Trusses
    D. Stringers
  588. Where is the draft hood for a wall-mounted furnace located:
    a. The front of the furnace - top front
    b. Combustion side of the furnace
    c. Enclosed in the wall
  589. Weep holes should be how many inches in diameter?
  590. Electrical fuse panel has a bunch of 15 amp blown fuses lying around. What do you tell the client?

    A. Nothing, everything is correct
    B. The homeowner never throws anything away
    C. The 30 amp fuses installed in place of the 15 amps has solved the problem
    D. It is likely that at least one circuit is carrying too much current
  591. Texas official wood destroying insect reports can be prepared by:
    a. Texas Real Estate Commission profession inspector
    b. Texas Real Estate Committee licensed real estate inspectors
    c. Texas structural Pest Control Board professional inspectors
    d. Texas structural Pest Control Board Certified Applicators
  592. [Pool & Spa] All of the following about a self-fill are true EXCEPT:

    A. The crock is made of PVC plastic
    B. Are usually subject to local plumbing code
    C. Must have anti-siphon/backflow prevention device
    D. The crock is usually located near the edge of the pool

  593. What contributes to ice damming?

    - too much snow
    - improper pitch
    - inadequate insulation and ventilation
  594. Each applicant must pay a set fee into the inspection recovery fund prior to being issued an inspector's license.

    True or False
  595. An accumulator prevents what from entering the compressor?
    a. Water
    b. Liquid refrigerant
    c. Oil
    d. Gaseous refrigerant
  596. If the person is license as a real estate inspector or as an apprentice inspector, any advertisements must contain:
    a. The name of the person's sponsoring professional inspector
    b. A statement indicating that the person is sponsored by a professional inspector
    c. The person's license number
    d. All of the above
  597. Yellow-tipped flames at a gas burner are signs of _______________.
  598. Under which rule do real estate licenses have a duty to disclose their relationship to the inspector and to the client.

    A. 535.156
    B. 585.186
  599. What condition with a gas water heater should be reported as a safety hazard:
    a. Holes in a flue pipe
    b. A leaking tank
    c. Rusting in heating chamber
    d. Plastic water supply pipes
  600. Doors connecting the garage and the house should:

    A. self-closing
    B. All answers are correct
    C. Be solid-core wood or metal
    D. Be weather stripped
  601. Ductwork should be ______ enough to handle the volume of air needed for correct A/C operation.

    A. Small
    B. Square
    C. Large
    D. Round

  602. What is a wet vent?
    a. A vent that protects the roof in the rain
    b. A vent that is never dry
    c. A vent that also serves as drain
    d. A vent that is larger that a dry vent
  603. The difference between a split bus-bar panel and a single bus-bar panel is:

    A. A split bus-bar panel has more than one "main" disconnect
    B. No difference
    C. You need to add the breakers up
    D. Breaker above split controls those above it
  604. The high side of the chimney, for chimneys sitting below the ridge, may also have typical roof-to-wall flashing. In this case, flashing should extend up at least 6" or 1/6 the width of the chimney

    True or False
  605. Concrete block walls need to be:

    A. 8" thick at 5' and 12" thick at 7'
    B. 8" thick at 6' and 12" thick at 8"
  606. If you have a gas furnace and a gas water heater in the basement and a gas furnace in the
    attic, how many flues to you need for proper venting:
    a. 1
    b. 2
    c. 3
    d. 4
  607. Fulcrum is best described as the:

    A. Point where the diving board pivots or bends
    B. The distance from the rear of a diving board to the pivot point
    C. The distance the slide extends over the water from the pool's edge
    D. Manufacturer of slides and diving boards
  608. As measured from the nose of the tread, what is
    the MAXIMUM height above the stairway tread for a
    handrail?
    a. 36 inches.
    b. 38 inches.
    c. 42 inches.
    d. 44 inches.
  609. An inspector may not act in the dual capacity of inspector and undisclosed principle in a transition.
    a. True
    b. False
  610. ____________ provide support on cantilevered balcony constructions.
  611. Inspectors should _________ with other inspectors.

    - Argue
    - Compete
    - Ignore
    - Cooperate
  612. Flat roofs - what is the cause of blisters?

    A. Loss of UV protection
    B. Air & water trapped between layers
  613. How far from the tub must a plug be?
  614. 1/4 inch plywood would not be a suitable material for a ________.
  615. A new electric dryer receptacle:

    A. Must be a dedicated circuit
    B. May be 120 volts
    C. May have 4 wires to it
    D. All of the above
  616. The inspector is required to:

    A. Report systems that do not operate properly using normal controls
    B. Inspect humidifiers
    C. Inspect and report on heat exchangers
  617. The condensate line must be __________.
  618. Three-prong receptacles require:
    a. GFCI
    b. Grounding conductor
    c. Ground wire to a water pipe
    d. Illegal
  619. The inspector is NOT required to:

    A. Report switches that are not in safe locations or do not operate
    B. Inspect self-cleaning functions of appliances
  620. Service drop over a flat roof should be:

    A. 8 feet
    B. 6 feet
    C. 10 feet
    D. 12 feet
  621. Professional Liability Insurance is often referred to as:

    A. Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance
    B. General Liability Insurance
  622. A trait of plaster pool liners is:

    A. It is always white
    B. It is alkaline and raises the water's PH
    C. Pigment must be added
    D. The surface is abrasive to the skin
  623. Permits are not required for fences less than or equal to ______

  624. If the furnace blower stops running after the burners have shut off and then the blower
    turns back on without the burners on - what is the most likely situation:
    a. Bad thermocouple
    b. Bad gas valve
    c. Fan/Limit control switch does not operate properly
    d. Fan/motor does not work properly
  625. Under certain operating conditions, ________________ will form on the outdoor coil.
    This can cause a/an _____________________ in efficiency.
    a. Moss - increase
    b. Frost - decrease
    c. Frost - increase
    d. Mold - decrease
  626. Sub-panel require neutrals and grounds to be separated and isolated. What is another term for this?

    A. Ungrounded
    B. Floating ground
    C. Bonding
    D. Floating neutral
  627. You notice isolators on the ductwork during an inspection. What are they for:
    a. To reduce transmission of vibration from motor
    b. To reduce noise in ductwork
    c. Allow for expansion
    d. All of the above

  628. A GFCI which does not operate should be reported in accordance with:

    A. National Electrical Code of 1998
    B. National Electrical Code of 1984
  629. The T&P relief line cannot:

    A. Be reduced in size
    B. Be threaded on one end
    C. Be trapped
    D. All the above
  630. Reverse polarity is a ____________.

  631. What is the piece called that holds a truss together?
  632. Cold cracks can appear if the concrete did not finish ______.
  633. Flat roofs - what is the most common cause of leaking?

    A. Ponding
    B. Parapet walls
  634. A flue covered with creosote:

    A. Protects flue
    B. Is dull black
    C. Safety hazard
    D. Common and not a problem
  635. If you operate both an inspection business and a home repair business, you can do repairs on the same home you inspected.

    True or False
  636. You will most likely see ponding around drain because of inadequate or clogged drain system on what kind of roof?
  637. Two 3-foot appliance connectors can be connected to make a 6-foot connection.

    True or False

  638. The three purposes of a window are:
    a. Light, ventilation and appearance
    b. Ventilation, light and emergency entrance
    c. Light, ventilation and scenery from the outside
    d. Light, ventilation and exit
  639. Which coat of stucco siding can be eliminated?

    A. Rough base coat
    B. None
    C. Finish coat
    D. Paint
  640. How are hurricane ties attached at the roof structure?

    A. Outside edge of top plate
    B. Inside edge of top plate to rafter
    C. Stud to top plate
    D. Joist to rafter
  641. The most common problem with a deck ledger board is:

    A. Supported by studs
    B. Improper flashing
    C. Rotten boards
    D. Siding damaged
  642. What are the two main components of an air-cooled air conditioning system?
  643. In a steam heating system, a normal operating pressure is:
    a. 30 psi
    b. 12-20 psi
    c. 3-5 psi
    d. 22-25 psi
  644. A greenish color on copper plumbing joints indicates

    A. Water leak problems
    B. Normal conditions

  645. The three main components of a stairway are:

    A. Stringers, risers, head room
    B. Stringers, treads, risers
    C. Riders, treads, nosing
    D. Treads, total rise, total run
  646. An electrical panel with a split bus-bar:

    A. Has more than one shut off
    B. Breaker above controls other breakers
  647. Foundations
  648. What is the maximum flexible cord length for a plug connected dishwasher?
  649. Water is heated to a boiling point of ___ degrees.
  650. Chimney's more than 30 inches should have what installed on the high side?
    - More flashing
    - Cricket
    - Ice and water shield

  651. In receptacle wiring, which slot is hot?

    A. Small
    B. Right
    C. Large
    D. Left
  652. Weep holes should be provided on masonry at a maximum spacing of?

    a. 24 inches
    b. 33 inches
    c. 18 inches
    d. 30 inches
  653. The 10 foot drop for from wire to balcony should be ______ away
  654. What is the best way for steel girders (I-beams) in basement concrete wall pockets to be
    installed?
    a. Lay on tar paper
    b. 1/2" gap on three sides
    c. Lay on poly sheeting
    d. Lay on wood shims
  655. How many feet above the roof must a service drop be in a flat roof?
  656. A flexible appliance connector can be cut.

    True or False
  657. What psi should you begin to get concerned about possible damage to the water supply fixtures?
  658. [Grading & Drainage] Hardscape within 10 feet minimum __ slope from building
  659. If a child is sleeping in a room that you need to inspect:

    A. Skip the room
    B. Ask the seller if you can inspect the room
  660. An air conditioning unit located in an attic can be located how far away from the attic access opening?

    A. 20 feet
    B. 30 feet

  661. In the AC cycle liquid turns to gas while coming out of the _______________
  662. Microwave Oven
  663. If a natural gas appliance is changed to LP gas, you need:

    A. You can not change for gas to propane
    B. A smaller orifice
  664. According to the Standards of Practice for inspecting pools, the inspector shall operate:

    A. Electrical components
    B. Plumbing supply
    C Heater, using normal operating controls

  665. Asphalt shingles can be installed on pitches as low as ____ if the roof is first covered with two layers of non-perforated saturated felt paper.
  666. Permits are not required for retaining walls less than or equal to ______.
  667. The highest grade lumbar is called what?

    a. GRN
    b. K-Dry
    c. S-Dry
    d. MC-15
  668. Maximum safe temperature setting of a hot water heater:

    A. 115 - 125 degrees
    B. 115 - 120 degrees
    C. 105 - 115 degrees
    D. 125 - 130 degrees
  669. A junction box must be how high above a deck?
    a. 4 inches
    b. 6 inches
    c. 8 inches
    d. 12 inches
  670. What materials were/are commonly used in sub flooring?
    a. One inch wood boards
    b. Plywood
    c. Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
    d. a, b, and c
  671. Per the rules of TREC, which plumbing system item needs to be inspected during an inspection?

    A. Termination of a vent through the roof line
    B. Drain pumps
  672. 7 feet is the minimum unobstructed head room height in:
    a. A hallway
    b. An attic
    c. A crawl space
    d. An unfinished basement
  673. What are the three ways a structure may give in to gravity?
    a. If it is sitting on something that is not strong enough, the ground below will fail
    b. If the skeleton of the structure is weak, it will not support itself, the weight of the
    structure itself is the 'dead load'
    c. If the live load on the structure is greater than expected, it will collapse.
    d. All of the above
  674. What is the MINIMUM required overhead clearance of a service drop cable that runs above a swimming pool diving board?
    a. 12.5 feet.
    b. 14.5 feet.
    c. 16.5 feet.
    d. 18.5 feet
  675. Copper & galvanized steel can be joined by what method?
    a. Brass converter fitting
    b. Di-electric union
    c. Dimorphic union
    d. Both a and b
  676. Loose connections in aluminum wiring systems cause arcing and short circuits, which in turn cause:
    a. Low voltage
    b. High voltage
    c. Anti-oxidation
    d. Fires
  677. What kind of roof covering cannot be installed over space boards?

    A. Asphalt shingles
    B. BUR
    C. Spray-applied foam
    D. All the above
  678. No trap in a basement drain. You should tell client:
    a. Say it's ok because it's in the basement
    b. Recommend it be repaired
    c. Say germs will grow
    d. It's ok because that is the way it was built
  679. The focus of a contract with a client should be:

    A. To gain referrals
    B. To limit liability
    C. To maximize the clients understanding of what you will not do during the inspection
    D. To gain repair work after the inspection
  680. The inspector is not required to report on:

    A. Visible evidence of moisture penetration
    B. Efficiency, adequacy, or capacity of the system
    C. Inadequate attic space ventilation
  681. 5B
  682. What is the required duct size for a dryer vent?

    A. 4 inches
    B. 5 inches
    C. 6 inches
    D. 3 inches
  683. The difference between ballon framing and platform construction is:

    A. Ballon framing is stronger than platform construction
    B. Ballon framing studs run from foundation to roof line
    C. Platform construction is stronger than ballon framing
    D. The performance of ballon framing is better than platform framing
  684. This roof has a single slope slanting in one direction.
  685. Which structural detail will facilitate interior
    remodeling involving partition changes?
    a. Roof trusses.
    b. Balloon framing.
    c. Post and beam construction.
    d. Platform frame construction.
  686. Soft spots have risen above the surrounding surface
    of a 20-year-old flat built-up roof. The roof has
    gravel over the flood coating of asphaltic material.
    The soft spots are MOST likely due to
    a. spot failure which should be sliced and
    flattened and then sealed with hot asphalt or
    cold patching material.
    b. the failure of the roofing system which will
    require a tear off and replacement.
    c. moisture which has gotten in between the
    plies.
    d. the gravel coating was not evenly distributed.
  687. An inspector has _____ business days to report TREC a change of address
  688. Flue covered with creosote:

    A. Common not a problem
    B. Protects flue
    C. Safety hazard
    D. Is dull black
  689. Fiberglass shingles most common defect is:
  690. Visualize a basement stairway with one side against a wall. What is not a safety hazard?

    A. Odd risers
    B. No handrail on wall side
    C. Open railing on open side

  691. What does a drip edge do?
    a. Stops ice damming
    b. Protects the parts below it like the fascia, siding, etc.
    c. Protects the ridge vents
    d. Prevents cupping of shingles
  692. Each plumbing vent pipe or stack shall extend through its flashing and shall terminate
    vertically not less than:
    a. 12" above the roof line
    b. 6" above the roof line
    c. No requirement
    d. 6' above the roof line
  693. What flashing is used where chimney and roof meet?
    a. Modified Bitumen and Copper
    b. Counter flashing and step flashing
    c. Tar and gravel
    d. Copper and Galvanized
  694. What is the minimum size of ferrous grounding rod must be?
  695. Where should TPR extension terminate?

    A. Attic
    B. Within 6 inches of the floor or ground
    C. Plumbing vent pipe
    D. Plumbed to drain line
  696. The inspector _______ the duty of protecting the public against fraud, misrepresentation or unethical practices in the field of real estate inspections.

    A. Accepts
    B. Challenges.
    C. Doesn't have

  697. Common metal roof material includes all, except

    A. Metallica
    B. V-Seam
  698. In most cases, three distribution wires connected to one fuse or breaker is acceptable.
    a. True
    b. False
  699. When converting a gas forced air furnace to heat pump, the duct work is:

    A. Properly sized
    B. Undersized and may or may not perform adequately
  700. How far above grade should a concrete slab extend?

    a. At least 4"
    b. At least 6"
    c. At least 8"
    d. There is no minimum requirement
  701. A metal chimney cap function does not include:

    A. Keeping animals out
    B. Reducing draw of exhaust gases
  702. What is the most serious safety hazard with an exterior door:
    a. Door knob set at 3' 6"
    b. A foot quick release, security bracket
    c. Double cylinder dead bolt (keyed inside and outside)
  703. When a GFCI is installed on a two-wire non-grounded system, it provides?

    A. Fault protection, but not grounding protection

    B. No protection as there is no ground wire
  704. What A/C component functions to put refrigerant gas under a high pressure?

    - Compressor
    - Condenser
    - Expansion Device
    - Evaporator
  705. Type B vent is:

    A. Double wall
    B. Triple wall
    C. Single wall
    D. Any of the above
  706. How many feet should the conductor wire be above roads and parking areas?
  707. An HVAC installation requires the following:
    a. Insulating the supply duct
    b. Insulating the return duct
    c. Insulating supply and return ducts
    d. Insulating ducts outside building envelope only
  708. What size must the landing at the front door be?
  709. How high must a ceiling be in the hall?
  710. Horizontal foundation cracks are due to:

    A. Downwarping
    B. Cupping
  711. What is an example of a cross connection in a
    plumbing system?
    a. Faucet through the sidewall of a tub.
    b. "T" joint in a wet vent stack.
    c. Interface of the building service with the public
    utility service.
    d. Location of a backflow valve.
  712. Overhead service drop conductors shall have a minimum clearance from final grade over residential property of:

    a. 10 feet
    b. 12 feet
    c. 14 feet
    d. 16 feet
  713. A dirty filter can cause:

    A. High compressions ratio and failure of evaporator
    B. Reduced air flow and lower return air temperature
  714. Where is A/C tonnage encoded?

    A. RLA
    B. Serial number
    C. LRA
    D. Model number
  715. At what point in an A/C cycle does the liquid turn to gas:
    a. Passing through the expansion coil
    b. Coming out of the compressor
    c. Coming out of the evaporator coil
    d. Coming out of the condensing coil
  716. Walls and ceilings in an attached garage must:

    A. Have one door or one window installed
    B. Form a fire separation from the house in most jurisdictions
    C. Be constructed of wood
  717. Concrete block retaining wall with 3-inch deflection. What should you say?
    a. Have structural engineer examine
    b. Normal position
    c. Up to 4-inches is ok
    d. Replace wall with new one
  718. Why is it important to ensure the suction line at an
    air handler is properly insulated?
    a. Refrigerant leak.
    b. Noise reduction.
    c. Vibration control.
    d. Moisture control.

  719. Plastic (polyethylene) piping can be used for gas?

    True or False
  720. If you are found guilty of inspecting a property without a license, what class would your misdemeanor be?

    - Class B
    - Class F
    - Class A
  721. What is the most common electrical flaw found residentially?

    A. Lack of GFCI's
    B. Use of Al wiring
    C. Over fusing
    D. Use of grounded receptacles
  722. Two basic forces individual structural components are subjected to are?
    a. Wind/gravity
    b. Snow/rain
    c. Compression/tension
    d. All of the above
  723. What is the minimum distance from a hot tub or shower for an electrical plug?
  724. The homeowner is an electrician and states he pushed the aluminum wires into the back of the receptacle. How should this be reported?

    A. Recommend a UL approved crimp method
    B. Say nothing - he could be lying
  725. Which of the following is not suited to a roof with a 2/12 pitch?

    A. Asphalt shingles
    B. Asbestos Cement shingles
  726. Installing a screened chimney cap does all of the following, except:

    A. Keep rain from entering the chimney
    B. Keeps out birds and animals
    C. Keeps out dirt and debris
    D. Interrupts proper draft
  727. Masonry walls must be anchored to the floor at intervals not to exceed _____ feet
  728. For water to drain freely out of the house waste system, there must be adequate:

    A. Venting
    B. Pressure
  729. What is the normal operating pressure of a steam boiler?
  730. You inspect a home with a wood stove 18" from the wall. You notice that the unit does
    not have a UL approved sticker. You should tell the client:
    a. The stove has to go
    b. The stove is too close to the wall
    c. Do not buy the house
    d. Everything is okay
  731. How many wires are there from street to house on a 240 volt system?
  732. What is truss uplift?

    A. A bowing upward of the truss's bottom chord
    B. Where the roof load pushes the rafters upward
  733. Heating Equipment
  734. How long of a gas flex line may you have for a stove or dryer?
  735. What size should TPR valve extension piping be?
    a. 1/2"
    b. 3/4"
    c. Doesn't matter
    d. Same size as the valve it's connected to
  736. A non-technically exhaustive way to evaluate the heat exchanger?

    A. Check flame pattern when blower comes
    B. Remove plenum and inspect visually
    C. Inspect register covers for soot
    D. Water pressure test
  737. What condition would indicate an oil burner needs an adjustment?
  738. The National Energy Act of January 1, 1994 requires all commodes manufactured for residential use to have a capacity of no more than ____ gallons per flush.

    a. 1.6
    b. 1.2
    c. 1.4
    d. 1.8
  739. Monolithic slab-on-grade slabs will not have

    A. Cold-joints
    B. Footings

  740. What contributes to mold or moss growth on the exterior of a home?
  741. Most common problem with a deck ledger board:

    A. Improper flashing
    B. Supported by studs
    C. Siding damaged
    D. Rotten boards
  742. The inspector is not required to:

    A. Report the need of repairing damaged glazing in windows and exterior doors
    B. Determine the presence of, or extent or type of, insulation or vapor barrier in exterior walls
  743. Which of the following is a sign of water penetration through a foundation wall?

    A. Water stains around the floor drain
    B. Efflorescence on the wall
    C. Delamination of the subfloor
    D. Rotted girder or joist
  744. Why is there a drip loop?
    a. To keep the wires close to the ground
    b. To keep water from running down the mast head
    c. To allow sediment to collect
    d. To add architectural effect
  745. Evaporative (swamp) Cooler:

    A. Has a compressor
    B. Has electricity and water to it
  746. How many inches must a girder rest?
  747. AC cable, commonly known as BX, often contains a bare aluminum wire. Which of the
    following statements is true regarding the wire?
    a. The wire is a grounding wire and should be connected to grounding terminals
    inside boxes and panels.
    b. The wire is a bonding wire and should not be connected or brought into the
    interior of boxes.
    c. The wire is required to be treated with anti-oxidant paste at its terminations
    d. The wire must be reported as an aluminum branch circuit wire even if the other
    conductors in the cable are copper
  748. During the heating season, the outside coil will go into a defrost cycle every 90 minutes and last for:

    A. 10 minutes
    B. 20 minutes
  749. What is the purpose of an air gap on a dishwasher?

    A. Protect against contamination of the water supply

    B. Allows dishes to dry completely

    C. Protects dishes from dirty sink water

    D. Keeps water from siphoning out of dishwasher
  750. According to the rules of the Texas Real Estate Commission, each TREC licensee shall furnish a permanent address to the commission and report all subsequent changes within ____ business days after a change of address.
  751. If a client has questions regarding their inspection report, they should ask:

    A. The inspector
    B. The realtor
    C. The Loan officer
    D. TREC
  752. Polarity is achieved by which 2 wires of a 3 wire electrical systems?

    a. Ground and hot
    b. Neutral and ground
    c. Neutral and hot
    d. Bare and ground
  753. In heavy snowfall areas, it is good practice to mount the heat pump's outdoor unit on a/an ________ to prevent snow from blocking the coil.

    A. Elevated platform
    B. Plastic platform
  754. What is the term for the type of flashing used where the edge of a shingle roof meets a vertical wall?
  755. Skylight curbing must extend above the roof a minimum of?
    a. 4-inches
    b. 6-inches
    c. 2-inches
    d. 8-inches
  756. In an old house, an atmospheric (open) tank is above 2nd floor. What was it probably
    there for?
    a. Over flow for gravity boiler
    b. Well pressure control
    c. Water heater pressure control
    d. None of the above
  757. If a second roof is applied, where is it most likely to leak?

    A. Valley
    B. Gable
  758. During heat pump operation, supplemental heat may be provided by:

    A. Electrical heat strips
    B. Nothing
  759. When firing up a steam system that had been turned off all summer, you hear a hissing sound:

    A. This is normal
    B. This cause for alarm
    C. Shut it off immediately
    D. Add more water
  760. Lead paint are in homes that were built before what year?
  761. A swimming pool junction panel must be at least _____ inches above the water level of the pool.
  762. Which of the following is true about the main drain at the pool?

    A. Always poses an entrapment hazard
    B. Is the only path back to the pump and filter
    C. Drains directly into the sewer
    D. Has considerable suction power
  763. What causes structure to move?

    A. Sun
    B. Water.
    C. Gravity
    D. Wind
  764. The inspector needs to report:

    A. The condition and presence of storm windows
    B. Any locks on exterior doors that do not operate
  765. Wall furnace vent is what type?

    BW or W
  766. What is the proper slope for a horizontal drain pipe?

    a. Anywhere from 1/8:1 to 1/2:1
    b. ≥1/8:1
    c. ≤1/2:1
    d. None of the above
  767. A/C condensate drain line must be a minimum ______ inch.

  768. Which roof has a double slope on each side and the bottom-most slope is the steepest?
  769. The water heater should be set between ________ to save energy and avoid burns.
  770. TREC ____________ the sue of contracts for inspections.

    A. Does not require
    B. Requires
    C. Suggests
    D. Issues
  771. What does hissing and gurgling in an electric water heater indicate?

    A. The upper element is burnt out
    B. The lower element is burnt out
    C. There is sediment in the tank
    D. The heating element wires are over-heated
  772. The inspector is not required to:

    A. Report in need of repair, a shower enclosure that leaks
    B. Operate plumbing shut0off valves
    C. Inspect system that has been shut down
  773. Air bubbles coming from the pool return indicates a leak in the _____ side of the pump.
  774. General Liability insurance:

    A. Will protect the inspector if there is an error in the report

    B. Provides coverage from property damage, such as a ladder falling over and breaking the homeowner's windshield
  775. The circulatory system moves water for all of the following are purposes EXCEPT:

    - Heat
    - Remove debris
    - Circulate
    - Filter
    - Clear up algae

  776. Steel lintels on masonry walls should be at least how many inches wider than the opening
    on either side.
    a. 6-inches
    b. 8-inches
    c. 10-inches
    d. 4-inches
  777. The minimum thickness of a residential exterior door is:

    A. 1 1/8 inches
    B. 1 3/8 inches
    C. 2 inches
    D. 1 1/4 inches
  778. What is the minimum curb height for a skylight?

    A. No requirement
    B. 4 inch
  779. The balusters of a deck less than 30" off the ground must have no more than 4" between them.

    True or False?
  780. How many feet apart should electric plugs be in a kitchen at countertop area?
  781. Vents stacks connected in any combination to a common vent shall be at least ___ inches above the flood-level rim of the highest fixture.

    - 8
    - 6
  782. The 3 main controls on a furnace are:

    A. The thermostat, the limit control, and the pump control
    B. The thermostat, the primary control, and the thermocouple
    C. The thermostat, the limit control and the fan control
  783. During an inspection of a swimming pool, an inspector is not required to:

    A. Report above-ground water leaks
    B. Report the height of the local subsurface water table
    C. Report deficiencies in pool decks
    D. Report deficiencies in pool lights
  784. Dirty air filter will cause high a/c temperature differential?
    True or False
  785. The color of the ground wire in a 3 wire electrical system is _____
    a. Green
    b. Black
    c. White
    d. Gray
  786. What condition is indicated if a lighted match held at the barometric damper leans inward toward the smoke pipe?

    A. The damper is broken
    B. A downdraft is occurring
    C. Carbon monoxide is escaping into the home
    D. Exhaust is moving up the chimney
  787. Which of the following types of foundation settlement usually has no appreciable effect on the structure?
    a. Lateral movement.
    b. Differential settlement.
    c. Uniform settlement.
    d. Grade beam uplift
  788. The International Residential Code (IRC) requires rafters to be fastened to ridge boards or gusset plates if the pitch of the roof is greater than or equal to a certain angle. What is the angle?

    a. 3/12
    b. 2/12
    c. 4/12
    d. 5/12
  789. During an inspection, which item must be tested?

    a. Bathroom exhaust fan
    b. Self-cleaning feature of the broiler
    c. A stand-alone portable dishwasher
    d. Self-cleaning feature of an oven
  790. The inspector is not required to report:

    A. Conditions of paint stains or other surface coatings
    B. Safety glazing in hazardous locations
    C. As in need of repair, damaged glazing in windows

  791. Where can the evaporator coil on a heat pump unit be located?

    A. Inside
    B. Plenum
    C. Outside
    D. All the above
  792. A 15 amp breaker or fuse blows at:
    a. 10 amps
    b. 14 amps
    c. 15 amps
    d. 20 amps
  793. Vent stacks connected in any combination to a common vent shall be at least _____ inches above the flood-level rim of the highest fixture.
    a. 2
    b. 4
    c. 6
    d. 8

  794. The preferred way to place a girder in a pocket of a concrete foundation is:

    A. To leave 1/2" clearance at the ends and sides of girder

    B. To install felt paper between the girder and the concrete
  795. Every basement and sleeping room is required to have an easily operable emergency escape window. How large must this window be?

    a. At least 5.7 sq. ft
    b. At least 4.7 sq. ft
    c. At least 6.7 sq. ft
    d. At least 3.7 sq. ft
  796. Water hammering is caused by:

    A. Worn out washers in compression faucets
    B. Worn out washers in non-compression faucets
    C. Improper selection of piping materials
    D. Improper sizing pipes
  797. Plumbing drainpipes must have a ______ inch(es) slope per running foot

  798. Gas outlets located in fireplaces shall be controlled by listed and labeled shutoff valves located in the same room outside the hearth and no more than ____ feet from the outlets.

    A. 6
    B. 2
    C. 4
    D. 3
  799. Wall cracks should be investigated to determine if structural rot, structural cracking, foundation settlement or pulled fastenings have occurred if the crack is wider than:

    A. 1/2"
    B. 1/4"
  800. Moisture accumulates in poorly vented attics because:

    A. Moisture is attracted to warmth
    B. Moisture starts at the top of the house and descends
    C. Warm air rises & condenses in the attic
  801. A house has recently been re-sided with vinyl; the new vinyl has been insulated over the electric feed conduit from below the mast to the meter. This is okay.

    True or False
  802. When inspecting stairways, porches and decks, all must have:
    a. Lighting (illumination)
    b. Be at least 6 feet 8 inches wide
    c. Be at least 3 feet wide
    d. Be strong enough to support 200psi
  803. What kind of circuit is needed for a new dryer outlet?
  804. What determines the size of a fireplace flue:
    a. Opening of fireplace
    b. Area of firebox
    c. Number of fireplaces vented into flue
    d. Type of house
  805. ______ is the most commonly used piping today as the main service pipe from public water supplies.
  806. If the exterior service piping has been converted to plastic, what is required for electrical grounding?

    A. Leave as is
    B. Ground to interior water pipe
    C. Provide another grounding means
    D. Ground to gas pipe
  807. Garage door fire rating?

    A. 45 minutes
    B. 20 minutes
    C. 30 minutes
  808. Which of the following rooms REQUIRES a GFCI
    circuit?
    a. Bedroom.
    b. Dining room.
    c. Bathroom.
    d. Furnace room.
  809. What is the proper way to vent a condensate drain?

    A. Soil stack
    B. Plumbing stack
    C. Indirect drain
    D. 1/4" copper tubing
  810. What are the results of complete combustion?
  811. Type(s) of insulation used with a flat roof
    a. Urethane
    b. Fiberglass
    c. Polystyrene
    d. All of the above
  812. In a conventional heat pump, the most critical component is the:

    A. Compressor
    B. Blower fan

  813. What is the most likely reason for bulging vinyl siding?

    A. Moisture behind vinyl
    B. Improper nailing
  814. What detail should be present in brick veneer walls
    to ensure that accumulated moisture is adequately
    relieved?
    a. Wall ties.
    b. Head flashing.
    c. Weep holes.
    d. Drip cap.
  815. A statement in a report states a low slope roof appears to be in good shape for it age. This is an:

    A. Description
    B. Inappropriate comment
    C. Conclusion or finding
  816. The minimum live load for a balcony is:
    a. 40
    b. 60
    c. 120
    d. 200
  817. Glass block is considered:

    A. Not safety glazed
    B. Not allowed to be used in homes
  818. The two basic forces that individual structural components are subjected to are?
    a. Compression - pushed from both ends
    b. Tension - pulled upon
    c. Torque - twisted upon
    d. Both a and b
  819. Alternating Current means: Electrons move back and forth through power lines at a frequency of _________________.
  820. What size duct and what is the maximum length for a dryer vent?
  821. Outside central air condenser unit must be within 10 degrees of level:

    True or False
  822. What is the MAXIMUM spacing of rafters?
    a. 16.0 inches o.c.
    b. 19.2 inches o.c.
    c. 20.0 inches o.c.
    d. There is no maximum.
  823. Porches, Balconies, Decks, and Carports
  824. The inspector does not have to inspect appliances.

    True or False?
  825. Three wires at a masthead, one tied back, what kind of service is this?

    A. 240 volt
    B. 100 amp
    C. 60 amp
    D. None of these
  826. What is the acceptable distance between the tread of a stairway and its handrail?
  827. What is the minimum size of an emergency egress window?
  828. The vapor barrier in the ceiling under the attic should be on the ___________ of the insulation

  829. How much overlap is required for a girder on concrete:
    a. 1 1/2"
    b. 2"
    c. 3"
    d. 4"
  830. It is better to:

    A. Attempt to resolve complaints immediately
    B. Admit fault if a customer has a complaint
  831. What is an LLC ?

    A. Limited Liability Corporation
    B. A type of insurance
  832. Given that you have a #6 AWG copper wire, 100 amp main breaker and a panel rated for 150 amps, what is the service amperage?

    A. 100 and all is good
    B. 150 and oversized panel
    C. 60 and a safety hazard
    D. 200 and all is good
  833. A non-grounded receptacle within 6" of water should be replaced with?
    a. GFCI
    b. GFCI upstream from receptacle
    c. Single pole GFCI Breaker
    d. All of the above
  834. When inspecting a trash compactor, an inspector is not require to:

    A. Calculate the pressure of compaction
    B. Determine if the unit is securely mounted
    C. Report unusual noises when unit operated
  835. The minimum breaker size for a water heater is _____ amps.

    Answer: 125% of nameplating rating
  836. Underground metallic gas piping should be installed a minimum of ___ inches below grade.

    - 12
    - 18
    - 6
    - 24
  837. Nonmetallic, sheathed cabled (Romex) should not be pulled tightly across bends.

    Yes or No
  838. According to the Standards of Practice, water at
    the faucet MUST be checked for
    a. water pressure.
    b. functional flow.
    c. temperature reading.
    d. unpleasant odors.
  839. What type of roof requires an interlayment of felt between courses?

    A. Roll Roofing
    B. Wood shakes
  840. What is the minimum distance of a single wall vent connector for a wood burning stove to combustion?

    A. 18 inches
    B. 6 inches

  841. How can you tell if moisture exists above a cathedral ceiling?

    A. Probe with an awl
    B. Not possible
    C. Moisture around skylight
    D. Mildew on walls
  842. The proper pressure of a hydronic heating system:

    A. 15 - 20
    B. 12 - 15
  843. The normal MINIMUM run for a residential stair tread is:
    A. 7 in.
    B. 8 in.
    C. 9 in.
    D. 11 in.
  844. What is the maximum distance of stairs before needing a landing?

    a. 14 feet
    b. 10 feet
    c. 12 feet
    d. 1 foot
  845. What does water ponding cause?
    a. Shorten life expectancy
    b. Promotes fungi & moss growth
    c. Allows seepage
    d. All of the above
  846. An induced draft fan pulls air in what direction?
    a. Up
    b. Down
    c. Pulls through the furnace
    d. Pushes through the furnace
  847. While inspecting a tar and gravel roof, what would indicate that the roof is failing?
    a. Delamination
    b. Loose gravel
    c. Ponding of water on a roof
    d. Gravel has been washed to the down spouts.
  848. Type L venting systems shall terminate not less than ____ feet above the roof and not less than ____ above any portion of the building within 10 feet.

    A. 3-3
    B. 3-2
  849. What size drain line is REQUIRED for the auxiliary
    or secondary drain system used with an air
    conditioning system cooling coil?
    a. Minimum of 1/2 inch.
    b. Minimum of 3/4 inch.
    c. Minimum of 1 inch.
    d. Such a line is not required.
  850. Residential entrance cables must have a minimum clearance over a driveway of:

    A. 10' 6"
    B. 15'
    C. 12'
    D. 18'
  851. What is the maximum number of disconnects for a main power electrical panel?
  852. Squeaks in flooring are caused by a poor connection between the _________________.
  853. What is the reason for gapped roof sheathing?

    A. Drafts
    B. Shrinkage
    C. Expansion
    D. Energy of efficiency
  854. While inspecting a pre-1955 residential one story home, an inspector notes a bare incandescent light bulb mounted on the veiling in the middle of a habitable room. What comment should be written in the inspection report?

    a. It is not a safety violation, but repair is recommended

    b. Note a safety violation that is should be replaced at the homeowners convenience

    c. It is a safety issue and in need of repair
  855. What is the proper way to vent a condensate drain?

    A. 1/4" copper tubing
    B. Indirect drain
  856. The inspector is required to report on:

    A. Gas log lighter valves that do not function
    B. All answers correct
    C. Deficiencies in combustion air vent
    D. Gas leak
  857. A temperature and pressure relief valve installed
    on a water heater should be piped to
    a. a drain.
    b. the outside and within 6 inches of the ground.
    c. a catch pan under the floor.
    d. either a drain or to the outside and not closer
    than 6 inches to the ground.
  858. All of the following may cause cracks in the brick
    veneer on a home EXCEPT
    a. thermal stress.
    b. lack of brick ties.
    c. foundation movement.
    d. lack of a vapor barrier.
  859. What is the purpose of an accumulator:
    a. Keep dirt out of the compressor
    b. Keep liquid refrigerant out of the compressor
    c. Record a total of coolant used
    d. Keep water out of the compressor
  860. Upon a call for heat for the thermostat, which components of a newer hydronic boiler are activated simultaneously?
  861. What do you tell a client when a house has a 30 year old asbestos cement roof that is in
    marginal condition?
    a. Roof will need replacing within 5 years
    b. Tear-off will be costly
    c. Unlikely to find replacement shingles if damaged
    d. All of the above
  862. What is the MINIMUM wire size for 30 amps?
    a. 10 AWG copper.
    b. 12 AWG copper.
    c. 12 AWG aluminum.
    d. 14 AWG aluminum.
  863. The two main components of an air-cooled air conditioning system are:

    A. Fan and coil
    B. Duct work and expansion valve
    C. Evaporator unit and the condensing unit
    D. Compressor and refrigerant
  864. A Professional Real Estate Inspector must have how many hours of continuing education each year?

    a. 8
    b. 12
    c. 4
    d. 16
  865. In roofing, what is the hardest to tear?

    A. Asphalt
    B. Fiberglass
    C. Bitumen
    D. Mineral roll
  866. At what pressure would the pressure relief valve open on a forced hot water boiler?
  867. The passage way to appliances in an attic must be at least ____ inches wide and floored.

    - 30
    - 22
    - 18
    - 24
  868. What is the difference between post-and-beam construction and conventional
    wood-frame construction?
    a. Conventional construction only uses only 2x4's
    b. Post and beam construction uses a few large members for support where
    conventional construction uses many smaller members
    c. Conventional construction is only used in the northern part of the country
    d. Post and beam construction is limited to barns and commercial buildings
  869. A whole drilled through a joist for plumbing or electrical should be located at/in the:

    - Any location
    - Bottom
    - Top
    - Center
  870. An on-site water quality test is generally done only on structures that are on a non-municipal water supply.
    True
    False
  871. What is the correct Cu wire size for a 20 amp breaker?

    A. 14
    B. 16
    C. 10
    D. 12

  872. Where is roof most likely to leak when re-roofing?
    a. Edge
    b. Penetrations
    c. Valleys
    d. Gable ends

  873. CDX is what type material?
    a. Exterior grade plywood
    b. Interior grade plywood
    c. Paint grade plywood
    d. Oriented strand board
  874. Insulation in the attic should be installed:

    A. With the moisture deterrent layer toward the attic space
    B. With the moisture deterrent layer toward the heated portion of the house
  875. "Foundation improperly designed for these soil conditions" is a

    A. Engineering comment
    B. Comment
  876. Inspectors can perform inspections when?

    A. Actively licensed
    B. Inactively licensed
    C. Suspended
    D. Training
  877. A fireplace with an opening less than 6' needs to have the hearth extend ____" to front and ____" to side:

    A. 16"/8"
    B. 16"/16"
    C. 16"/4"
    D. 20"/8"
  878. What is the general use of a type B vent?

    A. Oil fired appliance only
    B. Gas fired appliance
    C. Gasoline
    D. Solid fuel appliance only
  879. The required air gap between the water discharge level and the float on an evaporator cooler is

    - 1 inch
    - 2 inches
    - 3 inches
    - 4 inches
  880. There are two types of flashings needed for a chimney: What are they?
  881. An inspector applicant has completed additional
    core real estate inspection courses or has
    inspection-related work experience. Which of the
    following licensing conditions may be waived?
    a. Passing the required examination.
    b. Completing supervised inspections.
    c. Satisfactory background check.
    d. Annual continuing education.
  882. ___________________ are notorious for leaking, and if it isn' t leaking now, it surely will soon. Never miss reporting these.
  883. Which part of the A/C cycle removes heat from the refrigerant?

    A. When it is compressed in the coil
    B. When it goes through the condenser
  884. What malfunctioning component causes water to
    continuously drain from the bottom opening of a
    toilet tank?
    a. Cracked tank lid.
    b. Flush handle.
    c. Flapper seal.
    d. Pin valve.
  885. Central air added to an existing furnace. What is required

    A. More ductwork
    B. 2-speed fan
  886. All of the following are requirements for
    nonmetallic sheathed cable (Romex) EXCEPT that it
    MUST be
    a. secured to the wall every 4 1/2 feet.
    b. secured within 12 inches of the panel box.
    c. clamped securely to the panel box or within 8
    inches of the box.
    d. pulled tightly across bends with less than five
    times the conductor.
  887. What is efflorescence?
    a. Concrete mixture with too much fluoride
    b. The remaining dissolved salts stuck to the concrete as a result of water
    penetration
    c. The material used inside of a fluorescent bulb to help conduct electricity

  888. A 4-way valve can also be called a ______________
  889. On a clay tile roof, what is the principle waterproofing?

    A. Tarpaper (underlayment)
    B. Mortar at ridge and valleys
    C. Batters
    D. Mortar between edges
  890. Which of the following is false about the gunite for a pool shell?

    A. Water is mixed into cement
    B. Applied by a hose with water nozzle ate end
    C. Water and cement are pre-mixed then delivered to site
    D. Sprayed over a rebar frame
  891. How many hours of continuing education are required to renew a license for a Real Estate Inspector (REI)?
    a. 2
    b. 4
    c. 6
    d. 8
  892. Retaining wall -8" block with 3" displacement:

    A. Say nothing, not part of inspection
    B. Recommend repair
    C. Only required to do RR tie walls
    D. Up to 4-inch displacement OK
  893. Which of the following sanctions is the Texas Real
    Estate Commission authorized to order if it finds an
    inspector in violation of the law?
    a. Reimbursement to a consumer.
    b. A cease and desist order.
    c. Payment of an administrative penalty.
    d. Payment of the costs of the hearing.
  894. The heat exchanger, burner, and blower are the three main components of a ______ ____ ______ ___ _______.
  895. When weight is applied on top of a floor joist, what kind of pressure is applied to the bottom?

    A. Compression
    B. Tension
  896. Brick veneer
    a. is a structural load-bearing component of a
    wall.
    b. does not require a wood frame.
    c. is used as an outside finish.
    d. gives additional strength to the framing.
  897. A dishwasher drain may be attached to the sink drain:

    A. Above the trap
    B. Below the trap
  898. A light switch should be at top and bottom of stairs if there are more than ___ risers
  899. Aluminum wire has an approximate _____ % higher expansion contraction rate than copper wire.
  900. A gas vent can enter the chimney a minimum of _____ inches from the bottom
  901. The purpose for the ventilation process is to remove _____ ___ from the home.

  902. Stucco hairline cracks appear every 16". The cause can be attributed to:

    A. Shrinkage
    B. Nailing drywall on inside
    C. Improper installation
    D. None of the above
  903. A gas-fired water heater may be located in all of
    the following areas EXCEPT
    a. a garage.
    b. an attic.
    c. a storage closet.
    d. a family room.

  904. What is the recommended minimum water temperature for a spa?

    A. What is comfortable for the owner
    B. 104 degrees Fahrenheit
  905. An inspector pushes on brick siding. What is he looking for?

    A. Missing masonry ties
    B. Air space behind bricks
  906. Standard three light electrical testers are NOT always reliable because:
    A. Some receptacles only have two prongs

    B. Three light testers sometimes have broken bulbs

    C. Three light testers will not detect multiple wiring problems

    D. Different test device manufactures have different light patterns
  907. Where is a smoke detector not required?

    A. Garage
    B. Bedroom
    C. Finished basement
    D. Bedroom hall
  908. Common Temperature Rise with an old furnace:

    A. 30 - 60 degrees
    B. 70 - 100 degrees
    C. 25 - 45 degrees
    D. 150 - 180 degrees
  909. All of the following are true about how shotcrete is prepared and applied EXCEPT:

    A. Water is mixed into cement mix on site
    B. Applied by a hose
    C. Sprayed over a rebar frame
    D. Water and cement pre-mixed then delivered to site
  910. What is the maximum flexible cord length for a plug connected kitchen waste disposal?
  911. Wood shakes are most likely to wear and expose felt paper at:

    A. Key way
    B. Valley
  912. Which type of supply pipe will rust from the inside out?
    a. Brass
    b. Galvanized steel
    c. Copper
    d. Lead
  913. The remark 'low slope roof appears to be in good condition for its age' is a:

    A. Finding
    B. Engineering comment

  914. Garage door requirement for garages built before 1978:

    A. Needs safety wire through spring coil
    B. Must have a child safety switch
  915. A cedar shake roof will wear out first or show light through the felt first:

    A. Between the shakes
    B. At the shakes end
  916. How much exposure is required for an 18" and 24" shake roof:

    A. 7 1/2" and 10"
    B. 8" and 12"
  917. The passage way to appliances in an attic must be at least ___ inches wide and floored.

    a. 24
    b. 18
    c. 30
    d. 22
  918. The minimum height of a drain pan for a water heater is _____ inches
  919. Negative pressure and a ____________ may cause a fireplace to smoke.
  920. To extend the life of a water heater:

    A. Put cover on tank
    B. Insulate hot water pipe
    C. Turn up the temperature for a length of time
    D. Change out an anode rod
  921. Plumbing Supply, Distribution Systems and Fixtures
  922. On the interior door leading to the attached garage, the door:
    a. Must swing into the garage
    b. Must have self-closing hinges
    c. Must have metal on the garage side
    d. Must be 1 3/8" thick wood, metal, or fire-rated
  923. How many hours of continuing education are required to renew a license for a Professional Real Estate Inspector license (PRO)?
    a. 32
    b. 4
    c. 18
    d. 8
  924. How high must a ceiling be in a kitchen?
  925. What is the maximum length of a flexible gas appliance connector to a dryer or range?
    a. 6-feet
    b. 3-feet
    c. 18-inches
    d. 48-inches
  926. 3B

  927. [Plumbing] What type of trap is approved under modern code?
  928. Why are heat pumps labeled not to be operated unless power is on for a minimum of
    12-hours?
    a. Oil in compressor needs to be heated to remove liquid refrigerant
    b. Oil in compressor needs to be heated to remove water
    c. Oil in compressor needs to be heated for proper lubrication
    d. Oil is only added for cold weather operation
  929. How wide must a stairwell be?
  930. Which of the following would be the least hazardous for a staircase?

    A. No handrail
    B. 1/4" riser differential
    C. Torn carpet
    D. No switch for light
  931. A single wall gas flue 2 inches from wood would be reported:

    A. Monitor
    B. Contact an expert
    C. Correct
    D. Safety hazard
  932. Where are GFCI's required in newer houses?
    a. Kitchen counters
    b. Bathrooms
    c. Unfinished basements
    d. Outdoors
    e. All of the above
  933. The dip tube of a water heater brings the cold water to the Top or the Bottom of the tank?
  934. An inspector does not need consent from the client to disclose report findings with others.

    True or False
  935. A hyrdronic or forced (hot water) boiler system is:

    A. An antiquated way of heating residential structures
    B. Closed to the atmosphere and under pressure
  936. You will find an evaporative (swamp) cooler in what region?
  937. You see three service entry wires coming into a panel, what is the service?

    A. 100 amp
    B. 240/280 Volt
    C. 120/240 Volt
    D. 200 amp
  938. _____ feet is the minimum height a flue vent can terminate above the roof.
  939. The BX cable is also called...
  940. Inspectors should always be thinking of the:

    - Next inspections
    - Third party
    - Themselves
    - Client
  941. What siding has the tendency to expand and contract the most?

    A. Aluminum
    B. Vinyl
  942. Ceilings & Floors
  943. In an electrical sub panel, the neutral wire must be:

    A. Wired to ground
    B. Both separated from ground and isolated from the panel
    C. Isolated
    D. separated from the ground
  944. Roof Covering Materials

  945. What is the proper clearance above a stovetop for a cabinet?

    A. 30"
    B. 36"
  946. A 20 amp receptacle would require a number ____ aluminum wire.
  947. The inspector is not required to report:

    A. The adequacy of the draft
    B. Fireplace dampers that do not work
  948. An inspector licensed under this section must notify consumers and service recipients of the availability of the real estate inspection recover fund.
    a. True
    b. False
  949. Which of the following statements is TRUE for a cooling unit located in an attic where damage may result from condensate overflow?

    A. Attic ventilation must be increased to avoid condensation

    B. A pan with a drain or float switch is required beneath the evaporator unit
  950. How long can an electrical cord be for pool equipment?