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  1. 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.
    It should be more than 12 inches thick and extend six inches beyond the fireplace on all sides.

          

  2. Which single factor causes the most problems with concrete at the time of installation?Use joist hangers nailed to both the joist and the ledger.

          

  3. When inspecting a home, you note horizontal cracks. Which of the following would NOT be a cause of overload from the outside?If you inspect appliances, tell your client that you will check them out.

          

  4. A chimney should be ______________.

    A. a minimum of 2 feet high and 3 feet higher than any obstruction within 10 feet of the chimney
    B. a minimum of 3 feet above the roofline and 2 feet higher than any other obstruction within 10 feet
    C. a maximum of 5 feet high
    D. as tall as possible, regardless of placement
    a minimum of 3 feet above the roofline and 2 feet higher than any other obstruction within 10 feet

          

  5. A flame or sparking device within gas appliances MUST be elevated off the garage floor AT LEASTHeat exchanger.

          

  6. A boiler system's pressure-relief valve that discharges just after you turn up the thermostat may do so because of a _______________.

    A. clogged Hartford loop
    B.faulty thermostat
    C. water-logged expansion tank
    D. faulty aquastat
    is secured to the plumbing "closet flange" by two closet bolts.

          

  7. What is the minimum allowed slope of graded soil next to a building's foundation, according to the International Residential Code (IRC)?
    a. ≥ 5"/10'
    b. ≥ 5"/12'
    c. ≥ 6"/12'
    d. ≥ 6"/10'
    ≥2:12

          

  8. In a 1987 conventional wood-frame house, which one of the following signs (by itself) is a significant problem?A 1/2 inch wide wall/floor separation

          

  9. 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
    3/12

          

  10. Polybutylene (PB) water supply tubing is seen in the house. You should report that it:Recommend installing a metal dryer duct vented to the exterior.

          

  11. A butterfly roof has a ______________.

    A. traditional look
    B. ridge
    C. field
    D. valley
    valley

          

  12. Please refer to the figure to answer this question.too close to the openable window.

          

  13. Which of the following is the MOST secure way to attach exterior deck joists to a ledger (or band joist)?6" fiberglass batt insulation

          

  14. You complete your inspection and deliver the report to the client. The seller calls and asks what you found on the inspection. What is your response?Conclusion

          

  15. You see during your inspection that the air conditioning system has supply registers in each bedroom, but only one large return register is located in the center hallway. Your FIRST course of action would be to: A. Recommend to your client that return ducts be installed in each bedroom. B. Check to see if the bedroom doors are undercut at the bottom. C. Report that the life of the A/C equipment will be reduced. D. Report that the A/C system will not work well.The full condensate pan tripped a condensate overflow switch. The unit turned off in order to ensure that condensate did not spill.

          

  16. A "system" carries out one or more functions in a structure and is composed of at least two interacting or interdependent components.The full condensate pan tripped a condensate overflow switch. The unit turned off in order to ensure that condensate did not spill.

          

  17. Where is a curtain drain locatedThe yard

          

  18. While inspecting a crawl space, you should probe for decay if the _________ is dark in appearance.Over hydrated concrete.

          

  19. To avoid scalding injuries, heating elements should be set to:120°F.

          

  20. A sacrificial anode (also called an anti-corrosion rod) is found in:girder

          

  21. Which of the following is not a solid fuel heating device?
    a. A fireplace
    b. A woodstove
    c. A coal furnace
    d. An electric heater
    All of the above

          

  22. You are approached by a real estate agent/broker to advertise in their office brochure for a fee. In turn, they will promote your firm as a preferred vendor and recommend you. You should:Refuse since it is a violation of ethical practice.

          

  23. Flexible gas connectors for gas dryers may NOT be:Looks like stucco but lacks a wire mesh.

          

  24. While inspecting a one-year-old house, slab on grade, you observe hairline cracks in the concrete floor with no vertical displacement. This indicates:Normal plastic shrinkage.

          

  25. sewage ejection pump in a vacant single-family home continues to operate intermittently for a few minutes after all the fixtures have been operated. This is MOST probably due toIs below the sewer line.

          

  26. A drain waste vent installed on an individual fixture where there is no access to a conventional venting system is known as a(n):120°F.

          

  27. Damage from ice dams could indicate: A. Over-exposure of shingles or slates. B. Rain gutters with too low an outer lip. C. Insufficient attic insulation. D. Attic vents left open during winter months.Insufficient attic insulation

          

  28. 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 openerConclusion

          

  29. You are inspecting a residential property. You have to observe and/or test all of the readily accessible components of each system. Determine which of the following is not considered to be a readily accessible component of a room.
    a. A small window
    b. The doorknob on the closet door
    c. Nails or screws in the floor
    d. None of the above
    Nails or screws in the floor

          

  30. Which statement BEST describes the action a home inspector should take when a safety issue is found in a home?Determine the degree of immediacy, and report to the appropriate parties.

          

  31. You observe approximately 12 inches of loose fill fiberglass insulation in an attic space. You advise the client that the "R" value is approximately:True

          

  32. Fireplace flues must extend AT LEAST: A. Three feet above roof penetration and two feet above the highest point
    within 10 feet.
    B. Two feet above roof penetration and three feet above the highest point
    within 10 feet.
    C. Thirty inches above roof penetration and 24 inches above the highest
    point with eight feet.
    D. Three feet above roof penetration and three feet above the highest point
    within eight feet.
    Three feet above roof penetration and two feet above the highest point within 10 feet.

          

  33. The normal MINIMUM run for a residential stair tread is: A. 7 in. B. 8 in. C. 9 in. D. 11 in.9 inches

          

  34. Historically, spaced sheathing has been used for roof decking because itallows for drying of roof material.

          

  35. You inspect a "representative number" of electrical outlets in a building. What does this mean?
    a. You inspect a percentage of all the electrical outlets in the structure.
    b. You inspect electrical outlets in the structure at random.
    c. You select one electrical outlet to test in each room of the structure.
    d. None of the above
    They increase the shock likelihood at connected equipment.

          

  36. Home inspectors report receptacles with reversed polarity as potentially hazardous because:They increase the shock likelihood at connected equipment.

          

  37. A toilet in a residential bathroomLooks like stucco but lacks a wire mesh.

          

  38. Bowing in a foundation wall is usually the result oflateral forces.

          

  39. Which of the following is not true concerning lead paint?

    A. According to the EPA, it is estimated that lead-based paint was applied to approximately two-thirds of the homes built in the United States before 1940, one-third of the homes from 1940 to 1960.
    B. Lead can enter the air within a home when surfaces covered with lead-based paint are scraped, sanded or heated with an open flame in paint stripping procedures.
    C. It is best to leave lead-based paint undisturbed if it is in good condition and there is little possibility that it will be ingested by children.
    D. Lead particles freed in fine dust or vapors do not settle into carpet fibers.
    The fuse box

          

  40. Damage from ice dams could indicate:Insufficient attic insulation.

          

  41. A 14-2 Romex wire should be used with _____-amp breakers.

    A. 20
    B. 10
    C. 15
    D. 40
    E. 30
    15

          

  42. A chimney should be ____________________.

    A. maximum of 5 feet high
    B. any height
    C. minimum of 2 feet high and 6 feet higher than any obstruction within 10 feet of the chimney
    D. minimum of 3 feet above the roof line and 2 feet higher than any other obstruction within 10 feet
    The term for attaching two wires to a single fuse or breaker terminal

          

  43. The purpose of collar ties is toprovides lateral support.

          

  44. Soil surface adjacent to the foundation should be:Concaved.

          

  45. A drainage tile can be recognized BEST as a: A. Curved clay-tile assembly installed along the headwall of a dormer in lieu
    of stepped flashing.
    B. Pipe set in gravel running continuously along the exterior of a building's
    foundation footings.
    C. Ceramic-tile washboard installed at a laundry sink to divert water into the
    sink.
    D. Concrete splash-block set below the termination of a flat roof drain system
    to divert water away from the building.
    Correct answer: Pipe set in gravel running continuously along the exterior of a building's foundation footings.

          

  46. The framing method that uses studs continuously from the sill to the roof is called:Balloon framing.

          

  47. A "system" does not carry out one or more function in a structure and is composed of at least two interacting or interdependent components.Sloped away to provide proper drainage.

          

  48. Direct connections between potable water piping and sewer-connected wastes shall:soapy water.

          

  49. Every sleeping room and habitable basement room should have at least one operable window or exterior door for emergency egress or rescue.
    B. Egress windows should have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet.
    C. Emergency egress or rescue windows and doors should not have bars or grilles unless they are releasable from inside without a key, tool, or special knowledge.
    D. Egress windows must have a clear height of at least 16 inches.
    Egress windows must have a clear height of at least 16 inches.

          

  50. Fireplace distance to wood,minimum of 2 inches

          

  51. If a well pump cycles on and off rapidly, it is an indication thatthe pressure tank is probably water logged.

          

  52. A builder has added an additional load to a wood truss in the form of a water heater. Under what circumstances does the IRC allow this?
    a. This is never allowed.
    b. This is always allowed.
    c. This is allowed only if the additional load has been verified as acceptable by a certified engineer.
    d. None of the above
    This is allowed only if the additional load has been verified as acceptable by a certified engineer.

          

  53. Generally, which type of item is NOT included in a home inspection?too close to the openable window.

          

  54. When evaluating the operation of an AC system during the summer months, the temperature differential between the supply and renew air should typically be:15-20 ° F.

          

  55. How far from the foundation should the roof drainage system discharge water?
    a. >2 ft or into a drain pipe
    b. >3 ft or into a drain pipe
    c. >4 ft or into a drain pipe
    d. >5 ft or into a drain pipe
    >5 ft or into a drain pipe

          

  56. Which of the following should NEVER be installed in a concrete slab-on-grade floor?6" fiberglass batt insulation

          

  57. A 3-phase electrical system has ___ poles.

    A. two
    B. four
    C. six
    D. three
    40

          

  58. A Hartford loop is present on a(n) __________ system.is secured to the plumbing "closet flange" by two closet bolts.

          

  59. 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
    At least 5.7 sq. ft

          

  60. 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 patternsclosets of bedrooms or bathrooms.

          

  61. What type of foundation has a large amount of reinforced steel and is known as a floating foundation?closets of bedrooms or bathrooms.

          

  62. The functions of screened metal chimney caps include all of the following EXCEPT:Slowing the draft that accelerates at the top of the flue.

          

  63. Which of the following is not normally checked during aluminum siding inspection?

    A. Check for loose, bent, cracked, or broken pieces.
    B. Inspect all caulked joints.
    C. Check for such grounding (code requirement).
    D. Inspect the wood behind the siding by removing a piece.
    V-3 rule

          

  64. What is the MAXIMUM distance between foundation anchor bolts for sill plates?Insufficient attic insulation.

          

  65. While inspecting a crawl space, you should probe for decay if the _________ is dark in appearance. A. King joist B. Floor joist C. Masonry wall D. Bearing wallOver hydrated concrete.

          

  66. A 14-AWG copper wire corresponds to ____-amp fuse size.

    A. 15
    B. 30
    C. 40
    D. 20
    15

          

  67. A chimney that has a height more than 2 feet above any roof within 10 feet is considered ______________.

    A. improper installation
    B. only proper if the roof is flat
    C. a proper installation
    D. too close to the highest roof
    a proper installation

          

  68. A chimney that is ______ inches or more wide should have saddle or cricket flashing.

    A. 48
    B. 30
    C. 36
    D. 24
    E. 18
    30

          

  69. A "technically exhaustive" inspection uses measurements, tests, calculations and instruments to gather information on the structure under inspection.If you inspect appliances, tell your client that you will check them out.

          

  70. Looking into an open electric service panel you see a wire with evidence of burning. What should you do?Report on the condition, and inform the homeowner that an electrician should review.

          

  71. A "cross connection" is a physical connection between two electrical circuits.False

          

  72. Which deficiency should be considered an immediate potential safety hazard?3 inches

          

  73. Inspection of the outside brick work over a window shows a horizontal crack. The cause of the crack is:Open windows, shut down systems, and advise immediate evaluation by an HVAC contractor.

          

  74. On a previous work day, you left a crawl space access cover off of the access to the pantry. A party fell the next day and was injured. Which of the following insurance types will be used to pay damages?General liability and homeowners' coverage

          

  75. When a water heater thermostat is set at 140 ° F or higher, a ______ should be installed to temper the water.Mixing valve

          

  76. Which of the following terms matches the definition: One who has contracted to be responsible for another, especially one who assumes responsibilities or debts in the event of default?

    A. Surety
    B. Privity
    C. Compensation
    D. Quittance
    Conclusion

          

  77. Which of the following describes partial vapor pressure?improperly installed materials that do not allow for expansion.

          

  78. While inspecting a home, you observe a large ceiling fan with built-in lamps. This installation requires a(an):Approved brace or box.

          

  79. An electrical wire that is hanging loose with a bare end is seen in the attic of a home. The homeowner says it is an abandoned circuit and is not being used. The quickest way to check the wire is to:R30.

          

  80. hat type of vent pipe material is allowed to run through a ceiling, roof, or wall for a natural gas appliance?Type "B" UL approved

          

  81. When inspecting a home, the seller of the property has made the statement that all the appliances are in working order. As an inspector, you should:If you inspect appliances, tell your client that you will check them out.

          

  82. If your inspection mirror fogs when placed near a gas water heater draft hood the:True

          

  83. 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. 13/4 inch.

          

  84. A common place for steel enamel sinks to "rust out" and leak is the:A clear air channel between the roof boards and the insulation.

          

  85. "Double-tapping" is ____________.

    A. the term for connecting two wires in a wire nut before connecting them to a breaker or fuse
    B. an approved method for extending a service panel's capacity
    C. the term for attaching two wires to a single fuse or breaker terminal
    D. the certified approach for installing a sub-panel
    E. not acceptable unless the same number of taps occur on one bus as the other
    Nominal 1- or 2-inch-thick members connecting opposite roof rafters. They serve to stiffen the roof structure.

          

  86. It is recommended that stucco sidewall finishes on houses with more than one story should be __________________ framed.Balloon

          

  87. What is the minimum and maximum pressure for a water supply system in a residential building?
    a. 30 and 60 psi
    b. 50 and 100 psi
    c. 60 and 120 psi
    d. 40 and 80 psi
    ≥ 6"/10'

          

  88. You observe long horizontal cracks in a CMU basement wall or foundation stem wall. The cause is MOST likely due toR30.

          

  89. The term "wet vent" refers to a:secure the roof framing to prevent spreading outward.

          

  90. The MINIMUM width of stairways (not considering railings) is:36 inches.

          

  91. The roofing material on a house or other building is not considered a part of the roof drainage system.3 inches

          

  92. 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
    Gas piping.

          

  93. What are the types of heat that must be taken into account when calculating the cooling loads for an HVAC system?

    a. Sensible and radiant heat
    b. Radiant and conductive heat
    c. Conductive and latent heat
    d. Sensible and latent heat
    Sensible and latent heat

          

  94. What appliance may vent into a chimney along with an oil-fired furnace if allowed by local code?Condensation.

          

  95. Smelling sewer gas near a bathroom sink indicates that the drain trap is:dried out

          

  96. Which of the following BEST describes the report statement shown below? "The roof is in good condition for its age." A. Conclusion B. Recommendation C. Description D. DisclaimerConclusion

          

  97. _______ is a benefit or right for which the parties to a contract must bargain.

    A. Consideration
    B. Act of God
    C. lis pendens
    D. Contractual Indemnification
    Consideration

          

  98. EIFS is a siding material that:Looks like stucco but lacks a wire mesh.

          

  99. A 3-pole main disconnect might indicate ___________.

    A. fused neutral conductor
    B. allowance for future
    C. upgrades
    D. single-phase power
    E. that a sub-panel is present
    that a sub-panel is present

          

  100. A bathroom fan shall terminate a minimum of _____ feet from openings or the property line.

    A. 3
    B. 2
    C. 10
    D. 5
    Concaved.

          

  101. 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
    too close to the openable window.

          

  102. 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
    1/4 inch to 1/2 inch per foot.

          

  103. A 8-AWG copper wire corresponds to _____-amp fuse size.

    A. 30
    B. 40
    C. 15
    D. 20
    40

          

  104. Ivy has grown across the entire exterior brick wall surfaces of a one-family house. The home inspector should report that the ivy:Could cause damage to the surface and recommend removal.

          

  105. Water heaters are NOT allowed inclosets of bedrooms or bathrooms.

          

  106. Which of the following terms matches the definition: A wall is usually considered unsafe if it leans to such an extent that a plumb line passing through its center of gravity does not fall inside the middle one-third of its base?

    A. V-1 rule
    B. V-2 rule
    C. V-3 rule
    D. V-4 rule
    V-3 rule

          

  107. You see during your inspection that the air conditioning system has supply registers in each bedroom, but only one large return register is located in the center hallway. Your FIRST course of action would be to:White-rot fungi

          

  108. A 12-AWG copper wire corresponds to ____-amp fuse size.

    A. 20
    B. 30
    C. 15
    D. 40
    20

          

  109. During an inspection of a gas dryer, you observe no exhaust vent. Your report should:Is below the sewer line.

          

  110. The MOST common cause of chimney flue liner deterioration is:Looks like stucco but lacks a wire mesh.

          

  111. The joints on the exterior of the brick chimney should be:Looks like stucco but lacks a wire mesh.

          

  112. The modern MINIMUM size water service pipe to a residence is3/4 inch.

          

  113. The purpose of a thermocouple is toThe yard

          

  114. Which of the following is a safety mandate in a remodeled home where a hydro-massage bathtub has been added?There must be a ground fault circuit interrupter.

          

  115. A room is built over a garage, with floor joists parallel to the garage door opening. To allow room to install a double-wide automatic garage door opener, the center of the joists maynot be notched.

          

  116. How far above a showerhead should the waterproof material in a bathroom extend?
    a. ≥ 2"
    b. ≥ 3"
    c. ≥ 4"
    d. ≥ 5"
    ≥ 3"

          

  117. Please refer to the figure to answer this question.
    The brick crack pattern "A" in the figure follows mortar joints and is often the result of:
    building settlement

          

  118. What is the minimum slope requirement of a roof with asphalt shingles?
    a. ≥1:12
    b. ≥2:12
    c. ≥3:12
    d. ≥4:12
    ≥2:12

          

  119. If you observe a component, you make a visual examination.1/4 inch to 1/2 inch per foot.

          

  120. In which of the following locations are ground-fault circuit interceptors (GFCI) required?
    a. All bathroom outlets
    b. All outdoor outlets
    c. All countertop outlets
    d. All of the above
    A pin hole in the heat exchanger

          

  121. In a forced air furnace, the burners are used to generate heat in the:A clear air channel between the roof boards and the insulation.

          

  122. A main beam that supports floor joists is often called a:Is below the sewer line.

          

  123. 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 issuePotential safety issue

          

  124. Which of the following would be most likely to have the highest R-value?

    a. 6" fiberglass batt insulation
    b. 12" cast-in-place concrete wall
    c. 2" extruded polystyrene panel
    d. Triple insulated glazing system with ½" air spaces
    An interior wall that is not connected to a loft or the second story floor joists

          

  125. All vertical joints of panel sheathing shall occur over:is secured to the plumbing "closet flange" by two closet bolts.

          

  126. The safe domestic water temperature in a home should NOT exceed how many degrees Fahrenheit?125

          

  127. Which of the following is a component of a roof drainage system?
    a. Downspouts
    b. Gutters
    c. Splash blocks
    d. All of the above
    The fuse box

          

  128. During your inspection you see small white insects. What do you say to your clients?Suggest obtaining the services of a pest control operator.

          

  129. An inspector can often determine the approximate age of a home by its method of construction. Which of the following choices shows the methods of construction in order from first developed to most recently developed?

    a. Post and beam construction, balloon framing, platform framing, ICF construction
    b. Balloon framing, post and beam construction, ICF construction, platform framing
    c. ICF construction, balloon framing, post and beam construction, platform framing
    d. Post and beam construction, platform framing, balloon framing, ICF construction
    Post and beam construction, balloon framing, platform framing, ICF construction

          

  130. A drain with a "functional flow" empties in a reasonable amount of time.True

          

  131. One is inspecting an EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finishing System) wall system for deficiencies. Where would these be most likely to occur?

    a. Window heads
    b. The center of large expanses of EIFS
    c. Along the bottom edge of the EIFS installation
    d. At the corners of the installation, such as around windows
    At the corners of the installation, such as around windows

          

  132. A bathroom's permanently installed ceiling heat lamp should be installed over ___________.

    A. the toilet seat to keep the area warm
    B. the shower rod so that it can dry damp towels
    C. the pathway of the bathroom door
    D. empty space so that it doesn't overheat anything
    empty space so that it doesn't overheat anything

          

  133. A 2,000-watt, 240-volt electric heater would draw ________ amps of current.

    A. 10
    B. 7
    C. 3.72
    D. 8.33
    E. 6.45
    8.33

          

  134. 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
    An office or bedroom

          

  135. The roofing material on a house or other building is considered a part of the roof drainage system.False

          

  136. Which of the following would not be a structural component of a building?
    a. An exterior wall
    b. The floor of the second or higher story
    c. An interior wall that is not connected to a loft or the second story floor joists
    d. The floor of the main or only story
    6" fiberglass batt insulation

          

  137. Which of the following would need further investigation when checking the stucco on a home?

    A. Old and weathered cracks
    B. New, sharp cracks
    C. No areas of water infiltration
    D. No evidence of crubling sections
    Gas piping.

          

  138. The water heater pressure relief valve discharge pipe MUST be:As large as the relief valve outlet.

          

  139. All of the following statements make an assumption that can normally be determined by routine home inspection procedures EXCEPT the:House is in sound structural condition.

          

  140. In order for soffit vents to operate properly, there MUST be:block sewer gas.

          

  141. A 40- to 50-year old galvanized steel water supply system _______________.

    A. should be flushed annually
    B. will probably have reduced water volume and pressure
    C. is the best system available
    D. should have the water tested for lead
    E. is not compatible with PVC drain lines
    will probably have reduced water volume and pressure

          

  142. The following plumbing fixture valves should all be operated EXCEPT:Shut-off valves.

          

  143. Mortar used in brickwork may vary in composition, but always contains:cement, lime, and sand

          

  144. An inspector notes that the heat pump is not functioning and that the condensate pan under the air handler is full of water. Why might these two things be related?

    a. The full condensate pan tripped a condensate overflow switch. The unit turned off in order to ensure that condensate did not spill.
    b. The full condensate pan indicates that the fan in the air handler is not functioning, as it should.
    c. The full condensate pan indicates that there is a leak in the heat exchanger, which has depressurized the unit, causing it to turn off.
    d. The full condensate pan means that combustion byproducts have condensed and are flowing back into the house through the flue. This tripped the flue gas spill switch, turning the unit off.
    The full condensate pan tripped a condensate overflow switch. The unit turned off in order to ensure that condensate did not spill.

          

  145. The proper slope on a drain line is:block sewer gas.

          

  146. You observe on a home inspection a whitish, cottony growth on the surface of baseboards. Which of the following types of fungi are most likely the cause?

    A. White-rot fungi
    B. Water-conducting fungi
    C. Brown-rot fungi
    D. Sapstain fungi
    White-rot fungi

          

  147. Which of the following roofing materials is the heaviest?1/4 inch to 1/2 inch per foot.

          

  148. 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
    3/4 inch.

          

  149. A bathroom light switch that is reachable from the tub or shower should be ____________.

    A. covered by an insulated face plate
    B. moved
    C. a GFCI receptacle
    D. grounded
    Concaved.

          

  150. Water is dripping from the cold water pipes above a gas water heater. This might be caused by:Prevent movement.

          

  151. Which of the following is not a normal operating control?
    a. A wall switch
    b. The fuse box
    c. A safety switch
    d. A thermostat
    The fuse box

          

  152. To measure carbon monoxide, you should use a(n):CO detector

          

  153. While inspecting a home, you observe a large ceiling fan with built-in lamps. This installation requires a(an): A. Strong ceiling. B. Pancake junction box. C. Approved brace or box. D. Larger junction box.Approved brace or box

          

  154. While inspecting a one-year-old house, slab on grade, you observe hairline cracks in the concrete floor with no vertical displacement. This indicates: A. Insufficient reinforcement. B. Unstable subsoil. C. Over hydrated concrete. D. Normal plastic shrinkage.There does not appear to be any fire barrier between the garage and living space as currently required.

          

  155. While inspecting the furnace you detect very high levels of carbon monoxide at the supply air registers. You should:If you inspect appliances, tell your client that you will check them out.

          

  156. A 10-AWG copper wire corresponds to ____-amp fuse size.

    A. 15
    B. 30
    C. 40
    D. 20
    30

          

  157. Subflooring may be omitted when a 1-inch nominal tongue-and groove wood strip is applied perpendicular to the joists and the joist spacing does NOT exceed16 inches.

          

  158. Under which of the following circumstances would it be acceptable to cut a truss?Upon approval of a structural engineer

          

  159. You are inspecting a home built in 1996. In the garage you observe the walls are covered with 1/4 inch hardboard panels. You advise the client that:Normal plastic shrinkage.

          

  160. A chimney top should be at least _____ above the roof and _____ higher than anything within _____ feet.

    A. 10..... 3..... 2
    B. 2..... 10..... 3
    C. 3..... 2..... 10
    D. 3..... 10..... 2
    3..... 2..... 10

          

  161. A common term for the supply pipes going from the basement ceiling to the upstairs bathroom is:girder

          

  162. Sewage ejector pumps are necessary when a toilet:closets of bedrooms or bathrooms.

          

  163. A bathroom door sticks and there is a drywall crack above the door. What should you report?

    A. The bathroom door is causing foundation problems.
    B. Foundation problems are causing doors to stick and walls to crack.
    C. A structural engineer should be consulted.
    D. The bathroom door sticks, which may have caused the drywall crack above it.
    The bathroom door sticks, which may have caused the drywall crack above it.

          

  164. An on-site water quality test is generally done only on structures that are on a non-municipal water supply.A clear air channel between the roof boards and the insulation.

          

  165. The causes of roof decking buckling include1/4 inch to 1/2 inch per foot.

          

  166. Which of the following is not part of a pool inspection?

    A. Proximity to electrical wires, location of electrical outlets and placement to the home.
    B. Pool and deck surface condition (cracks, discoloration, and pitting) and the coping surrounding the pool (open joints, cracking).
    C. Inspection of pool lights, the presence of GFCI devices.
    D. Risk of small children falling in the pool.
    Risk of small children falling in the pool.

          

  167. A "Channel and drop" is a type of __________.
    A, technique for measuring a homesite
    B. wood siding
    C. method for digging
    D. irrigation ditches and laying in pipe
    E. technique for installing windows
    wood siding

          

  168. wo roof trusses passing above an interior hallway have been cut to install a pull-down attic ladder. There is no cracking or indication of distress in the walls or ceilings. Which of the following is the MOST appropriate action?The inspector should recommend this situation be referred to a structural engineer.

          

  169. Which of the following is a safety mandate in a remodeled home where a hydromassage bathtub has been added? A. The faucets must be at the drain end. B. The tub area must have a venting fan. C. There must be a vacuum breaker. D. There must be a ground fault circuit interrupter.Use kick-out flashing into the gutter.

          

  170. 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
    At least 8"

          

  171. Ledger boards should be securely attached directly to the house byConcaved.

          

  172. A 60-amp electrical service panel at a home that is 2,800 square feet would be considered ________________.

    A. oversized
    B. undersized
    C. adequate
    D. the only option for a home that size
    Sloped away to provide proper drainage.

          

  173. Which of the following is an indication that a masonry wall is veneer and NOT structural?No bond courses are seen.

          

  174. When is an unvented conditioned attic permitted?
    a. When there is a vapor retarder applied on the floor of the attic, but there is no insulation applied to the underside of the roof deck.
    b. Where there is not a vapor retarder applied to the floor of the attic, but there is insulation applied to the underside of the roof deck.
    c. This is always allowed.
    d. This is never allowed.
    Anywhere from 1/8:1 to 1/2:1

          

  175. Joist bearing on a concrete foundation must be a minimum of :3 inches

          

  176. The purpose of anchor bolts in a sill plate is to:closets of bedrooms or bathrooms.

          

  177. Leaks in gas piping can be detected by:soapy water.

          

  178. Identify the definition of the term: Collar beam.

    Home Inspector Test Study Guide with Practice Questions
    A. Nominal 1- or 2-inch-thick members connecting opposite roof rafters. They serve to stiffen the roof structure.
    B. Concrete either without reinforcement, or reinforced only for shrinkage or temperature changes.
    C. A horizontal projection from a wall, forming a ledge or supporting the structure above it, usually built with masonry.
    D. Nominal 2-inch-thick members, usually 2 by 4's, cut in between each stud diagonally.
    Nominal 1- or 2-inch-thick members connecting opposite roof rafters. They serve to stiffen the roof structure.

          

  179. It is discovered that a 3" deep notch is cut at the end of a 2X10 floor joist. The home inspector's report should include:Balloon

          

  180. Which of the following is the correct termination where the sloped roof terminates with an EIFS wall?Use kick-out flashing into the gutter.

          

  181. The purpose of a sanitary trap is to:block sewer gas.

          

  182. Floor joist bridging:provides lateral support.

          

  183. EIFS is a siding material that: A. Is used in commercial buildings only. B. Looks like stucco but lacks a wire mesh. C. Can be installed on top of a modified bitumen membrane. D. Can be installed on top of a masonry surface.True

          

  184. While inspecting the attic, you observe that the 2 x 4 webbing has been removed from two (2) adjacent manufactured roof trusses to enable the installation of the attic-mounted HVAC air-handler unit, in a single-family dwelling. Your report should state that:Recommend installing a metal dryer duct vented to the exterior.