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Introduction to Predrywall Inspections Online Course
Class Outline
By
Casey, O’Malley Associates & Dream Home Consultants


Course description:
This course is an eight hour online course broken down into 4-two hour modules using narrated PowerPoint slides. The course is designed to introduce participants to Pre-Drywall Inspections and the ASHI Standards of Professional Practice for Residential Predrywall Inspections (Standards) including inspection scope and limitations, basic criteria for inspecting components, and inspection reporting requirements.

Goal:
Upon completion of this class, students will be more knowledgeable regarding the fundamentals of predrywall Inspections and the various systems and components with application to residential predrywall inspection. Students will also be more knowledgeable regarding the appropriate conditions observed that warrant recommendation of further analysis or correction.

Participant Profile:
This course is primarily intended for home inspectors who already perform residential predrywall inspections and who want to learn how to conduct these inspections in compliance with ASHI Predrywall Standards. Other participants could include: (1) home inspectors who want to determine if they should add predrywall inspections to their service offerings, (2) contractors who want to know what criteria inspectors use, (3) homeowners who are having a home built and who want to know basic criteria for evaluating contractor work.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of:

  1. Nomenclature specific to predrywall inspections
  2. The purpose, scope and limitations of predrywall inspections
  3. Which components to inspect during predrywall inspections
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  4. The basic criteria and location of codes for evaluating inspected components
  5. Common “defects” and recognition
  6. Predrywall inspection reporting requirements

Suggested (optional) Materials:
Everybody’s Building Code by Bruce Barker, ASHI SOP Residential PreDrywall Inspection

Evaluation:
25 question online multiple choice quiz; 70% passing grade required for Certificate of Completion

Course Topics Outline
Introduction to Predrywall Inspections Online Course

  • COURSE OVERVIEW
  • INSPECTOR QUALIFICATIONS
  • PURPOSES OF A PREDRYWALL INSPECTION
  • OBJECTIVES OF A PREDRYWALL INSPECTION
  • SETTING CLIENT EXPECTATIONS
  • IMPORTANT INSPECTION LIMITATIONS
  • INSPECTION TIMING
  • CONDUCTING THE INSPECTION
  • THE WRITTEN REPORT
  • FOUNDATION INSPECTION
    Footings
    Foundation Walls (basement, crawl space, stem walls)
    Foundation Fasteners
    Structural Columns
    Concrete Foundation Slabs
    Waterproofing and Foundation Drains
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    Crawl Spaces
    Clearances to Untreated Wood
    Retaining Walls
    Foundation Descriptions
  • FLOOR SYSTEM INSPECTION
    Sill and Sole Plates
    Floor Joists
    Floor Trusses
    Beams
    Floor Sheathing
    Draftstops
    Floor Descriptions
  • WALL SYSTEM INSPECTION
    Vertical Wall Supports
    Top Plate
    Beams and Headers
    Wall Bracing
    Fireblocking
    Wall Descriptions
  • ROOF SYSTEM INSPECTION
    Ceiling Joists and Rafters
    Hips, Ridges, and Valleys
    Roof Trusses
    Roof Sheathing
    Attic Access Openings
    Attic Ventilation
  • ROOF COVERINGS INSPECTION
    Roof Covering Materials
    Flashing
    Penetrations and Openings
    Roof Covering Descriptions
  • HVAC SYSTEM INSPECTION
    HVAC Equipment
    Distribution System
    Heating and Cooling Sources
    Condensate Disposal
    Vents and Flues (HVAC and Plumbing)
    Vents and Flues Clearance to Openings (HVAC and Plumbing)
    HVAC Descriptions
  • PLUMBING SYSTEM INSPECTION
    Interior Water Supply Pipes
    Interior DWV Pipes
    Venting System
    Plumbing Fixtures
    Sumps and Sewage Ejectors
    Backwater Valves
    Fuel Storage and Distribution Components
    Storm Drainage Components
    Plumbing Descriptions
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM INSPECTION
    Service Drop
    Service Lateral
    Service Entrance Conductors and Service Equipment
    Service Grounding
    Panelboards and Cabinets
    Conductors, Raceways, and Boxes
    Electrical Descriptions
  • WINDOWS AND DOORS INSPECTION
    Flashing
    Escape Openings
    Doors
  • EXTERIOR WALL COVERINGS INSPECTION
    Flashing and Drainage
    Wall Covering Installation
    Wall Covering Supports
  • INTERIOR INSPECTION
    Stairways
    Light and Ventilation
    Ceiling Height
    Hallway Width
    Clothes Dryer Exhaust Duct
    Kitchen Exhaust Duct
    Bathroom and Other Exhaust Ducts
  • FIREPLACE AND GAS FIREPLACE INSPECTION
    Masonry Fireplace
    Masonry Chimney
    Factory-Built Fireplace
    Gas Fireplace
    Fireplace Descriptions

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