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Home Inspector Entry Level Examination

This quiz is 231 questions that cover the following.

  • Illinois Home Inspector Law
  • Roofing
  • Exteriors
  • Structures
  • Electric
  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Interiors
  • Insulation
  • Fireplaces

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Category: Electric

You decide to remove the outlet from the wall for a closer inspection. You should expect to see _____.

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Category: Interiors

Doors are expected to do, or have, the following except which of the following.

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Category: Exteriors

As a general rule, a downspout should be provided for every _______ feet of gutters.

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Category: Plumbing

What is the maximum static water pressure you should find in a residential plumbing system?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

Plumbing pipes (supply and waste) and heating pipes which pass through unheated areas should be insulated to a minimum of R- __, but higher if possible.

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Category: Heating

Proper clearances to combustibles for single wall vent connectors of gas burning heating equipment.

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Category: Interiors

Exterior hinges on exterior doors ________.

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Category: Exteriors

Earth to brick clearance should be a minimum of _______.

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Category: Electric

The service drop wire should not be within ________ feet of the sides or bottom of the window.

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Category: Electric

During your inspection, you are inspecting the service ground wire (Grounding Electrode Conductor – GEC). You notice a splice inside a junction box. You inform your client what?

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the hearth?

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Category: Illinois Law

According to the IDFPR SoP; which of the following is a MANDATED reporting item?

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Category: Heating

The phrase “cracked heat exchanger” is used. This implies what type of heating system?

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Category: Heating

Under normal operating conditions the color of a flame of a natural gas burning heating system ?

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Category: Heating

A furnace or water heater installed in the garage needs have its burners _____ inches off the floor.

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Category: Electric

Wall receptacles in a garage should be ________ type.

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Category: Electric

NMC should be secured to the structure within ______ from leaving an electrical box or panel.

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Category: Electric

The distance over area B should be _____.

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Category: Exteriors

In an attached garage, what areas should have drywall?

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Category: Plumbing

Common problems with expansion tanks on well and pump systems include all of the following except _________.

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Category: Structures

What is the minimum bearing that should support a wood beam?

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Category: Roofing

The best way to prevent ice dams is with _____________

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Category: Heating

In figure 5, which is the “equalizer pipe”

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Category: Structures

What is a cause of footing failure?

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Category: Heating

In figure 3, which is the automatic water make-up?

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Category: Roofing

What is a cant strip?

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the throat?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

What should be used to prevent attic insulation from blocking soffit vents?

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Category: Exteriors

Upon inspection of the exterior of the property, you notice vines growing on the building. You inform your client what?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

As a general rule, a vapor barrier can be installed over existing insulation if how much insulation is added on top of the vapor barrier?

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Category: Roofing

Which of the above roof types is the most prone to leakage

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Category: Exteriors

Ideally, and when the house layout in relation to a neighboring home allows, the drainage away from the house / foundation should be approximately____________.

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Category: Illinois Law

The definition of “Classroom hour” for education or continuing education means

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Category: Structures

Collar ties should be spaced every _____________.

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Category: Heating

A lack of combustion air is a problem because______.

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Category: Structures

In the above picture, what is at position B

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Category: Structures

In the above picture, what is the footing?

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Category: Roofing

On an open valley, where asphalt rolled roofing is used, how many layers should be present?

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Category: Illinois Law

The work log shall be kept in a sequential format and shall include the—

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Category: Structures

Truss uplift is ______.

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Category: Roofing

The most common defect found in slate roofs is ____________.

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Category: Interiors

All of the following are limitations to your wet basement investigation except ______.

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

Roof vents rely on __________ to work properly.

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Category: Interiors

The functions of exterior doors include all of the following, except _____.

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Category: Air Conditioning

If the model number of the air conditioning unit is XE 0090302221, what is the approximate size of the air-conditioning compressor?

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Category: Exteriors

In the photo above, what is position B

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Category: Electric

How close can an electrical switch be to a shower?

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Category: Heating

What does BTU stand for?

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Category: Exteriors

Guard rail heights should be a minimum of ____ inches?

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Category: Heating

Gas flues on gas or oil fired water heater _________.

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Category: Appliances

The door to an oven should stay ________.

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

When insulating an unused attic area, the goal is to ________.

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Category: Appliances

On refrigerators, when the temperature level is set at the lowest cooling temperature, it usually indicates what?

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Category: Structures

Notches in the top or the bottom of a floor joist should not be more than ________.

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

What is the recommended amount of ventilation for attics with a vapor barrier?

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Category: Interiors

A guard rail on new construction should be ____ high?

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Category: Heating

In figure 5, which is the “Hartford loop”

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Category: Heating

On a Steam heating system, the pressure relief valve is usually set at _____ psi.

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Category: Interiors

All habitable rooms should have a heat source.

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Category: Electric

Two wires coming from the electric company’s pole to the house indicates what?

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Category: Exteriors

On attached garages, the passage door (man door) that enters the house is different from any other door in the house because of what?

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Category: Electric

You look inside the main electrical panel, you notice two 100 amp breakers being fed by #3 copper wire.

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Category: Heating

Which system above is a gas forced air furnace?

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Category: Air Conditioning

Which position does gas refrigerant convert to a liquid?

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Category: Illinois Law

The licensee can be disciplined if he/she fails to disclose in writing to the client prior to the home inspection any limitations or exclusions of systems or components being inspected.

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Category: Structures

Anchor bolts for sill plates are to be placed within how many inches the corner of a foundation wall?

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Category: Air Conditioning

Which position is high temperature, high pressure – gas ?

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Category: Interiors

The minimum tread width of stairs is ____.

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Category: Air Conditioning

Which position does liquid refrigerant convert to a gas?

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Category: Structures

Which of the following is true regarding cracks in foundation walls.

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Category: Air Conditioning

How does a thermostat for a heat pump differ from a conventional thermostat?

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Category: Interiors

The maximum rise of a staircase riser is approximately _______.

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Category: Illinois Law

How many hours of continuing education are required every two years to renew a license?

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Category: Structures

Which type of framing construction offers the worst type of fire protection?

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Category: Electric

__________ is the potential energy of the electrical system.

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Category: Illinois Law

The licensee can be disciplined if he/she discloses any information concerning the results of a home inspection without the approval of the client(s).

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Category: Air Conditioning

The primary component that makes a heat pump work and differentiates it from a regular central a/c system is the?

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Category: Heating

Which system above is a steam heat system?

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Category: Roofing

Which of the above roof types is a Butterfly?

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Category: Air Conditioning

A problem of using an evaporative cooler in the Northern climates is ?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

What is the R value for standard batt insulation (per inch)?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

What is a common type of air barrier found in new construction today?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

In the above diagram, what is the recommended amount of insulation for position A?

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Category: Exteriors

It has not rained in two weeks. Upon inspection of a gutter system, you notice granules from the roof shingles at the opposite end of the downspouts. You inform your client which of the following.

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Category: Heating

You are inspecting an older home, you notice a recently replaced mid efficiency furnace with a metal flue that terminates in the regular masonry chimney. You inform your client what?

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Category: Electric

Knob and tube wiring should have how much separation between parallel runs.

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the smoke shelf?

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Category: Illinois Law

Fact: Home Inspectors are governed by the State of Illinois office of Financial & Professional Regulation – division of Banks & Real Estate (formerly OBRE) as are real estate agents. Because the governing body is the division of Banks & Real Estate a home inspector MUST_________.

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Category: Roofing

What is the difference between wood shakes and wood shingles?

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Category: Interiors

Based on new construction practices, “habitable” basement space including bedrooms and family rooms should have ________.

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Category: Heating

In figure 1, which position is the manifold

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Category: Illinois Law

The licensee can be disciplined if he/she accepts compensation from more than one interested party for the same service WITH the consent of all interested parties.

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Category: Structures

In the above picture, what is at position C

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Category: Heating

In figure 1, where would back drafting occur at?

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Category: Electric

You notice a silver colored wire in a home that was build in 1950. You assume this wire to be what?

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Category: Air Conditioning

What is the expected temperature differential in the supply and return of a heat pump with the emergency heat activated?

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Category: Roofing

The owner of the home told you that “we removed the old asphalt shingles and had this new slate roof installed last year”

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Category: Structures

The strut is located in position ____

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

In the above diagram, what is the recommended amount of insulation for position B?

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Category: Air Conditioning

What is the problem of locating the evaporator upstream of the heat exchanger?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

Recess cans (pot lights) that can be covered with insulation need to be_______

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Category: Air Conditioning

What is the expected temperature differential in the supply and return of a heat pump in heating mode?

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Category: Air Conditioning

Where is the best place for an air-conditioning return vent?

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Category: Exteriors

The cracking at position A in the picture above indicates what?

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Category: Interiors

All of the following are signs of water problems in basements, except _______.

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Category: Interiors

Indications of wet basement problems include all of the following, except ________.

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

Ice dams are __________

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the smoke chamber?

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Category: Roofing

Which of the above roof types is a mansard roof?

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Category: Plumbing

Causes of poor pressure and flow in a house include all of the following except _______.

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Category: Interiors

The head room above stairs should be a minimum of ______.

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Category: Exteriors

Ideally, downspouts should discharge ______ from the foundation.

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the ash-pit?

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Category: Exteriors

In the photo above, what is position C

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Category: Electric

The distance over area D on a roof that is less than four feet to the overhang is what?

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Category: Air Conditioning

At what would be considered a minimum safe temperature to operate an air-conditioning system and provided that it has been this temperature or warmer for at least 24 hours ?

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Category: Plumbing

Copy – The name of the pipe in position D is called _________.

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Category: Roofing

Roofs with a pitch between 2 in 12 and 4 in 12 are considered a __________ roof system.

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Category: Roofing

The top of the chimney should be ____ feet higher than anything closer than ____ feet and at least ____ feet over any flat surface.

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Category: Plumbing

Faucets or spouts must be above the ________ of the sink or basin.

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Category: Exteriors

In the photo above, what is position A

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Category: Appliances

If the dishwasher leaks, causes may be _________.

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Category: Heating

Combustion air for a gas burning heating system can be taken from a bedroom______.

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Category: Electric

Figure 2 is a _________ type of heating system.

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Category: Plumbing

Which item is not essential for the safe operation of a conventional gas fired water heater?

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Category: Heating

Which system above is an open hot water heating system?

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Category: Structures

Which of the following is NOT a member of a truss?

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Category: Illinois Law

According to the IDFPR SoP; which of the following is a MANDATED reporting item?

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Category: Plumbing

Which of the following is least likely to have a cross connection?

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Category: Structures

When the center section of the bottom chord moves upward, and gaps as large as 1-1/2″ appear at the top of the interior walls, where they join the ceiling.

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Category: Exteriors

A shallow ditch with gently sloped sides to divert water run off around the house to areas which are lower-lying is called.

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Category: Air Conditioning

On the outside unit of an air conditioner, which line should be warm?

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Category: Exteriors

You notice white salty deposit substance appearing on the brick siding material. This is ____?

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Category: Structures

In the diagram above, the piece labeled C is called a __________.

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Category: Electric

If the service main wire is #2 aluminum, you should expect to see a ____ amp breaker.

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Category: Fireplaces

A fireplace mantle that projects 1-1/2″ or more out (as shown in position I) from the surface of the mantle should be at least ____ inches above the opening.

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Category: Electric

The term “split wired receptacle” indicates what.

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Category: Appliances

Golden rule to be known about testing a garbage disposer is what?

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Category: Structures

This type of truss causes what type of pressure on the walls?

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Category: Plumbing

The name of the pipe in position A is called _________.

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Category: Structures

The maximum allowable lean on a supporting wall is ________.

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Category: Illinois Law

All entities performing business must have an entity license if the entity is a _______.

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

Exhaust ducts in unheated areas __________.

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Category: Interiors

Manufactured skylights should be installed following ___________.

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Category: Exteriors

The distance between the balusters in a railing should be no more than _____.

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Category: Heating

The primary concerns of a cracked heat exchanger is?

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Category: Structures

In the above picture, what is at position D

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Category: Roofing

Although it is slang and inaccurate, modified bitumen roofs are commonly called _______.

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Category: Exteriors

If the torsion balance springs are properly adjusted, the overhead garage door should remain ______ without any assistance.

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Category: Air Conditioning

Why are heat pumps not popular in the northern climates?

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Category: Heating

What is the upper limit pressure for a steam operated boiler?

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Category: Electric

Assuming proper wiring methods, which is accurate based on copper wire.

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Category: Illinois Law

A person or entity licensed under the Act shall be required to maintain a work log record of home inspections conducted for a period of ______ years after the home inspection is performed.

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Category: Roofing

On built up roofs, blisters and bubbles usually indicate what?

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Category: Electric

A white electrical cable used in residential wiring is commonly referred to as _____?

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Category: Appliances

Clothes dryer vents can ________.

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Category: Illinois Law

The licensee can be disciplined if he/she aides or assists another in the violation of the Act or rule.

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Category: Air Conditioning

The temperature change across the coil is 28 degrees, you inform your client.

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Category: Heating

Which of the above units uses oil as its fuel?

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Category: Roofing

What should be installed on top of a parapet wall?

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Category: Structures

Footings are typically how wide? (typical single family home)

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Category: Air Conditioning

What is the most likely cause of frost on a condenser coil of a regular a/c system?

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Category: Interiors

All of the following are common window types, except ________.

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Category: Illinois Law

If you can’t inspect something you said you would (based on your signed pre-inspection agreement)

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

What does the term “bypass” mean as it refers to insulating spaces.

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Category: Plumbing

Gas water heaters will not have _____.

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Category: Appliances

On a gas stove burner, the flame is yellow, this would indicate what?

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Category: Heating

The fan limit switches are set to start the blower fan at ____, stop the blower fan at _____, and shut down the entire unit at ______.

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Category: Structures

A foundation bow is often cause by ________.

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Category: Plumbing

Horizontal drain pipes should have a slope of roughly _________?

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Category: Electric

If the service main wire is copper 2/0, you should expect to see a ____ amp breaker.

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Category: Plumbing

Which of the following is NOT a common material used for water entry piping?

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Category: Plumbing

When we test for functional flow and functional drainage, we check all except which of the following?

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Category: Plumbing

A deep well is any well over ______ feet.

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Category: Interiors

Safety glass (also called tempered glass) should be present at a glazed panel _____.

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Category: Plumbing

Each temperature/pressure relief valve shall have a _______.

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

Polystyrene and polyurethane insulations create a severe fire hazard when left exposed. Inside a house or garage, they should be covered with at least _____.

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Category: Plumbing

Which of the following fixture does not require an external trap?

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Category: Roofing

What happens to asphalt shingles when they loose their granular covering?

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Category: Illinois Law

During your inspection you notice an imminently hazardous condition.

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Category: Roofing

A cricket should be installed on chimneys when?

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the damper?

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Category: Exteriors

The term E.I.F.S. stand for what?

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Category: Appliances

Central vacuum system has the power unit _________.

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Category: Heating

Finding cracks in heat exchangers is _______.

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Category: Electric

A primary difference between AC and Greenfield is ____ ?

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Category: Appliances

All of these items can contribute to one or more elements not working on an electric stove except which?

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Category: Interiors

Manufactured skylights should be installed following ___________.

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Category: Structures

Trusses can be cut, bored, notched ____________.

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

The hardest area to ventilate is a __________.

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Category: Fireplaces

Which of the following is true regarding wood burning fireplaces and their associated chimney.

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Category: Appliances

Which of the following is true regarding microwave ovens?

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Category: Air Conditioning

When liquids vaporize into gases, they ______ a considerable amount of heat.

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Category: Exteriors

Railings on a deck should be provided wherever there is a danger of falling (when the difference in height is greater than ______).

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Category: Air Conditioning

Which position is medium temperature, low pressure – gas ?

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Category: Electric

Romex is a brand name. What is the proper generic for Romex?

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Category: Plumbing

The name of the pipe in position C is called _________.

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Category: Air Conditioning

The approximate temperature within the earth at a depth of 6′

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Category: Roofing

______ slope is acceptable to install regular asphalt shingles.

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Category: Air Conditioning

What is the expected temperature differential in the supply and return of an air-conditioner?

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Category: Structures

In the above picture, what is the drain tile?

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Category: Electric

This is measured in watts

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Category: Structures

Under interior walls where they run parallel to the floor joist.

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Category: Heating

What is the maximum operating pressure on a hot water boiler?

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Category: Air Conditioning

Can a heat pump be run in the heating and cooling mode at the same time?

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Category: Structures

Referring to structural framing such as a roof, dead load means ___________

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Category: Plumbing

TPR valves are optional on water heaters when _______.

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Category: Electric

This is measured in Ohms

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Category: Heating

Under normal operating conditions the color of a flame of an oil burning heating system is?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

Which of the following are accepted of insulation that you would find during a home inspection?

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Category: Interiors

A mullion is _______.

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Category: Roofing

On a dormer, how far above the roofing should wood siding materials be?

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Category: Exteriors

The proper way to inspect the automatic reverse feature on an automatic door opener is to do what?

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Category: Plumbing

Potable water is ____________.

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Category: Plumbing

The name of the pipe in position B is called _________.

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Category: Electric

Which of the above outlets are GFCI protected?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

In the above diagram, what is the recommended amount of insulation for position D?

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Category: Air Conditioning

You notice a 2 pole breaker that is over-sized in relation to the wire attached. This breaker is for an air-conditioning compressor. You inform your client what?

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Category: Air Conditioning

Which position is medium temperature, high pressure – liquid ?

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