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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: Interiors

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

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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: Illinois Law

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

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Category: Structures

Truss uplift is ______.

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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: 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: 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: Interiors

Manufactured skylights should be installed 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

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: Structures

In the above picture, what is the footing?

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Category: Electric

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

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Category: Electric

This is measured in Ohms

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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: Structures

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

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the damper?

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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: Plumbing

Each temperature/pressure relief valve shall have a _______.

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Category: Air Conditioning

Why are heat pumps not popular in the northern climates?

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Category: Air Conditioning

Which position does gas refrigerant convert to a liquid?

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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: 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: 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: 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: Plumbing

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

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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 an oil burning heating system is?

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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: Structures

Trusses can be cut, bored, notched ____________.

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Category: Interiors

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

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Category: Structures

The strut is located in position ____

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Category: Roofing

The most common defect found in slate roofs is ____________.

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Category: Roofing

What is the difference between wood shakes and wood shingles?

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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: Interiors

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

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Category: Appliances

Clothes dryer vents can ________.

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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: Exteriors

In the photo above, what is position C

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Category: Roofing

Which of the above roof types is a Butterfly?

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Category: Heating

A lack of combustion air is a problem because______.

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Category: Heating

Which of the above units uses oil as its fuel?

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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: 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: 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: Insulation and Ventilation

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

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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: Exteriors

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

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Category: Appliances

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

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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: Exteriors

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

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Category: Structures

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

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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: Appliances

If the dishwasher leaks, causes may be _________.

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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: Heating

Gas flues on gas or oil fired water heater _________.

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Category: Roofing

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

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Category: Heating

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

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Category: Roofing

______ slope is acceptable to install regular asphalt shingles.

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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: 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: Insulation and Ventilation

In the northern climate, vapor barrier should be installed _______.

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Category: Air Conditioning

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

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the ash-pit?

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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

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

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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: Structures

Collar ties should be spaced every _____________.

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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

Gas water heaters will not have _____.

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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: Heating

Which system above is a steam heat system?

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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

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

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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: Exteriors

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

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the smoke chamber?

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Category: Interiors

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

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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

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

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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: Electric

Which of the above outlets are GFCI protected?

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Category: Roofing

A cricket should be installed on chimneys when?

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Category: Heating

In figure 5, which is the “Hartford loop”

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Category: Appliances

Central vacuum system has the power unit _________.

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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: Insulation and Ventilation

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

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Category: Electric

How close can an electrical switch be to a shower?

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Category: Exteriors

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

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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: Plumbing

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

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

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

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Category: Roofing

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

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Category: Heating

In Figure 2, which is the return line

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Category: Exteriors

Guard rail heights should be a minimum of ____ inches?

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Category: Electric

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

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Category: Plumbing

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

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Category: Roofing

What should be installed on top of a parapet wall?

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Category: Exteriors

Earth to brick clearance should be a minimum of _______.

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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: Interiors

All habitable rooms should have a heat source.

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Category: Interiors

Exterior hinges on exterior doors ________.

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Category: Heating

Which system above is a gas forced air furnace?

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Category: Exteriors

In an attached garage, what areas should have drywall?

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Category: Roofing

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

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Category: Roofing

Typically (rule of thumb) no more than ______ of a wood shingle is exposed to the weather.

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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: 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: Electric

Figure 2 is a _________ type of heating system.

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Category: Exteriors

Ideally, downspouts should discharge ______ from the foundation.

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Category: Structures

A foundation bow is often cause by ________.

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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: Interiors

A guard rail on new construction should be ____ high?

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Category: Structures

The maximum allowable lean on a supporting wall is ________.

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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

Ice dams are __________

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Category: Electric

A primary difference between AC and Greenfield is ____ ?

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the hearth?

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Category: Fireplaces

Which position is the throat?

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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: 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: Exteriors

In the above diagram, what should be the minimum clearance between the earth wood, or EIFS, siding.

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Category: Heating

In figure 5, which is the “equalizer pipe”

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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: Exteriors

In the photo above, what is position A

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Category: Roofing

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

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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: 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: Interiors

The minimum tread width of stairs is ____.

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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: Structures

In the above picture, what is at position C

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Category: Heating

Which system above is an open hot water heating system?

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Category: Heating

In figure 1, which position is the manifold

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Category: Illinois Law

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

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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: Insulation and Ventilation

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

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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: Plumbing

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

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Category: Air Conditioning

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

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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: Appliances

The door to an oven should stay ________.

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Category: Roofing

What is a cant strip?

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Category: Interiors

A mullion is _______.

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Category: Structures

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

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Category: Structures

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

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Category: Plumbing

Potable water is ____________.

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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

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: Structures

In the above picture, what is at position B

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Category: Roofing

You are inspecting a flat roof. Last rain was two weeks prior to your inspection. You notice white circles in numerous size radiuses on the membrane. You inform your client what?

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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: Appliances

Which of the following is true regarding microwave ovens?

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Category: Exteriors

In the photo above, what is position B

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Category: Roofing

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

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Category: Structures

In the above picture, what is the drain tile?

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Category: Structures

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

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Category: Appliances

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

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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 limitations to your wet basement investigation except ______.

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Category: Air Conditioning

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

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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: Plumbing

Horizontal drain pipes should have a slope of roughly _________?

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Category: Structures

What is a cause of footing failure?

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Category: Electric

This is measured in watts

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Category: Electric

The term “split wired receptacle” indicates what.

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Category: Structures

In the above picture, what is at position D

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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: Electric

__________ is the potential energy of the electrical system.

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Category: Heating

In figure 1, where would back drafting occur at?

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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: Fireplaces

Which position is the smoke shelf?

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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: Interiors

Manufactured skylights should be installed following ___________.

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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: Insulation and Ventilation

Roof vents rely on __________ to work properly.

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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: Electric

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

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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: Plumbing

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

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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: Interiors

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

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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

This is measured in amps

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Category: Heating

Finding cracks in heat exchangers is _______.

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

The hardest area to ventilate is a __________.

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Category: Plumbing

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

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Category: Structures

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

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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: Structures

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

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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: Plumbing

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

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Category: Plumbing

A deep well is any well over ______ feet.

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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: Electric

The distance over area B should be _____.

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Category: Air Conditioning

Which position is medium temperature, high pressure – liquid ?

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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: Air Conditioning

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

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Category: Electric

Wall receptacles in a garage should be ________ type.

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Category: Heating

In figure 3, which is the overflow pipe

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Category: Roofing

Which of the above roof types is a mansard roof?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

Exhaust ducts in unheated areas __________.

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Category: Electric

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

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Category: Air Conditioning

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

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Category: Interiors

The maximum rise of a staircase riser is approximately _______.

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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: 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: Air Conditioning

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

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Category: Heating

The primary concerns of a cracked heat exchanger is?

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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: Interiors

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

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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: Insulation and Ventilation

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

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Category: Air Conditioning

Which position is medium temperature, low pressure – gas ?

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Category: Plumbing

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

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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: Heating

What does BTU stand for?

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Category: Insulation and Ventilation

You are inspecting a crawl space. You look up and see the vapor barrier of the insulation stapled neatly to each floor joist. The vapor barrier is holding up the insulation. You inform your client what?

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Category: Exteriors

Roof water runoff is best controlled with _________.