In this course we'll cover the design and construction of the decks, stairs, and rails from the home inspector's point of view. I'll review some of the basic definitions so that you'll know the proper terminology to use in writing your reports. You'll learn what to look for to ensure proper support. You'll see pictures of good construction compared to unsafe construction. We'll cover materials and fasteners and I'll give you specific examples of what you need to watch for and document. We'll review the requirements for heights, widths, and distances between components to assure a safety for users, and as we go through the course, I'll give you inspection tips from my own experience.
At the end of this course you'll be able to:
- Explain how decks and stairs are assembled for proper support
- Identify potential failures with decks and stairs
- Describe what to look for to prevent tripping hazards
- Recognize the correct terminology for intelligent report writing