Attic Pull-Down Ladders

Another very good this time it is about attic ladders .

by Nick Gromicko
Attic pull-down ladders, also called attic pull-down stairways, are collapsible ladders that are permanently attached to the attic floor. Occupants can use these ladders to access their atticsAttic pull down ladderwithout being required to carry a portable ladder.

 

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Inspecting a Deck, Keep it safe.

Inspecting a Deck, Illustrated

by Nick Gromicko, Founder, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)
Graphics by InterNACHI’s Lisaira Vega
More than 2 million decks are built and replaced each year in North America.  InterNACHI estimates that of the 45 million existing decks, only 40% are completely safe.
 Deck inpection.
Because decks appear to be simple to build, many people do not realize that decks are, in fact, structures that need to be designed to adequately resist certain stresses. Like any other house or building, a deck must be designed to support the weight of people, snow loads, and objects.  A deck must be able to resist lateral and uplift loads that can act on the deck as a result of wind or seismic activity.  Deck stairs must be safe and handrails graspable.  And, finally, deck rails should be safe for children by having proper infill spacing.  
 
A deck failure is any failure of a deck that could lead to injury, including rail failure, or total deck collapse.  There is no international system that tracks deck failures, and each is treated as an isolated event, rather than a systemic problem.  Very few municipalities perform investigations into the cause of the failure, and the media are generally more concerned with injuries rather than on the causes of collapses.  Rail failure occurs much more frequently than total deck collapses; however, because rail failures are less dramatic than total collapses and normally don’t result in death, injuries from rail failures are rarely reported. 

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​The components of the home that are covered in our visual, non-invasive home inspection report are:​

  1. roof, vents, flashings, trim, skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations
  2. grounds, grading and drainage, downspouts and gutters
  3. exterior covering, decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings
  4. fireplace, damper, doors and hearth
  5. water faucets / fixtures, tubs / showers, toilets
  6. plumbing supply and drainage, main water shut-off valve, water heating system
  7. electrical panels and service line, breakers or fuses, service amperage, GFCIs and AFCIs
  8. electrical main disconnect, bonding and grounding
  9. basement, crawlspace, foundation, water penetration and foundation movement

10.  installed appliances

11.  garage doors, safety sensors and openers

12.  attic, insulation and ventilation

13.  heating and cooling systems, and distribution

14.  interior lighting, outlets, doors, windows, floors, ceilings and walls