Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

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Bruce Barker

Barker is the founder and president of Dream Home Consultants, a consulting and inspection division of B.A. Barker & Associates, Inc. (www.DreamHome and the author of Everybody’s Building Code, written to help home inspectors understand the International Residential Code.

He has been building and inspecting homes since 1987 and is licensed by the State of Arizona as a residential contractor, licensed by the State of Florida as a residential contractor, certified by the International Code Council as a Residential Combination Inspector,
certified by the State of Arizona as a home inspector, and is a member of the Independent Home Inspectors of North America.

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Articles authored

ASHI Affiliate Spotlight, July 2018

The Word, January 2018

The Word, December 2017

Standards of Practice, June 2017

ASHI Deck Standard FAQs, May 2017

The Word, August 2016

The Word, July 2016

The Word, February 2015

The Word, January 2015

The Word, November 2015

The Word, October 2015

The Word, October 2014

The Word, July 2014

The Word, June 2014

The Word, May 2014

The Word, April 2014

The Word, March 2014

The Word, February 2014

Inspecting, January 2014

The Word, December 2013

The Word, November 2013

The Word, October 2013

Inspecting, August 2013

The Word, July 2013

The Word, June 2013

Proposed Home Inspection Standard Improvements Presented for Comment, May 2013

The Word, May 2013

Proposed Home Inspection Standard Improvements Presented for Comment, April 2013

The Word, April 2013

The Word, March 2013

The Word, February 2013

The Word, December 2012

The Word, November 2012

The Word, October 2012

The Word, September 2012

The Word, August 2012

The Word: Deficient Reporting, July 2012

The Word: Plumbing Vents & Traps, June 2012

The Word: Common Vent, May 2012

The Word: Electrical Cable Installation Deficiencies, April 2012

The Word: Guards, March 2012

The Word: Redux, February 2012

The Word: Venting Gas Appliances Using a Chimney, January 2012

The Word: Combustion Air, December 2011

The Word: Crawl Space Ventilation, November 2011

The Word: Decks, October 2011

Maintaining and Interpreting the ASHI Standards, October 2011

The Word: Decks, September 2011

The Word: Decks, August 2011

The Word: Safety Glazing, Part 2, July 2011

The Word: Safety Glazing, June 2011

The Word: Habitable Rooms, May 2011

The Word: Pool Barriers & Entrapment Prevention, April 2011

The Word: Body Parts, March 2011

The Word: Electrical Panel Cabinet, February 2011

The Word: Receptacle, January 2011

The Word: Scope, December 2010

The Word: Stairway, November 2010

Auxiliary Standards of Practice: Frequently Asked Questions, September 2010

The Word: Temperature Drop, September 2010

The Word: Traps and Vents, August 2010

The Word: Backflow Prevention, July 2010

The Word: Grounding and Bonding, June 2010

The Word: Roof Framing Terms, April 2010

The Word: Wisdom?, March 2010

The Word: Escape Openings, February 2010

The Word: A Half Dozen This Month, January 2010

The Word: Service entrance conductors, December 2009

The Word: Fireblock, November 2009

The Word: Draft, October 2009

Focus on Standards, October 2009

The Word: Fireplace, September 2009

The American Society of Home Inspectors Invitation for Comment on Draft Standards of Professional Practice for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Inspections, September 2009

Invitation for Public Comment on Draft Standards for Pre-drywall Inspections, July 2009

The Word: Vapor Barrier, July 2009

Green Inspections: Solar Photovoltaic Systems, June 2009

Focus on Standards, June 2009

The Word: Vent, May 2009

The Word: Subpanel, April 2009

Hot Toilets, April 2009

Focus on Standards: Standards for Ancillary Services, February 2009

One Inspector's Journey Into Infrared Thermography, July 2008

More: What’s in a Name?, October 2006

What's In A Name? Using Precise Names for Components to Prevent Confusion, June 2006

Supporting Inspection Findings by Citing Authoritative Sources, June 2004

Swimming Pools: To Inspect or Not To Inspect?, March 2005

A Home Inspectors' Guide to Flexible HVAC Duct Installation, November 2005