I am studying buildings to be a building inspector. I need a source,
preferably online, for understanding the names used to describe
different parts of buildings, how they are put together, etc. Any ideas?
Might go to a used bookstore. Look for books on construction, wood framing,
architecture, and some college art history books have the names of classic
Also if you go and watch them demolish old buildings. There is no better way
to learn about construction than to watch them tear down old buildings. You
quickly learn what is very sturdy and what is not so sturdy. Ask where you
would get a demolition permit or ask a demolition company where they are
tearing down buildings.
Here is a start for classic stuff. Search on google.com for the words found
on the following link and you will find more...
Why on-line? Go to the nearest HD or Lowes and pick up some books.
I was a part-time house builder for about 2 years. I bought a dozen
books on construction and renovation so I wouldn't have to ask my boss,
"Why are you doing that"?
EXPERIENCE ! I don't know what state you live in BUT ..... Without
"hands on" experience (in most states) you can not obtain an inspectors
license. If you can get a license without experience please let me
know what state you live in so I don't buy a home there when I retire.
If you want to get started in the industry check out
www.MySturdyBuiltGarage.com (this site is not a joke) and see if you
can find the violations. I thought building inspectors were
contractors who could not make it in the trade. ;)
You know how a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, walking
through a building under construction, repeatedly, is worth a thousand
If you're talking about becoming an inspector like those that just use
a simple checklist (roof condition - average), then you are not setting
your sights very high and will not be adding any great value to your
skills. If on the other hand you want to understand how a building
goes together, how to diagnose and remedy problems, that takes time and
experience. There is no quick way to do it. Read as much as possible,
like every book and magazine on construction in your library and check
out as many buildings in as many different stages of construction as
you can. If you're already working in construction and are looking to
put down the tools, that's an advantage, but not a huge one unless you
worked in lots of different trades.
Thanks, everyone, for the advice. Sorry I mislead you all. Home
Performance Auditor, not even a building inspector. We check combustion
appliances for carobon monoxide, ducts for leaks, signs of moisture,
and overall energy efficiency; and make recommendations for energy
conservation measures. Like an inspector, understanding construction is
essential for knowing where cavities are, and what to call things.
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