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2011 

The  measure of the effectiveness of insulation is its resistance to heat flow, or R-value.The higher the R-value, the better the energy efficiency. Insulation is material applied to exterior walls and ceilings to protect the interior from heat loss. Insulation materials include; Batt and blanket...
09/28/2011
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Gable roofs are cost effective because they use a single truss design.  Gable roofs peak at the center ridge and extend downward on two opposite sides.  Gable roofs do not provide protection from the sun on the two gable ends.Sometimes dormers are added to gable and hip roofs. ( A dormer is a pro...
09/28/2011
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Most roof structures today use pre-engineered, factory built trusses.  Trusses are lifted into place with a crane and then secured to the walls with metal fasteners. Trusses are constructed with triangular-shaped internal structural members that transfer the stress load of the roof away from the ...
09/28/2011
Post-and-beam – Sturdy post support beams that are spaced up to 8 ft. apart and covered with 2” planks that serve to form the ceiling, and roof deck.  Because the post provide some of the ceiling support, rooms can be constructed with larger spans between the supporting side walls. Post-and-beam ...
09/28/2011
Baloon Framing is more common in older homes. With balloon frame construction the studs extend continuously to the ceiling of the second floor, providing a smooth unbroken wall surface at each floor level. For Example: In a two-story, the load bearing wall studs extend in one piece from the found...
09/28/2011
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Platform is the most common construction method.Each floor is built separately, with the first floor providing a work platform for the structure above. This method is safer for the framers because a flat surface is provided to work on.If more than 1 story, additional layers of floor platforms and...
09/28/2011
The most common type of residential construction is wood frame. The vertical framing members are called studs, which are 2x4’s or 2x6’s.  The top and bottom horizontal members are called plates. Anchor bolts and metal straps are used to connect the studs to the top and bottom plates.Pressure trea...
09/28/2011
Footers and foundation provide support for the structure.  The footer is usually strengthened with two 5/8 inch steel rods called rebar.  The rebar rests on what they call metal chairs.  The chairs keep the rebar up off the  ground so when concrete is poured, it flows underneath the rebar. The fo...
09/28/2011
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A property is characterized by many elements such as the structure’s architectural design, it’s roof style and so forth. The shape of a lot is also an important property feature. Lot types include-Corner Lots-Interior-T- intersection-Cul-de-sac-Flag-Key Corner lots are bound with streets on two s...
09/28/2011
A licensed personal assistant must be registered under the employing broker and may be paid for brokerage activities only by the broker. A sales associate may pay the licensed personal  assistant  for non-selling activities on a salaried or hourly basis, but may not compensate a personal assistan...
09/27/2011
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