Building Surveys and Reports by James Douglas

By James Douglas

This booklet offers tips on development survey paintings for regular residential, advertisement and commercial constructions, with recommendation on tips on how to diagnose quite a lot of defects. It considers either smooth and older development tools, including new and standard fabrics. the actual difficulties of alteration and protection paintings are mentioned, with assistance on how you can perform measured surveys.A separate bankruptcy covers survey difficulties after flood and fireplace harm, and the felony part takes account of contemporary advancements in case legislation when it comes to inspections and surveys of properties.This new version keeps to supply a radical therapy of all of the key matters on the subject of surveying structures, facing the issues that surveyors tend to come across whilst examining buildings.Changes for the hot variation include:Examples and references were up to date review of situation ranking structures for family and advertisement structures a brand new part at the domestic stories additional information on slate defects Bibliography revised and elevated, to make it extra finished extra appendix exhibiting the house situation record layout

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6) Plastic sample bags: these are useful for collecting samples of mortar, brick, and other materials for laboratory tests. Ideally they should be clear plastic bags about 100 × 100 mm in size with a sealable opening and a front white panel/label for marking or identifying the sample and date of collection. 8): for use in undertaking earth safety test, voltage and wiring checks (around £50 at 2010 prices). (8) Micro-drilling: this is an expensive but very effective tool to determine the presence of decay in structural timbers using a special low-voltage handheld drill that gives the result in the form of a resistograph (around £3500 at 2010 prices).

The expression ‘the property was built around the late 1890s’, however, is normally sufficient for the purposes of a Scheme 1 survey report. indd 25 11/9/2010 3:06:56 PM 26 Building Surveys and Reports Second, the owner will usually want to know how old the property is for personal as well as general interest reasons (Cunnington, 1988). This information will also alert them to potential problems or replacements ahead. Third, the age of the property may need to be established for conservation reasons.

Care should be taken when using a dictating machine to record the survey findings. The prose in a spoken word account does not directly translate well into a written form. It must be re-phrased to a professionally written style of prose – usually in the third person. For example, Glover (2008) reported a case where a building surveyor was found negligent in undertaking a building survey of a farmhouse after relying on a dictating machine to record his findings. Appendices III and IV show examples of pro forma checklists that can be used by surveyors on site.

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