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By James Douglas

This booklet presents information on construction survey paintings for average residential, advertisement and commercial structures, with suggestion on tips to diagnose quite a lot of defects. It considers either smooth and older building equipment, including new and conventional fabrics. the actual difficulties of alteration and upkeep paintings are mentioned, with assistance on how you can perform measured surveys.A separate bankruptcy covers survey difficulties after flood and hearth harm, and the criminal part takes account of modern advancements in case legislation in relation to inspections and surveys of properties.This new version keeps to supply a radical therapy of the entire key concerns with regards to surveying structures, facing the issues that surveyors are inclined to come across while analyzing buildings.Changes for the hot version include:Examples and references were up to date assessment of score platforms for household and advertisement constructions a brand new part at the domestic reviews additional info on slate defects Bibliography revised and accelerated, to make it extra entire extra appendix displaying the house file structure

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Walls Fair face brickwork. Pointing & brickwork in good condition. Roof Open timber joists (no ceiling) supporting boarded and felt roof. Joists 150 × 50 treated with preservative. All in good condition. w. framed doors lined with matchboarding. Evidence of movement in tenon joints & minor wet rot in bottom rails. Paintwork poor. w. frame shows evidence of wet rot. Garage Floor Concrete. No serious defects apart from oil staining. Walls Fair face brickwork. Brickwork sound, pointing in poor condition.

Walls Fair face brickwork. Brickwork sound, pointing in poor condition. c. slab. No defects. G. condition. But requires overhaul. Metal window Metalwork sound. Paintwork poor. 1 (cont’d) handed. This is often the case in small occupied houses or bungalows which are often so crowded with furniture and fittings that it is not possible to use a tape. In such cases the survey must be carried out using a 2 m rod. Inevitably, there will be some loss of accuracy in this type of survey, but if the overall dimensions are added up and checked before leaving the building, the error need not be significant.

Rainwater penetration, for example, can lead to dry rot, which is the most destructive form of timber decay in buildings (Ridout, 2001). Dampness is of course the ‘cause’ of the problem in this case, but the source of the moisture may not be so obvious. In any therapy to eradicate fungal attack, identifying and eliminating the source of moisture is a primary control measure (Palfreyman & Urquhart, 2002). Similarly, a single cause can result in a several symptoms. indd 30 11/9/2010 3:06:57 PM Procedure and Equipment 31 ties (leading to horizontal expansion of the mortar joints) and moisture staining or soiling on the inside face of the inner leaf of brickwork.

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