Course Description
This 2.0-hour session will provide participants with an introduction to residential interior stairway inspection including materials found and common defects. Topics will include stairways, landings, risers, treads, hand/guard rails, criteria and tools for inspections, and common defects. This class is applicable to anyone desiring to learn about inspection of interior stairways and best practices regarding these systems.

Timed Outline
  1. Components, definitions, stairway types - 30
  2. Dimensions, landings, and defects - 30
  3. Interior stairway guards and handrails - 30
  4. Interior handrail acceptable profiles - 10
  5. Interior stairway common defects - 20
Learning Objectives
  1. Nomenclature specific to interior stairway components and systems
  2. Examples of different types of stairways materials and installation procedures
  3. Interior guard and handrails
  4. Minimum and maximum dimensions of components
  5. Common defects found in interior stairway components and systems
Bio of the Instructor - Michael Casey
Michael Casey, ACI, MCI is the principal of Michael Casey & Associates; a national A.M. Best recommended consulting firm based in San Diego and Director of Education with Home Inspection University. Mike is past president of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (1994/1995) and of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) (2002). Mike is multi-code certified by the ICC and IAPMO. He is a licensed general, plumbing, and mechanical contractor in several states and a Virginia Licensed Home Inspector. Besides co authoring several books in the Code Check series and Code History Master, Michael has authored numerous other technical books, has taught home, and commercial building inspection nationwide and has an expert witness and claims consulting practice throughout North America since 1987. Mike has inspected over 10,000 buildings in his over 37-years career in the inspection profession as well as been consultant or expert regarding hundreds of inspector and other claims for both claimants and defendants.