Questions Of The Week February 2 - Time to play Home Inspector Jeopardy!

Let’s have some fun! This week you will be given a clue just like Jeopardy. To be provided credit for a correct answer there are two stipulations. You must phrase your answer in the form of a question. You must use the proper/technical name for the item in the answer. The only question this does not apply to is the extra credit question. The extra credit question will be used to decide between the first two with the right answer before I get back to review and declare a winner.

You may now choose from the following list:

** $50.00 gift certificate from Inspector Outlet
** Case of books "Now That You’ve had A Home Inspection"
** Seventeen Custom Branded Videos value $50.00 ~ your choice!

**** Welcome to another round of Questions of The Week!

Please read the Introduction and requirements, changes may have been made.

A member of the Awards Committee will post questions, at a random day/time.

Eligible members may make one post per question thread to answer the questions, and the eligible member’s winning entry must have all parts of the questions answered completely in that one post. Editing your one answer post allowed will result in disqualification.

Any disregard to the above and divulging the correct answers or giving hints/references will cause a disqualification.

First correct answers (as judged by the Awards Committee or Poster of the Questions) wins.
The WINNER can now choose from any of the prizes listed above!
Request your choice by emailing and submit your Mailing address for shipping.

Good luck!

Clue 1: No matter what room in the house your toddler plays in I am there to help ensure their safety.

Clue 2: I’m 48” wide and 96” long and found all over the home.

Clue 3: I help equalize pressure and help keep the stinky smells out.

Clue 4: I help keep you toasty warm in the Winter and nice and cool in the Summer and I don’t use any energy.

Clue 5: Whether I’m located at the top and bottom of a stair set or at either end of a hallway when I am manipulated I work the same.

Extra credit question - First this is intended to be an educational and not political question so please keep on the subject and leave out your political viewpoints and comments. This is a two part question.

Part 1 – What are the fossil fuels?

Part 2 – There is a push on to eliminate the use of all fossil fuels. If this is actually done what affect would this have on residential construction as well as existing homes? Please provide examples for this.


Interesting twist to the questions.

  1. What are outlet plug covers?
  2. What is sheathing?
  3. What are exhaust fans?
  4. What is insulation?
  5. What are 3-way switches?
    Good answers Manny, thanks for your time!:+1::raised_hand_with_fingers_splayed::facepunch:

1 plug covers
2 drywall
3 plumbing vent
4 insulation
5 3 way switch

Exhaust fans don’t equalize pressure, but I can think of something else that does…

Good clues Manny

Plumbing vent

Great questions, Manny…Thanks for doing this! :smile:

  1. what are receptacle covers?
  2. what is wood sheathing?
  3. what is a Central Vacuum System?
  4. what is insulation?
  5. what is a 3-way switch?
    Xtr) P1 - petroleum, coal, natural gas, orimulsion.
    P2 - In my opinion, of course, if fossil fuels were to be completely illuminated, it would be nearly impossible to produce anything at all, not just products that affect the residential construction industry. Just about everything we touch and use, is made in a factory that uses fossil fuels to not only operate, but are included in just about every product known to man.
    Unless Hemp becomes the most farmed product in the world, we would still need just people to crop it, and fabricate everything by hand. The world would just about collapse.
  1. What is fire sprinkler.
  2. What is drywall.
  3. What is a p-trap.
  4. What is insulation.
  5. What is a light switch.

EC. Fossil fuels are things like coal, natural gas, crude, formed by the decay of organic material in the ground. Their elimination would likely have little effect on residential construction of new homes because they will be replaced by other products that are “cleaner” to the environment as opposed to leaving an absence of functionality. For existing homes, alternative fuels for existing equipment will be created or methods to convert/alter appliances will be developed to get off the need for fossil fuels.

Go, guy/gals, go!

Fun stuff! :smile:

Martin, you can’t edit your post. It will disqualify you per the rules.

Great trivia questions Manny.

good stuff !

Alrighty… … …

What is Neoprene, how is it made, and what is it used in?

A product that will be retired when a new product is created?

As I understand it, it can be made without fossil fuels. So the product doesn’t have to go away. It is that kind of innovation that happens as a result of drivers such as the need to get off fossil fuels. But when something better (according to whatever criteria drove its creation) comes up and is cost effective, neoprene will be removed from market.

  1. What are Receptical/plug covers
  2. What is OSB or plywood sheathing
  3. What are Plumbing vents
  4. What is Insulation
  5. What are 3 way light switches

Extra credit

  1. Fossil fuels are carbon based and generally include petroleum fuels (oil, tar sands etc), natural gas, and coal. They are formed by geological processes acting on organic material over very long periods of time. That long formation time makes them non-renewable, as opposed to wood and other biomass which can also be burned for energy.
  2. One notable impact of a ban on fossil fuels would be to home heating. Homes with natural gas furnaces, water heaters, and cooking appliances would need to be converted to electric. There would also be substantial changes to electric power generation and distribution for homes as much of that currently comes from fossil fuels. With a change to all electric cars, and all electric home appliances, the electrical service would need to be upgraded to many houses, particularly in cold climates.

Wow great example of an important material!

1-What are outlet plug covers?
2-What is sheathing?
3- What are AAV’s (aka studor valves)?
4- What is insulation?
5- What are 3-way switches?

Bonus 1 - Fossil fuels are natural fuels formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms like plants and animals. Examples of fossil fuels include coal, gas, oil, etc. Energy from fossil fuels is released through burning or combustion during which the hydro-carbon chains are broken in the presence of oxygen to form heat and water and carbon dioxide as well as some other products in smaller amounts.

Alternative energy sources are are currently much (MUCH) more expensive so if we decide to stop using fossil fuels, the percentage of our income that we spend on energy will increase sharply. This means we will have less money for beer (and other things we like). One result will be that our use of insulation and other energy saving strategies will sharply increase to a level commensurate with the hike in energy costs.

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Whiskey’s too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear
This little refrain should help me explain as a matter of fact I like beer :cowboy_hat_face:

There’s still a chance to take it all!

Of course if nobody gets them all we might have to declare Bert the winner just for that answer! :grin:

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1 - What are Child Proof Electrical Safety Outlet Covers? 2nd. best answer: Who is an InterNACHI certified home inspector? :innocent:

2 - What is standard size building sheet material, used for Exterior and Interior Sheathing & Drywall?

3 - What is a vent stack? 2nd. best answer is What is an Air Admittance Valve?

4 - What is building insulation?

5 - What is a 3 way switch?

Part 1: What is a commonly used fuel source composed of decomposed organisms, which over millions of years have been compressed and transformed into energy dense substances?

Part 2 - What would be an economically non viable way to build and heat homes? Transportation, processing and mining costs would soar using electric, horse or human energy. The extremely low energy density of batteries makes the prospect of switching high energy use industrial equipment applications, from excavators to smelting metals, highly unlikely. The cost of raw materials like, but not limited to, steel, copper, wood, plastics, would rise dramatically, making our current wealthy (by historical measures) standard of living unattainable for the majority of the world. :grinning:

Imagine a