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GLOSSARY OF TERMS - Part 4

Sample

A representative portion selected for inspection.


Service Life/Lives

The period during which something continues to function fully as intended.


Significant
Deficiency
A clearly definable hazard or a clearly definable potential for failure or is unsafe or not functioning.

Shut
Down

A state in which a system or component cannot be operated by normal operating controls.


Solid
Fuel Burning Appliances

A hearth and fire chamber or similar prepared place in which a fire may be built and which is built in conjunction with a chimney; or a listed assembly of a fire chamber, its chimney and related factory-made parts designed for unit assembly without requiring field construction.


Structu
ral Component

A component that supports non-variable forces or weights (dead loads) and variable forces or weights (live loads).


System

A combination of interacting or interdependent components, assembled to carry out one or more functions.

T
e
chnically Exhaustive

An inspection is technically exhaustive when it is done by a specialist who may make extensive use of measurements, instruments, testing, calculations, and other means to develop scientific or engineering findings, conclusions, and recommendations.


Unde
r-floor Crawl Space
The area within the confines of the foundation and between the ground and the underside of the floor.



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