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GLOSSARY OF TERMS - Part 5

Unsafe

A condition in a readily accessible, installed system or component which is judged to be a significant risk of personal injury during normal, day-to-day use. The risk may be due to damage, deterioration, missing or improper installation or a change in accepted residential construction Standards.


V
apour Barrier

Material used in the building envelope to retard the passage of water vapour or moisture.


V
isually Accessible

Able to be viewed by reaching or entering.


W
iring Methods

Identification of electrical conductors or wires by their general type, such as “non-metallic sheathed cable” (“Romex”), “armored cable” (“bx”) or “knob and tube”, etc.



Note: In these National Standards of Practice, redundancy in the description of the requirements, limitations and exclusions regarding the scope of the Home Inspection is provided for clarity not emphasis. 

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