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[#1] Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:06:18 PM
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There is lots of discussion within the real estate community about drones. I remain interested because it seems inevitable for us inspectors.
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[#2] Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:27:09 PM
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It's inevitable. I'm not convinced on cost/time/risk v. value, though. Ladders are still fairly easy and probably about the same amount of time as going with a drone...maybe less time. I don't know.

What's the general time allotment for a drone roof inspection?

The technology is seductive, that's for sure. Who doesn't want one?


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[#3] Posted: 12/17/2014 - 4:32:10 PM
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I use mine a few times a month. I still like to put boots on shingles, but when it's 3 stories in the air, I fly the bot.
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[#4] Posted: 12/17/2014 - 4:39:59 PM
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How long's it take to fly inspect a 3 story job? Let's say it's a larger than average house, 4-5 valleys, maybe a dormer or two, a couple chimneys, maybe 5000-6000sf.
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[#5] Posted: 12/17/2014 - 4:54:41 PM
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I record and watch the vid on my laptop. 15min flying. 15-20 watching. But make no mistake, you're not going to see a ripped shingle easily.

My 30ft ladder was a far cry from the top of this chimney. The bot came in handy.



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[#6] Posted: 12/17/2014 - 6:04:33 PM
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So, maybe a half hour to 3/4 hour, make it an hour tops with logistics of setup and take down and misc. dinking around.....(?).
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[#7] Posted: 12/18/2014 - 03:44:20 AM
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So, maybe a half hour to 3/4 hour, make it an hour tops with logistics of setup and take down and misc. dinking around.....(?).


Yeah, and the runner wanting to stop and talk to you, the neighbor asking questions, the client wanting to film it so he can show all his buds.

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[#8] Posted: 12/18/2014 - 6:03:30 PM
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There's no need to be concerned about problems with the FAA - the hungry huckster has come to the rescue: http://www.icontact-archive.co...ZC9T?w=2
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[#9] Posted: 12/18/2014 - 6:28:01 PM
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I think I feel sick.....




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[#10] Posted: 12/18/2014 - 7:08:08 PM
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Quote: Originally posted by kurt


I think I feel sick.....





I was surfing around for info on him. Couldn't find much.

Now I have what I need to know.

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[#11] Posted: 12/18/2014 - 7:52:24 PM
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" I'm just for anything that moves the inspection industry forward."

Why does that make me laugh?

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[#12] Posted: 12/19/2014 - 04:28:59 AM
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I really can't comment on this. He has intimidated me in the past. He scared me. He claims to be involved with 104 inspections per hour, 24hrs per day, 365days per year? And he wants me to listen?

Marc, you are missing nothing. I am so sorry he has enjoyed the limited success. They hurt the whole business and industry of inspections.

Just my opinion. I believe we are judged by the company we keep and I do not keep company with him.

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[#13] Posted: 12/19/2014 - 4:38:05 PM
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Ben, that is a nice shot.
I would think the drone could be charged and readied to go ahead of time to cut down on the setup time.

For my area, rarely see more than two full storeys, the pole camera works good and takes still snap shots with the timer function.
I adapted the 12' paint pole to fit a 12' pruning pole for a 22' reach. Plus 4 or 5' for the height of the poleman.

I have used the 12' pole from the top of the ladder, a very fast way to get a chimney crown shot or two.

The Pole Camera adds only 5 or 10 minutes at the most for setting up and still shots are on an SD card, quick to load straight into a report.


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[#14] Posted: 12/19/2014 - 6:56:24 PM
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Ah John. Quit with the dang pole camera efficiency and time advantage already. You're killing Ben's fun of playing with the drone and talking to the scantily clad runners (both of which endorse).

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Quote: Originally posted by Erby

Ah John. Quit with the dang pole camera efficiency and time advantage already. You're killing Ben's fun of playing with the drone and talking to the scantily clad runners (both of which endorse).

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Were you being a creeper again Erby? Taking pics of hot runners as you slowly roll by?

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Drones used properly is a tremendous tool for any inspector. Sometimes I use it to give the client a view otherwise he may not see any other time. Walk a roof when you can safely but use your tools to do what otherwise may be physically dangerous.
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[#17] Posted: 01/01/2015 - 7:15:09 PM
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Quote: Originally posted by Ben H

Quote: Originally posted by Erby

Ah John. Quit with the dang pole camera efficiency and time advantage already. You're killing Ben's fun of playing with the drone and talking to the scantily clad runners (both of which endorse).




Were you being a creeper again Erby? Taking pics of hot runners as you slowly roll by?
No, they were coming by cuz they heard about Erby's big screwdriver. It's a local attraction.

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[#18] Posted: 01/03/2015 - 10:02:40 AM
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Quote: Originally posted by Marc

Quote: Originally posted by kurt


I think I feel sick.....





I was surfing around for info on him. Couldn't find much.

Now I have what I need to know.

Marc


All the "services" offered are collection apparatus for lead generation. And now you know the rest of the story...

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[#19] Posted: 01/04/2015 - 2:47:49 PM
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We designed this home and a drone was used to take aerial photos as part of the marketing. I guess it was illegal according to the article. I did not arrange for the photos. It was not too long ago that a helicopter was needed to take these photos.

http://mobile.obeo.com/viewer/...D=933104

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Quote: Originally posted by Steven Hockstein

We designed this home and a drone was used to take aerial photos as part of the marketing. I guess it was illegal according to the article. I did not arrange for the photos. It was not too long ago that a helicopter was needed to take these photos.

http://mobile.obeo.com/viewer/...D=933104


We've got a local guy who's been doing those kinds of shots from a tethered helium balloon for years.

Nice home, by the way. I like the way it fits its surroundings. In this area, we stack our booji houses five feet apart from each other, like so much overpriced cordwood running up the hillside.

Is that really a "colonial?"

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[#21] Posted: 01/04/2015 - 3:54:38 PM
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Quote: Originally posted by Jim Katen

Quote: Originally posted by Steven Hockstein

We designed this home and a drone was used to take aerial photos as part of the marketing. I guess it was illegal according to the article. I did not arrange for the photos. It was not too long ago that a helicopter was needed to take these photos.

http://mobile.obeo.com/viewer/...D=933104


We've got a local guy who's been doing those kinds of shots from a tethered helium balloon for years.

Nice home, by the way. I like the way it fits its surroundings. In this area, we stack our booji houses five feet apart from each other, like so much overpriced cordwood running up the hillside.

Is that really a "colonial?"



Thanks for the compliment. Not a bad shack for $4.2 million.

Definitely not a colonial. The real estate industry around here has determined that a 2-story house is almost always labelled a colonial. I think if soneone wanted to sell a two-story glass and steel home the listing would call it a "Modern Colonial".



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[#22] Posted: 01/04/2015 - 4:16:28 PM
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Quite a place. I'm surprised it's only 4.2 mil.


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[#23] Posted: 01/05/2015 - 04:45:42 AM
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Very nice. The design work had to be lots of fun! I usually am not much of a "new" house fan, but this is pleasing to the eye and nice layout and design.
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[#24] Posted: 01/09/2015 - 04:52:40 AM
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Fresh news in my email this morning, the FAA has granted a commercial drone use request.
http://www.builderonline.com/n...b4757928

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[#25] Posted: 01/09/2015 - 05:56:20 AM
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Sales of drones for real estate applications will likely explode soon and a new service in drone photography will be born. HIs will be musing whether to buy a drone or hire the service for the roof inspection. It's the 'IR camera' question all over again.

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