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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Hi,

Welcome to another edition of TIJ Update. There's no better place to  beef up your knowledge of this business than on the forums at TIJ. At TIJ you will find discussions of every home inspection topic imaginable and can interact with some of the best home inspectors in this business. 

However, there's more than just the forums at TIJ. There's a list of coming events, Marketing Tips, Book & Tool Reviews, and don't forget the free home inspectors search engine. Need some solid reference materials? TIJ has an extensive links directory and a pretty extensive downloads library. 

Bottom line, if it's something that a home inspector needs, you'll probably find it somewhere on TIJ.

See you next month,

Mike O'Handley, Editor
 

  Technical Articles...

18 Inch Stands and Gas Water Heater Installation
The 2002 edition of the National Fuel Gas Code has been changed to reflect the new flammable vapor ignition resistant (FVIR) product. The FVIR product is a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) testing standard that will prevent a water heater from igniting flammable vapors outside the combustion chamber... 

2005 Inspection Revenues Exceed 1 Billion Dollars
The total number of detached single family residences sold last year was 6.18 million. Add to that condominium, and other types of cooperative housing sales of about 900,000, and the number of residential real estate sales slammed past 7 million
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Understanding Whole House Ventilation Systems
In a mold-paranoid world it's more important than ever for home inspectors to understand the ins and outs of the various methods of ventilating today's very tightly constructed new homes. This fact sheet from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the U.S. Department of Energy is essentially a ventilation 101 course in understanding whole house ventilation... 

  What’s in the News For Inspectors... 

Pocket PC companion software for Inspect Express
Coming in April 2006! Inspect Express™ introduces a PDA companion software program for their Home Inspection Software. Inspect Express™ Mobile is fully customizable to match the format of their desktop program...

PtP Reports a 10% Upshift in Pre-Listing Inspections
According to this PRNewswire release dated March 21st, Pillar to Post is reporting a 10% increase in the number of homeowners who are having their homes inspected prior to putting them on the market...

New Jersey
Inspector Lets The Cat Out of the Bag

In this press release from March 5th, which received wide dissemination through the local press in New Jersey, Michael Del Greco, a New Jersey inspector, speaks frankly about relationships between home inspectors and members of real estate...

Rhode Island
Lead Paint Manufacturers Created a Public Nuisance

According to a February 22nd article in Boston.com, three former manufacturers of lead paint were found guilty, after a 3-month trial in a Rhode Island court, of creating a public nuisance...

Indiana
Knauf Insulation launches “Thinksulation”

(SHELBYVILLE, Ind., November 13, 2005) Knauf Insulation today announced the launch of its Thinksulation program, an awareness initiative that will promote the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of fiber glass insulation. Knauf unveiled Thinksulation at the Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA)...

Washington, D.C.
Inspectors Will Make Repairs On New DIY TV Show

According to a March 17th article in the Washington Times a new show on DIY Network called Finders Fixers, which will debut in the fall, not only has homeowners doing repairs, but homeowners will seek advice from, and actually assistance from a professional carpenter and a home inspector to correct their problems...

Inspections Coming Back to D.C. After a 2-Year Drought
According to a March 25th article in the Washington Post, home inspections, which saw a sharp decline back in 2003 due to a strong sellers market, are seeing a resurgence in the Washington D.C. area...

North Carolina
The Truth About Termites In Mulch

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-- A widely reported rumor that termite-infested mulch being processed in southern states ravaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita is winding up on the shelves of nationwide home centers is completely false, according to Dr. Bob Davis...

Minnesota
Latinos have pesadilla with local realtor tactics

This March 16th Article from the Pulse of the Twin Cities describes the nightmares that first time, low income Latino buyers experienced after dealing with an unethical real estate agent who went so far as to fraudulently certify that homes had been inspected...

Vancouver, B.C.
Home Inspectors Criticized by the B.C. Government

According to a March 27th CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) newscast, a report by the B.C. government's Homeowner Protection Office says consumers are being left unprotected when they hire a home inspector. To read more about the report and to hear a very interesting 7 minute long audio clip of the newscast...

B.C. Minister Promises Regulation of Inspectors by 2007
Only a day after being criticized on radio and television for inaction relative to regulation of home inspectors, by Bill Sutherland of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspector (C.A.H.P.I.), the B.C. minister responsible for housing says the provincial government will take action by the end of the year to protect home buyers who rely on inspectors...

To hear a 5-minute audio clip of the interview with the minister, Click Here...

U.K.
A British Company Brings Home Inspections to Spain

Buying a house is said to be one of life’s most stressful experiences. Buying a property in Spain that is a 2 -3 hour flight away can only add to the stress, but when Roy Howitt bought a Spanish property it created a business providing professional home inspections (snagging services*), for new build properties, to avoid the dream of owning a Spanish home turning into a nightmare...

Brits Ready To Kick Off 1-Year Home Inspection Trial
This March 17th Reuters article details how the British are poised to kick off a one-year trial of their controversial new home information packs (HIPs) which require sellers to have a home inspection performed before listing a home...

To view TIJ's inspection news archives Click here... 

  Coming Events & Education... 

April 5th - 8th
The Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference (formerly known as the Restoration & Renovation Show) will be held April 5th thru April 8th at the Navy Pier, Festival Hall A, in Chicago, IL.

April 8th and 9th
Lone Star ASHI chapter will be holding its two-day educational conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel at the San Antonio Airport. 


April 18 - 20th
CDW (Carson Dunlop Weldon and Associates) will be holding a Commercial Inspection Course in San Jose, CA. 


April 21st - 23rd
California Real Estate Inspection Association will hold its annual education conference at the San Jose Marriott. 

April 24th - 26th
NAHB's Building for Boomers & Beyond: 50+ Housing Symposium 2006 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.
 

April 27th
NY Metro ASHI monthly meeting at Tino's Villa, Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne, NY.

May 25th
NY Metro ASHI monthly meeting at Tino's Villa, Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne, NY.  

July 10th - 20th
NFPA's America's Fire & Security Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall C, 1901 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach

September 8-10
NAHI's Fall Conference 2006 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. 

September 25 - 27th
ITA's 11th Annual Inspection Expo 2006 will be held at the Aladdin's Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. 

  Free Informational Downloads... 

Want to beef up your information/educational inventory? Every issue of TIJ Update, we'll be adding links to newly discovered pubs of interest to home inspectors that are free on the internet for downloading:

Free NEC Pool Interpretation From Mike Holt
Mike Holt is offering his interpretation of Article 680 of the NEC - Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, Fountains and Similar Installations as a free pdf download. to download the text now..
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Free Arc-Fault Flash Hazard Guide
Commercial building inspectors will want to download this free 120+ page pub entitled Practical Solution Guide To Arc Flash Hazards. Ordering is simple, just fill out a one-page form and within one business day the guide is sent to you by email...

Free Annual Boiler Tuneup Checklist
Norm Becker's February Homeowner's Clinic in Popular Mechanics Magazine has an easily understood explanation of boiler tuneups as well as a free annual boiler tuneup checklist...

  Online Training Opportunities... 
Garnering continuing education credit can be time consuming and very expensive. In every issue of TIJ Update we'll try and provide you links to new way to get that credit without spending a fortune. In the meantime, visit TIJ's Online Training Opportunities Forum

New Termite Education Site Debuts
A new internet website dealing exclusively with termites - TermiteInstitute.com - has just debuted that bills itself as "the web's most comprehensive termite education resource". According to information found on the home page...

Free Online Plumbing Course
To Inspect something really well, it's necessary to have at least a basic understanding of how something is put together and is supposed to work. This free online Essentials of Plumbing course is from a basic Army plumbing text and is an excellent way for a rookie inspector to gain a better understanding of the basic elements of a plumbing system and veteran inspectors can use it to refresh their memories...

Do you know of additional on-line opportunities and you wish to tell other inspectors about them? Please send a short explanation about the program and a link to: editor@inspectorsjournal.com. 

  Recent Product Recalls... 

No recalls of interest to inspectors this month.

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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