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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Hello Fellow Inspectors, welcome to another issue of TIJ Update.

It's with profound sadness that I must report that the profession lost one of its best on June 24th, with the passing of one of TIJ's moderators and a long-time F.A.B.I. and A.S.H.I. member, Norm Sage of Boynton Beach, Florida. Norm was 66 years old and is survived by his wife Leslie, his seven children and seven grandchildren.

Ever talked to someone on the phone and heard a smile in their voice? Norm was one of those people. Being in the northwest, I would occasionally call Norm to ask him technical questions about the occasional air conditioning system or swimming pool I'd encountered. I always found him upbeat and ever ready and willing to spend whatever time he had available to help me. It didn't seem to matter how bad the day had been, after a conversation with Norm, I'd always hang up smiling myself.

Norm advocated advancement of the profession to the level of a true discipline. Back in 2002, he was one of the earliest to sign onto TIJ and volunteer to be a moderator. Always willing to help new inspectors get better, he was a formidable foe to those he believed were not working in the best interests of the profession, and wasn't afraid to call them out, no matter who they were. I'm sure there are many who wished they'd never crossed ethical swords with him.

He truly was one of our best. We'll truly miss you Norm.


Thanks to our TIJ Contributors

TIJ would like to take the opportunity to thank all the contributors who have sent in articles, events etc. of interest to the members to the home inspection community.  We welcome any submissions that can be included as part of our growing home inspector resource. Submit your technical articles, related links, events or even your inspection story that might give us all a laugh. Follow the links under the 'Submissions' menu on TIJ or send us an email at editor@inspectorsjournal.com.

Mike O'Handley, Editor 

  What’s New For Inspectors This Month... 

Uk Home Inspections Rethink Posted: Sat, 29 Jul 2006
From the UK 
Our Housing minister, Yvette Cooper announced 18th of July, that the planned mandatory introduction of Home Reports due in June 2007, will be indefinitely postponed. The minister favours a 'phased roll-out' instead, due to pressures from mortgage lenders, some estate agents and the...

Taking Back Time With Online Scheduling Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
By Daryl Oie
In this day and age, the need to effectively manage your business and your time is imperative. With so many other things on your mind marketing, customer service, report writing, accounting, computer systems, etc can overload you. However, without any appraisals or inspections...

Tracing The Loads From The Roof To The Ground Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
By J.D. Grewell
Having performed framing (pre-drywall or close-in) inspections for 30 years, I recently became aware of confusion regarding the newer floor framing systems. It appears some of it can be traced to foremen and site superintendents who are tasked to the maximum, have limited author...

Mixing Solid Sawn and Engineered Wood Products Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
All engineered wood components are manufactured in a relatively "dry" state. The moisture content of engineered wood products at the time of manufacture ranges from approximately 4 to 12%. During the manufacturing process, the wood-based resource must be dried to these levels to insure that a good...

Most Ridiculous Item of the Day Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
According to a posting on MPI News, this fall, HGTV will debut a new show entitled The Great Home Give Away, in which three couples compete in each episode to win a house by guessing its value. The winning couple is the one that comes closest to the price. How are they going to accomplish this...

Insurance Expert Shares Key to Limiting Liability Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
By Ross Herlands, ESQ
Probably the single most important thing a home inspector can do to protect him or herself in the event of a lawsuit is to obtain a signed pre-inspection agreement prior to the inspection. Furthermore, one of the key provisions in such a contract is a limitation of...

Home Inspector Is Sued For $30M Over Mold Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
According to an article in the White Plains, NY Journal News a Nanuit, NY home inspector, as well as a real estate attorney, a real estate agent and a real estate brokerage are all being sued for $30M by a Suffern, NY doctor and his wife after their home became infested with mold subsequent to a...

Sign Up Now For PMEngineer’s Radiant e-Newsletter Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
If you want to get yourself up to speed on hydronic radiant heating systems, you will definitely want to sign up to receive PMEngineer’s new radiant e-newsletter. Radiant & Hydronics e-News is a FREE twice-monthly newsletter sent directly to your inbox. It is filled with all things...

Sharing Reports: More Liability? Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
Q: Can sharing a home inspection report with other persons who aren’t his/her clients open an inspector up to more liability? A: According to Barry Stone, in an April 8th column in the Washington Post, it can… 

H.I. Licensing Is Beginning to Heat Up In B.C. Posted: Thu, 22 Jun 2006
According to an April article in The Mortgage News Daily some Winnipeg, CA residents want to follow Great Britain’s lead, and have government government-mandated property condition reports on all new homes put up for sale. Could this be the Holy Grail for home inspectors?...

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

  Coming Events & Education... 

Butte County NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006
Arizona NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006
Florida Gold Coast NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2006
Central Florida NACHI FEMA Certification Classes Event Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006
Top of Utah NACHI Annual Chapter Meeting Event Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006
USDOE Midwest Regional Weatherization Conference Event Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006
Golden Gate ASHI & East Bay CREIA August Meeting Event Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006
Chicago NACHI Chapter Continuing Education Event Event Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006
NACHI Electrical 101 For The Home Inspector Event Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006
Western Colorado NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006
WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference Event Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006
FABI Fall Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006
NAHI's Fall Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006
Arizona ASHI 4th Annual Educational Conference Event Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006
PRO ASHI ‘Inspect America 2006’ Event Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2006
Golden Gate ASHI & East Bay CREIA Sept. Meeting Event Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Washington State-wide ASHI Home Inspection Seminar Event Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006
Washington State ASHI Home Inspection seminar Event Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006
A.I.B.S. Queensland/NT State Conference 2006 Event Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006
UPADI 2006 • Sept. 19-22• Atlanta Event Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006
Hudson Valley ASHI Annual Historic Homes Seminar Event Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006
Sacremento Valley NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006
Central Ontario NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006
Pro-Lab Inspection - Postponed Event Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006
ITA's 11th Annual Inspection Expo 2006 Event Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006
ASHI-GLC Fall Conference Event Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006
CREIA's Fall Symposium 2006 Event Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006
Great Lakes ASHI Education Conference Event Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006
Golden Gate ASHI & East Bay CREIA October Meeting Event Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006
Great Lakes East NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006
A.I.B.S. Victoria 2006 State Conference Event Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006
GAHI Fall Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006
EAA 2006 National Conference Event Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006
ACI & HIF 2006 National Expo & Conference Event Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006
Golden Gate ASHI & East Bay CREIA November Meeting Event Date: Thu, 09 Nov 2006
Arizona ASHI Tucson Education Seminar Event Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2006
2006 CAHPI Home Inspectors Conference Event Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006
FABI Winter Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2006
TAREI Fall Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2006
ASHI Inspection World 2007 Event Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007
NAHI 2007 Education Conference Event Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007
NADCA 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
A.I.B.S. Annual Conference - Adelaide, Australia Event Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
NACHI Annual Convention 2007 Event Date: Thu, 17 May 2007
NEHA 71st Annual Education Conference & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007

If any organization has an event to submit for the next newsletter, it can be submitted here. 

  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 Best Practices Guides Available From USDOE Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
As home inspectors, we need to be up-to-date on all of the latest technologies being used in today’s construction. This is especially true in regard to the building sciences and what construction practices are best suited to various climates across this large continent. The U.S. Department of...

HGTVPro.com Launches New Green Building Sites Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
HGTVPro.com has launched several new green building technology sites dealing with HVAC, Windows and Air Sealing and Insulation. These sites are excellent for the rookie home inspector looking for easy-to-understand explanations of technical topics. A quick review of the HVAC site found...

The Client’s Got Question? Don’t Leave ‘Em Hanging Posted: Sun, 09 Jul 2006
Some inspectors are uncomfortable giving customers advice on how to take care of their new home. There’s no need to be uncomfortable, just refer the client to the Michigan State University Extension Division's Home Maintenance and Repair Page where they’ll be able to find information about just...

  Recent Product Recalls... 

Heat & Glo GasFireplaces Recalled For Fire Hazard Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Heat & Glo, of Lakeville, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 1,550 Heat & Glo Gas Fireplaces. The recall involves the Heat & Glo Twilight II and IIB indoor/outdoor see-through gas fireplaces. The model name, Twilight II...

HP Recalls Digital Cameras Due To Fire Hazard Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 224,000 (about 679,000 worldwide) HP Photosmart R707 Digital Cameras. The digital camera can cause certain non-rechargeable batteries, such as the...

Sunbeam Gas Ranges Recalled for Fire Hazard Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Petters Consumer Brands, LLC, of Minnetonka, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 3,600 Sunbeam Gas Ranges. These ranges lack an adequate heat shield, and can cause scorching of certain flooring materials directly under the...

CFM Corp. Recalls Sequoia Wood Burning Fireplaces Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CFM Corp. of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 1,300 Sequoia Wood Burning Fireplaces. Due to insufficient insulation or a missing weld, some of these fireplaces could pose a fire hazard...

TYCO Recalls Defective Smoke Detectors Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tyco Fire & Security, of Boca Raton, Fla. is voluntarily recalling about 128,000 smoke detectors. The smoke detectors could experience reduced sensitivity to smoke in conditions of high humidity and high temperature...

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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