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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Welcome to the December 2007 issue of TIJ Update. Best wishes to our readers for the holiday season! Whether or not you celebrate a holiday this month, we hope you take a moment to stop and reflect on what we all have to share. You are all a part of the TIJ family and we appreciate your contributions that have made TIJ what it is today. 

After you peruse our current articles, be sure to check out all the coming events in this issue to see what is on offer in your area. The upcoming calendar is full of educational and networking opportunities!

We welcome any submissions that can be included as part of our growing home inspector resource. Submit your technical articles, related links, events, files 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.

TIJ would like to Welcome a New Sponsor 

This month we'd also like to extend a heartfelt TIJ welcome to Business Risk Partners (BRP), TIJ's newest corporate sponsor. Business Risk Partner's ASHI endorsed policy provides competitive E&O insurance to home inspectors.  

Mike O'Handley, Editor 

  Articles This Month...

New! DevWave Picture Drop for Word Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2007
DevWave Picture Drop is a new toolbar add-in for Microsoft Word that inserts and format images in your documents without the extra steps to format, position and resize! Originally only available as a component of our INSPECTEXPRESS Home Inspection Software, this handy tool is now available to anyone using Microsoft Word 2000 or later...

USDOE Radiant Barrier Attic Fact Sheet Posted: Sat, 01 Dec 2007
Introduction What is a radiant barrier? Radiant barriers are materials that are installed in buildings to reduce summer heat gain and winter heat loss, and hence to reduce building heating and cooling energy usage. The potential benefit of attic radiant barriers is primarily in reducing...

Researcher Reveals 'Five Myths' About Homes Posted: Sat, 01 Dec 2007
MADISON, WI -- Each year American homeowners spend millions of dollars attempting to fix or prevent moisture-related problems. Too often, their efforts don’t fix the problem. In some cases, these efforts actually make matters worse. So says Anton TenWolde, a physicist and researcher who has been...

New Code Requirements for Unvented Attics Posted: Thu, 29 Nov 2007
The concept of building attics as conditioned, unvented spaces has grown in acceptance in recent years, and this construction method has been advocated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program. A principal benefit of conditioned attics is that ductwork located in the attic is not...

US Forest Service Report: Crawl Space Ventilation Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2007
Forest Products Laboratory In the Southern United States, where high water tables often preclude basement construction, building houses on posts or piers or over crawl spaces is a tradition. Decades ago, it was common in the South to build houses on posts. In these houses, the under-floor area...

NACHI Dealt Devastating Blow by Michigan Courts!!! Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2007
Opinion and Order from the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division in the matter of NAHI (Plaintiff) vs. InterNACHI (Defendant): Quote: (1) GRANTS Plaintiffs motion for an Order of Dismissal in this case incorporating the terms of the settlement agreement...

Homeminders and Pillar-to-Post Form an Alliance Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2007
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE) Ethix Media announces today that its flagship product Homeminders will be included in Pillar To Post’s new Home Alliance Program (HAP), designed to benefit real estate agents and home buyers and sellers. Pillar To Post, North America’s leading home inspection...

Carrier Recalls 185,000 AC Units & Heat Pumps Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2007
Washington, D.C./November 7, 2007 - Release #08-073 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Carrier Corp., of Farmington, Conn., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 185,000 packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC) and heat pumps (PTHP) manufactured in...

Virginia Tech to Present Deck Construction Course Posted: Mon, 05 Nov 2007
On January 31st, 2008 Virginia Tech will present a two-day course - Residential Decks - Component Testing, Code Requirements, Prescriptive Design, and Performance Issues - at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center, Dulles, VA. This course is designed for deck contractors, building officials...

Carbon Monoxide: Keeping Safe Posted: Wed, 31 Oct 2007
by Mary Maclay, Quantum Fields LLC
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, highly-poisonous gas formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon or a carbonaceous material, such as gasoline. Some producers of carbon monoxide (CO) are industrial processes, heating equipment, accidental fire...

Flashlight Shootout Part 2 Posted: Fri, 26 Oct 2007
By Rick Bunzel, CRI (Original published in the NAHI Forum December 2006 and used by permission of the author)In last week's flashlight shootout we were disappointed with the LED flashlights that we tried. Granted, some of those lights were from Wal-Mart and Ebay, but the performance of those...

NAHB Is Launching a Green Building Program Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2007
Washington, Oct. 23 The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced that it will launch the much-anticipated NAHB National Green Building Program Feb. 14 at the 2008 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando. The program launch will be the highlight of a day of green-themed...

Home Lead Test Kits Determined to be Unreliable Posted: Mon, 22 Oct 2007
Washington, D.C. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced the results of a special evaluation of consumer lead test kits. CPSC staff used commonly available test kits on a variety of paints and other products containing different levels of lead. Many of the tests perform...

Sustainable Design Stressed in ASHRAE Roundtable Posted: Mon, 22 Oct 2007
ATLANTA New York City is home to some of the world’s best known green buildings and leading design firms that test new boundaries in high-performance, sustainable design. In a special roundtable session at ASHRAE’s 2008 Winter Meeting, two of New York’s best-known owner/developer firms, along ...

Flashlight Shootout Part 1 Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2007
By Rick Bunzel CRI , and Greg Wayman CRI (Original published in the NAHI Forum December 2006 and used by permission of the authors.) As home inspectors who perform visual inspections, we use flashlights at every inspection. Our ability to see into the darkest nooks and crannies is critical to...

New E & O Rates for C.A.H.P.I. Members Available Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2007
Seattle - October 18 Assurance Pierre Thibodeau Inc. of Montreal has recently made some improvements to its errors and ommissions line of insurance products, in order to better accommodate inspectors who are members of the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAHPI). The firm...

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  What’s in the News For Inspectors... 


It'd Be a Good Idea to Skip Google for a While
Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2007
According to the folks at ZD Net, spammers have managed to seed Google with something in excess of 40,000 malware pages that are causing malware links to show up in virtually all Google search results. Directly from the article:Quote: "If you were unlucky enough to run across one of these links...

UK Inspectors Lose Homes Due To Govt Bungling Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2007
Four years ago, the UK government announced that beginning in June 2007 all homes put up for sale in England and Wales would require a mandatory home information pack (HIP). A key component of that pack, and the one that's the most controversial, was the home condition report (HCR), because it need...

Missouri Home Inspector Takes on the Realtors Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2007
In this oped piece, a Missouri home inspector sends a broadside across the bow of the Missouri Association of Realtors...

New York State Sues eAppraiselT Posted: Sun, 25 Nov 2007
According to an article in this month's Builder Online, The New York State Attorney General's Office has filed suit against eAppraiselT, a large appraisal management firm, for colluding with Washington Mutual to inflate the appraisal value of homes. According to a statement released by the AG, An...

Windows: Restore or Replace? Posted: Sun, 25 Nov 2007
This article from Remodeling Online gives some insight into the pros and cons of restoring old windows versus replacing them with modern materials...

U.S. Green Building Council Unveils New Web Site Posted: Sun, 25 Nov 2007
The U.S. Green Building Council has just re-launced its website at http://www.usgbc.org. According to the USGBC, the site is cleaner and mmore user friendly and contains tens of thousands of pages of content pertaining to green buildings...

Hawaii Will Soon Have One Statewide Code Posted: Sun, 25 Nov 2007
The State of Hawaii will soon adopt a single statewide building code that's based on the 2006 edition of the international building code. Thereafter, they plan to update their code every 3 years...

MSFHP is Saving Florida Homeowners on Insurance Posted: Sun, 25 Nov 2007
According to an article in the Sun-Sentinel, the My Safe Florida Home Program, a free wind inspection program run by the State of Florida, is saving consumers in Palm Beach County an average of $399 a year on their homeowner insurance...

HIPS To Be Rolled Out for All Properties Posted: Sun, 25 Nov 2007
Mandatory home information packs (HIPS) were supposed to debut on all homes in England and Wales in June. However, based on claims from those in the lending and real estate industry that the process would cause a shortage of available homes on the market, the British government had only required the...

Homeowner May Have A Case Against Inspector Posted: Sun, 25 Nov 2007
In this Q & A in the Contra Costa Times home inspector pundit, Barry Stone, explains to a homeowner who relied on a seller's inspector that he might have a case against the inspector anyway...

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  Coming Events & Education... 

CREIA - Golden Gate Chapter (GG) Meeting Event Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007
CREIA - Shasta / Cascade Chapter (SC) Meeting Event Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007
CREIA - San Diego Chapter (SD) Meeting Event Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007
CREIA - Humboldt/Del Norte Chapter (HDN) Meeting Event Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2007
CREIA - LA/Ventura Chapter (LAVC) Meeting Event Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2007
SNAPPI - Monthly Membership Meeting Event Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2007
CREIA - Inland Empire Chapter (IE) Meeting Event Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007
MSHI Monthly Membership Meeting Event Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007
CREIA - Greater San Gabriel Valley (GSGV) Meeting Event Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007
BOAM Winter Workshop 2007 - Vicksburg, MS Event Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007
CREIA - Delta Chapter (DC) Meeting Event Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007
Mid-Atlantic Chapter ASHI December Meeting Event Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007
CREIA - Silicon Valley Chapter (SV) Meeting Event Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007
CREIA - North Bay Chapter (NB) Meeting Event Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007
Golden Gate ASHI Holiday Gala Event Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007
CREIA - Conejo Valley (CV) Chapter Meeting Event Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007
CREIA - North San Diego / Temecula Valley Meeting Event Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007
Garden State ASHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007
Long Island ASHI Holiday Dinner Party Event Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007
CREIA - Orange County Chapter (OC) Meeting Event Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007
MAHI - CE Class, Ridgeland, MS Event Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007
CREIA - Kern County Chapter (KC) Meeting Event Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007
CREIA - Greater Sacramento Chapter (SAC) Meeting Event Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007
CREIA - San Francisco / Peninsula Chapter Meeting Event Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007
CREIA San Joaquin Valley Chapter (SJV) Meeting Event Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007
CREIA - Los Angeles West / South Bay Chapter (LAW) Event Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007
CREIA San Luis Obispo Chapter (SLO) Meeting Event Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007
CREIA Palm Springs (PS) Chapter Meeting Event Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007
WNY ASHI Holiday Dinner Event Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007
PM Engineer 2007 WEBINAR SERIES Event Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2007
CREIA Central Coast (CC) Chapter Meeting Event Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007
CREIA San Diego (SD) Meeting Event Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2008
CREIA - East Bay Chapter (EB) Meeting Event Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2008
CAHI - Connecticut Law Seminar Event Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008
ASHI InspectionWorld New Orleans 2008 Event Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008
MAIA - January Dinner Meeting Event Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008
GAHI Annual Kickoff Meeting Event Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008
CAHI - Monthly Meeting Event Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008
TAREI January Conference Event Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008
2-Day Virginia Tech Deck Construction/Codes Course Event Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008
Silicon Valley ASHI-CREIA - February Seminar Event Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2008
NAHB 2008 International Builder's Show Event Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008
Mid-Atlantic Chapter ASHI February Meeting Event Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008
Garden State ASHI February Chapter Meeting Event Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008
CAHI - Monthly Meeting Event Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008
GAHI Membership Meeting Event Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2008
Mid-Atlantic Chapter ASHI March Meeting Event Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008
FABI March Conference Event Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008
CAHI - Monthly Meeting Event Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008
NCLHIA - Inside, Outside & Underneath Event Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008
Mid-Atlantic Chapter ASHI April Meeting Event Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2008
TAREI - April Conference Event Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008
CAHI - Monthly Meeting Event Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008
Mid-Atlantic Chapter ASHI May Meeting Event Date: Wed, 14 May 2008
CAHI - Monthly Meeting Event Date: Wed, 28 May 2008
2008 NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008
Mid-Atlantic Chapter ASHI June Meeting Event Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008
FABI June Conference Event Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008
TAREI - July Conference Event Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008
TAREI - October Conference Event Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008
TAREI - January Conference Event Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009

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

  Free Informational Downloads... 
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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: USDA AH#73 - Wood-Frame House Construction Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2007
OK Folks, It's taken me the past hour and a half, but I just saved everyone $55 by adding a 10 part PDF document - USDA Handbook #73: Wood-Frame House Construction - to TIJ's documents library. If you don't have a copy of this 260 page manual in your professional library, you need to add it now...

Free Subscription to Professional Roofing Magazine Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2007
Professional Roofing magazine is the official publication of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the leading publication for the roofing industry. The magazine offers up-to-date information about roofing trends, safety practices, legal issues, business management, legislation...

APA Releases Its 2007 Engineered Wood Guide Posted: Sun, 25 Nov 2007
This 80-page pub is the updated 2007 edition of APA's comprehensive guide to engineered wood construction systems for both residential and commercial/industrial buildings. It's a free download at the APA site. You'll need to register in order to download the guide but registration is free and on...

Residential PEX Plumbing Supply Water Systems Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
Need to know and understand more about cross-linked polyethylene - PEX? If so, download a free 128-page .pdf copy of the Plastic Pipe Institute's Design Guide For Residential Pex Water Supply Plumbing Systems by...

Two New C.E. Courses Offered by Certainteed Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
Now that the deadline has passed for some folks' CEU's, it's time to begin garnering points for next year. Certainteed has just added two new courses to their already extensive lineup of on-line continuing education courses. Take advantage of these - you'll probably learn something; I know I did...
  Recent Product Recalls... 

Carrier Recalls A/C & Heat Pump Systems For Hazard Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2007
Washington, D.C./November 7, 2007 - Release #08-073 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Carrier Corp., of Farmington, Conn., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 185,000 packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC) and heat pumps (PTHP) manufactured in...

Connecticut Electric Recalls Counterfeit Breakers Posted: Tue, 30 Oct 2007
Washington, D.C./October 30, 2007 - Release #08-0583 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Connecticut Electric & Switch Mfg. Co. (Connecticut Electric), of Puyallup, Wash., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 64,000 circuit breakers that are counterfeit...

Gas Valves Recalled Due to Fire Hazard Posted: Tue, 02 Oct 2007
Washington, D.C./October 2nd- Release #08-003 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Honeywell International Inc., of Morristown, N.J., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 4,000 gas valves used in decorative stoves and fireplaces. The activation knob on...

Toe-Heaters Recalled Due to Fire Hazard Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2007
Washington, D.C./August 30th - Release #07-298 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Berko Electric, of Peru, Ind., now known as MarleyEngineered Products, of Bennettsville, S.C., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 84,000 Toe-Space Electric Heaters...

Hazard Prompts Recall of Thermador Built-In Ovens Posted: Fri, 29 Jun 2007
Washington, D.C./June 29th - Release #07-228 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with BSH Home Appliances Corp., of Huntington Beach, Calif., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 42,000 Thermador® Brand Built-In Ovens The ovens can have gaps in the...

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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