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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Welcome to the latest installment of TIJ Update. 

Home sales always slow during the holiday season as people focus on friends and family and put off shopping for homes until after the holidays. It's during this time, that many inspectors find themselves in an oppressive end-of-the-year funk with more time on their hands and a whole lot less cash flow to meet those end-of-month expenses. So, in January and February as business slowly starts to pick up momentum again, some of you attend your organization's national convention but a larger do not. Big mistake. 

Sure, the farthest thing from their mind right now is dropping a big chunk of change to go hang out for a few days with a bunch of curmudgeonly inspectors swapping war stories about crawlspaces and organizational politics, but it's more than that. By not attending you're missing out on a prime opportunity to decompress and recharge your batteries and I guaranty you that there is no better way to do that than by attending one of these conventions. 

The conventions aren't only about sitting in a classroom for two or three straight days listening to a paid presenter drone on about technical matters. They're also about sharing your own experiences with others and most of all about listening to and learning from other inspectors. No matter what difficulties you've experienced in your own business, you're bound to meet one or more persons there who've experienced the same or worse and have found a solution that you can use. For me, that alone always justifies the expense. 

For some of us the best part of these conventions is being able to meet inspectors with whom we've communicated for years on the internet, have established strong relationships with, but have never met. It's sort of like meeting an old classmate you haven't seen in years, and being able to connect a face to that person who you consider a friend and have come to understand and respect so well can be a real shot in the arm.

So think about attending but don't think too long because the major organizational events are almost done for the year and won't come around again until next January. However, even if you can't make one of the major events, as you'll see from our coming events below, there are other smaller events that are also worth attending that are just as good, if not better, than the major events. It's still not too late. When you get back, TIJ will still be here 24/7/365 with news about the profession, discussion forums where you can get help from other inspectors, swap those war stories and just hang out if you want. 

Go ahead and bite the bullet. You won't be sorry. 

Mike O'Handley, Editor 

  Technical Articles...

Editor's Note: This month's technical articles and free downloads will feature plumbing. Every month we'll attempt to feature other components/areas of a home.

How To Flush A Residential Water Heater
Sediment gathering inside the water heater can cause a number of problems. Once the sediment settles to the bottom of the tank, it can harden. In gas water heaters, this will create a buffer between the bottom of the tank that is heated by the gas burner and the water itself. The heater will not operate at its design efficiency and you may notice some rumbling noises. If enough sediment accumulates, it will eventually clog the drain valve.
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Understanding Water Heater Date Codes 
Though water heaters are relatively inexpensive compared to the price of a house, repairs for the damage caused when one suddenly has a catastrophic failure is likely to be expensive. This is the reason many inspectors want to at least be able to give their client some idea of how old the device is and when it would be a good idea to start considering replacement.
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  What’s New For Inspectors... 

VIRGINIA - Attention Lustron Home Junkies!!!
Have you ever "lusted" after a Lustron home? If so, and you've got prodigious construction skills, an extra building lot or two and financial means, you need to act fast if you want to get your hands on one because, according to a January 27th article posted on Preservation Online, the official website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia wants to give away 58 of them, 

Washington State - Appraiser Wins Copyright Suit: Now What?
In a potentially precedent setting case, Tim Vining, an appraiser in Washington State, has become the first appraiser in the U.S. to successfully sue and win for copyright infringement of his intellectual property - his appraisal. Could home inspectors use this to their advantage to prevent unauthorized redistribution of their reports to subsequent purchasers of properties, after a home inspector's clients rescind their offer based on the inspector's report? 

Ohio - Home Inspection Licensing Bills Introduced
Five years ago, an attempt to introduce a bill to create laws to license home inspectors in Ohio never made it out of committee. Nonetheless, home inspectors in Ohio were so divided over the issue that the Ohio ASHI chapter split into two different chapters. Now things are heating up again in Ohio with two competing versions of a licensing law introduced within 4 weeks of each other in both the house and the senate. 
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New Jersey - Court Upholds E & O Without Tail Coverage
According to a January 17th article in The Insurance Journal a New Jersey court has ruled that a claims-made E & O insurance policy without retroactive (tail) coverage does not violate public policy and is enforceable. The precedent setting case involved a home inspector who'd declined retroactive coverage when he'd purchased his insurance policy. 
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  Coming Events & Education... 

APA's IRC Wall Bracing Seminars
For organizations looking for relevant training topics for chapter meetings and training seminars, APA is now offering seminars on IRC wall bracing. 

On Tuesday, February 7th from 8:00 am to 5:00pm, NJ ALPHI will be sponsoring an 8-hour Basic Mold Inspection Course presented by PRO-LAB at Piccadilly's Pub at The Westwood 438 North Avenue, Garwood, NJ 07027-1015 PH: (908)789-0808. 

NAHI Annual Convention in Orlando
Due to Hurricane Wilma, the NAHI Education Conference and Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, that was set for February 1 - 4th, 2006, has been canceled and the conference has been moved to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. 

NACHI Annual Convention in Orlando
The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors will hold its annual convention at the Buena Vista Palace in the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Orlando Florida from February 4th thru February 8th. 

International Roofing Show
From February 14th to 16th the International Roofing show will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Formerly the NRCA Annual Tradeshow, this is the one event that focuses totally on roofing. It is the must-attend event for... 

Deck Expo 2006 in Memphis in February
On February 16 - 18, Deck Expo 2006, jointly sponsored by Professional Deck Builder Magazine and the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), will be held in Memphis. This is the deck, dock and railing industry's 4th trade... 

ASHI St. Louis Annual Education Conference
The St. Louis ASHI Chapter will hold its 2006 Education Conference on February 17-19, 2006 at the St. Louis Airport Mariott Hotel. The keynote Speaker will be Joe Corsetta - ASHI National President. 

ASHI New England Winter Education Seminar
ASHI New England will be sponsoring a 1-day educational seminar at Piccadilly’s Pub at Best Western, 380 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451, on February 23rd from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm with registration commencing at 7:30 am. 

NACHI Idaho Sponsors E.I.F.S. Presentation 
On Friday, February 24, 2006 at 11:45 AM, the Idaho State Chapter, National Association of Certified Home Inspectors will sponsor a free 1-hour EIFS and stucco cladding presentation at the International House of Pancakes in Coeur d'Alene, ID. The presentation will be given by... 

Pennsylvania Home Inspectors Coalition Seminar
March 25, 2006 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Hotel Carlisle, Carlisle, PA, The Pennsylvania Home Inspectors Coalition is holding their first annual seminar in Carlisle this spring. The purpose of the seminar is to bring both new prospects and existing members...

The Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference 
On April 5th thru April 8th the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference (formerly known as the Restoration & Renovation Show) will be held. This is the only national trade show and conference...

  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:

Flowguard Gold CPVC Pipe - Installation Manual
This free 28 page pdf download is a complete design and installation manual for Flowguardgold CPVC pipe. 

IPEX Plumbetter®Installation Guides and Manuals 
This free 22 page pdf download is an installation manual for Plumbbetter® PEX tubing and fittings. NOTE: This site requires a short/simple registration.

Free Connector Training Materials
Simpson Strong Tie Corporation is offering a series of free connector training CD-ROMs or Videos to anyone that requests them. These materials are the first developed under the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Housing Quality (NHQ) Certified Training Materials Program guidelines. 

Introduction to Wall Bracing 
This free pdf publication from the Engineered Wood Association is a basic bracing how-to guide. It explains why bracing is important and discusses the code requirements related to bracing. A good addition to the library of any inspector who does new construction draw inspections. 

  Recent Product Recalls... 

CPSC & Generac Recall Generators For Faulty Hoses
On January 11th 2006, CPSC, along with Generac Power Systems Inc. of Waukesha, WI, recalled about 20,000 12" Braided flexible fuel hoses sold with certain air-cooled generators for a defect that constitutes a fuel leak/fire-explosion hazard.

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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