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  Dear Fellow Home Inspectors,

Welcome to TIJ Update, the electronic newsletter for The Inspector's Journal (TIJ), a webzine for and about home inspectors from around the world. TIJ has only one mission - to keep you informed about what is going on in your profession and to provide you ways and means through which you can improve your skills and increase your bottom line. 

This month, The Inspector's Journal celebrates its 4th anniversary and this edition of TIJ Update is chock full of useful information for home inspectors. We've included technical articles; inspection news stories; links to free downloads; recent product recalls of interest to home  inspectors; coming events and other home inspector information.

Myself and TIJ's sponsors hope each of you will find something here that will be useful to you.

Mike O'Handley, Editor 

  What’s New For Inspectors... 

Canada About To Move Ahead With National Home Inspector Certification Program
According to an article in the December 19th Business Buzz section of the London Free Press, Bill Mullen, owner of Bluewater Home Inspection in Sarnia, Ontario has been named to head a national program which is set to begin certifying home inspectors in Canada in 2006. 
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The Brits Are Nervous About New Home Inspection Profession in the UK
Beginning in 2007, by law, all home sellers in England and Wales will be required to provide purchasers a home information pack (HIP) which will include a home inspection performed by a professional home inspector. Since there weren't any home inspectors in the UK, a national recruitment program was initiated and now... 
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New York State 
A rush to implement a new state law that requires the licensing of home inspectors could derail the potential benefits of the legislation, some home inspectors complain. 
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A bill (HB427) sponsored by 15 state representatives headed by Representative Sneider was introduced in November 2005 to the 2005-2006 regular session of the general assembly to create the State Board of Home Inspectors, to require the licensure of home inspectors, and to regulate the licensure and performance of home inspectors. 
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Vancouver, WA 
According to an article published in The Columbian on December 8th, Clark College is offering a home inspection training program that begins this month. The course is offered in collaboration with Bellingham Technical College. 
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Anchorage, AK 
According to a Market Wire press release issued December 16th, effective Jan. 1, 2006, home inspectors, including those currently approved or certified by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) or the International Code Council (ICC) will be required by law to be registered by the State of Alaska. 
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Canturbury, NH 
According to an article in the December 19th online edition of The Concord Monitor, a home inspector and realtor are both being sued because a couple purchased a home which they contend will need more than $78,000 worth of repairs. 
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  Technical Articles... 

Anode Rods, Cathodic Protection and the Porcelain (glass) 
Lining Corrosion can be defined as the destructive attack of a metal by an electrochemical reaction with its environment. Steel exposed to moisture and oxygen will rust and corrode. Corrosion is defined as the ‘eating away’ of metal by electrochemical means. There are four main factors affecting water’s ability to corrode... 

Inspecting and Testing Overhead Garage Doors and Openers
by Mike O'Handley
Log onto any internet discussion forum for home inspectors and one of the most hotly debated topics is always how to properly inspect and test overhead doors and the automatic entrapment safety features of any automatic openers used to control them... 

  Coming Events & Education... 

50th Annual Institute for Building Officials 
The Annual Institute for Building Officials provides Electrical, Building, Fire Prevention, Housing, Mechanical and Plumbing Officials the opportunity to stay abreast of today's code and industry updates. 

CDW Commercial Inspection Course
Carson Dunlop Weldon and Associates will be holding their next scheduled Commercial Building Inspection Course January 8th thru 10th, 2006 at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper hotel in Fort Lauderdale. 

NAHB International Builder's Show
Approximately 100,000 housing professionals, are expected to turn out for the 2006 International Builders' Show, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., January 11-14. 

Inspection World 2006
ASHI's Inspection World 2006 will be held January 11 through 14 2006 at a variety of venues in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This year's event promises to be the largest ever. 

ASHI New Englands January Chapter Meeting
ASHI New England will be holding its January dinner/meeting January 19, 2006 at Piccadilly’s Pub at Best Western, 380 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451. There will be a Board of Directors meeting immediately preceding the dinner. 

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. 

Deck Expo 2006 in Memphis in February

Sick and tired of the same tired subjects you've seen at the last 5 home inspection conventions you've attended? If so, why not switch it up this year and try something different? Deck Expo 2006 will be held in Memphis February 16 - 18, 2006. 

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

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. 

  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 which are free on the internet for downloading: 

Closed Crawl Spaces
An Introduction to Design, Construction and Performance, published by Advanced Energy of Raleigh, NC. This pdf file is a 75 page report which is essentially a guide to anyone wishing to understand the dynamics of how crawlspace ventilation works and some of the best practices used to close crawl spaces... 

Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual
(Moderate Climate Regions)
This pdf file is published by the Roof Tile Institute and is a detailed 77 page manual that includes virtually every type of concrete or clay roof detail that inspectors in the western and... 

Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual
(Mortar Set)
This pdf file published by the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association Inc., is a detailed 154 page manual that includes virtually every type of concrete or clay roof configuration that inspectors in Florida and the gulf coast region will see... 

Hurricane Katrina - Structural Performance of Wood-Frame Buildings in the Aftermath
The Engineered Wood Association has just released this document as a free pdf download on their website. It's basically a 20-page report (including photographs)... 

  Recent Product Recalls... 

CPSC and CFM Corporation Announce Recall Propane Heaters for a CO Hazard
On December 20th 2005, CPSC, along with CFM Corporation, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, recalled about 10,200 Legacy model propane infrared plaque heaters for a defect that constitutes a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard. 

General Electric Announce Recall of Gas Ranges Posing a Fire Hazard
On December 15th 2005, CPSC and GE Consumer & Industrial, announced a recall of 6,600 defective 36-inch and 48-inch gas ranges that pose a fire hazard. 

CPSC and King of Fans Inc. Announce Recall of Oil-Filled Radiator Heaters
On December 1st 2005, CPSC, along with King of Fans Inc. announced a recall of about 202,000 oil-filled radiator heaters for a possible burn and fall hazard. 

CPSC and Haier America Trading LLC Announce Recall of Electric Tower Fans
On November 22nd 2005, CPSC, in cooperation with Haier America Trading LLC recalled approximately 150,000 Haier brand electric tower fans for an arcing hazard that has already resulted in fires and injuries. 

CPSC and A.O. Smith Announce Water Heater Recall 
On October 6th 2005, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and A.O. Smith Water Products Co., announced a voluntary recall of about 5,000 Propane Gas Water Heaters. 

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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