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As the New Year approaches, I want to wish each and every one of
you a happy and prosperous new year. I'm proud to say that January 1st,
2007 will mark TIJ's fifth anniversary, and that this newsletter now
reaches thousands of inspectors across the Continent and overseas. We are
now the world's largest independent resource for home inspectors.
TIJ's success is due to you, the inspectors in the TIJ family. By
submitting articles to TIJ, participating on TIJ's forums and freely
sharing what you know with other inspectors, you help all home inspectors
to become better at what we do. Ultimately, that improves our overall
professional image and credibility in the eyes of consumers. Without you,
TIJ is nothing, so I'm eternally grateful to each and every one of you for
Lest I forget, I also want to thank our sponsors - DevWave Software, Home
Inspector Essentials and OREP E&O Insurance - for the continued
support that keeps TIJ free for all our users. A special thanks to DevWave
who sponsor our bandwidth and are responsible for 100% of the site
programming that makes TIJ what it is.
Though TIJ has grown, its mission statement remains the same - to
inform and educate home inspectors, thereby helping them to become better
inspectors and ultimately increase their bottom line. I hope to be
able to continue to do that for many years to come.
Happy New Year!
Mike O'Handley, Editor
Members Get 10% Off Home Inspector Tools Posted: Fri, 22
Home Inspector Essentials Holiday Special "It doesn't matter if
you've been naughty or nice, call with your wish and you'll get the best
price!" Home Inspector Essentials, is currently offering
all TIJ subscribers a 10% discount on anything in their online store.
Sorry thermal imaging products do not qualify...
Headers Without Lateral Support Twist Posted: Wed, 20 Dec
By Ted J. Osterberger, P.E.; David M. Nelson, P.E.; and Frank E. Woeste,
Ph.D., P.E. Lateral support of deep multiple-ply beams to prevent twisting
in service is extremely important to ensure proper product application.
Without lateral support on the compression side, the natural tendency of
ITC Announces Its 2007 Course Schedule Posted: Tue, 12 Dec 2006
Boston - December 12
FLIR Systems, Inc. has announced the 2007 schedule for the fully certified
infrared training courses offered by its dedicated Infrared Training Center
(ITC). The ITC will offer courses at its headquarters in North Billerica, MA,
just a few miles north of Boston, and in citi...
Learns the Truth About Home Inspections Posted: Fri, 24 Nov 2006
By Mike O'Handley - Editor, TIJ
Johnny just got into the business and has been told that the average inspector
in his area does about 400 inspections a year. Being a realist, he figures
that's an inflated figure and plans to shoot for 200 jobs a year. He wants to
net $60K after overhead and...
Finances: The Bean Team Posted: Thu, 23 Nov 2006
By Ellen Rohr
The following story is true. The names have been changed to protect the
innocent. If you think this story is about you...you are probably right.
The Martyr and the Intimidator
Leslie is the owner of a roofing company, a business she inherited from her
father. Back in the d...
NAHB International Builder's Show Posted: Wed, 22 Nov 2006
Washington - November 20 More than 100,000 housing professionals are expected to
descend on Orlando, Fla., for the 2007 International Builders' Show (IBS).
Hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the housing
industry's largest annual light construction trade show and exhibitio...
Inspections Offers Veterans a Leg Up Posted: Wed, 22 Nov 2006
RISMEDIA, November 9, 2006 In honor Veterans Day and the men and women who have
bravely served our country, WIN Home Inspection has announced that it now offers
a 25% discount on the franchise fee for qualifying military veterans in
cooperation with the VetFran program. WIN had previously offered...
Network Partners with Infraspection Posted: Tue, 21 Nov 2006
Greensboro, NC - November 03
BuildScanIR Network, the largest group of private infrared (IR) thermographers
in North America, announces a partnership with Infraspection Institute, the
industry's premier on-line training experts, to provide infrared training and
certification for its members. ...
Home Services Going After Sellers Market Posted: Mon, 20 Nov 2006
CINCINNATI, OH - October 10, 2006
Packaged Home Solutions, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: PKGH) www.packagedhomesolutions.com
-- ("PHS" or "The Company"), has formed PHS Home Services,
Inc. (www.PHSHomeServices.com) as a subsidiary. This subsidiary has introduced
an innovative "Designed to Sell" (DTS) package...
PC Inspector Feedback Needed Posted: Fri, 17 Nov 2006
Inspect Express is putting the final touches on its stand alone Pocket PC
Inspection Software and is looking for a few inspectors to provide some feedback
and testing on a variety of different Pocket PC's platforms. The new product
will be of ...
Electric Co. Recalls Counterfeit Breakers Posted: Thu, 16 Nov
Washington D.C. - November 16 Today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
and Scott Electric Company Inc., of Greensburg, PA, recalled about 30,000
counterfeit "Square D" circuit breakers made in China and sold by
Scott distributorships throughout Pennsylvania and Texas from May 2005 to...
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What’s in the News For Inspectors...
a New Laptop: Think About a Hummer Posted: Tue, 12 Dec 2006
In this review on HGTVPro.com, a professional remodeler puts one of
Itronix's new ruggedized Hummer brand laptops through 6 weeks of hell and
does everything he can to break it. Apparently, Panasonic's Toughbook
computers finally have a...
HI's Are In A Tizzy Over Minister's Attitude Posted: Tue,
12 Dec 2006
Home inspectors in British Columbia are pretty steamed at the attitude
toward home inspectors displayed by that province's Solicitor General, Mr.
John Les. In this series of articles and videos, inspectors explain how
Les disrespected them, and even went so far as to say that he'd tried
H.I. Certification Is Real in the U.K. Posted: Tue, 12 Dec
Although the mandatory aspect of home condition reports (HCR's) has been
removed from the new requirement for home information packs (HIPs) in the
U.K., the government is still requiring home inspectors who will be doing
voluntary HCR's and energy audits to submit to a nationwide
Puts Arizona Inspectors Under the Microscope Posted: Tue,
05 Dec 2006
In this ABC News piece, an investigative news team in Phoenix uses hidden
cameras and a previously inspected home to compare the thoroughness of 5
different home inspection companies...
Misses a Recalled Product Posted: Wed, 22 Nov 2006
In this Barry Stone Q & A, a consumer asks Barry Stone whether here
home inspector should have known about a major furnace recall...
Details 44 Ways to Shave Energy Costs Posted: Wed, 22 Nov
This article in this month's issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine details
dozens of ways that homeowners can shave energy costs and a printable copy
would make an excellent handout for clients...
Focuses on Lack of Inspector Regulations Posted: Wed, 22
This Kiro& (Seattle) news report focuses on the lack of any sort of
regulation for home inspectors in Washington State...
Acquires Professional Equipment Inc. Posted: Wed, 22 Nov
According to an AP report in Kiplinger Forcasts.com, W.W. Grainger
announced that it intends to purchase Professional Equipment Inc. and
Construction Book Express...
Builder Isn't Wrapped Too Tight Posted: Wed, 22 Nov 2006
In this November 12th article in The Cincinnati Inquirer an Ohio couple is
in a dispute with a bulder over a $124,000 repair to a leaking brick
veneer home that, according to a home inspector hired by the couple,
hasn't got any underlayment or through-wall flashings behind the brick...
Cell Phone Reception at Home? Get a Booster! Posted: Wed,
22 Nov 2006
Most of us get good cell phone reception at home. However, there are a
some who need to walk outside onto a deck or walk up and down their
streets to get a good signal. For these folks, a cell phone booster may be
the answer. An article in this month's HGTVPro describes the pros and cons
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| Coming Events &
Inspection World 2007 Event Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007
International ACHR Exposition in Dallas Event Date: Mon, 29
NAHB International Builder's Show Event Date: Wed, 07 Feb
2007 National Education Conference in Vegas Event Date:
Sun, 18 Feb 2007
Annual Conference - Adelaide, Australia Event Date: Mon, 05
2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 05
ACI Home Performance Conference in Cleveland Event Date:
Mon, 23 Apr 2007
Annual Convention 2007 Event Date: Thu, 17 May 2007
71st Annual Education Conference & Exposition Event
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007
organization has an event to submit for the next newsletter, it can be
| Free Informational
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:
Guide: Stucco Over APA-Rated Wood Panels Posted: Tue, 12
This guide from the APA - Engineered Wood Association describes how and
why to apply APA rated sheathing as a substrate for stucco to assure a
superior, long-lasting finish. To download a free pdf. copy of the guide
click here. Editor's note: You must be a "member" to download
Consolidates Its Free Downloads Forums Posted: Sun, 26 Nov
In order to ensure that our readers aren't inadvertently missing useful
information, and to make it easier for TIJ's member's to post information
to the site, we've eliminated the Free Online Education Forum, that had
been located in the Association and Training Forums area, and have rolled
Downloadable Truss Joist Framer's Pocket Guide Posted: Thu,
23 Nov 2006
For those that haven't seen a manual for Engineered Joists, Truss Joist
has a Framer’s Pocket Guide to the iLevel™ Trus Joist® Frameworks®
Building System. You can download the guide now in PDF format by clicking
here. Many thanks to Terry McCann, Harbor Light Inspection services,
Offers a Great Selection of Online Training Posted: Wed, 22
The Radiant Panel Association (RPA) recently debuted it's online training
program - RPA Campus - and has already developed a plethora of home study
courses, live online seminars and pre-recorded seminars, dealing with
radiant heating systems, that inspectors can take advantage of from the
Online Traditional Stucco Basics Course Posted: Mon, 20 Nov
Traditional Stucco Basics for the Architectural Specifier is a free
on-line course available at Residential Architect Online's distance
learning site. the course includes the basics of stucco assemblies, the
benefits and limitations, reviews the building code standards driving
Boilers Recalled for CO Poisoning Hazard Posted: Wed, 20
Washington, DC - Release #07-063 On December 19th, the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Crown Boiler Company of
Philadelphia, PA, recalled about 400 Bermuda BSI and Cayman CWI series
boilers due to a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard. Consumers are warned to
stop using ...
D Recalls Switch for Electrocution Hazard Posted: Wed, 20
Washington, DC - Release #07-062 On December 15th, the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Square D Company of
Palatine, IL, announced a voluntary recall of about 27,600 general duty
safety switches. According to the manufacturer, consumers should stop
Electric Recalls Hazardous Ceiling Fans Posted: Tue, 12 Dec
Washington, DC - Release #07-047 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturer named below, today
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers
should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise
Electric Co. Recalls Counterfeit Breakers Posted: Thu, 16
Washington, DC - Release #07-036 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a
voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop
using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed...
Recalls Boilers for CO Hazard Posted: Tue, 31 Oct 2006
Washington, DC - Release #07-020 Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission, in cooperation with Weil Mclain of Michigan City, IN,
announced a voluntary recall of gas boilers due to a carbon-monoxide (CO)
poisoning hazard. According to the CPSC release, these boilers are made
& CPSC Recall Fire Suppression Pumps Posted: Wed, 25
Washington DC - Release #07-018 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a
voluntary recall of 3,000 additional fire suppression system pumps sold
under the brand names Goulds Pumps, Bell & Gossett and Red Jacket
& LP Water Heaters; Major Brands Posted: Sun, 01 Oct
Recall for Robert Shaw gas control valves, which are on a lot of major
brand water heaters. Including: American Pro Line, Bradford White, GE,
Hotpoint, Lochinvar, Rheem, Whirlpool, etc...
Home Inspection Related Recalls...
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