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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Hello Fellow Inspectors!

We're growing! Thanks to the inspectors in the TIJ family, we are now the world's largest independent resource for home inspectors with more than 7500 visitors each day and a newsletter that reaches thousands of inspectors across the continent and overseas.

If you take some time to stop by TIJ's home page, you'll see some changes. We've added an online store and have finally gotten around to revamping our downloads library. I'm pretty excited about the downloads library; and I hope that, once you begin using it, you will be too. As time permits, I'll be moving all documents from the old downloads section into the new downloads directory. When that's completed the old downloads library will disappear.

The new library is broken down into categories that will make it easier for members to find documents of particular interest. It will also enable TIJ's members to upload linked files directly to TIJ instead of e-mailing them to me with a request to add them to the downloads section. 

There's more to come as we continue to work on improvements to the site, so stay tuned and thanks for being part of the TIJ family.

Mike O'Handley, Editor. 

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, 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.

Mike O'Handley, Editor 

  Articles This Month...


Watts & TIJ Host Radiant Heat Training Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
As a general rule, most home inspectors practicing today know very little, if anything, about today's modern radiant heating systems and their hi-tech electronic controls. TIJ & Watts Radiant Heating & Snow Melting, a division of Watts Water Technologies Inc., are looking to change that with the first...

Sign Up For a One-On-One Writing Course Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
Bonnie Trenga's Sentence Sleuth Writing Workshop is going one on one. The seven-week writing class, which is currently held on TIJ as Bonnie Trenga's Sentence Sleuth Writing Workshop, is moving from a group setting to a one-on-one setting. Both beginners and more advanced writers can benefit...

ASHRAE Publishes 2007 Residential Energy Standard Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
Atlanta, GA ASHRAE’s new 2007 residential energy efficiency standard contains several improvements made based on public input. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.2-2007, Energy-Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of residential...

FLIR Systems Adds Courses To Its 2007 Schedule Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
Boston, MA FLIR Systems, Inc. has expanded its 2007 offerings for the fully certified infrared training courses offered by its dedicated Infrared Training Center (ITC) and has added RTools for SC6000/4000 and IR Thermography for Weatherization. The ITC will offer courses at its headquarters...

E.B.P.H.I. Seeks Board of Directors Candidates Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2007
A Unique Way to Serve Your Profession The Examining Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) is now accepting applications for an open seat on its Board of Directors. The term is two years, beginning in January 2008. In addition to other requirements, home inspectors serving on the EBPHI...

ASHI Executive Director Resigns Posted: Mon, 18 Jun 2007
Kenmore, WA - Today On June 17th, Frank Lesh, ASHI President, informed ASHI membership that Rob Paterkiewicz, ASHI's Executive Director, has tendered his resignation and that Paterkiewicz's official date of departure from the organization will be August 10th. In Lesh's informal announcement...

E&O Insurance: Save Money and Time with OREP Posted: Fri, 15 Jun 2007
SPONSOR'S ADVERTISEMENT: Hello this is David Brauner, Senior Broker at OREP. I've been providing E&O for inspectors for over 16 years. We're writing to share with you the exciting new changes to the OREP program: lower premiums, broader coverage and a new streamlined application with coverage...

Aiptools Opens Online Store for Canadian Market Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2007
Alternative Inspection Products (aiptools.com), a division of BAACK Enterprises Inc., has just opened a new online store www.aiptools.com to make is easier for Canadian home inspectors to purchase quality supplies for...

Risk Management Strategies For Avoiding Complaints Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2007
By Alan Carson (Part Two: During and After the Inspection) Editor's Note: Part One of this article was published in TIJ in March. Good home inspectors don’t get complaints. We thought we might catch your attention with that opening sentence! Actually, we believe that all home inspectors...

NAHB To Launch National Green Building Program Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2007
Washington D.C/June 14 The board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders has approved the creation of a national green building program to provide a template for voluntary, market-driven green building all over the country. The vote came during the NAHB Spring Board...

NPI Launches Improved Website Posted: Mon, 11 Jun 2007
OMAHA, Neb. National Property Inspections Inc. has launched a reformatted website making it easier to connect residential and commercial clients with inspectors. "We know clients are looking online to locate home and commercial inspectors in their area," NPI Vice President Bill Erickson said....

HUD Issues Guidance on Accessibility Requirements Posted: Mon, 11 Jun 2007
Washington/June 8 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced yesterday that multifamily builders can rest assured they are complying with all applicable accessibility requirements when following the 2006 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) and the 2003...

ASHRAE Publishes 2007 Residential IAQ Standard Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2007
Atlanta/June 7th - The 2007 version of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) residential indoor air quality standard is now available. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings...

Why is Google Dumping NACHI.org Pages? Posted: Tue, 05 Jun 2007
OPED: Warning! Warning! Link Farm Ahead! NACHI.org, the undisputed king of home inspection link farms and home inspection related spam, seems to have been caught by Google's new algorithm. The NACHI.org web site is currently being dumped by Google at an alarming rate. In June of 2006, NACHI had...

Google vs Link Farms Posted: Tue, 05 Jun 2007
Google Takes On Links Programs... and Wins! By Dan Thies Google has arguably been the most important search engine since last year's deal with leading directory site Yahoo!. Recently, Google has made some changes to the way it ranks web pages. These changes threaten to force many website...

Pre-Inspected Listings - The Future of Real Estate Posted: Mon, 04 Jun 2007
By Alan Carson Home inspections have traditionally been for the benefit of the purchaser. Pre-inspected listings benefit all parties - purchasers, vendors and Realtors. Deals Won't Fall Through Home inspections, performed as a condition of the offer, can kill deals. Sometimes this is because...

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  What’s in the News For Inspectors... 


Our Myopic Building Codes Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
The commentary by David Eisenberg in issue #187 of Fine Homebulding Magazine is available now on FineHomebuilding.com. It highlights the irony of how it's easier to get plans for a minimal-standard to-code home approved, than it is to get approval for a high-end state-of-the-art home...

What Does Green Really Mean Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
This special report from Issue #185 of Fine Homebuilding Magazine is available free as a downloadable .pdf document at the FineHomebuilding.com Green Building Guide website, where a lot of other information about green building can be found...

H.I. Want to Know - Is Fiberglass Hazardous? Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
A home inspector who is concerned about whether he is harming his health by exposing himself to the dust from fiberglass insulation recently posed that question to the Journal of Light Construction (JLC) Online. He was answered by Jeffrey May, principal scientist at May Indoor Air Investigations...

Learn More About Building Green Technologies Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
Do you want to know more about some of the new technologies for building green? If so, HGTV Pro's Green Building Air-Sealing and Insulation page is probably a good place to start...

Popcorn, Butter and a Good Look at Feces Posted: Wed, 20 Jun 2007
This piece from the Seattle Weekly features a look at a sewer line inspection service in the Seattle area...

Equity Firm Riverside Company Purchases AHIT Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2007
According to an announcement in the online version of Crain's Cleveland Business, the American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT) has been purchased by private equity firm Riverside Company...

Habitat Home Abandoned Due to Mold Posted: Sun, 17 Jun 2007
In this story from the Peoria Journal Star, a low-income family claims that a HFH they've lived in for 5 years, which they helped to build, is defective. HFH ended up taking the home back and intends to resell it...

Sometimes The Journalists Get It Right Posted: Sat, 16 Jun 2007
This article in today's Washington Post deals with the fact that Maryland's home inspection law, while on the book but never enforced, will soon go into effect. It also does a pretty fair job of explaining to consumers why a home inspection is a good thing...

This Inspector Has a Problem - Sticky Fingers!!! Posted: Wed, 13 Jun 2007
This article is about a home inspector that we all need to know about, but none of us is going to want to hire...

R.E. Pundit Recommends Suing Warranty Companies Posted: Mon, 11 Jun 2007
In this June 9th column at Ohio.com, the online edition of the Akron Beacon Journal, Robert Bruss recommends that a home buyer sue the company that provided the warranty on the home he recently bought...

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  Coming Events & Education... 

ASHI South Chapter Quarterly Meeting Event Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2007
2nd Sunrise Review Hearing on HI Licensing in WA Event Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007
Central Tennessee NACHI Meeting - South Event Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007
ASHI-Great Lakes Chapter Conference, Itasca IL Event Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007
USDOE Building Energy Codes Convention 2007 Event Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007
CREIA's 2007 Fall Symposium Event Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007
Arizona ASHI Annual 2-Day Educational Conference Event Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007
ASHI-NE 2007 Annual Conference - Sturbridge, MA Event Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007
Principles of Building Science Workshop Event Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2007
ASHI South Chapter Quarterly Meeting Event Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2007
IAQ 2007 Healty & Sustainable Buildings Conference Event Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007
Wind Load Design for Wood-Frame Buildings Event Date: Tue, 23 Oct 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:

The Complete Gypsum Construction Handbook Posted: Tue, 26 Jun 2007
Here's the free download for all of those new home inspectors who've never done any sheetrocking. USG's new The Complete Construction Handbook will make you a little bit more knowledgeable about drywall, veneer plaster, cement board, conventional plaster, etc...

Natural Gas - Tables, Gen. Rules and Calculations Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2007
This was put out by an energy consulting company. The title is Useful Information and Calculations...

Free Download Update from APA Posted: Wed, 11 Apr 2007
This month's APA publication revisions of interest to home inspectors are: Panelized Roofs - APA’s new brochure, Panelized Roofs, covers all you need to know about the hybrid and all-wood panelized roof systems, including key roof components and wind uplift requirements. Available as a free...

USDOE Code Notes Explain Obscure Technologies Posted: Sun, 04 Mar 2007
Code Notes assist builders in obtaining code compliance of energy-efficient technologies. These information sheets written to code officials address a single above-code or otherwise obscure building feature. These are helpful documents that explain how the feature is covered by the relevant code...

  Recent Product Recalls... 

Dry Fire Sprinkler Heads Recalled Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2007
Washington, D.C./June 12th - Release #07-209 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp., of Standish, Mich., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 300,000 fire sprinkler heads. Name of Product: Globe Model J Series Dry Fire...

Gateway Inc. Recalls Defective Notebook Batteries Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2007
Washington, D.C./June 19th - Release #07-219 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 the recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed...

Asko Cylina Recalls DW95 Series Dishwashers Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2007
Washington, D.C./June14th - Release #07-213 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky, today today today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately...

Thermador Ceramic Cooktops Recalled Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2007
Washington, D.C./June 7th - Release #07-207 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky, today today today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately...

G.E. Recalls Potentially Hazardous Dishwashers Posted: Wed, 16 May 2007
Washington, D.C./May 16th - Release #07-190 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky, today today announced a voluntary recall of about 2.5 million G.E. dishwashers. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately...

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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