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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Welcome to the March 2007 issue of TIJ Update. Good news! The cherry blossoms are blooming on both sides of my street and it's like driving through a pink tunnel. There's no doubt that spring is knocking at the door. 

Here in Washington State this past winter was one of the slowest business-wise that it's been in 11 years. It wasn't just here though. Overall, home sales across the country were said to have been off by nearly 15%, and it definitely showed in the home inspection sector. I've heard from many long-time inspectors in other parts of the country who'd also experienced the worst winter in years. 

Things are looking up though. Buyer timidness seems to have passed and the spring buying frenzy seems to be in full swing. Thank goodness real estate sales are cyclical and we don't go through that every year! Phew! 

As usual, we have combed the net to try and bring you as much relevant information as possible about the home inspection profession and how to run your business. You'll find plenty of free downloads on TIJ and stimulating discussions between home inspectors and other building science or business professionals. All for free. We hope that you'll enjoy this issue of the Update and that the spring ushers in great things for you and yours. 

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 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...

Washington Inspector Licensing Gets Fast Tracked Posted: Wed, 14 Mar 2007
By Mike O'Handley On Monday, March 12th, state bill 5788, a bill to license home inspectors, was quietly and overwhelmingly passed (45-2) in the Washington state senate and moved on to the state house of representatives. This bill is the second attempt by Washington State Senators Spanel...

Registration Open for ASHRAE IAQ Webcast Posted: Wed, 14 Mar 2007
Atlanta - March 9th To meet the increased expectations of building occupants, designers must be aware of conflicts between first cost economics, productivity and life cycle costs, according to a speaker at ASHRAE’s upcoming satellite broadcast. Buildings that do not meet the needs of the...

NAHB Study On Life Expectancy of Home Components Posted: Mon, 12 Mar 2007
By any reckoning, a home is expected to last many years and serve several successive generations. But what about the individual components that comprise the house? How many years of service can a home owner reasonably expect from a roof or a door, a window or a whirlpool tub? A new study...

Risk Management Strategies for Avoiding Complaints Posted: Sat, 10 Mar 2007
By Alan Carson (Part One: Before the Inspection) 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 get complaints eventually. Why? There are several reasons but part of the answer may...

Mold: What Do You Believe? Posted: Sat, 10 Mar 2007
By Danielle Dobbs, Mold Inspector The subject of mold is a controversial subject to say the least. It’s like politics and religion. People either believe one way or another, and there is nothing you can do to change their minds. Our advice to skeptics is to “try” keeping an open mind. We know...

Running Your Business: Shopping for an Accountant Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
By Ellen Rohr Thirteen years ago Hot Rod and I went shopping for an accountant. Hot Rod’s buddy and partner Richard Yox had just died. Yox had always done the books and filed the tax returns. Yox took an aggressive approach to the IRS. He was cross-hair-focused on making sure that Uncle...

Apoyo Para los Niños (Support for Children) Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
By Mike O'Handley, Editor That Morrison guy is at it again. However, this time he's got an accomplice - Charley Woods. Their bags were barely unpacked, and the ink on their new business cards barely dry, when Jimmy Morrison and Charley Woods, well known veteran home inspectors who'd recently...

FLIR Systems Introduces New 'SD' Model Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
BOSTON, Massachusetts Flir Systems, Inc., has introduced the BCAM™ SD, a new and enhanced model of its popular BCAM infrared camera used worldwide by building professionals to monitor and diagnose the conditions of buildings. The BCAM SD generates high quality thermal images, stores up to 1,000...

National Property Inspections Celebrates 20 Years Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
OMAHA, Neb. Twenty years ago, President and Founder of National Property Inspections, Roland Bates, interviewed his first three franchisees. At the time, he was the owner, operator, educational staff and sales department for the fledgling company, it’s only employee. All three of the men he...

Service Offers Protection from Frivolous Boards Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
(PressZoom) - BALTIMORE, MD Architects, teachers, dentists, physicians, therapists, realtors®, and attorneys all have something in common: their careers and livelihood depend on their state-issued licenses. And while many licensed professionals spend hundreds or thousands in malpractice or E&O...

NAHB and ICC Announce a Green Building Agreement Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
ORLANDO, FLA. The two most influential groups in the home building industry and the code development and enforcement community are collaborating to bring uniformity to sustainable building practices. The National Association of Home Builders and the International Code Council will undertake the...

New EPA-Developed Mold Screening Index Posted: Sun, 04 Mar 2007
Irvine, CA (PRWeb) Mold and its health effects present a growing concern for home owners, physicians, real estate professionals and new home buyers. For the detection and quantification of mold, the Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) has recently been developed by EPA (Environmental Protection...

ASHRAE Publishes User’s Manual for Standard 62.2 Posted: Sat, 03 Mar 2007
Atlanta, GA A new book from ASHRAE will aid users in designing and constructing homes and apartments that comply with its residential ventilation and indoor air quality standard. The User’s Manual is the first for ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2004, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality...

New Mold, Indoor Air Quality Forum Online Posted: Fri, 02 Feb 2007
By Jeff Deuitch, microbiologist & real estate appraiser To assist appraisers, home inspectors and others with concerns related to mold and indoor air quality issues, a Florida scientist- who is also an appraiser, has created a new Internet discussion forum related to mold and indoor air quality...

Top American Inspectors Move to Puerto Vallarta Posted: Tue, 09 Jan 2007
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco - January 9, 2007 Veteran home inspectors Charlie Wood, of Atlanta, GA and Jim Morrison of Boston, MA have chosen beautiful Puerto Vallarta as the headquarters for their new home inspection practice. Wood is excited about the new business, explaining: “Americans and...

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  What’s in the News For Inspectors... 

Getting sued Posted: Tue, 06 Mar 2007
Interesting column by Barry stone in today's 1man Real Estate news....

California to Adopt International Codes in 2008 Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
According to a February 27th entry in PM Engineer newsletter, on Feb. 5, the Sacramento Business Journal reported that, beginning in 2008, California's new building code will incorporate international building and fire standards with state-specific rules. This will be the first time California...

Barry Stone Reveals the Ugly Truth Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
In answer to a writer bemoaning the lack of ethics and the flaws in the disclosure process for purchasing a home - especially the flaws in the home inspection profession - inspection pundit Barry Stone lays it all out for everyone...

Housing Slump Hits Affiliated Businesses Hard Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
This article in the Contra Costa Times looks at how some industries are being severely impacted due to the slump in home sales...

Builders in U.K. Claim Inspections Bring New Taxes Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
For the past 5-years, builders, mortgage lenders, real estate agents and professional "surveyors" have railed against a new law in the U.K. that will require that a home information pack (HIP) be prepared on all properties put up for sale in England and Wales beginning in June 2007. The special...

Home Inspectors Aren't Only Ones Under Pressure Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
Think you've got it tough as an inspector dealing with the vagaries of a manipulative real estate agent that wishes you were half blind and mute? Well, appraisers don't have it much better, as this article shows...

Jowers Tries to Make Buyers Savvy-Up Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
In his typical unapologetic good-ol-boy fashion, Walt Jowers once again provides those in the market for a new home some useful insights to keep them out of trouble and holds forth about agents' little helper-type home inspectors...

Bay Area Inspectors Fire Back Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
After a real estate columnist received a letter from an angry consumer denigrating the home inspection profession, a couple of California home inspectors fired back...

Buyer's Agent Doesn't Want In Inspection Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
In this Washington Post Q & A, a home buyer tells Barry Stone that the buyer's agent says that an inspection contingency on a 35-year old home could make the seller balk. Barry sets 'em straight...

Bringing a Dose of Reality to Consumers Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
This March 5th article from Nashville's CityPaperOnline, explains the realities of the home inspection process to consumers and mentions veteran Nashville inspector and home inspection pundit, Walter Jowers...

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  Coming Events & Education... 

JLC Live's Residential Construction Show Event Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007
CDW Commercial Inspection Course in Philadelphia Event Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007
2007 ACI Home Performance Conference in Cleveland Event Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007
Electrical Inspection Training- 4/26/2007 Event Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007
Electrical Inspection Training - 4/27/2007 Event Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007
Electrical Inspection Training- 4/28/2007 Event Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007
NACHI Annual Convention 2007 Event Date: Thu, 17 May 2007
Kaplan East Coast Seminar 2007 - Virginia Beach Event Date: Mon, 21 May 2007
NEHA 71st Annual Education Conference & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007
IAQ 2007 Healty & Sustainable Buildings Conference Event Date: Mon, 15 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:

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...

Free Download: The Copper Tube Handbook Posted: Sun, 04 Mar 2007
The Copper Tube Handbook from the Copper Development Association features information on understanding and working with copper tube. Useful sections include "Standard Types of Copper Tube," "Selecting the Right Tube" and "Design and Installation Data." To download your free pdf copy...

Free Cross-Linked Polyethylene (PEX) Design Guide Posted: Sat, 03 Mar 2007
Although it's been around for decades in Europe, cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe is still relatively new in North America. In fact, it's so new on this continent that many builders and home inspectors have no idea where it should be used or what constitutes best installation practices...

Get a Free Subscription to NAHB's House Keys Posted: Sat, 03 Mar 2007
HouseKeys is a free electronic newsletter about home building, remodeling, maintenance and design produced by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This is a one-stop source for articles from renowned consumer authors and nationally syndicated real estate columnists; hints and tips on...

New: Free Downloadable Pubs From the APA Posted: Sat, 03 Mar 2007
The APA-Engineered Wood Association is constantly producing new publications that are of inestimable value to serious Home Inspectors and Building Scientists, and can be downloaded free at their website. Most recently, APA has released an updated version of the Gluelam Product Guide - This update...

  Recent Product Recalls... 

Amprobe Recalls Clamp Meters Due to Shock Hazard Posted: Thu, 15 Mar 2007
Washington, D.C./March 15th - Release #07-130 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...

TAC LLC Recalls Boiler Controls for Scald Hazard Posted: Sun, 04 Mar 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Release #07-089 On January 25th the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with TAC LLC, of Loves Park, Ill. (formerly Invensys Building Systems), announced a voluntary recall of approximately 850 "Erie Boiler Boss" Operating and Reset Controls, due to a...

Tankless Water Heaters Recalled for CO Hazard Posted: Wed, 21 Feb 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Release #07-108 Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the Water Heating Division of Rheem Sales Company Inc., of Montgomery, AL. and Paloma Industries Inc., of Oxnard, CA, announced a voluntary recall of approximately 42,200 Powervent Ta...

Zoeller Pump Recalls Septic Pumps For Shock Hazard Posted: Wed, 14 Feb 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Release #07-104 Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in cooperation with Zoeller Pump Co., of Louisville, Ky., announced a voluntary recall of approximately 2,300 Zoeller Brand Septic Pumps with a 20-foot black cord with a plug due to a defect that...

Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard Posted: Thu, 01 Feb 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in cooperation with Maytag Corp., of Newton, Iowa, announced a voluntary recall of approximately 2.3 million Maytag¢ç and Jenn-Air¢ç under-counter or portable plastic tub dishwashers due to a defect that constitutes a fire...

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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