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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Welcome to the October 2006 issue of TIJ Update. As always, this newsletter includes our latest articles, local and international home inspection related news and coming events. 

Don't forget that The Inspector's Journal archives also contain forum articles, links and downloads on a wide range of topics of interest to home inspectors! Use our handy search feature on the front page to locate information on any subject.

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. With your help, TIJ has become the top independent resource for home inspectors with over 15,000 newsletter subscribers and 2,400 participating forum members. We welcome any submissions that can be included as part of our growing home inspector resource. 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...

Ethics in Home Inspections? ASHI Merges SOP & COE Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
Des Plains IL-October 1 Anyone who watches Bravo's new show "Million Dollar Listing" knows that the final sale of a home can hinge on the results of a home inspection - even for a million dollar home. While a home inspection is a critical component of buying and selling a home, knowing your home...

Save My License and NACHI Agree to Mutual Support Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
Atlanta-September 27 Save My License, the member organization and society of licensed professionals dedicated to helping professionals protect and save their licenses, designations, certifications, careers, reputations, and livelihoods from state board and administrative regulatory actions...

ITC Sets Schedules for 2006 & 2007 Classes Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
North Billerica MA-September 27 The latest listing of fully certified infrared training courses offered by the Infrared Training Center (ITC) is now available. The courses, held at the ITC headquarters facility located a few miles north of Boston and twenty-three other cities in the United States...

NACHI Now Offering Mold E&O Coverage To Members Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
Denver-September 20 The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) is now offering professional mold inspectors errors and omissions liability coverage for home inspectors. NACHI, together with the Insurance Office of America, Inc (one of the top ten largest independently owned...

ASHRAE Proposes New Moisture Control Standard Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
Atlanta-October 6 In recent years, moisture problems such as mold growth have become big issues for building owners and operators. Computer simulation tools have been developed to predict thermal and moisture conditions in buildings, but the results can vary greatly with the assumptions for...

IAQA Offers New Insurance Program Posted: Tue, 03 Oct 2006
Inspectors whose services include mold inspections and sampling as well as indoor air quality assessments, can sometimes find it difficult to obtain insurance at a reasonable cost. With this in mind, the Indoor Air Quality Association launched a new insurance program last year. The IAQA program... 

NFPA Calls For Presenters Posted: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Boston - September 21st The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is looking for those interested in becoming presenters for its NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition that will be held in Boston June 3rd through June 7th 2007. The 2007 conference will include educational tracks on...

ASHRAE Unveils Redesigned Web Site Posted: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Atlanta - September 5th With a focus on ease of navigation and new technology, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has unveiled its redesigned Web site, www.ASHRAE.org. An improved web site is a cornerstone of fulfilling the Society's new...

NPI Has Been Approved For SBA Registry Listing Posted: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Omaha - September 7th The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) approved National Property Inspections for listing on its national franchise registry. The registry is a list of franchise companies, or systems, that have pre-qualified for SBA loan eligibility. Acceptance to the...

New Site Provides Free Code Contact Information Posted: Fri, 08 Sep 2006
By Mike O'Handley So you've inspected the home, noticed a number of issues that could be considered violations of the IRC or one of the other model codes, but have no idea what code the local municipality is using. It's too late at night to call the municipality in question and you know that...

A Free Computer Game Parent's Can Appreciate Posted: Fri, 08 Sep 2006
Washington, August 23 Building Homes of Our Own, the innovative simulation home building program developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), was selected as one of five finalists for Computers for Youth's (CFY) Family Learning Software Program of the Year Award, and was the...

Understanding Truss Floor Performance Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
By Rachel Smith Floor vibration, bounce, movement, springiness—call it anything you like, but for most new homeowners, it is an unwelcome guest. It is not something that can be easily designed out of a floor system by following the building codes. In fact, most experts in this area agree that...

For Want of a Squash Block Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
By JD Grewell This tale brings to mind the old saw: ‘for want of the nail, a shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of the horse, the rider was lost; for want of the rider, the battle was lost; for want of the battle the kingdom was lost, and all for the want of a nail...

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  What’s in the News For Inspectors... 

HIPS Prepare to Go On Trial Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
While still coming under criticism from real estate agents, the first trials of government-mandated home information packs (HIPS) are preparing to kick off in the U.K. in November...

SAVA Gets Ready to Accredit UK's first H.I.'s Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
As they prepare for the pilot compulsory home information packs (HIPS) program, that is set to kick off in the U.K. in November, SAVA, one of several new home inspector organizations in Britain, has confirmed that it will implement the country’s first certification scheme for home inspectors and...

British Inspectors Demand Government Oversight Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
The National Association of Licensed Home Inspectors (NALHI), one of several professional home inspectors associations that sprang up in the United Kingdom after thousands of prospective home inspectors began their training, has demanded that the British government closely monitor the voluntary Home...

Some Municipal Inspectors Are Jammed Up Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
In this article from the October 6 Times Record-Herold, municipal building inspectors in New York State, who are required to wear 3 hats, find themselves with about 6 months worth of backed up inspections because their municipalities won't hire more inspectors...

Consumer Calls Home Inspectors Pickpockets Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
In his Q & A column in The Washington Post, home inspection pundit, Barry Stone, patiently explains to a consumer who doesn't "get it" why inspections are worthwhile....

An Inspector Tries to Explain the Code Paradox Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
In this article from the Berkeley Daily Planet California home inspector Matt Cantor tries to make the public understand why asking about codes is like sand in his shorts...

Making the Customer Understand Flashings Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
Need an easy way to make your client understand what those mysterious "flashings" you were talking about are and why they are necessary? Direct them to this short explanatory video on HGTVPro.com...

Heating Tips from the JLC Field Guide Volume II Posted: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
According to the September 19th issue of JLC Update, the JLC Field Guide To Residential Construction - Volume II has a section on heating that "provides expert guidance on everything from the best-performing hydronic systems to improving draft on combustion appliances." This sounds like something...

Some Inspectors Are Getting Into Energy Audits Posted: Tue, 03 Oct 2006
As homes sales and regular home inspections slow, inspectors are looking for more ways to expand their range of services and some are now doing energy audits. This article in the Belleville News Democrat describes one such program...

New Zealand Puts a New Twist on Homes For Sale Posted: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
There's a new profession spreading throughout New Zealand - that of Property Presenter. According to an article in the online version of The New Zealand Herald, these are not real estate agents or home stagers, but are consultants who charge to do a walk-through of a property with a homeowner...

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  Coming Events & Education... 

Golden Gate ASHI & East Bay CREIA October Meeting Event Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006
Great Lakes East NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006
Symposium on Fire Safety in Aged Electrical System Event Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006
Advanced Design of Wood Structures Seminar Event Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006
A.I.B.S. Victoria 2006 State Conference Event Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006
GAHI Fall Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006
EAA 2006 National Conference Event Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006
ACI & HIF 2006 National Expo & Conference Event Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006
FLIR Systems, Inc. hosts InfraMation 2006 Event Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006
Largest IAQ Exposition Ever Event Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006
North Carolina ASHI Educational Conference Event Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006
NFPA Professional Development Week - Sparks, NV Event Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006
Golden Gate ASHI & East Bay CREIA November Meeting Event Date: Thu, 09 Nov 2006
Arizona ASHI Tucson Education Seminar Event Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2006
2006 CAHPI Home Inspectors Conference Event Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006
TAREI Fall Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2006
FABI Winter Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2006
Free Lead-Safe Training for Inspectors in PA Event Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006
ASHI Inspection World 2007 Event Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007
NAHI 2007 Education Conference Event Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007
NADCA 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
A.I.B.S. Annual Conference - Adelaide, Australia Event Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007
NACHI Annual Convention 2007 Event Date: Thu, 17 May 2007
NEHA 71st Annual Education Conference & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 18 Jun 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:

H.U.D. Releases Moisture-Resistant Homes Report Posted: Tue, 03 Oct 2006
From: HUD USER News A new report titled Moisture-Resistant Homes, commissioned by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research and PATH (Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing), advances the goal of designing, building, and maintaining houses in ways that control and mitigate the...

Kiwi Building Guides Are Worth a Look Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
With Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, all of the devastation in the Gulf States and in Florida, flooding in the Mid-West and fires and mudslides on the west coast, we sometimes don't realize that there are other English-speaking countries with weather and environment problems much like our own... 

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  Recent Product Recalls... 

Gas & LP Water Heaters; Major Brands Posted: Sun, 01 Oct 2006
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. etc....

Lenovo & IBM Announce Recall of ThinkPad Batteries Posted: Thu, 28 Sep 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Release #06-270 Due to a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with IBM and Lenovo, has announced a voluntary recall of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in the IBM and Lenovo Thinkpad notebook computers. Units: About 168,500...

Delta Water Heaters Recalled for CO Hazard Posted: Thu, 07 Sep 2006
September 7, 2006; Release #06-252 WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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...

Dell Recalls 2.7 Million Notebook Battery Packs Posted: Tue, 29 Aug 2006
Release #06-231; August 15, 2006 Inspectors, check those notebook battery packs! Dell Corporation, along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled 2.7 million Dell-branded lithium-ion batteries, made with cells manufactured by Sony, because of a fire hazard...

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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