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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Welcome to the October 2007 issue of TIJ Update. You will notice when you visit TIJ that our site has more new improvements! 

We have updated our front page 'search' feature and improved the menu bar to help categorize our offerings. There is a new file library manager for members to contribute, link and browse documents such as Manufacturer's specs, educational docs and videos. The TIJ photo gallery has also undergone major updates to make it easier to navigate and contribute. Anything else you want to see? Please let us know! 

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...

New! DevWave Picture Drop for Word Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2007
DevWave Picture Drop is a new toolbar add-in for Microsoft Word that inserts and format images in your documents without the extra steps to format, position and resize! Originally only available as a component of our INSPECTEXPRESS Home Inspection Software, this handy tool is now available to anyone using Microsoft Word 2000 or later...

And the Market Hits Just Keep On Coming Posted: Thu, 20 Sep 2007
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 Despite reporting increased traffic by prospective buyers, condominium builders and developers are extremely concerned about the current conditions in the condo market, according to the latest results of the Multifamily Condo Market Index (MCMI), released today by the...

Housing Starts Fall 2.6 Percent in August Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 Housing starts fell 2.6 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.331 million units as the downswing in the housing market continued, according to figures released by the Commerce Department today. Starts were down 19.1 percent from a year earlier, falling...

NAHB Calls on Congree to Raise FHA Limits Posted: Tue, 18 Sep 2007
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today called on the U.S. House of Representatives to approve legislation this week that would allow the Federal Housing Administration to insure more home loans and address problems in the subprime mortgage market...

E&O Insurance: Market Softens- Prices Drop Posted: Fri, 14 Sep 2007
By David Brauner, Senior Broker OREP (www.orep.org) Instead of the now familiar direction to “shop ‘till you drop,” new insurance conditions suggest instead that inspectors should shop because they’ve dropped. We’re talking about rates for errors and omissions insurance of course. The market is...

ANYONE CAN BUILD A DECK... Or Can They? Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2007
By Bob Mulloy (Reprinted by permission of the author) So, you walk around to the rear of the home and there it is - the deck! Every home nowadays just has to have one, and if one is not present, that seems to be no problem for the homeowner. They just buzz down to the local "you-do-it-center"...

FLIR Launches Next Generation Infrared Camera Posted: Wed, 05 Sep 2007
BOSTON, Massachusetts (September 5, 2007) FLIR Systems, Inc. (pronounced “flear”), has announced the launch of its new “middle market” T-Series infrared cameras. The new T-series delivers razor-sharp thermal images, thanks to 76,800 pixels and FLIR’s exclusive Advanced Signal Processing...

ASHRAE Awards Healthcare Facility Certification Posted: Tue, 04 Sep 2007
ATLANTA – Sept. 4, 2007 The recipient of ASHRAE’s first healthcare facility design professional certification says the designation increases his value as an engineer. Ildefonso Bayron, Jr., is an associate partner for Syska Hennessy Group, Los Angeles, Calif. He and 28 others recently earned...

ASHRAE, DOE Partner to Improve Energy Efficiency Posted: Fri, 24 Aug 2007
ATLANTA Under a new agreement, ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will work to increase building energy efficiency standards for the year 2010 by 30 percent over 2004 standards. A new memorandum of understanding commits ASHRAE and DOE to improving the efficient use of energy and...

Certainteed Adds 2 New Courses for Inspectors Posted: Fri, 24 Aug 2007
Certainteed corporation has recently added two new free online courses to its ample selection of free courses for inspectors; "Procedures for Successful Built-Up Asphalt Roofing and Repairs" and "Procedures for Modified Asphalt Roofing and Repairs". In these courses inspectors will learn best...

July New Home Sales Rebound Slightly Posted: Fri, 24 Aug 2007
Washington - Aug. 24 Sales of new single-family homes were up 2.8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 870,000 units as new-home sales rebounded from weak sales figures in June, the U.S. Commerce Department reported today. The July sales pace was 10.2 percent below a year...

Historic Masonry Workshop Teaches A Lost Art Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2007
Fixing historic masonry with the wrong mortar formulation and inexperienced labor are two of the most problem-prone areas of any masonry project, especially as they relate to the strength and breathability of historic masonry. Mortar mixes today are much less forgiving and far less breathable...

Can One Really Carry A PC In A Pocket? Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2007
Here's a question for you; what's 0.7"tall x 4.8"wide x 3.9" deep, weighs 6.4 oz, can be carried in your inside coat pocket, and can enable you to carry your desktop PC anywhere you want to go anywhere in the world without the need to lug around a laptop? Give up? The answer is Seagate's new Free...

For A Limited Time - 50% Off The JLC Archive Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2007
If you're serious about this home inspection thing that you do, here's an offer that you aren't going to want to refuse. For a limited time only, the Journal of Light Construction (JLC) is offering a 50% discount on it's CD Rom and is including with the purchase 6 months of free access to the JLC...

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  What’s in the News For Inspectors... 

Unregulated and somewhat renegade business climate Posted: Mon, 24 Sep 2007
Yep, That's the term used to describe our business in an article about a new home inspection franchise that allegedly ensures inspectors meet "nationally accepted" standards for the industry. Hmm, exactly what nation is that, anyway?...

The Focus Is On Green Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
If you're really and truly interested in finding out all you can about upcoming "green" technologies, you should probably start visiting Build Central's Green Building Talk Newsletter forums. They're broken down by subject:ICF's Forum. SIP's Forum. Radiant Heating Forum. Geo-Thermal Heat Pump For...

Real Estate Pundit Gives Advice About Inspections Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
Since I'm not a real estate agent, I'm beginning to think that it might be a good idea to have a newspaper column wherein I give advice to the masses about purchasing real estate and how to deal with real estate agents. After all, they all profess to be experts about what we do; after 11 years...

I'll Huff and I'll Puff and I'll Blow.......whu? Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
Here's an article about a 47,000 square foot building that is one of the first LEED-certified straw bale buildings in the world. You aren't going to believe what they're doing with straw today!...

Check out Blog Cabin and Enter to Win Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
Well, if you've ever wanted a cabin in the woods, here's a chance to win one. DIY Network has been running a six week series about building a log cabin on Thursday nights and it will end September 27th. Visit the site to view the videos of the process and enter for a chance to win the finished...

Understanding New Gulf Coast Codes Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
For those of you down on the Gulf Coast, HGTVPro.com has put up a whole new site dedicated to new rules for construction in hurricane zones...

This Inspector Got Into Drug Testing - Will You? Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2007
Here's an article wherein a home inspector offers an additional service - testing a home for drug residue. Is this guy nuts or is this the wave of the future? What say you?...

Inspector Scams Inspectors Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2007
In this article from the HeraldTribune.com, Richard Satterlee, a Venice, Florida bait shop owner, who used to have a home inspection company and used to operate a pest control company, has been accused of scamming three investors out of $90,000 ($30,000 each), by promising to train them as pest...

When Private Companies Do Muni Inspections Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2007
Here's an interesting take on municipal inspections in Florida where the building boom caused so many delays that some municipalities allowed builders to hire private inspection firms to perform code inspections...

An Eye For Detail: An Inspector Reaches 10,000 Posted: Sun, 16 Sep 2007
This article from the Lawrence Journal World is about an inspectors who has finally reached his 10,000 inspection after more than 20 years in the business...

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  Coming Events & Education... 

ICC Annual Highlights Green Building, SMART Codes Event Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007
12th Annual Inspection Expo 2007 Event Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2007
Principles of Building Science Workshop Event Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2007
Metalcon in Las Vegas October 3-5 2007 Event Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2007
ASHI South Chapter Quarterly Meeting Event Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2007
IAQA 10th Annual Meeting & Exposition Event Date: Sun, 14 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
PM Engineer 2007 WEBINAR SERIES Event Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007
JLC Live Residential Construction Show in Seattle Event Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007
PM Engineer 2007 WEBINAR Series Event Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007
PM Engineer 2007 WEBINAR SERIES Event Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2007
NAHB 2008 International Builder's Show Event Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008
2008 NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008

If any organization has an event to submit for the next newsletter, it can be submitted here. 

  Free Informational Downloads... 
HWA's Licensed Home Inspection Warranty gives Inspectors an additional professional tool to market to agents, sellers and buyers.

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:

Residential PEX Plumbing Supply Water Systems Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
Need to know and understand more about cross-linked polyethylene - PEX? If so, download a free 128-page .pdf copy of the Plastic Pipe Institute's Design Guide For Residential Pex Water Supply Plumbing Systems...

Two New C.E. Courses Offered by Certainteed Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2007
Now that the deadline has passed for some folks' CEU's, it's time to begin garnering points for next year. Certainteed has just added two new courses to their already extensive lineup of on-line continuing education courses. Take advantage of these - you'll probably learn something; I know I did...

Free Popular Mechanics Do-It-Yourselfer Handbook Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2007
Popular Mechanics is offering a free home and auto do-it-yourselfer handbook online. Sure, it's chock full of advertising, but there's a lot of good stuff in there for the first-time homebuyer who is itching to start doing stuff in his new *garage*. To download a free copy...

Builder Tips: I-Joist Web Stiffeners Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2007
Builder Tips: I-Joist Web Stiffeners is a free downloadable document available from the APA-Engineered Wood Association, which might come in pretty handy the next time you find yourself trying to convince a builder that the I-joists under the new home he just built for your client have not been...

Retrofitting A Roof For High Wind Uplift Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2007
Retrofitting A Roof For High Wind Uplift is a new publication from the APA - The Engineered Wood Association - and is available for free as a downloadable .pdf document from their website or mail order for $1. It illustrates the effects of high winds on a roof, and provides three solutions the...

  Recent Product Recalls... 

Toe-Heaters Recalled Due to Fire Hazard Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2007
Washington, D.C./August 30th - Release #07-298 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Berko Electric, of Peru, Ind., now known as MarleyEngineered Products, of Bennettsville, S.C., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 84,000 Toe-Space Electric Heaters...

Hazard Prompts Recall of Thermador Built-In Ovens Posted: Fri, 29 Jun 2007
Washington, D.C./June 29th - Release #07-228 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with BSH Home Appliances Corp., of Huntington Beach, Calif., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 42,000 Thermador® Brand Built-In Ovens The ovens can have gaps in the...

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...

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...

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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