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HB 257 Has Passed in the House Posted: Sun, 11 May 2008
On May 6th, HB 257, a bill to require the licensure of home inspectors and
creation of the Ohio Home Inspector Board to regulate the licensure and
performance of home inspectors, passed the Ohio house of representatives.
HB 257 had been introduced in the house on June 5, 2007 by Rep.
Ethics Committee Member’s Ethical Faux Pas Posted: Sat,
10 May 2008
May 10, 2008 - Seattle, WA Recently, one of the ethics committee members
of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (interNACHI)
found himself in ethical hot water when he tried to discredit the National
Home Inspector Exam (NHIE), owned by the Examining Board of
Responds to False Post on iNACHI Board Posted: Sat, 10 May
May 7, 2008, Palatine, IL A recent post on the InterNACHI message board
has proven false, according to Pearson VUE, Inc., psychometric contractor
for the National Home Inspector Examination. On April 10, 2008, a claim
was made that a group of questions and answers was available from the
Introduces GreenPlus - 1st Green Home Warranty Posted: Thu,
08 May 2008
Buffalo Grove, Ill - April 4, 2008 How can a home warranty company make a
positive difference in the environment? That's what the executives at Home
Warranty of America, Inc., asked each other over a year ago. This sparked
extensive research and development and finally a new program option
to GA HI Law Await Gov's Signature Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
Kenmore, WA A bill to amend existing state laws and establish a State
Licensing Board of Home Inspectors, establish criteria for that board and
establish additional rules for home inspectors in the state of Georgia has
been passed by both the Georgia House and the Georgia Senate and is
Informs About Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters Posted: Thu,
08 May 2008
The Rheem Corporation has established a new website, SmarterHotWater.com,
to provide consumers and contractors information about the technical
aspects and benefits of tank, tankless, and solar water heating
Green Building Standard Submitted to ANSI Posted: Thu, 08
Washington, DC. On April 28th, the National Association of Home Builders
submitted it's model National Green Building Standard to the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI) for approval. Representatives from the
NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC) plan to hold a...
ASHI & Simpson Kick of Deck Safety Month Posted: Thu,
08 May 2008
Pleasonton, CA - May 1 Today the North American Deck and Railing
Association (NADRA), the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and
Simpson Strong-Tie kick off Deck Safety Month(R) with a nationwide
campaign to educate homeowners about ensuring their decks are safe and
secure. Nearly 85...
and Long-Distance for $20 a Year - What the? Posted: Sat,
03 May 2008
It's not land line, it's not Vonage, it's not Comcast Digital Voice; it's
something called Magic Jack, and it's kind of an attractive option in
these times when money is tight for our businesses. Check it out!...
Home Inspector Succumbs to MRSA Infection Posted: Sun, 06
On April 4th, veteran home inspector, Marty Hurst (47), of Home Assessment
Services, Mesquite, Texas (TREC# 2513), died in a Dallas hospital of
complications from a MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
infection. Marty, who had been in ICU for nearly a month after contracting
Curious Case is Now Available in Paperback Posted: Fri, 04
Inspectors who are struggling with their reports that wish to improve
their writing skills will be happy to know that a paperback version of
Bonnie Trenga's book, The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, will be
available as of April 15th at a price of $9.99. Ms. Trenga has been
Making of a Home Inspection Licensing Law Posted: Mon, 31
By Sandy Hartman, WHILAG Liaison Last Friday was a culmination of sorts,
of a fairly long process – the making of a home inspector licensing law.
Some home inspectors will view this as a positive development; others will
view it as a catastrophe. For me, it was a learning process, and a lesson
Sales Move Down Further In February Posted: Thu, 27 Mar
Washington - March 26 Sales of new single-family homes fell by 1.8 percent
in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 590,000 units,
according to newly released numbers from the U.S. Commerce Department.
This sales pace was nearly 30 percent below a year earlier and down by 58
DIY Solar Hot Water Heating Ahead ! Posted: Thu, 27 Mar
FAFCO Inc., the oldest and largest producer of solar pool heating panels
in the United States, announces the world's first lightweight, affordable,
all-polymer, do-it-yourself solar hot water system designed to reduce
water heating bills by up to 50%. Hot2o™ is the culmination of a
Sub-Zero Capable Heat Pump Finally Arrives Posted: Thu, 27
March 27 - Seattle According to the manufacturer the all-electric Acadia
combined heating and cooling system, can outperform conventional heating
systems by at least 200%. The device is touted as a "next-generation
heat pump" that doesn't require supplemental heat and is so efficient
that it can...
Initiates a List Server to Reach Inspectors Posted: Thu, 20
Olympia - March 20 The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)
has, on occasion, relevant information that licensed Structural Pest
Inspectors (SPIs) or home inspectors may find useful, so a new WSDA
listserv has been initiated. A listserv, or list server, automatically
Starts Declined 6.7% in February Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2008
Washington - March 18 Single-family housing starts continued on a downward
trajectory in February, posting a 6.7 percent decline to a seasonally
adjusted annual rate of 707,000 units, according to figures released today
by the U.S. Commerce Department. Meanwhile, production in the more
Inspectors Battle, Heating Up In Kansas. Posted: Mon, 10
Came across this today. It appears that Kansas Realtors are trying to
control inspections. If this bill goes through, they should just call it
Realtors Evaluations, and not Inspections...
to Host More Than 40 Free IR Conferences Posted: Wed, 05
Boston, Ma - March 5, 2008 FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today it plans to
hold more than 40 free conferences throughout the U.S. The conferences
will focus on infrared technology and how to use infrared cameras for a
variety of applications including electrical and mechanical surveys,
Home Sales Move Lower in January Posted: Wed, 27 Feb 2008
Washington D.C. - Feb. 27 (Source: NAHB) In the latest evidence of the
continuing contraction in housing markets, the U.S. Commerce Department
reported today that sales of new single-family homes declined 2.8 percent
in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 588,000 units, the
Starts Remain Virtually Flat in January Posted: Wed, 20 Feb
WASHINGTON - Feb. 20 Total housing starts remained virtually unchanged in
January although single-family builders continued to pull in the reins on
new-home production, according to newly released data from the U.S.
Commerce Department. Starts rose by 0.8 percent for the month to a
Debuts IR Camera for Building Diagnostics Posted: Mon, 18
EVERETT, Wash. - Press Release Fluke Corporation, the global leader in
handheld electronic test and measurement technology, today announced the
Fluke TiR1 and TiR Thermal Imagers, designed as an affordable and complete
solution optimized for building envelope, restoration and remediation...
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Do Valuations, Not Home Inspections Posted: Sun, 11 May
HeraldNet, the online version of the Everett, Washington Daily Herald
newspaper, has an interesting article about a VA appraiser who was sued by
a buyer when a roof went bad on a home he'd appraised. In this case, the
court held that the appraiser had a 'duty of care' to the client but did
Survey: Consumers Want One-Stop Shopping Posted: Thu, 08
The National Association of Realtors® and Harris Interactive recently
surveyed over 1,400 recent and future home buyers in order to gage
consumer preferences when it comes to real estate services. The survey,
conducted in January, confirmed the top five most-recommended services
Need To Breath......Right? Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
That's the title of this FineHomebuilding.com article that can help those
who are building science challenged better understand vapor diffision and
other principles of good ventilation...
Students take 1st in Solar Competition Posted: Thu, 08 May
In October 2007 the 3rd Solar Decathalon was held in Washington D.C. and a
group of students took first prize. This article in FineHomebuilding.com
tells about the contest...
Codes For a Small Planet Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
In this clip from the DVD, Building Codes for a Small Planet, David
Eisenberg advocates for the building code community to adopt a set of
principles moderating the negative impacts of construction and
development. A good initial principle, Eisenberg suggests, is that
“buildings should do no harm.”...
- A Better Home Right Now Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) has built a new
concept home in Nebraska that features a number of innovations: a flexible
floor plan that evolves with the homeowners' family, panelized framing, an
insulating-concrete-form foundation, soy-based foam insulation, an...
Bonding Question Answered Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
A JLC reader wants to know if it's ever permissable to use less than a 4
conductor cable for a sub-panel. Here's JLC's expert's answer...
a Chimney Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
Air sealing the space between a chimney and combustible materials is a
challenge. Here are some suggestions from the Journal of Light
Rain Screen Siding Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
This exerpt from the JLC Guide to Moisture Control will give inspectors a
good understanding of the best practices for detailing rain screen
Provides Free 3D CAD Translators for Acrobat Posted: Thu,
08 May 2008
Adobe now has available via its Web site a free download that delivers
updated 3D CAD translators for Acrobat 3D Version 8, enabling it to
support the latest version of many of the major 3D CAD file formats...
Vapor Barriers and Permeability Posted: Sat, 26 Apr 2008
Inspectors who're interested in learning more about the science behind
vapor diffusion and vapor drive will appreciate this article. I can see
the day coming, though, when an inspector will make the wrong call after
seeing this liquid-applied vapor barrier and find himself in an
You know Codes? Quiz Yourself. Posted: Sat, 26 Apr 2008
Here's a 10-question quiz on codes put together by Prof. Paul Fisette,
UMass Amherst. It's based on the IRC. Take it and see how you stack up. No
cheating now; this isn't an open-book quiz, so put your code book away...
House Introduces a H.I. Counseling Bill Posted: Mon, 31 Mar
A bill to establish a home inspection counseling program at the federal
level, HR4776, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representative in
December of 2007. The bill was assigned to a committee but, as of this
writing, hasn't been acted upon...
PEX Plumbing Configurations Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2008
An article in the online edition of Fine Homebuilding will help you
understand the various types of PEX system configurations and why each is
Techniques for Replacement Windows Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2008
This article in the online edition of Fine Homebuilding describes a method
used by Building Scientist Joe Lstiburek to flash replacement windows...
Water Pressure Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2008
An article in Fine Home Building's online edition by master plumber Rex
Cauldwell will help inspectors understand some of the issues that cause
low water pressure and what can be done to correct them...
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| Coming Events &
Live Residential Construction Show-Long Beach Event Date:
Tue, 13 May 2008
Chapter ASHI May Meeting Event Date: Wed, 14 May 2008
ASHI Phoenix Area Meeting Event Date: Thu, 15 May 2008
NJALPHI Fuel Merchant Association Seminar Event Date: Tue,
20 May 2008
West Event Date: Tue, 20 May 2008
- Monthly Meeting Event Date: Wed, 28 May 2008
NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition Event Date:
Mon, 02 Jun 2008
Water Works Assoc. Conference and Expo Event Date: Sun, 08
Roofing Expo - Las Vegas Event Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2008
Chapter ASHI June Meeting Event Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008
June 2008 Annual Meeting Update Event Date: Thu, 12 Jun
June Conference Event Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008
Home Inspectors' Association Convention Event Date: Sat, 21
- July Conference Event Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008
South Quarterly Chapter Meeting Event Date: Sat, 12 Jul
Codes 2008 - St. Paul Minnesota Event Date: Tue, 22 Jul
Annual Conference and Radiant Expo Event Date: Wed, 13 Aug
- October Conference Event Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008
South Quarterly Chapter Meeting Event Date: Sat, 04 Oct
LIVE - Midwest Event Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008
Seminar Event Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008
Live - Pacific Northwest Event Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008
- January Conference Event Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009
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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:
APA Publication Index is Available Online Posted: Thu, 08
The APA-Engineered Wood Association has updated their publications index.
The new index offers a complete listing of APA Design & Construction
Guides, Product Guides, Builder Tips, Case Histories, Industrial
publications and additional materials that are available for purchase or
as free downloads f...
Online Course on Cool Roofs Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
This free online course about cool roofing options provides an overview of
the performance characteristics and benefits of cool roofing systems using
reflective white vinyl roofing. Green roofing, energy saving programs,
environmental challenges and solutions are also reviewed. Editor's note:
CAD Details Available From the Experts Posted: Sat, 26 Apr
Looking for CAD details for how SIPS panels are supposed to be joined
together, or how to properly attach trusses to walls? APA has a whole
library of beautifully drawn CAD details; all for free...
NY State codes online Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2008
Hi All, Just got this at my day job and thought it was worth posting. The
NYS building, fire prevention, and energy codes are available online,
FREE, viewable by section, and cut/paste-able into other documents.
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/code/ls-codes.html Happy Reading...
Perscriptive Deck Design Manual Posted: Sat, 15 Mar 2008
AFPA/IRC/ICC Deck Design Manual - Prescriptive Residential Deck
Construction Guide based on the 2006 International Residential Code from
the American Forest & Paper Association website...
Smith Recalls Unsafe Water Heaters Posted: Thu, 03 Apr
Washington, D.C./April 3, 2008 - Release #08-241 The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, in cooperation with A.O. Smith Water Products Co., of
Ashland City, Tenn., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately
1,500 natural and propane gas water heaters because the water heater's
Controls Recalled for Fire Hazard Posted: Tue, 01 Apr 2008
Washington, D.C./April 1, 2008 - Release #08-235 The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, in cooperation with Gecko Alliance of Quebec, Canada,
today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 1,670 Serenity Spa hot
tubs because the hot tub's spa control can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Lights Recalled For Tendency to Fall Posted: Wed, 19 Mar
Washington, D.C./March 19, 2008 - Release #08-228 The U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Progress Lighting of
Greenville, SC, today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 1,000
ceiling light fixtures. The fixtures were manufactured by Pegtom of Hong
Industries Recalls Gas Connectors Posted: Tue, 04 Mar 2008
Washington, D.C./March 4, 2008 - Release #08-205 The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, in cooperation with LDR Industries Inc., of Chicago,
Ill. today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 50,000 LDR 1200
Series Gas Connectors The gas connectros were manufactured by Sai lin...
Home Inspection Related Recalls...
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