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  Articles This Month...


Ohio 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. Schneider...

iNACHI 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 Professional...

NHIE Responds to False Post on iNACHI Board Posted: Sat, 10 May 2008
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 actual...

HWA 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 emerged...

Amendments 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 currently...

Site 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 devices....

National Green Building Standard Submitted to ANSI Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
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...

NADRA, 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...

Local 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!...


Texas Home Inspector Succumbs to MRSA Infection Posted: Sun, 06 Apr 2008
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 the...

The Curious Case is Now Available in Paperback Posted: Fri, 04 Apr 2008
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 moderating...

The Making of a Home Inspection Licensing Law Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2008
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 in...

New-Home Sales Move Down Further In February Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2008
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 percent from...

WARNING: DIY Solar Hot Water Heating Ahead ! Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2008
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 ten-year...

A Sub-Zero Capable Heat Pump Finally Arrives Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2008
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...

WSDA Initiates a List Server to Reach Inspectors Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2008
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 manages...

Single-Family 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 volatile...

Realtors, Inspectors Battle, Heating Up In Kansas. Posted: Mon, 10 Mar 2008
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...

FLIR to Host More Than 40 Free IR Conferences Posted: Wed, 05 Mar 2008
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, quality...

New 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 slowest...

Housing Starts Remain Virtually Flat in January Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2008
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 seasonally...

Fluke Debuts IR Camera for Building Diagnostics Posted: Mon, 18 Feb 2008
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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  What’s in the News For Inspectors... 


Appraisers Do Valuations, Not Home Inspections Posted: Sun, 11 May 2008
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 not hold...

Realtor Survey: Consumers Want One-Stop Shopping Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
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 associated with...

Houses 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...

Germans Students take 1st in Solar Competition Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
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...

Building 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.”...

PATH - 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...

Sub-Panel 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...

Air-Sealing 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 Construction Online...

Detailing 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 siding...

Adobe 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...

Understanding 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 embarrassing pickle...

Think 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...

The House Introduces a H.I. Counseling Bill Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2008
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...

Understanding 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 used...

Flashing 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...

Improving 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 & Education... 

JLC Live Residential Construction Show-Long Beach Event Date: Tue, 13 May 2008
Mid-Atlantic Chapter ASHI May Meeting Event Date: Wed, 14 May 2008
AZ ASHI Phoenix Area Meeting Event Date: Thu, 15 May 2008
FREE NJALPHI Fuel Merchant Association Seminar Event Date: Tue, 20 May 2008
Green West Event Date: Tue, 20 May 2008
CAHI - Monthly Meeting Event Date: Wed, 28 May 2008
2008 NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition Event Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008
American Water Works Assoc. Conference and Expo Event Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2008
Western Roofing Expo - Las Vegas Event Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2008
Mid-Atlantic Chapter ASHI June Meeting Event Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008
IAQA June 2008 Annual Meeting Update Event Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008
FABI June Conference Event Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008
Illinois Home Inspectors' Association Convention Event Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008
TAREI - July Conference Event Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008
ASHI South Quarterly Chapter Meeting Event Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2008
Energy Codes 2008 - St. Paul Minnesota Event Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008
RPA Annual Conference and Radiant Expo Event Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008
TAREI - October Conference Event Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008
ASHI South Quarterly Chapter Meeting Event Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2008
JLC LIVE - Midwest Event Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008
NJALPHI Seminar Event Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008
JLC Live - Pacific Northwest Event Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008
TAREI - January Conference Event Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009

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

  Free Informational Downloads... 
Home Inspector Essentials; dedicated solely to the equipment needs of today's home inspection professional. 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:

Free APA Publication Index is Available Online Posted: Thu, 08 May 2008
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...

Free 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: ...

Free CAD Details Available From the Experts Posted: Sat, 26 Apr 2008
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...

FYI: 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...

2006 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...
  Recent Product Recalls... 



A.O. Smith Recalls Unsafe Water Heaters
Posted: Thu, 03 Apr 2008
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 flue ga...

Spa 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. ...

Ceiling Lights Recalled For Tendency to Fall Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2008
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 Ding, China...

LDR 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...

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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