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  Hello Fellow Inspectors,

Welcome to the September 2006 issue of TIJ Update. Although there's a lot of information contained in every issue, what's here is only a fraction of the information that's available to you on TIJ. 

The articles, news accounts, coming events, free downloads and recalls that are featured here every issue are compiled from only 5 of 36 free and publicly accessible internet forums. There's a whole lot more where these came from, plus a lot more features than just the forums.

So, after you get done digesting what's here, stop on in to the other TIJ Forums, look around, introduce yourself to the gang over there and then jump on into one of the topics there. 
It's easy, it's educational, and, most of all, it's FREE! 

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:

Mike O'Handley, Editor 

  Articles This Month...

Home Inspector Loses His Heart to African Kids Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
By Jim Morrison
At the end of the summer of 2005, I spent three weeks in southeastern Kenya on the Taita/Rukinga Ranches, which is a very densely wooded 170,000 acre area in the Taita Hills a few hours outside of Mombasa. I was a volunteer with a team of wildlife researchers from...

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...

Do you know the status of your state's energy code Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
Does your state have an energy code? If so, have you ever read it? Find out about the status of any energy codes in your state here. Also find other energy code information on the USDOE's Building Energy Codes Program resource site by clicking here, or learn the federal codes in more detail at...

20/20 Implements 'OSS' Program for Home Buyers Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) August 21, 2006 20/20 Property Inspections, LLC of Orlando, Florida announced the opening of a new branch office with "OSS" service in Lake Mary, FL. This new branch location and the introduction of "OSS" (One Stop Shop) allows us to continue to meet our goal to give our...

Inspectors Needed For My Safe Florida Home Program Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
To help Floridians identify how they can strengthen their homes against hurricanes and to reduce hurricane damage exposure, the Florida Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program is offering free home inspections by qualified hurricane mitigation inspectors to eligible homeowners through a...

Not All Home Inspection Laws Are Created Equal Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
Des Plaines, Illinois (PRWEB) August 31, 2006 Caveat Emptor “Buyer Beware” -- Pennsylvania and California Plummet to the Bottom of ASHI’s 2006 Rankings of State Regulations Governing the Home Inspection Industry. Government regulation of home inspectors, and the profession of home inspection...

Otterbox Provides Notebooks Maximum Protection Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
FORT COLLINS, COLO. Home Inspectors are now able to transform a standard laptop into a rugged laptop with the OtterBox Rugged Laptop Carrying Case, from Otter Products, LLC. Available in three customizable sizes, released throughout the year, this rugged case provides water, dust and drop...

Joe Lstiburek's Builders Guide to Cold Climates Posted: Wed, 30 Aug 2006
If you inspect in a cold northern climate and are seeing new hi-tech construction details that you're not familiar with, you might consider investing in Dr. Joe Lstiburek's new book, Builder's Guide to Cold Climates ($45.00) available from The Journal of Light Construction Online Bookstore...

Washington H.I.'s Respond to Proposed Legislation Posted: Wed, 30 Aug 2006
On January 9th, Washington State Senators Spanel and Kohl-Welles introduced legislation to require registration of all home inspectors in the State of Washington. As is the custom in Olympia, that bill, Senate Bill 6229, was immediately sent to a sunrise review committee to determine whether there...

WIN Offers Materials For Spanish-Speaking Clients Posted: Wed, 30 Aug 2006
Seattle, WA Buying a home may be one of the largest investments a person will make in their life and having the resources to guide one through the process is essential. With one in every seven people in the U.S speaking Spanish, the need for Spanish materials to assist in the home buying process...

CPSC Proposes New Warning Labels for Generators Posted: Tue, 29 Aug 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. In an effort to reduce the rising death toll from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with consumer use of portable generators, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a notice of proposed rule making (NPR). The proposed standard...

Inspecting Your E&O Insurance Posted: Thu, 17 Aug 2006
SPONSOR'S ADVERTISEMENT Inspecting Your E&O Insurance by David Brauner, Senior Broker, OREP Here’s a riddle that more and more inspectors are solving easily: how do you obtain $1 million in errors and omissions insurance (E&O) from an “A” Rated carrier that covers your entire firm- one, two...

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  What’s in the News For Inspectors... 

Code College Free Video Online Posted: Sun, 03 Sep 2006
The Code College is a free site hosted by The Colorado Office of Energy Management and Conservation and is a series of short instructional videos for contractors about all aspects of construction. It's definitely worth a look...

Pay For Play - Ethical or Not? Posted: Fri, 01 Sep 2006
Check this out! In this article, real estate Columnist Blanche Evans gives some advice to a homeowner who got burned by an inspector involved in a pay-for-play relationship between a real estate office and an inspector...

More On Pre-Offer Home Inspections Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
This story from the Seattle Post Intelligencer describes how home inspectors cope in a hot market where bidding wars are common and many prospective buyers forego inspections, in order to make their offers look better...

Katrina Forced H.I. Franchiser To Pull Up Roots Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
Last August, Greg Mangiaracina, founder of A-Pro Home Inspection Services was forced to evacuate his family in Atlanta just before Hurricane Katrina bore down on the gulf coast. Seeing the devastation in New Orleans, Mangiaracina knew that if he wanted to carry on he had to relocate and relocate...

Real Estate Company Offers Help to Soldiers Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
In this article in The Cape Codder on, a real estate company in Massachusettes is trying to raise donations (money and services) to assist first-time homebuying servicemembers. The program is designed to raise down payment and closing donations (money and donated services...

Barry Stone Says Liability Issues Shape Language Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
In this Washington Q & A column Barry Stone expouses his opinion about the use of the "might be' types of words in home inspection reports...

Jowers on Boilerplate, Checklists and Weak Writing Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
Nashville, TN Never one to mince words, in a July 20th edition of his popular Helter Shelter column in The Nashville Scene, Walter Jowers tells consumers what to expect and what not to expect in the way of useful information contained in most home inspection reports. Click here and see whether...

Fine Homebuilding Introduces e-Letter Posted: Wed, 30 Aug 2006
Fine Homebuilding Magazine, which has long been a staple of many contractors and home inspectors, has recently launched an online monthly newsletter. This month, there are two articles of interest to home inspectors. The first is an article about swamp coolers and explains how they work, the...

Hot Markets Are Burning Some Home Inspectors Posted: Wed, 30 Aug 2006
The real estate market is still hot in some parts of the US and Canada and frenzied competition between buyers has resulted in some inspectors seeing a substantial drop in business. Click here to read about the experiences of some inspectors in Edmonton, Alberta...

Cities Experiment With Mandatory Inspections Posted: Wed, 30 Aug 2006
Recently, across the U.S., in an effort to improve neighborhoods and ensure that even the poorest home buyer isn't saddled with an unsafe or unlivable home, some municipalities have begun experimenting with the idea of requiring all sellers or landlords to have their properties inspected prior to...

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  Coming Events & Education... 

WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference Event Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006
FABI Fall Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006
NAHI's Fall Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006
Arizona ASHI 4th Annual Educational Conference Event Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006
PRO ASHI ‘Inspect America 2006’ Event Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2006
JLC Live Comes to Minneapolis Event Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006
Golden Gate ASHI & East Bay CREIA Sept. Meeting Event Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Washington State-wide ASHI Home Inspection Seminar Event Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006
Washington State ASHI Home Inspection seminar Event Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006
A.I.B.S. Queensland/NT State Conference 2006 Event Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006
UPADI 2006 • Sept. 19-22• Atlanta Event Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006
Hudson Valley ASHI Annual Historic Homes Seminar Event Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006
Sacremento Valley NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006
Central Ontario NACHI Chapter Meeting Event Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006
Pro-Lab Inspection - Postponed Event Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006
ASHI NE 2006 Fall Conference in Newport, R.I. Event Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006
ITA's 11th Annual Inspection Expo 2006 Event Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006
RPA hosts Radiant seminars Along with ISH NA Event Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006
ASHI-GLC Fall Conference Event Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006
Great Lakes ASHI Education Conference Event Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006
CREIA's Fall Symposium 2006 Event Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006
NFPA Professional Development Week - Honolulu, HI Event Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2006
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
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
Largest IAQ Exposition Ever Event Date: Wed, 25 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
FABI Winter Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2006
TAREI Fall Conference 2006 Event Date: Fri, 01 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:

Kiwi Building Guides Are Worth a Look Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
With Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, all of the devestation 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...

Free Downloads for Commercial Building Inspectors Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2006
Got Codes? The current Federal code for energy efficiency in new commercial and multi-family high-rise residential buildings (10 CFR Part 434), in Adobe Acrobat format, can be obtained here: (PDF 692 KB). Download Acrobat Reader. This code was issued on January 1, 2002, and is based on ASHRA...

Lstiburek's Moisture Control Handbook Free Online Posted: Fri, 18 Aug 2006
Lstiburek & Carmody's classic, the Moisture Control Handbook is now available free online as a downloadable pdf document at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory site at: This is a 273 page document (22 MB download) so make...

  Recent Product Recalls... 

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. To view...

Heat & Glo GasFireplaces Recalled For Fire Hazard Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Heat & Glo, of Lakeville, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 1,550 Heat & Glo Gas Fireplaces. The recall involves the Heat & Glo Twilight II and IIB indoor/outdoor see-through gas fireplaces. The model name, Twilight II...

HP Recalls Digital Cameras Due To Fire Hazard Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hewlett-Packard Company, of Palo Alto, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 224,000 (about 679,000 worldwide) HP Photosmart R707 Digital Cameras. The digital camera can cause certain non-rechargeable batteries, such as the...

Sunbeam Gas Ranges Recalled for Fire Hazard Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Petters Consumer Brands, LLC, of Minnetonka, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 3,600 Sunbeam Gas Ranges. These ranges lack an adequate heat shield, and can cause scorching of certain flooring materials directly under the...

CFM Corp. Recalls Sequoia Wood Burning Fireplaces Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CFM Corp. of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 1,300 Sequoia Wood Burning Fireplaces. Due to insufficient insulation or a missing weld, some of these fireplaces could pose a fire hazard...

More Home Inspection Related Recalls... 


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