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  1. I'm using HP Envy 5660 and very happy with it. John Callan
  2. Just flew it for about 15 minutes so need lots more time for full evaluation. I watched it around roof very closely (very windy) and kept glancing at monitor. Lost sight couple time on back roof with no issues. I can switch from video to camera in a second. Also it hovers very well (stays pretty much right in place) so if something looked like an issue can fly quite close and snap photos. Photos are downloaded onto micro disk on phantom. I can move camera any way I want including straight down with phone app that attached to monitor. When it landed just upload them to my iPhone for instant rev
  3. [:-taped]quote]Originally posted by Marc Nice demo of the bird. Too far away from roof/wall surfaces to garner any points as an inspection tool IMHO. Marc Actually I didn't try to look at the walls yet-just tried it out(short flight) but it can get very close to roof as the chimney top photo clearly shows. I can get very close to roofs and walls. It is very stable as the camera is on a gimbal and it links to up to 8 satellites to know its position-not a toy like some drones. (AR Parrot comes to mind) By the way battery is good for 25 minutes. But it is newer technology and not right
  4. Here is a video link to my 1st few drone flights. Was very windy but not to hard to control. It took about 8-10 minutes to look at the roof and video & take many photos. I need more a lot more practice before using on a real job. But see definite potential for some more difficult roofs. Also here are some photos taken with it. So far very pleased. John Callan [utube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZepZCfjKxY8&feature=youtu.be" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="344"> [utube] " type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent"
  5. I use Nikon Monarch 5 -10x42 - very happy with them John Callan
  6. I have what is considered a low end thermal imager- (Tis) It's far from perfect but very useful. I use it on every inspection. I have found many issues with it and include the thermal image in the report. Just last week saw an unusual reading in radiant floor heat that I reported as a possible/probable leak in a slab. Sellers realtor made a big deal about my report(which I could care less about) They brought in a heating pro who called me to come back-sure enough leak was right were I said it was. Have also found radiant ceiling heat not functioning. (thankful I don't come across that crap to
  7. Window logo left corner-when you click on it programs appear and at the bottom a blank search tab appears type in a word-example- no drip edge on rakes and doc appears with past reports that uses that word phrase- John Callan
  8. Just what Fabry & Kurt said,its usually just as quick to type it. If I need a boilerplate comment for FBE panels or other items I just hit window start program like Mike does with the phrase I would use and all my documents with that comment appear. Usually takes me seconds to fine what I need and do a copy and paste and any quick modification I need to do to fit that particular inspection. By the way I use to think long detailed reports are great but lately I think less is more, just get to the point-you gotta smell the salt air sometimes. John Callan
  9. Here in Maine I have seen many active mitigation systems over the years. (well over a hundred). John Callan
  10. Just curious if anyone has ever come across this type of siding? It was metal with a type of fiberboard underneath, falling out everywhere. John Callan Click to Enlarge 24.96 KB Click to Enlarge 57.06 KB Click to Enlarge 47.24 KB
  11. I closed it real fast-but reopened it for the photo with quick prayer that he did not land on my head-that could have got ugly! (Could not pass up the photo shot!) John Callan
  12. Thanks Bill, The house has town water, but I doubt it did when it was constructed. So I take it the purpose of this tank to naturally temper the cold water? John Callan
  13. Has anyone ever seen a tank like this? It was connected to a 1973 New Yorker boiler. I think it is a type of cold water storage tank for the tankless system, but have never come across this before. John Callan Click to Enlarge 51.22?KB
  14. Speaking of raccoons- I had an interesting find at my inspection yesterday why looking up the fireplace flue. John Callan Click to Enlarge 26.15?KB
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