What Can Infrared Technology Do For You? Plenty!

- A thermal imaging camera brings the home’s ice dam secrets to light. Temperature differences along the soffits and around the room edges indoors show clues of missing or inadequate insulation, poor ventilation and the propensity for creating a terrible winter wonderland. ..More

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Non-contact voltage testers: tips and tricks for home inspectors

- That white wire isn’t connected to anything, but my sniffer is telling me it’s (possibly) energized. ..More

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Which smoke alarm to buy

- There are two types of smoke alarm sensors, ionization and photoelectric.  Skip the ionization alarms, and skip the dual-sensor alarms. I’ll make this very easy for you; only buy smoke alarms with photoelectric sensors. Photoelectric smoke alarms are all you need. . Check out my old blog post from 2013 for more information on this topic; nothing has changed ..More

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Home inspections for first-time home buyers (video post)

- I’ve helped teach dozens of first-time home buyer seminars over the years, and it’s typically the same stuff covered during every seminar.   I recently had a real estate agent ask me to put together a video of that class, so I did. What’s a home inspection, when does it happen, what do you do with the results, how to hire a home inspector… y’know, the basics. Enjoy!. . I thought this would make for a good blog post, so here it is ..More

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Chimney inspections: pass or fail, nothing in-between

- Having a rip-roaring open-flame wood fire in your living room is serious business. That’s absolutely crazy. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 22,300 residential structure fires occurred in homes every year from 2012 to 2014 as a result of a Fireplace, Chimney, or Chimney Connector fire. . The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has this information published on its website ..More

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