U.S. drone attacks on civilians in Pakistan since 2004.

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 14:25

Watch it for about a minute. Pretty amazing.

Help with HIP mobile software

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 13:54
Is anyone out there using the new home inspector pro mobile that could help me through the learning curve? Especially doing four point inspections on it.

John W. Miller
PRP Home Inspections
DeLand, Fl.

Danger Danger Will Smith

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:21
I was looking for the easy way up on this real dangerous roof and all of a sudden I had this dangerous dog looking in my face gota be more careful:p;-)
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Mexico update

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 11:35
We met last Saturday in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico with Guillermo Castañeda, national president of AMPI (10,000 members, similar to our National Association of Realtors, but including developers and appraisers in additon to real estate brokers and agents), Georgia Spencer, Morelos state AMPI president, and Lucio Brugada, Morelos state president of CMIC (similar to our National Association of Home Builders).

This first meeting went extremely well, surpassing all our expectations. Guillermo wants to promote development of the home inspection industry in Mexico. He wants to help launch us in 76 cities across Mexico and have us speak at their national convention in October.
Lucio offered CMIC's help in reviewing course material for technical accuracy and to help with translation.

Developing a new industry in a country is typically a slow process, and you have to successfully step through a number of doors, but we just stepped through the first door in a pretty spectacular manner, so it's early, but it looks good.

I have to go back as soon as possible to start writing courses, and I have to learn Spanish. Any suggestions on Spanish courses?

Former Inspector Wins In 8 Year Court Battle

NACHI - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 11:05
Hello all,

I wanted to let you all know that I finally won an eight year court battle from an inspection performed in 2005.

Some of you may remember my company, Gold Coast Inspection. I created and built this company, just like you all, out of nothing. Went to school, was certified and was a member of NACHI for years.

During the course of the summer of 2005, I conducted an inspection where there was serious damage to the roof system. These defects were cited on the report and was delivered to the buyer. Roughly 2 years after the inspection, I received a summons with a civil complaint attached.

The buyer closed on the property without adhering to the recommendations the property should be evaluated by a roofer and mold tested. The buyer closed and had to remediate the property costing over $60,000.

After 8 years of bull****, I finally had my day in court last week. Two days of trial in Palm Beach, expert witnesses, interrogatories... et al. I got the Final Judgment yesterday and I was victorious.

The reason for the post... be careful. Even with air-tight inspection agreements, anyone can sue anyone for anything in Florida. And, these types of cases make it through the test of a Motion to Dismiss. The burden of proof falls on the shoulders of the Plaintiff, but there is a minimal bar to get a complaint past the dismissal stage.

What this means, E & O only covers so much. And when the premiss for the case in fraudulent inducement and misrepresentation, there is not much or an E & O carrier to look at. Why? Because the allegation is not performance related. Rather, the case was based on individual action and not whether there was a mistake on the report or its findings.

What happened to my company and I? Well, this particular case involved Coldwell Banker RE... my biggest client at the time. I had (3) offices and the bulk of their volume agents used me specifically. Immediately following the filing, I was banned from the offices. Marketing materials removed, no vendor invites and no return calls when trying to address it. I don't blame them, as it is a clear conflict of interest in maintaining the relationship. But, my point is that one thing like this can ruin your business. Coldwell Banker respresented roughly 65% of my business.. then the valve was turned off.

This litigation cost me my company, drove me in to debt, ruined my credit profile and my home is being auctioned July 11,2013.

I remember when I first posted about this in 2008, while I was an active NACHI member, and there were responses posted implying that I must have done something wrong or was at fault.

I am here to tell you all, it doesn't matter. You can be the best at what you do to have it all take away. Why, because you can sue a ham sandwich in this state. It cost me over $25,000 to defend this case plus my way of life. All because a fellow consumer thought they had been done wrong.

My point, dot your i's, cross your t's, fully report and attend as many education opportunities as possible. Because you don't have to screw up to loose it all.

For my future, I was licensed as a real estate agent in 2011, doing fantastic, was awarded into the President's Club and I don't miss climbing through attics in Miami in August.

I hope all is well within my former inspection community and keep your heads under the radar and I sincerely with you all great success.

Is This Hanger Listed for GRC?

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 23:17
This was the only hanger that was intact and attached to the structure along this length of galvanized SE conduit.

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Water Pressure @ shower head?

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 21:50
Did an inspection the other day on a new house 2012 few issues, Noted in the report (Not as a critical issue just noted) that I observed low water pressure @ the master bathroom shower head (it was very low). My client wanted it fixed and asked the seller (builder) to fix it. Builders response was "ok I will provide code compliance pressure allowed to master bathroom shower head". Well I got a phone call from my client asking me what the code pressure is for a master bathroom shower heads. My response " I dont know" :) I also told him I wouldnt think it would be anything different from the hallway bathrooms water pressure so I would be wondering way it was so different.
My question here is does anyone know if there are different pressure code compliances for different bathrooms if so what are they?

The ESOP Is A Joke

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 19:55
I don't even want to hear about any ESOP judgments being overturned. Since I questioned about how it operates on another thread I got to find out from someone who had a complaint filed against them.

Luckily it was in their favor, but they had no clue that it was happening. That is ridiculous.

It is a ridiculous system and I really can't believe the word "Ethics" is in the title of the committee. There is nothing ethical about how that system works.

Like I said before I am sure that I respect every individual serving on the committee, but the standards of procedures is absurd.

It truly is a "Star Chamber"

All members now get free credit card processing (merchant) accounts

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 19:26
Hey everyone,

I just inked an amazing deal with one of the country's largest merchant account providers to give all our members free merchant accounts. Basically, this means:
  • Members pay no monthly fees (normally $15-20 per month)
  • Members get a free credit card terminal or smartphone swiper (often $400+ or a monthly "lease" fee)
  • Members get amazing rates (because there are 10,000 of us, I was able to negotiate better rates than any individual member could get)
  • There are no volume limits (some other popular services won't let you charge more than $400 at a time, or limit you to $10,000 per month)
We just got the contract finalized, so there's no landing page or anything yet, but if anyone wants to get more information they can call Signature Card Services directly:

Phone: 323.966.0050
Dial x239 for Keito Bird
Or dial x256 for Faith Taylor

I've spoken to both Keito and Faith, and they know everything about the program and can get members set up right now.


Help please...

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 19:23
There were substantial cracks on both sides of the sump pump. A U.S. Quarter slid in quite nicely. The pump was in the front right corner of a 6000 sq. ft. home built in 1995. I could not follow the cracks outside the room in a finished basement.

There was no other cracking of any kind to be seen anywhere (foundation, walls, ceilings, floors etc.) inside or outside. Just this. I suspect this may have happened when the pump was installed. I don't think I should recommend se evaluation. I'm interested to know what you fine gentlemen think.
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Free IR Training opportunities with TIC 2013

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 19:18
Free IR training opportunities at Thermal Imaging Conference in San Diego June 3-6th, 2013

If you will be purchasing an infrared camera in the near future, consider this promo from United Infrared whereas you purchase for $595 and they will give you a credit voucher for full value towards any IR camera they sell. Most of the manufacturers will be at conference so you will gave a great knowledge base going into it. On top of that, you will be with hundreds of other thermographers to network with.

If you already have a camera, why not get Level I training. You can sign up for Level I (several offerings) and get JumpStartIR for free as well ($595 value)

Already have Level I and want Level II, we got you covered….Sign up for Level II, get the full conference for free ($1095 value).

This is a win/win situation for all : To Qualify for this offer you must call their office at 888-722-6447 to register.

Any questions, you can contact me: Peter Hopkins, 760-593-2339

Is this allowed?

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 17:55
1990 home. The water heater lines have lines soldered right into the sides. Is this okay or a deficiency?
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6-Hour Inspection Training in Central Virginia

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 17:46
The InterNACHI Central Virginia chapter is kicking off its membership drive with this awesome training event, taught by Kenny Hart

Learn how to inspect the plumbing system like master plumber, Kenny Hart. Register here

A second generation Master Plumber and Mechanical Contractor, Kenny Hart has nearly 40 years of experience in the mechanical fields. He holds a Master’s License in plumbing, HVAC and gas-fitting. He has been certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a backflow device tester.

He is a Virginia Certified Home Inspector and has been or is currently a member of ASHI, NAHI and InterNACHI. Kenny is the Past-President of the Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors. He served on the ASHI Technical Committee for three years, including one year as the chairman.

There will be two classes for this event

How a Plumber Inspects the Plumbing System-4 Hours

With more than 35 years in the plumbing and mechanicals trades Kenny will share his somewhat unique look at home inspection regarding the plumbing portion of the work. This presentation takes you through the plumbing portion of a home inspection where Kenny will identify the more common defects and concerns home inspectors routinely find with this portion of the home inspection. But he will also go beyond that and focus on some of the more specific areas of concern. He will offer up a few tricks of the trades for finding defects and explain some simple cures. The extensive use of images, animations and anecdotal stories from the Master Plumber, HVAC Tech and Gas Fitter turned home inspector always makes this presentation informative and fun.

Boiler Basics-2 Hours

Boilers can be intimidating for even the most veteran inspectors. This class is great for beginning inspectors and veteran inspectors alike. Kenny will go over the operation of boiler systems and common defects to look for on your home inspections.

Door Prize

All participants get a raffle ticket for a door prize that no inspector wants to miss!

Register for this home inspection education here

Walsh receives Educational Award

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 16:53
Mr. Chris Walshof, also doing business as Home-Rite Inspection Systems, recently was awarded the prestigious iNACHI Gerry Beaumont Educational Achievement Award on April 16, 2013. His name has been added to our growing list of InterNACHI members at( ). Congratulations Chris! And we hope to see you on our list of award winners for next year and beyond.

To apply for the iNACHI Gerry Beaumont Educational Achievement Award go to ( ) for qualifications, standards and submission criteria.

All the Best,

and the Awards Committee


NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 16:52
Did the inspector committee vote to move staff changes to the IAC back to the Commissioners?

The Wizard of OZ, please come to Texas

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 15:00
The Governor of Kansas is bold. He deregulated home inspection.

Wish he would talk to Gov Perry.

Alarm Lead Companies

NACHI - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 14:30
OK I have a fair amount of alarm leads that convert on a fairly decent ratio over the past few years. I have been primarily been using a local company and things have been rock solid for years. As someone who does not believe in putting all my eggs in one basket I am thinking of spreading the wealth around. That being said I am looking for some names of other reputable alarm lead companies.

Before anyone jumps all over me and starts crap saying that I know Nathan has alarm leads, I will save you all the time. Of course I know that, in fact a few months ago I did a test with Nathan and to be honest it went fine. My ratio was excellent for the few test clients I sent. Nathan was pleased, I got paid and I was pleased. In short, it was a successful test on both sides.

The issue now is that I am ready to start ramping up my leads and I find myself in a bit of a pickle. Most of you know of the thread where I was looking for some info on warranty liability issues for another possible project I may be launching. Well as you know Nathan assumed that was an attack on him and started all the threats about a lawsuit, or maybe it is even in the works, not sure. Anyway I have attempted to contact him several times and to no avail he won't accept the offer, and move on and possible even do some business.

OK that all being said, my current pickle is I am in search of other reliable alarm lead companies ready to do some biz. I remember at onetime (I thought) NACHI had some other vendors that did alarm leads? I may be mistaken. If anyone has any contacts or even a name, link or any info please share.

Also Nathan this is my last contact attempt if you want to call or write me the door is still slightly cracked open. If not oh well ya know.....

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