Got to shake the hand of Captain Thomas Jerome Hudner, jr.

NACHI - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 18:04

Medal of Honor Receipient for the Korean War.

DDG 116 built at Bath Iron Works will be named after him.

I was asked to attend the Ceremony to represent the Tinsmith Trade for work on those ships along with other tradesman.
88 years old and looks sharp as ever.


Thinking about starting a Part-Time Inspection Career

NACHI - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 17:11
I live in the tri-state area of West Tennessee (Memphis, Tn - West Memphis, Ar - North Ms). I currently have a full time job with the government (non-inspection related) and I wanted to know if the current economy would keep me from getting any work after getting certified? I haven't started any school inspection schooling as of yet, but I am thinking about it. I just don't want to spend the money and time on something that may not work out in the end. I do think that the fact that I live within 20 miles of 3 states gives me an advantage. what do you guys think. Has work slowed down or sped up since around 2008?

Thanks in advance.

If you can't attend, register for this webinar anyways.

NACHI - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 12:37
If you can't attend the free webinar, register anyways.

The system will:
  • automatically email you a link to the webinar recording; and
  • notify you about the next webinar.

"Finding Major Defects in a Home Inspection #2"
Free. Open to everyone.
Thursday April 18, 2013, 8:30 - 9:30 EDT.
(Check your time zone.)

We're going to find a major defect in this home (picture above).

Limited to 1,000 attendees. Bring your questions.

Register now at

Gold is below $1,500 right now. Buy the dips.

NACHI - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 10:48
The dip won't last long.

Unvented atic

NACHI - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 10:22
I recently came across an attic where the soffits were well ventilated, but there were no vents in the roof. The home was built in 2005. In Florida there is a roofing final inspection. It appears that the building inspector missed it. Not sure if that is an issue, or how serious. There is never any snow in the area, and it rarely gets below 45 degrees, so condensation will not likely be an issue. I'm curious to know how much it will effect the attic temp, and if it really needs to be corrected.

Unbelieveable what some Orillia home inspectors will do for a buck

NACHI - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 08:46
I completed an inspection several weeks ago an found this, retaining walls bowed, steps angled down, my conclusion the whole of the front berm is sliding slowly and needs rebuilt. Then I found the driveway slopes into the garage and floods as evidenced by the waterline around the foundation wall inside, Garage/foundation wall shows signs of displacement and leakage,and it went on and on until I found the attic covered in a "mould like substance". My clients decided to walk from the home purchase.

Two or three weeks later they were told by the re the home had sold. The seller and their re brought in another Inspector to do an inspection and his report found no issues with the foundation, retaining wall and most importantly advised that the attic was self correcting if more ventilation was added!

My clients knew better as I had educated them with information in the report and documentation from several sources in additional files and were as astounded as was I an Orillia Home Inspector would say that. There had to be at least 1500 sq foot surface area involved along with the insulation etc.

I guess that there are bad inspectors everywhere but clearly this one sold out any integrity they may have had for the price of an inspection and referral.
Ps My clients had me do another inspection this last week and this one was a keeper.
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Basement sump pump video

NACHI - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 06:34
Don't know if they just bought it, did not listen to entire vid BUTT...

1:45 there is at least 1 exterior crack in basement wall, uh huh.

So at least some of that efflorescence on the inside of wall is due to that crack. Appears to be some above grade openings as well and so ummm duh, they ALL need to be repaired/waterproofed correctly if ya wanna STOP the water from where its really getting in and help stop further efflorescence.

Sure looks like an inside system was previously installed along that back wall. And again, it did not stop the water from entering the stoooopid exterior crack. Hence, the exterior crack, an existing defect, AND most likely WHY and where most-maybe all of the water was/is entering, was not fixed,is still open.

Wasn't fixed prolly due the same old shtt which is either/both, inside system company bullshtt'd previous owner or they're incompetent sob's who don't know what to look for, don't know why-where water often FIRST enters duh blocks, don't give a shtt.

Don't need to be in this basement,or most others (not all eh) to see, to tell, to know, just in case some are wondering how the fc can Bubba know.

An exercise

NACHI - Fri, 04/12/2013 - 05:59
Remove Association branding, Educational levels and Tiered Designations.
What could any Provincial, Federal and State governments do to insure a Home Inspector is legitimized.
IE: Mandatory registration. Association members upon completion of their examinations and successfully achieving a passing grade are handed to the government authority that is designated to oversee this fine industry..

Emergency forum

NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 23:28
Well gees jonas what makes you think it wasn't an emergency to me Thanks for nothing. I know how to read

HOMinspect software

NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 23:20
I am looking for soft ware for reports. Has any one used software, tried it for reports or seen a report from this software? The price seems very good. You own the software out right and no additional costs for the reports according to the company brochure.

wood stove certifications

NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 22:18
What is WWT certification and is it somthing I need as an inspector?
Thanks Robert in California

Planning strategy in Mexico

NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 21:34
Mauricio Mariscal and I plan strategy for an upcoming meeting with the national heads of the Mexican construction and real estate associations.
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Be Cautious Upon Sending Emails

NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 20:48

I wonder if this will include home inspection reports and the personal information that goes with them.

Your thoughts...more on licensing?

NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 20:00
An extensive regulatory framework should govern the practice of home inspection in Quebec and Canada. This is the main conclusion of a major study conducted by the Association des consommateurs pour la qualité dans la construction (ACQC).

Wow how about this mit

NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 19:57
I did not believe the client from the first phone call but she sure seems to have a cement as she says roof. House had cement fascia and attic access and until I went up there I did not think I would find what I found. I wish my roof was built like it. It looks like it was poured in place and had metal in it according to the mighty MT 6 so I called it reinforced. Have any of youu come across anything that looks like this. Heck I wish I could have my roof done like it if it is reinforces as it seems. The thing that sucks is that she will not get roof covering discount unless she can prove it passed an inspection and she has no idea and thinks it is original. I doubt it. Roll membrane on top of concrete from what I can tell. I think it will last forever. Let me know if you have seen similar just so I can learn. This is one for the next course. al l photos are the property of me and not to be used without my written consent. Pretty cool huh :)
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NWFHIA meeting in Pensacola on May 16, 2013.

NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 18:20
NWFHIA – May Meeting Announcement

What: May Meeting of the NW Florida Home Inspectors Assoc – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

When: Thursday, May 16th

Meeting: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Where: IHOP
6707 Pensacola Blvd,
Pensacola, FL
(850) 474-3978

 Election of Officers
 New Roof Certification forms
 Update on State of Florida Home Inspectors

The stated official monthly meetings and minutes of the previous Meetings will be provided at the breakfast.

Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
Florida-State Certified Master Home Inspector Lic. #HI89
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
203(k) FHA/HUD Consultant #A0900
WDO Certificate #JE190791
NACHI #10071802
362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
850.934.6800 (Office)
850.485.3209 (Cell / Text Msg)


NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 17:05
How do like this one? :)

Pic 2 is the feed to sub.
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Cracks in Poured Foundation

NACHI - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 16:59

I recently had a home inspection and these cracks were found in the foundation. Inspector said they are shrinkage and no big deal. I want to be 100% sure before purchase. Anyone have any thoughts?


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