Originally Posted By: dvalley
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An infrared thermometer is a must in my bag. I utilize this for verifying heating, air conditioning, water temperature, circuit breaker temperature, radiant flooring and ceilings and just about any surface that temperature differential would be a concern. Point, aim and read make it so much easier than utilizing thermometers or touching the surface with your hand.
As for the laser level? This is one tool I can?t go without. I laser the exterior structure of every house. I place it along a smooth edge (preferably the cornice molding) of the house and shoot it towards the soffit and move my beam from front to rear of the soffit. I?ve found three homes that were out of level approx. 4-6 inches and all three had confirmed structural deficiencies in the basement structure and footings. Structural Engineer was recommended.
I then laser my interior floors for settlement. I try to get a long hallway that leads from the front of the home to the rear. If that?s not possible I laser the biggest rooms from one side to the other. I?m looking for major settlement. If I find a floor to have a settlement more than 2 inches, that?ll give me a reference point when I enter the basement. Upon entering the basement, I check that particular area thoroughly and most of the time there?s no major issue in that area. It?s just settlement over the years.
Utilizing a laser level is a great way to confirm suspicions throughout any home.
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