Inspection pole

Yes that is my Ferret on a 23 foot longarm pole, I got my extra height from my arm reach.

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Very nice Brother…
That will help a lot taking images of the far back hurricane clips…
Thanks again! Yep!

I agree with the drone. There are several good ones. I like the Mavic Air for size but also own Phantom 2,3, and mavic pro. I know a lot of guys love the poles though because no FAA regs etc… plus you crash your drone its a really bad day. Just on thing you may want to consider in getting a pole…You might want to consider a non metal type pole (carbon fiber or something) for safety and weight. I could be wrong but didn’t an inspector get electocuted a while back when his metal pole came in contact with some power lines? Having said that, I am going to make myself a hypocrite by showing this video I made using a painters pole a few years ago. https://youtu.be/oJ0oXRfeARE

I got the drone. Mavic Pro Platinum . It does have a zoom feature .
I ain’t pullin’ out the drone unless absolutely needed.
About $100 plus needed.
But the Ferret will handle all the low shots…Yep!

Came across this post while researching new equipment to purchase and figured I would bring it back up rather than start a new topic. I would eventually like to get a drone but haven’t seen many houses in my area that aren’t accessible with a ladder/camera pole so it doesn’t seem like a needed investment. I like the idea of the ferret on the end of a pole as it seems like a solid affordable option.

I am curious about the setup - can the camera only shoot photos in line with the pole or can you angle it various directions? For example, could you angle the lens back towards you to get a shot inside of the gutters?

Would love to see a photo of your setup if you have one handy.

$52 24’ pole from Amazon
$5 paint roller from Walmart
$12 GoPro camera holder

$69 out the door. I have a beach house inspection tomorrow. 2 story 15’ off the ground. This will work on the second floor balconies.

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Brian, I actually switched to a gopro hero 5 black for my pole camera, it has much better quality photo’s. A Real Estate agent actually thought I was using a drone. Here is a link to some photos with the gopro. The ferret never had great photos and was hard to control. I believe the notes in the photo link has links to what I have purchased

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MT0TJOM?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_image $159.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B073JYVKNX?ref=ppx_pt2_mob_b_prod_image $12.29 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0156MFBJG?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_image $19.15 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07K1SVVFQ?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_image. $21.97 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00EVWS1JK?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_image $21.95 https://www.lowes.com/pd/Mr-LongArm-Pro-Lok-8-4-ft-to-23-2-ft-Telescoping-Threaded-Extension-Pole/4755038. $39.98 $275.33 estimate

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Thanks James and Martin, I feel stupid now… you guys posting about that just made me realize I got a GoPro a few years back at Christmas that is sitting untouched in the box, just saved me some $$$!

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I’m trying to put together a similar rig prior to my Monday morning inspection. What did you screw into the GoPro mount since that hole is much smaller than the painters pole threaded connector? Unfortunately don’t have time for anything to be shipped so it would be great if it’s at the hardware store, I just looked around and wasn’t able to come up with anything.

Brian… I assume that the GoPro has the standard 1/4-20 thread hole, so… before I received my ordered adapter, I made a cheap mount to get me by.

Take your paint roller handle and cut off the metal retainer wand just above the handle. Use a punch to knock out the small piece from the handle. Take a 1/4-20 threaded bolt and drive it through the handle (from inside) until it firmly seats. Run a nut down the bolt to firmly secure it to the handle. (Be sure to use an appropriate bolt length so too much isn’t left or cut the extra off and use a file to clean the threads).

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I’m on it, thanks for the very detailed explanation!

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No problemo’! I made mine years ago and no longer have it readily available or I would have posted a pic for you. Sorry.

I pulled the metal paint roller part out of the paint roller. I cut it square and used a 1/4” bolt with washers to secure area. All I do is walk around the roof with the video running on the GoPro camera. I’ll review the footage in the field. I’ll take it home and on my 5k monitor I can search for defects. At that time I take a screen shot and add it to my report. It’s much easier than trying to search for defects looking into the sun and holding a 24’ pole streaming to a little phone screen.

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Thank you for saving me from learning the hard way. I may have figured that out after plenty of time sweating in the sun wrestling with my phone and pole so I’m glad I can go ahead and skip that step now!

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All set for Monday, thanks for the help everyone! That thing is a beast to maneuver at 20 ft up!

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Nice! Yes, it does take some getting used to.
Tip: When I first began using mine (no, I do not do ‘Live’ view) it was sometimes difficult to maintain the proper direction of view (especially when sun in eyes). To help with this problem, I made a couple of marks with s Sharpie near where my hand hold normally is, and also made a 6" x 1" pointer (painted neon pink) out of a plastic garden stake and attached it under the camera and pointing the direction the lens views. Problem solved!!

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I use the live view with the GoPro app but I also strap my phone to my wrist so that what ever twist or turn that I make the phone is always facing me and easy to see https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07K1SVVFQ?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

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I 3D printed a Gopro mount for our painters pole. Made it in BIG company green also.

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Here is a video I shot during a home inspection with my GoPro mounted on my camera pole. It is about 35 ft long.

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