“Operate the camera”, you mean you now know how to turn the thing on!?
So your pushing your Provence to regulate IR because of those that “think” they know what they are doing?!
I apologize in advance, but your statements like these are making the coffee in my coffee cup, that I am holding, boil!
You don’t have a freaking clue of what you’re doing! If you did, you wouldn’t make statements like this.
Not to get down on you, but I don’t want any other inspector around here thinking that they can operate one of these machines without being trained! Yes, you can use it. However, you better not rely on what your saying.
Does not apply to home inspection!?
The building science course leaves Level 1,2,&3 Thermographers (who are certified by the way) walking around with a deer in the headlight look!
I have a degree in thermodynamic engineering.
I figured with my background I would breeze right through all this stuff! Well, I was quite wrong!
There are people on this website smarter than me, and they’re not 100% correct when it comes to thermography.
Even William Decker’s fantastic PowerPoint presentation is not 100% correct, but close enough.
If you think you can go off at this half cocked, you’re extremely mistaken and I recommend you reconsider your position.
Just a moment…
Okay, now that I went and refilled my coffee cup and had a chance to cool down a little, I would like to thank you for your comments posted internationally here. It supports my marketing program which I am developing and presenting to Realtors in an attempt to market my infrared program, “The 10 most common mistakes home inspectors make with their infrared cameras”!
This program is an attempt to protect the real estate agent and their clients from rogue home inspectors and gadget gurus. I am delivering my message door to door and have no intent of posting it on the Internet at this time. I do not wish to give infrared thermography a bad name or increase the black eye home inspectors have managed to self inflict upon themselves already.
As Kenton posted “IR Imaging is a separate inspection, Not part of General Home Inspection!”
Those that feel that IR is a shortcut in home inspection, is a great eyewash marketing tool, will make them better home inspectors, take note. IR is not a shortcut. It increases your inspection time, not decrease it. It increases your report writing time. If you’re not charging for your extra time, and you’re investing $8,000 in time, education and equipment, you’re digging yourself a hole. You are also taking a shortcut that will give the rest of the home inspectors using IR technology a black eye. When you start recommending further evaluation that results in the intrusive inspection of some one’s house and you find that there is nothing wrong as you reported, you will not just subject yourself to litigation but will infect the entire industry by questioning the reliability of IR technology.
In the medical field, x-ray (and other imaging technology) they have someone taking the pictures but still as a doctor interpreting them. Why is this? Because the doctor doesn’t have the time to operate the equipment and understand the imaging technology changes and because x-ray technicians do not have the education and experience to understand what they’re looking at. I had an MRI done and the x-ray technician commented about a dozen Springs he saw in my abdomen and asked me what they were! You’re the doctor, you tell me! It turned out they were from a laparoscopic hernia repair.
If you want this industry to become regulated (which will not affect those of us that are already certified) keep on “driving without a license”!