My Review of the AR Drone for roof inspections

(Wayne B. Wilson, TN 439) #21

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(Alex Dronie) #22

Great article. The AR Drone is perfect for handy work, especially inspecting roofs. Makes your life much easier. The AR Drone is fairly expensive though so be careful! I recommend mastering the UDI U818A before taking on the AR just because it’s much cheaper and more durable. The camera isn’t half bad either. Check out this review, it helped me make my decision!

(Charley L. Bottger) #23

I personally have no need for a small drone to inspect residential roofs I inspected a A-frame roof Saturday from on the roof. :shock:

But But But I have been looking at a German made quad chopper with a infrared 640 gyro mounted Flir Camera belly mounted for commercial flat roofs. But have been waiting to see the outcome of the FAA requirements for commercial use before I invest big bucks. They require a two day school to learn to fly it in order to purchase insurance for it

(Carl Frendzel) #24

Except that isn’t an A-Frame…


(Charley L. Bottger) #25

Same pitch;-) Steep:mrgreen:

(Carl Frendzel) #26

Not when you come up the right side of that picture it isn’t.


(Larry Kage, CMI) #27

Nice review, Glenn…:slight_smile:

(Paul Lesieur, CMI) #28

I bought the “cheap” drone a few hours ago $62.00 shipping included.

For $62 I can see how it works out for me as I think walking roofs is not the smartest way to spend time when your over 60. As the OP suggested, try the “toy” drone and see how you like it.

Walked a roof last week and yes you can see more than from a ladder but I think a painters pole is the smart way to go and plan on getting the 30’ one I saw for a couple of hundred.

I am in a small group of inspectors that doesn’t think roof walking is needed.

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(Dave Fetty, CMI) #29

The OP is two years old… It was a good review. I’m betting they are cheaper and better now. There is another thread with good info on the subject too.

(Paul Lesieur, CMI) #30

$62 is all I paid as it is marked down from then original price of $500.

For $62 I can use it to impress the kids if it doesn’t work as an inspection tool.

I do lots of 203K inspections and roof walking is not part of the deal, might try it there.

(Charley L. Bottger) #31

Yes very small group I would say a minority group that will eventually get bit in the arse???:wink:

(Frank Rotte, , CPI, San Diego Home Inspector) #32

Do you have a link for the $62 drone?

(Stephen W. Stanczyk, WA License #221) #33

When in doubt, check Amazon.

Here you go.

(Paul Lesieur, CMI) #34

Yep, that’s the link.
There are similar links for other drones in the same price range.

I also bought some batteries and charger for about another $20.

(Paul Lesieur, CMI) #35

I thought it through and am OK with not walking anything beyond a 6 or 7/12.

When nail guns first came out a lot of the guys wouldn’t use them, 2 years later they all had them. Reason was nail guns weren’t as good as hand nailing, that didn’t last.

I see a home inspection as a general inspection, not a " Squirrel chewed your cap vent" inspection. 25 pages and the other photos on demand.

I just sent a buyer 75 pictures this morning, inspection went fine and she asked if she could have all the pictures I took, no problem! I rarely put the small stuff in there although if the buyer is present I may mention it. I do home inspections, not molecular biology.

(Frank Rotte, , CPI, San Diego Home Inspector) #36

Wow, that’s cheap enuf to crash and burn.

(Paul Lesieur, CMI) #37

Ha, my thoughts exactly:)

(Wayne B. Wilson, TN 439) #38

I started with one like that , battery sucks but good to start out with

(Greg Keene, CMI) #39

Paul - I bought the cheap one too, will get it on Thurs. Will play with it and maybe use it on 3 or 4 inspections a year that I can’t get to the roof. If not, will play with it on the golf course and thrill my grandkids. $62 is worth the experiment.

(Charles W. Wallace, OK License # 70001308) #40

Glenn … THANKS for the time and effort to put your findings and great modifications on the board. I don’t use a drone TODAY, but the future is coming.