Professional Home Inspector - October 2017


    PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTOR                                        October 2017




                                                                                        David Clark


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Have You Used A Drone For A Roof Inspection?




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This month's Tech Tip is about inspecting SIPS construction

We have changed the forum link in the right column to our new website: This site is full of training and installation videos for home inspectors. Check it out!

Check out our survey results from last month, and be sure to take this month's survey! Also  New Products, and News from the Home Inspector World (Left pane)

The 7th annual Niagara Frontier Home Inspectors Conference was a huge success! Thanks to all the home inspectors who attended and the great sponsors and trainers! Check out some pictures from the event below and save the date for 2018; October 19-20


Assessor Mold Class for Home Inspectors                 

Offered by: Continuing Educational Provider, John Polito. November 8,9,10,11. Weds-Sat, 9:00am-5:00pm

Pembroke Central Bus Garage Training Rm. 58 Alleghany Rd. Corfu, NY 14036

$650 Register by email to : Please register soon! Questions - call John - 585-330-5644


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               This Month's Tech Tip

 Inspecting Structural Insulated Panels (SIP)


 Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) are building panels used in residential and commercial buildings that consist of panels of insulated foam sandwiched between two structural facings. The facings typically are (Oriented Strand Board) OSB. However plywood could be used. These large panels are manufactured in a factory to exact specifications and shipped to the building site where they are assembled. SIPS construction is different than normal framing because of the way the panels are constructed; they actually are the structure. There are many differences. Foundation straps are used to secure the panels instead of sill bolts. Panel corners and roof to wall connections are screwed together. Special fasteners are used to attach porch roofs to SIPS buildings. Floor joists are attached with a top chord bearing hanger that is attached to the top of the SIPS panel. A ridge beam and possibly a mid span beam may be used to support the roof panels. Here is a video of a SIPS house being constructed: What should a home inspector should be looking for?

  • Wood structural panels should be 7/16 of a inch thick or greater, unless plans call for another size
  • Corrosion resistant screws must be used
  • Bulges or spaces in the walls would be considered a major defect
  • Wall panels should be uniformly spaced on the foundation wall
  • Holes cut into SIPS panels should be no larger than 2 inches centered in the panel core. Vertical chases shall have a minimum spacing of 24 inches on center. No more than 2 horizontal chases shall be permitted in each wall panel.
  • The walls are fastened to the foundation using approved fasteners
  • Normally, SIPS walls should be no taller than 10 feet
  • SIPS walls should be capped with a top plate
  • Pressure treated sill plates should be used and anchored to the foundation with anchor bolts spaced a maximum of 6 feet on center. There shall be a minimum of 2 bolts per plate section with one bolt located not more than 12 inches from the end of each plate
  • Sill bolts should be at least ½ inch in diameter and extend at least 7 inches into the masonry. Nut and washers should be used.
  • Approved air barriers should be used on exterior walls and vapor retarders on interior walls

The 2017 Niagara Frontier Home Inspectors Training Conference in beautiful Niagara Falls NY was a huge success - thanks to all!

Save the Date for 2018 - October 19-20 2018

12 hours of approved NYS, InterNACHI, & ASHI continuing education.


Here are some pictures from the 2017 sold out Niagara Frontier Home Inspectors Training Conference....





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  • Joe Ferry
  • AccuStar Labs
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  • United Infrared
  • Wohler   
  • Vanguard Emergency Management
  • EMSL Analytical
  • WNY Alliance of Home Inspectors
  • InterNACHI
  • Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust
  • North American Mold Professionals Association (NAMPA)
  • Inspector Pro Insurance
  • Monroe Infrared
  • Rad Elec 
  • NY Radon Response
  • Healthy Homes Education & Consulting
  • Inspector Services Group

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  •     2017 Niagara Frontier Home Inspectors Training Conference Trainers

Peter Hopkins

Michael Menz

Andrew Stone

Mel Shaw


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