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Who’s Who of the Fluke TI Blog

Interview with Sheet Metal professional who uses a Fluke Ti25 for Home Inspections and More

We recently interviewed Dan Laughbon, one of our most avid social media followers. Dan was a pleasure to talk to and we were excited to interview him because he certainly knows his stuff.  We wanted to learn more about him, why he likes our blog so much, and what he does day-to-day with his Fluke thermal imager.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up on a farm outside of Davenport, Washington (just west of Spokane), where I did a lot of mechanical work on machines, trucks, cars and tractors. I followed up my farm maintenance experience with more mechanical training in high school and college.  I continued to further my education with certification training at another job where they sent me to training for electronics, electrical, hydraulic systems and bearing condition / shaft vibration. I applied this to the machines in the sheet metal shop I’ve been working at for 20 years, where the thermal imager has been aptly suited for maintenance work. I’m Level I Certified in Thermography and I’m looking to get my Level II certification in the near future.   I’ve also started a small thermal imaging business on the side to inspect mall power rooms, as well as doing various home inspections.

We couldn’t help but notice your continuous stream of “likes” and blog comments. How did you find our blog and what makes you “like” us so much?
Well, while I find the Fluke blog informative and educational, I also find it to be really entertaining.  I try to not always keep things too serious myself, so I appreciate the tone of the Fluke blog. There is a lot of good information and I enjoy the participation from Michael and The Snell Group, also.

How long have you been participating?
Since it started.

Can you name one instance where information from the blog helped you at your job?
Some of the machines I work with are hard to get a good angle on. There was a blog post about using aluminum or stainless steel to get heat reflection off that. Just cut pieces of aluminum, and point the imager towards the aluminum. It was just to observe what was going on thermally, but not for accuracy, but that’s all I needed to know—just what was hot and what wasn’t, not how hot, so that was really useful.

What Fluke thermal imager model do you own?
I’ve had the Fluke Ti25 for about 3-4 years – purchased from Black and Associates. I bought it when it first came out and it’s been working really great. I’ve had opportunity to inspect some friend’s homes and they’ve been amazed by the insulation issues I’ve been able to find.

Okay, business aside, what’s the quirkiest image you’ve taken with your Ti25?
Hmmm, well I remember once I was kind of goofing off in one area, and I happened to be pointing it up at a register in the ceiling, but there was no cold air coming out. But there was a cold tile next to it. The flexible duct had flipped off of the register and had landed on the tile next to it, moving cold air to the tile. I wasn’t expecting anything, but then “Poof!” there it was!

Is there anything else you’d like to be written on the Fluke blog?
Yes! I’d like to see more information on machine health that Fluke offers and about machine maintenance. I tried to access it, but haven’t been successful. I have attended the maintenance best practices seminars that are held in the area. What I’d like to see is some building inspection seminars and more insight on building inspections for both residential and commercial buildings on the blog.

Well, you are definitely extremely TI savvy.  Is there any wisdom you’d like to impart on our readers?
One piece of great advice in my business is regarding doing walk-arounds. Some people have their own idea of what a walk-around entails or they are afraid they will get charged by the walk-around, or they have their own agenda. Sometimes you almost have to put them in a headlock to get them to understand (don’t actually do this, but you get my point, LOL). You need clear communication and absolutely insist on sitting down and talking, instead of the guy calling you in to start the inspection. That ends up being a waste of time for you and them. They might have a clear mind of
what they want, but that doesn’t always get passed on to you.

Thanks for engaging with us online!
No problem- it’s a pleasure and I look forward to seeing more!

3 comments to Who’s Who of the FlukeTI Blog

  • Michael Stuart

    Dan, Should we even ask what you are doing to that toaster?!?!?! 😉

  • Dan Laughbon

    Just a little goofing around , but I had to ask if it was unplugged twice! …Good thing I had my flame retardant shirt on or it might have been more than toasty HA.HA. Thanks again and I do appreciate the knowledge, hard work, and insights all of you at the fluke corp. do to get the information out there.

  • What an awesome site. Keep up the good work. I sent it to 14 people so far.

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