Let’s face the facts: we are seen as experts. Customers expect answers from us, usually immediate answers. How tempting it can be to make them happy! Armed with our expensive, high-tech tools, it is all too easy to forget we can’t always come up with those answers.
The temperature difference on this failing surge protection [...]
One year ago I made some predictions about where I thought the market might be headed (click here to read full post). It is useful, I think, to see how today’s reality compares with yesterday’s dreams.
• A $1,000 imager
We are close, but thankfully not yet there. Sales of lower-cost systems continue to grow. This has [...]
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Mastering Infrared Thermography: Tools & Techniques
Wednesday, June 1st @ 12:30 pm EST
This webinar presents infrared imaging features important for assessing residential buildings and will show you:
The important features of imaging equipment
How to use the technology throughout the year
How to identify the conditions required for successful thermal imaging of [...]
Last week, I went into detail on tips to help you prepare for a roof inspection by conducting a pre-inspection during daylight hours. Now, I will explain necessary steps to take while inspecting a roof in the evening, and what you can expect to see if there are issues.
Before you begin, it is important to [...]
Last week we talked about how low-slope roofs leak and, as a result, how the water becomes trapped in the roof system—generally in the insulation—accelerating roof failure. According to a survey by the National Roof Contractors’ Association, on average, roofs in the United States are replaced every ten years or less!
A penetration to the [...]
The snow is nearly melted here in Central Vermont. If you are responsible for the maintenance of those low-slope roofs under which we work and live in, this is a great time to get up on the roof and conduct a spring inspection. A simple walkover with an inspection checklist in hand can [...]
I’ve never been very good at predicting the future! I missed the .com boom, I lost badly in the recession, and I certainly failed to pick the winner in the last few presidential elections. I’ve never even been good at guessing what the weather will be, but I just enjoy being out in whatever comes.
All of us from the Fluke Industrial team are running on a bit of adrenaline as the 2010 Rockwell Automation Fair, in Orlando, FL comes to a close. Everything about this year’s event was intensely positive and at times a little overwhelmingly so—but the buzz around the Fluke booth was unmistakable so we are really [...]
As I ended last week’s blog post, I emphasized that an investment in a roof moisture inspection can pay huge dividends. A roof system is typically one of the most expensive parts of a commercial building and—too often as the photograph shows—it is “out of sight and out of mind!” The costs are exorbitant—including the [...]
The inspection of many—but not all—low-slope roofs is straightforward. If you are dealing with a built-up roof (BUR) or a “bald” single-ply membrane that has aged several years, you should have good success using one of two basic strategies in which the wet insulation reveals itself thermally due to its higher heat capacitance or its [...]