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Wagner Meters Introduces New BI 2200 Moisture Meter For Home Inspectors and Contractors

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The new moisture meter for building materials allows an inspection without demolition of materials.
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I opened the box, read the easy instructions and was testing my stucco a minute later. Very easy to use, lightweight and only 2 buttons!

Full disclosure-I just got one to test from Wagner, free of charge.

Wagner Meter, long a renowned manufacturer of moisture measuring tools for the woodworking, logging and flooring industries, has recently introduced a new tool geared for home inspectors and contractors. The Wagner BI2200 Moisture Meter is a handy tool for measuring relative moisture content of many building materials-stucco, plaster, drywall, tile, shingles etc.

As described by Wagner-  The BI2200 inspection moisture meter is ideal for building or home inspections and is designed to provide comparative, relative moisture content readings for common building materials – stucco, plaster, drywall, tile, shingles, roofing, linoleum, wood and more. From their website-

Materials to Measure

Stucco, plaster, drywall, tile, shingles, roofing, linoleum, wood and more.

Specific Applications

Specifically designed for the building or home inspector, the BI2200, using state-of-the-art electromagnetic wave technology, provides a non-invasive tool for measuring a wide range of materials including wood, synthetic stucco, plaster, drywall, insulation materials, ceramic tile, shingles, linoleum, concrete and more.

The BI2200 Building Inspection Moisture Meter provides a general comparison moisture indication for inspection applications that only require relative* moisture content (MC) readings. By establishing a known baseline dry MC relative reading on a building material, the BI2200 can then compare and pinpoint elevated MC problem areas or conditions.

The BI2200 is programmable for numerous building materials and its two-button control makes one-handed operation simple. Designed with a Teflon pad to protect the sensor area on rough or abrasive surfaces, the BI2200 can provide a relative* MC reading on building materials without damage to the materials surface.

The BI2200, with its Press and Hold feature, lets you get into tight places without needing a visual line to the meter display. Beneath a sink, under a cabinet overhang or in a tight corner, with the Press and Hold feature you can take the relative* MC reading and the display holds the reading once the meter is removed, letting you quickly and easily document the readings during your inspection.

Easy to use and with a wide range of programmable building materials, the BI2200 is a reliable, state-of-the-art tool for the building or home inspection industry. *The BI2200 does not give precise MC percentages but is designed to provide a comparative relative MC reading for each material inspected in order to identify problem or potential problem areas in a building or a home.

Meter Specifications

Size & Weight:
Length – 4 9/16″; Width – 2 3/4″; Height – 1 1/16″; Weight – .37 lbs
Power:
9 volt battery
Auto Power Shut Down – 60 seconds
Control:
Two button control for on/off and material settings Press & Hold feature
Depth of Measurement:
3/4″
Moisture Content:
Relative 5% – 32%
Scanning Area:
1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Material Setting:
Selectable setting .20 – 1.0
Calibration:
Verifiable at factory
Other
1 Year Warranty
Battery Included
Shock Resistant
Carry Case with Belt Clip Included
Teflon® pad protects sensor plate from abrasive surfaces

 

I’ll be testing the unit out thoroughly over the next few months and writing up what I have found with it, limitations, other uses for it, accuracy etc. Watch for more info! Do you have one? Let me know what uses you’ve found for it.

 

Deck Safety Tips For a Safe, Fun Filled Summer

We don’t want to be Debbie Downers, but when it comes to deck safety, we are Debbie Downer…

You might be too if you get the amount of Google Alerts I do on deck fires and deck collapses.

Everyday, somewhere a deck collapses or catches fire from a grill, smoking materials or a fire pit…or a heat lamp for the dog house, sparks from welding, you get the picture. So a few safety tips from me, to help you not be the next statistic;

  • No smoking on a deck.
  • No grilling on a deck.
  • NO FIRE PITS ON A DECK!
  • Smoke, grill or have a fire pit a minimum of ten feet away from the building. Make sure everything is out by dousing grills/pits in water. Yes your neighbors might be pissed because of the smell, but they will be even more pissed if that fire pit catches their house on fire!
  • Have your deck inspected. So many accidents could be avoided if inspections were done by competent people.
  • Any wobbling railings, stairs or deck is a bad sign. Get it inspected and fixed ASAP.

Consumers/homeowners, click below to use NADRA’s handy self inspection checklist to see if further professional inspection should be done.

NADRA Consumer Checklist

 

HOA’s and CONDO’s/PUDs-The January Regenesis Report is Out

The Regenesis Report (National Edition) January 2011 is now available for viewing at http://www.regenesis.net/

IN THIS EDITION

The Rogues Gallery. Does your board have some?

Ask the HOA Expert™. Another set of provocative Q&As.

The Resale Package. What is it and why it costs so much?

Winterizing Vacancies. Snow birds take notice.

Bark Free Zone. Move over rover.

Paint a Montana Sky. Let your paint palate soar!

Good Looking Hood. Keep the cribs stylin’.

Interview with God. If you ask, he’ll answer.

Paraprosdokians. War doesn’t determine who is right, only who is left.

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From Porter Law Group-New Mechanic Lien Laws Take Effect Jan 1 In California

From Porter Law Group comes this infromation for property owners and contractors on the new lien laws effective Jan 1 2011 in California-New Rules-they are important to play by or as a contractor you can lose your rights to collect if you don’t follow them carefully.

Mechanic’s Lien Laws, Forms and Procedures



to Change at the End of this Year







Under the new law, after December 31, 2010, California Civil Code sections 3084 and 3146 are amended to require service of a mechanic’s lien on the owner of the property at the time the mechanic’s lien is recorded. If for some reason the owner cannot be served with the mechanic’s lien then the original contractor or the lender can instead be served. This new process provides owners with notice that a mechanic’s lien has been recorded on their property and it gives them an opportunity to quickly address the situation.  The form of the mechanic’s lien document itself is also changed to include a “Notice of Mechanic’s Lien” which provides a brief explanation of the nature of a mechanic’s lien and options the property owner might pursue to address the situation.

READ ALL OF THIS BULLETIN AT PORTER LAW’S WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE

Press Release From Associa-Associa Promotes Education Via Facebook, Community Management Leader to Give FREE Copies of The Best of Association Times, Volume 2

Associa Promotes Education Via Facebook, Community Management Leader to Give FREE Copies of The Best of Association Times, Volume 2

Book Provides Education and Encourages Dialogue About Community Association Management

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Associa, the leader in community association management, announced today a new promotion designed to spread community association management education and information to its friends and homeowners. As a reward for signing up to “Like” Associa on Facebook, the company is giving away FREE copies of The Best of Association Times, Volume 2 to all of its new “Likes” and to individuals who already follow Associa and submit their contact information.

“We believe that educating not only our employees, but also our homeowners, fosters better communications, community culture, and ultimately, efficiently run associations”

“We believe that educating not only our employees, but also our homeowners, fosters better communications, community culture, and ultimately, efficiently run associations,” said Associa CEO John Carona. “Through this Facebook promotion, Associa opens the door for learning and dialogue about the community association industry.”
The Best of Association Times, Volume 2 is a 200 page book full of information for community associations, providing readers with articles and answers to common questions about association management. Written by industry experts from Associa, the book offers information on the latest trends, laws and other topics affecting the community association industry. The book can be used as a handy resource on how to maximize the community association management experience.
To “Like” Associa’s Facebook page and receive a FREE copy of The Best of Association Times, Volume 2 please visit www.Facebook.com/Associa and follow the instructions on the “Welcome” page. Individuals who already “Like” Associa’s page can send their information (name, mailing address, phone number) to pr@associaonline.com to receive their copy.
Building successful communities for more than 30 years, Associa is the leader in community association management and serves its clients with local knowledge, national resources and comprehensive expertise. Associa® and its 8,000 employees operate more than 100 branch offices in the United States and Mexico. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com and www.associacares.com. Find us on Facebook or follow us on twitter.

Re-Blog From Berding & Weil-Dangers Of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor

Liability in the Bargain?
The Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor
by Timothy J. Smith, Esq.
Homeowners and homeowners’ associations often face expenses to maintain or repair their property. It makes sense to look for the most affordable contractor available to do the work. Many times, through friends or relatives, a homeowner will come across an unlicensed contractor during their search for a person to do the work. The unlicensed contractor will provide a bid that is much lower than bids from licensed contractors and promises to do the same work. It sounds so appealing to save money but still get great workmanship that many people fall into the trap and hire the unlicensed contractor. However, the cheapest contractor available might be the one that will cost the most in the long run.
It is not surprising that an unlicensed contractor would be less expensive than a licensed contractor. Unlicensed contractors have advantages that enable them to provide the lowest prices. They do not have to pay licensing fees, they do not have to obtain a bond to protect their work, and more often than not they do not purchase liability or workers compensation insurance. Without these added expenses the unlicensed contractor can provide their services at a rate lower than the legitimately licensed professional.
It is true that having a contractor’s license is not a guarantee that the work will be done well, or even properly. Since there is no guarantee that a licensed contractor will do a better job why should a homeowner or association care if the contractor has a license? The answer is simple–to protect the homeowner or association from a myriad of problems that could arise.