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Window safety film testing video

posted by Dave Kogan (9/12/2017)

By Reuben Saltzman

Dustin and I made a video discussing window film, hazardous locations for glass, and options for making a home safer.

If the video doesn't appear above, please click this link to see it:


  • If you have standard glass in a hazardous location, do something to make it safer. Either replace the glass with tempered glass or have a safety film applied.
  • If a safety film is going to be applied, the best option would be to have 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film professionally installed. I contacted Columbia Window Film and Graphics, and they had a minimum fee of $250 to install this film. Also, they said this fee might cover roughly five windows, but of course, prices vary depending on a lot of things. If they can make the film look good for this price, I call this a bargain.
  • If you're going to apply a safety film yourself, make sure that you have a lot of patience. The film that I used in the video was BDF S8MC Security and Safety Film.

For detailed information on safety glass, please check out Douglas Hansen's excellent article on the topic:

Author: Reuben SaltzmanStructure Tech Home Inspections

5 Home Maintenance Tips for Fall

posted by Dave Kogan (9/6/2017)

Your clients may be able to shave up to 30 percent off their energy bills this fall by conducting appropriate preparation measures on their home. For example, stripping and caulking the home to prevent drafts could be a major money saver, according to WIN Home Inspection.

WIN President Steve Wadlington offers the following five tips to share with your clients on how to clean and update the home to get it cold weather-ready:

  1. Check the roof. Sun exposure can cause warping, fading, chipping, and other deformities to roofs and siding materials. Inspect the roof for cracks or other damages, and repair any issues before winter.
  2. Sweep the chimney. If there is a blockage, or if residue is built up, the risk of fire and other safety issues increases. Homeowners will want to make sure the chimney is clean and in tip-top shape for winter use.
  3. Clean the gutters. Check gutters for leaves or other debris that may be blocking water flow. Be sure to clear them out so water can properly drain. Gutters are essential in preventing water damage and other costly repairs.
  4. Check weather stripping and caulking. This is essential to keep windows and doors sealed. Windows and doors may become slightly detached from their frames during colder months, so it’s important to make sure they are properly attached at the beginning of the season.
  5. Check out floors. With all the heat and moisture of the summer months, floors may be showing some signs of wear and tear. Scratched, dull, or damaged floors should be professionally scuff-sanded and recoated.

Source: WIN Home Inspection

Is FEMA Hiring 'Field Inspectors' and Paying Them Thousands Per Week?

posted by Dave Kogan (8/31/2017)

Originally posted at

The Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed that a flyer advertising high-paid jobs available through 31 August 2017 is real.

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After Hurricane Harvey, jobs for "FEMA field inspectors" paying between $2,000 and $5,000 were available immediately with few qualifications.




FEMA is hiring an unspecified number of "Field Inspectors".


FEMA is not hiring anyone through an 888 area code; FEMA is not hiring people at $2,000 a week for a 90-day period; FEMA does not appear to be charging applicants for surge capacity jobs.


On 25 August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, bringing extended heavy rainfall, flooding, and, of course, rumors and scams in its wake.

One such rumor involved high-paying Federal Emergency Management Agency jobs (“FEMA Field Inspectors”) purportedly created by the storm. Readers forwarded various versions of the rumor they spotted on social media, most mentioning a “Mr. Adrian Davis” recruiting a thousand workers for positions paying between $2,000 and $5,000 per week:

FEMA is looking to hire help. $2000 per week plus expenses. 90 days or longer they need over 1000 people. Cannot have any felonies. 888 776 1296. Mr. Adrian Davis.
True of False?
I have not been able to verify this-the phone number goes from a fast busy to a regular busy.
Thank you
There is a post going around Facebook seeking FEMA Field Inspectors. $4-5 K per week. No experience necessary. The ad contains an error: “Will be reimburse travel”
The phone number to call is 214-[redacted].
All sounds too good to be true and I don’t see anything similar on the FEMA website or Facebook page.
Can you please check out a rumor via Facebook that FEMA is paying people up to 5,000 dollars per week to work in Houston as field inspectors. They have to call 214.[redacted] to register.
Why wouldn’t the FEMA hire people directly? Sounds like a HUGE scam to me!!

The rumor spread quickly, thanks to its plausible premise of FEMA being understaffed in August 2017, the high (but not impossibly so) pay described, and the ease with which one could plausibly qualify. Although some iterations listed an area code of (888) and a contact name of “Adrian Davis,” others provided a 214 (Dallas-area) number which appears to have no affiliation with FEMA. A poster provided an application deadline of 31 August 2017:

FEMA field inspectors

On 30 August 2017, the agency addressed the “FEMA Field Inspectors” rumor on its official Facebook page:

FEMA linked to a Hurricane Harvey page, with an expandable section titled “Rumor Control.” That section revealed that the rumor was in fact mostly true: There is a lot of misinformation circulating online and because rumors spread fast please tell a friendshare this page, and help us provide accurate informationCheck here often for an on-going list of rumors and their true or false status.

Rumor: There are reports of a flyer titled FEMA Field Inspectors needed ASAP and states Earn $4-5K per week call (214) 284-6594 for instructions on how to apply between the hours of 9:00am – 11:00am up to August 31, 2017.
Green checkmarkThis report is TRUE. (August 29).
Green checkmarkFEMA is hiring field inspectors under a pre-existing contract to assist with surge capacity of field inspections. Read more about becoming a home inspector.

Rumor: There are reports stating FEMA is looking to employ 1,000 people offering to pay $2,000/week for 90 days and the phone number to call is 888-776-1296.

Red "X" MarkThis report is FALSE. (August 29)
Green checkmarkLearn more about official FEMA job opportunities to help with the response and review a list of trusted non-profit organizations who are active in disaster response.

According to FEMA, these jobs are available under a pre-existing contract “to assist with surge capacity,” and the 214 number circulating is legitimate, as is the 31 August 2017 deadline. However, FEMA says the 888 number is not legitimate and the “$2,000 a week for 90 days” claim is inaccurate.

We contacted the agency for further confirmation, but we have not yet received a response.