Industry Links


National Cancer Institute - Asbestos Exposure: Q&A

Building Codes

International Codes Council

Building Green
A must read. - Great article on how products are considered "green"
Chimney Inspection

Levels of Chimney Inspections

Chimney Sweep

Chimney Safety Institute of America

National Chimney Sweep Guild


Concrete resource guide and industry links

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Proper crawlspace vapor barrier and waterproofing method

EIFS Industry Members Association (Installation guide and inspection guidelines)

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Make sure you visit the "Photo/Violations Discussion Forum" to see what the Electricians are calling out!
Federal Pacific Electric - Electrical Hazards Website
International Association of Electrical Inspectors
Everything electrical code related

National Fire Protection Association

Garage Doors
Established standard for garage door testing

Green Construction
A must read. - Great article on how products are considered "green"
Building Materials:   What Makes a Product Green?
Resource for numerous green building topics

Hardboard Siding
Composite Panel Association/Composite Wood Council
American Hardboard Association

Home building Industry
ToolBase Services: "The home Building Industry's Technical Information Resource"
Journal of Light Construction: Great site for indepth answers on any home building related topic...articles are archived by topic and so are the Q&A's
National Association of Home Builders Research Center
National Association of Home Builders

Home Magazine
Old House Journal

Home Products
Home Repair
Home repair info and related links
Ask The Builder
Do It Yourself - Home Improvement, Repair, Remodeling, and Hardware

Home Show
How Stuff Works
Barry Stone - "The House Detective"
Home & Garden Television

Furnace Inspection Book and Seminars/Courses
Consolidated Furnaces
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF)
Insulating Concrete Form Association
Portland Cement Association

Manufactured & Modular Homes
Manufactured Housing Institute

Masonry veneer construction methods for drainage
Brick Industry Association
All weather brick installation technical notes
Water resistance of brick masonry - materials
Concrete repair related information
American Concrete Institute

Masonry Products
Drainage barrier product


TerraServer USA - Aerial Maps to "spruce up" your inspection reports
Earthquakes & Seismic Safety
Explanation for mysterious stains

US EPA - Indoor Air Qulity - Mold

National Pest Management Association, Inc.

Plumbing & Mechanical
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

Click on "online install" for a detailed description on how to properly install pools

Radon Gas
US EPA - Indoor Air Quality - Radon

IL Radon Mitigation Form

Uniform Radon Mitigation Checklist

Real Estate - CA
California Department of Real Estate

Roof, Siding, Windows & Insulation
Manufacturer's product site and training/education online courses

Roof Coating Manufacturing Association
Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
National Roof Deck Contractors Association
National Roofing Contractors Association
New roof covering on the market

Septic Systems
Septic system information mecca
University of Wisconsin technical publications
Professional Septic Inspection Tools Specialty Hardware

Product and technical information and educational training

Structural Engineers
Structural Engineers Association International

Technical Information
Materials Testing and Standards - Code reference standards

Excellent site for trusses
Wood Truss Council of America
Structural   Building Components Portal
Truss Plate Institute, Inc.
American Plywood Association - "The Engineered Wood Association"

Vinyl Siding
Vinyl Siding Institute Walls/Ceilings
Explanation for mysterious discoloration inside homes Walls/Roofs
Structural Insulated Panel Systems (SIPS)

Water/Well Related
Water pump/pressure tank sizing
Water pump cycle time info

Water facts
Water filter facts

Water treatment info
Well info

Water Softening 141.pdf
Excellent water softening article