notes before writing on computer during inspection

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Peter Siposs
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Posted: Sep 26, 2005 3:47 PM       Post Subject:

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I'm new to the inspection world and am wondering what people use or do to take notes before writing them in the computer. Something with memory joggers to check for this and that etc. What do you guys do?
Other than taking the Notebook everywhere with me what do I use?
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Michael Boyett

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Posted: Sep 26, 2005 3:55 PM       Post Subject:
First of all, Welcome to the NACHI bulletin board. Good to have you on board.

For my first 20 or so inspections I used a hard copy printout with memory joggers. After getting very comfortable with the process I went to just a simple blank printout of my inspection report software and make handwritten notes that I transcribe onto my computer after I get back to the office. Let me know if you would like a copy of the memory jogger version. Unfortunately I only have it in pdf format.

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Peter Ehrenpreis

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Posted: Sep 26, 2005 4:03 PM       Post Subject:
Michael,

This is a question that I was also "thinking" about.

I know you made the offer of sending the "other" Peter icon_biggrin.gif a copy of your "memory jogger" but could you send one to me too?

Thanks,

Peter
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Michael Boyett

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Posted: Sep 26, 2005 4:12 PM       Post Subject:
Peter E. , Please send me an e-mail and I'll reply to you with the file.

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Jay Moge
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Posted: Sep 26, 2005 8:55 PM       Post Subject:

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hay Peter, welcome to the board. my thoughts, if your ganna write on your computer, just make sure you use pencil so you can erase it. icon_lol.gif by the way how can you tell a blond has been using your computer?


A: there's white out all over the screen...... icon_biggrin.gif icon_cool.gif icon_wink.gif
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Martin Pasquinelli

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Posted: Sep 26, 2005 9:23 PM       Post Subject:
Digital photos.
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Peter Foxe Smothers

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 12:52 AM       Post Subject:
I use a digital camera and take pictures of the defects I find. I also carry a very small (2x4 maybe) spiral note pad. I start off outside. Once I make my way inside I do the attic, HVAC, hot water heater. I use one page on my pad to copy the serial & model numbers of the above . Next I walk the inside of the home and write down the name of each room on the 2nd page of the notepad. (dining, living, master bed, bed 1, bed 2 etc.) Before I inspect each room I first get my note pad with the room names, point with a finger to the current room and snap a picture of the note pad.
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I then take pictures of defects in that room. Once done I move to the next room point to the name, take a picture of the pad and so on. I find by doing this it lets me keep my findings accurate without taking notes.

Hope this helps.

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Tim Hejnicki

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 8:54 AM       Post Subject:
I made my own sheet on microsoft word. I take notes during the inspection and then enter them at my office computer...The note sheet runs in the same order as my report software..
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Carla Horne

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 10:14 AM       Post Subject:
Welcome,
A hand held recorder is very helpful.

no need to take notes and it will save you time. Hope this helps.

Carla
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Andrew Way

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 5:18 PM       Post Subject:
I am with Carla. Digital recorders are very nice.

Tried writing notes but found out that I can't read my own writing. Plus it was taking forever.

For what it is worth, I have a Nikon Coolpix 3200 camera that also allow an audio snippet to be recorded with each picture. Haven't tried it yet for an inspection.

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Gary Porter

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 8:07 PM       Post Subject:
I use a digital camera and a tape recorder.

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 10:04 PM       Post Subject:

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I take my time and take accurate notes. I only take photos of concerns I think the client doesn't notice, primarily: Defects in the attic, foundation, crawlspace. I also take photos of main electrical disconnects, main water shutoff valves, and gas valves. I found that sifting through many photos takes me longer to do the report. I tried to use a recorder one time and felt funny talking into it in front of the client. It could have been that since I was a trucker some years ago, I always started with "Breaker Breaker 19". icon_eek.gif

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lclark
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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 10:16 PM       Post Subject:

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Along with photos and good notes you need a guide line to your report, so you don't forget anything. I use reporthost and they have a check sheet that follows their report.

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Brian Kelly

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 11:17 PM       Post Subject:
I put my laptop in the kitchen and take photos of defects. Between areas inspected I input the info to my laptop. Sometimes I write on my hand.

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Jeff Knight
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Posted: Sep 29, 2005 11:58 AM       Post Subject:

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I can't believe no one has mentioned using a handheld pda to select your notes on WHILE you are doing your inspection and then you can download the information to your PC to create your report. No reentering of data. This is the wave of the future and it can have prompts and everything to help you remember what you need to inspect and even have information on the handheld to help you do your inspection like standards of practice or building code info.

Jeff
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Joseph Kormos

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Posted: Sep 29, 2005 4:44 PM       Post Subject:
PDA, 3D Software, Digital Camera, Digital Voice Recorder, small note pad for scribbling and drawings. And definitely have a system. top to bottom or bottom to top, inside to outside, what ever works for you, it will all come with time.
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Justo Mickey Rivera

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Posted: Sep 29, 2005 6:23 PM       Post Subject:
pictures, many, many pictures with minimal writing icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
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Brian Kelly

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Posted: Sep 30, 2005 5:52 PM       Post Subject:
Jeff Knight wrote:
I can't believe no one has mentioned using a handheld pda to select your notes on WHILE you are doing your inspection and then you can download the information to your PC to create your report. No reentering of data. This is the wave of the future and it can have prompts and everything to help you remember what you need to inspect and even have information on the handheld to help you do your inspection like standards of practice or building code info.

Jeff


Believe it Jeff, just waiting for PDA technology to be worth it. I will switch with the next generation of gadgets. As I believe they will function as I would like them to. I came close to uying a 624 Mghz Axim but now I'll wait. Don't really need prompts to know what to inspect. icon_wink.gif

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Jeff Knight
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Posted: Oct 1, 2005 8:45 PM       Post Subject:

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Brian,
Can you define for me what "PDA technology to be worth it" ? Is there a specific feature you are looking for ? We have clients that have been using PDAs for over 9 years now. The HP iPaq 4705 is a killer PDA. If you have never tried it then you may not be aware of what you are missing. A PDA can do everything a regular computer can do...the software just needs to be written to do it.

Sorry...I did not mean "prompts" but I meant tabs or buttons where you can easily get to reference information to help you during your inspection. A good example may be a breaker size chart like this:

ALUMINUN / COPPER CLAD ALUMINUM : Breaker size

12 AWG - 15 Amp breaker
10 AWG - 20 Amp breaker
8 AWG- 30 Amp breaker
......

Jeff
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Brian Kelly

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Posted: Oct 8, 2005 10:50 PM       Post Subject:
Jeff Knight wrote:
Brian,
Can you define for me what "PDA technology to be worth it" ? Is there a specific feature you are looking for ? We have clients that have been using PDAs for over 9 years now. The HP iPaq 4705 is a killer PDA. If you have never tried it then you may not be aware of what you are missing. A PDA can do everything a regular computer can do...the software just needs to be written to do it.



......

Jeff


I am waiting for a faster processor, larger screen, and better wireless. Soon

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