Your home is free of carbon monoxide.

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Your home is free of carbon monoxide.

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George Martin

Martin Home Inspection LLC
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Posted: Dec 21, 2005 12:01 PM       Post Subject:
Can this be checked durning the course of a home inspection by using a plug-in detector? Or should you perform tests at the vents of any CO producing devices?

Geo
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Gerry Beaumont

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Posted: Dec 21, 2005 12:07 PM       Post Subject:
Hi to all,

George it can be checked, but I would not go with a plug in tester, if you are going to be relying on or reporting the CO levels then at the very least you should use a properly calibrated CO meter, I use a Kane May.

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Gerry
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George Martin

Martin Home Inspection LLC
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Posted: Dec 21, 2005 3:00 PM       Post Subject:
thanks gerry

I, ve got an extech hand held that I use. What brought it up was that an inspector told an acquaintance of mine that his home was 'free of CO' & that got me thinking about using a plug-intype.

Geo
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Caoimh?n P. Connell
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Posted: Dec 22, 2005 1:38 AM       Post Subject:

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Hello Mr. Martin:

I would like to chime in with Mr. Beaumont. Most ?plug-in? style CO monitors don?t actually measure CO per se, but rather are meant to mimic our blood?s longer term response to CO.

For screening purposes, I agree that it is more appropriate to use a direct reading instrument that can be calibrated in the field.

Caoimh?n P. Connell
Forensic Industrial Hygienist

www.forensic-applications.com

(The opinions expressed here are exclusively my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect my professional opinion, opinion of my employer, agency, peers, or professional affiliates. The above post is for information only and does not reflect professional advice and is not intended to supercede the professional advice of others.)

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David Valley

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Posted: Dec 24, 2005 7:39 AM       Post Subject:
I agree...plug-ins are crap.

I carry a low level (battery operated) Co detector in my tool bag that stays on continuously 24 hours a day. I?ve had this alarm activate several times (in the past) during a home inspection. When I do get an audible alarm from this specific detector, I pull out my UEI CO Detector to confirm Co levels within the home. Sure enough?high levels.

Co levels are checked in every home I inspect.

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