Cory Chovanec
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Entry level IR cameras
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Has anyone used or seen the flir E4 or E5 in use? I really want feedback if one of those will work well for finding air leaks and missing insulation. I have always used more expensive models with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cory Chovanec May 16.

Air sampling low pressure two part foam
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Can anyone share their experience with air sampling of low pressure 2 part foam in residential homes? I'm about 20 hours into reading endless amounts of information relating to the hazards and need…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Sullivan Nov 1, 2013.

 

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Cory Chovanec replied to Cory Chovanec's discussion Entry level IR cameras
"Thanks everyone for the replies. This really helped me out."
May 16
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Cory Chovanec's discussion Entry level IR cameras
"Lets be honest - the newer cameras are heads & tails better than what was used 10+ years ago for infrared scans by professionals. Prices continue to drop which is normal for items like this as technology changes (just like TV's, VCR's,…"
May 16
Bud Poll replied to Cory Chovanec's discussion Entry level IR cameras
"One reason to pay a bit more to get higher quality and more features is to distance yourself from the low priced cameras you are considering.  As prices drop, everybody and his brother will be offering IR services, but most will be with lower…"
May 15
Chip Kiper replied to Cory Chovanec's discussion Entry level IR cameras
"Great advice!  Once I read FLIR disabled the hack with a firmware update, stopped serious consideration.  Then again, I have been outsmarted by a rain drop on more than one occasion.  Would not be the first time I flushed $1000 down…"
May 15
Frank Spevak replied to Cory Chovanec's discussion Entry level IR cameras
"Aside from the hack listed in the discussion, an E4 or E5 is not really a useful camera for building science. Yes they are cheaper but you get what you pay for. More pixels and greater sensitivity make the camera useful. Many have recommended that…"
May 15
Chip Kiper replied to Cory Chovanec's discussion Entry level IR cameras
"Waiting on the Flir One for Android phones.  Interesting hack on the E4:   http://toolguyd.com/flir-e4-thermal-imaging-camera-enhancements/"
May 15
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Entry level IR cameras

Has anyone used or seen the flir E4 or E5 in use? I really want feedback if one of those will work well for finding air leaks and missing insulation. I have always used more expensive models with more features but want to know if this will work for those two tasks.Thanks in advance for honest feedback, if you could attach a photo from the field I would really appreciate it or just comment on.Would be great to start off with the $995 or $1500 as opposed to a few grand.See More
May 12
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Entry level IR cameras

Has anyone used or seen the flir E4 or E5 in use? I really want feedback if one of those will work well for finding air leaks and missing insulation. I have always used more expensive models with more features but want to know if this will work for those two tasks.Thanks in advance for honest feedback, if you could attach a photo from the field I would really appreciate it or just comment on.Would be great to start off with the $995 or $1500 as opposed to a few grand.See More
May 11
Bob Sullivan replied to Cory Chovanec's discussion Air sampling low pressure two part foam
"InsulSmart is a two-part aminoplast interior foam insulation offered by cfiFOAM, Inc. based in Knoxville, TN. InsulSmart - when tested per ASTM D-5116 @ "full chamber"-  showed low emissions rapidly declining from 24.6 ppb @…"
Nov 1, 2013
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Air sampling low pressure two part foam

Can anyone share their experience with air sampling of low pressure 2 part foam in residential homes? I'm about 20 hours into reading endless amounts of information relating to the hazards and need help  Anybody had any experience with OSHA or PELS of typical retrofits?See More
Oct 31, 2013
Cory Chovanec replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion Domestic HWH diverter missing, or just different?
"Rob- It might be a direct vent mobile home water heater installed in a house. This is only a guess but check underneath the water heater and look for a opening. "
Sep 27, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Damien Herold's discussion Tired of climbing ladders and reaching to find air leaks during blower door test I have a solution!!!
"You haven't convinced us yet. To my knowledge there is not a replacement for IR, smoke, sight, and good old experiance. I use the blower door and IR to find air leaks in record time without using a ladder, but if I want to know how much leakage…"
Sep 27, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to John Brooks's discussion Locating the Neutral Pressure Plane
"John- Not somthing I try to locate but it I think it could be done witout too much trouble. With a gauge and some tubing a guy could go to different parts of the home (lowest point to highest and anything in between) and just take a house with…"
Sep 17, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Caleb Simon's discussion Spray Foam and 2009 IRC codes? Your interpretation?
"Watch out for thermal barrier requirements in addition to your ignition barrier concerns. If a crawlspace is open or has access to a basement their may be code enforcement issues with some crawlspaces. To deal with this the choice is to not use foam…"
May 4, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Handling An Interesting Crawl Space
"For the cellulose and rigid I wouldn't worry about the foaming of penetrations unless they are big enough to have a blow out in the living space.   For the fiberglass and rigid, I think foaming the perimeter to seal off any leaks would be…"
Apr 20, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Handling An Interesting Crawl Space
"Sounds like a winner to me, you can skip the wire supports the house wrap should support the insulation just fine. Another option would be to loose the fiberglass and spray foam, and fasten ridgid foam (thermax) to the joists then dense pack with…"
Apr 20, 2012

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