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Moisture meter wanted

Postby colemano on Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:31 pm

Hi,

I'm a DEA and now newly qualified GDA who originally started training as a HI. I never completed the HI qualification but all that remains for me to do is to submit my 10 reports. Most of you out there will probably wonder why I am even bothering at this stage but it's a question of closure in one respect and a desire to get that piece of paper to justify the money I spent!

The one piece of kit I am missing is a moisture meter - never got around to purchasing when I switched my focus to DEA qualification 6 years ago. I would welcome some advice. Should I spend the c £350 for a Surveymaster or would I get away with the much cheaper (c £150) Mini?

Is there anyone out there with a redundant Protimeter moisture meter for sale?

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Re: Moisture meter wanted

Postby nrg-steve on Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:06 am

Congratulations on your recent qualification.

Regards the Home Inspector qualification you are probably 'out of time'. I think that this qualification no longer exists or will soon be scrapped. So it is best to check that you will be able to submit surveys before you buy any moisture meters.
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Re: Moisture meter wanted

Postby colemano on Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:28 am

Thanks Steve,

I have until Oct 2013 to complete and Sava are still willing to assess.

So still looking for advice on which moisture meter to purchase and interested to talk to anyone interested in selling.
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Re: Moisture meter wanted

Postby howardb on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:43 pm

Try these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Protimeter-Su ... 3f1e0fe4e9

there are a couple on there, unless your going to get work as a Surveyor I don't see the need to splash out over say £40.

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Re: Moisture meter wanted

Postby colemano on Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:28 am

Thanks Howardb,

I hadn't noticed these. I think I was only looking at the new ones on ebay. If I buy secondhand, is there anything in particular I should watch out for? How do I ensure that it is properly calibrated?

If I was to eventually work as a surveyor, which one would you recommend?

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Re: Moisture meter wanted

Postby TCGrays on Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:38 am

Moisture meters are only calibrated for wood, so any reading is more of an indication than an exact science... This is in keeping with the spirit of the home inspector role, which (when it comes to damp) is to point out the possibility of a problem which needs further investigation rather than to go into too much detail.

The idea is that, when you are in the property, you test your damp meter somewhere where damp is not going to be an issue... Maybe an internal wall away from plumbing or sources of condensation. Take a reading here, then compare this base line reading to the readings you get elsewhere. The reading might change due to the composition and age of the plaster, type of wood etc, this is why you check each property's base line reading first.

This is all a long winded way of saying that any moisture meter which successfully detects dampness will do, as all you will need to report is that there are signs of dampness in so and so area, further investigation is recommended. For the cost, I would be tempted to buy one of the really cheap ones off eBay (£8-£15) just to do your ten simulated assessed reports... If you decide later to go out and get paid for home condition surveys (along with the liability that carries), you can buy a Protimeter ready for your first paid job :)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MD-2G-WALL-MO ... 337d12f99d
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Re: Moisture meter wanted

Postby vectistim on Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:43 am

As far as I can tell for a surveyor they are only of worth as back covering implements. All it really is is a multimeter calibrated for the conductivity of wood, unless you were going to be a genuine specialist damp surveyor for most people I would reckon touch smell and sight will be far more real use than a damp meter.
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Re: Moisture meter wanted

Postby alanmilstein on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:51 am

nrg-steve wrote:Congratulations on your recent qualification.

Regards the Home Inspector qualification you are probably 'out of time'. I think that this qualification no longer exists or will soon be scrapped. So it is best to check that you will be able to submit surveys before you buy any moisture meters.


The good news is that the RPSA (Residential Property Surveyors Association) is central to the job of creating the successor qualification to the DipHI.
It is still possible to qualify as a DipHI, but there is no route for new entrants.
The new qualification, currently being finalised by the PSSB (Property Surveying Standards Board - a collaboration between SAVA, BRE and RPSA), will allow existing DipHI's to easily convert and create a route for those wishing to enter the residential property surveying industry.
The even better news is that a growing number of RPSA members (all of whom are DipHI, or in the final throes of qualifying to be) are generating worthwhile numbers of surveys. I know of several who are regularly doing 10-15 HCS's a month.....and at decent fees too.

Please don't look at completing a DipHI as closure. Look at it as an opportunity to become a surveyor....exactly as you originally intended to be!

Feel free to contact me (I'm the RPSA Chairman) if you need more information.
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