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InspectApedia.com - is a free online encyclopedia of building & environmental inspection, testing, diagnosis, repair, & problem prevention advice - illustrated, detailed, in-depth research on finding, diagnosing, testing, correcting, & preventing building defects, energy conservation, & indoor environmental hazards. InspectAPedia® is a U.S. registered Trademark.



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About InspectAPedia.com

We are dedicated to making our information as accurate, complete, useful, and unbiased as possible: we very much welcome critique, questions, or content suggestions for our web articles. Contributors, even if it's just a small correction, are cited, quoted, and linked-to from the appropriate additional web pages and articles - which benefits everyone. Working together and exchanging information makes us better-informed than any individual can be working alone.

At InspectAPedia we have no business nor financial connection with any manufacturer or service provider discussed at our website. Independently-placed advertisements & bookstore sales help support the website.

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Who are InspectAPedia Readers: international audience

Readers are mostly English speaking people from countries around the world, largely Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, the U.S., the U.K.and Latin America, but also including people from more than fifty other countries and speaking other languages. InspectApedia.com articles have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, even Serbian.

To give a more detailed example that is more narrow and does not reflect the breadth of topics at the website, we have a special interest in assisting in parts of the world where housing or infrastructure such as septic system or waste disposal or provision of sanitary drinking water are especially difficult to provide or obtain.

Readers typically enter InspectApedia for

In other words readers have a problem that they want to solve, or they are people who provide services related to buildings, indoor environment, etc. who want training or technical information; The problem to be solved may involve the building itself (septic system doesn't work) or may involve an individual's health (my house is killing me), or building related worries (how do I fix my air conditioner or cut my heating bills).

InspectAPedia.com - is a free online encyclopedia of building & environmental inspection, testing, diagnosis, repair, & problem prevention advice - illustrated, detailed, in-depth research on finding, diagnosing, testing, correcting, & preventing building defects, energy conservation, & indoor environmental hazards

What InspectAPedia wants from our readers: Read, Ask, Tell, Contribute

InspectApedia does not sell any product nor service. To be clear, we am not trying to sell any product nor service. Our only product is authoritative, researched, in-depth public information, the creation and hosting of which are supported by Google AdSense advertising income. Here is what we write to people who ask us to provide them with a product:

We do not sell anything. InspectAPedia provides building and environmental diagnostic and repair information.

In order to absolutely assure our readers that we write and report without bias we do not sell any products nor do we have any business or financial relationships that could create such conflicts of interest.

InspectAPedia is an independent publisher of building, environmental, and forensic inspection, diagnosis, and repair information for the public - we have no business nor financial connection with any manufacturer or service provider discussed at our website. We very much welcome critique, questions, or content suggestions for our web articles.  Website content contributors, even if it's just a small correction, are cited, quoted, and linked-to from the appropriate additional web pages and articles - which benefits us both. Working together and exchanging information makes us  better informed  than any individual can be working alone.

Goals for the InspectApedia website

Readers should also see the InspectAPedia.com ® home page and also our InspectAPedia WEBSITE POLICIES such as accuracy in reporting, website visitor privacy, content use policy, link exchange, and advertising.

How to Navigate InspectAPedia.com

InspectAPedia.com is a free online Encyclopedia of Home & Building Inspection, Diagnosis & Repair - Links at page top and page left provide instructions for building inspection, diagnosis, and repair of nearly every building system and component.

Making printed copies of InspectApedia articles is permitted.

MAKING ELECTRONIC COPIES OF our WEBSITE CONTENTS (such as copying our pages, content from our pages, or our graphics to another website or into email) IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED - this website is © protected material, all rights reserved.

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InspectAPedia.com was previously addressed as inspect-ny.com. URL's and page addresses using the older address will continue to function.

Building, Home, Energy, & Environment Topics at InspectAPedia.com

Information at this website is for residential & commercial property owners, home owners, home buyers, home inspectors, architects, builders, building tradesmen, engineers, environmental inspectors, & industrial hygienists. Contact Us by EMAIL to ask questions about website contents or to suggest content additions or corrections.

We conduct building failures research and develop both written material such as the articles at this website, and education course material on building failures & building & environmental inspection methodology.

We strictly avoid conflicts of interest - see our Accuracy & Privacy Policies.

InspectApedia's Main Topic Areas

Examples of Other InspectApedia Topics

InspectApedia includes many topics & detailed discussions that fall outside these guidelines. Examples having building forensic investigations, forensic microscopy and building science as their thread in common, and other building or indoor environment related topics included for purposes of building code, standards, or historical interest include

More description of the contents of InspectAPedia.com can be found at WEBSITE DESCRIPTION. A summary is below.

Publisher, Editor, Contributors & Technical Reviewers of InspectAPedia.com

In addition to individual contributors who are listed on specific articles at InspectAPedia.com, the people listed below are prime contributors of editing and technical content at this website.

InspectAPedia.com Article Peer Review & Public Comment Policy

InspectApedia permits readers to post questions or comments on any website page at the article end in a Comments area. However there is no direct-posting of articles by readers or the general public without the material passing first through a technical review and editing step.

While we welcome and invite technical questions, arguments, or contributions to the website's content, no article is posted online to our website without it's passing through both technical review and editing for accuracy, clarity, and absence of advertising or promotional material. Of course that doesn't mean there may not be errors that need correction or text that needs clarification or other sources worth citing.

See the page-bottom COMMENTS BOX at the end of each article where readers can post questions or critique, or if readers prefer they can CONTACT US by email. Every article published at InspectAPedia.com contains the following statement

Critique, contributions wanted: CONTACT US to suggest corrections or additions to articles at this website, and if you wish, to receive online listing and credit as a contributor. Particular thanks are due to the many experts and also consumers who read and critique technical articles at InspectAPedia.com.

The concept of a more narrowly defined peer review process is a long-established method by which scholarly journals attempt to improve the accuracy and content of their published materials.

The concept of a widely-defined public posting of online content with the invitation to comment, critique, or make suggestions is more current, and has been also widely discussed, such as in the New York Times in August 2010.

The advantage of a wide public exposure/peer review is the ability to solicit rapid and very broadly-based comment that can and sometimes does substantially improve the technical accuracy and quality of published information, provided that the publisher includes professional editing of the comments and suggestions themselves to review those for accuracy and absence of bias.

The disadvantage of relying on a public-exposure peer review procedure for online technical material is that readers are not always assured that every article has been uniformly reviewed, vetted, and quality-assured. Our policy is to edit and review all contributions to InspectAPedia.com for accuracy and absence of bias, as well as to review with great care public and expert comments and suggestions that we receive.

In addition to frequent contribution and editing by the experts listed just above, the identity and where permitted, contact information and credentials of reviewers of or commentators on individual articles found here is posted at the end of each of our articles where you will also find technical citations, article reference sources, and related materials.

Also see our policy on ACCURACY & BIAS IN REPORTING.

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