Re: Micro explorer inspection camera
I have had a Micro Explorer on my truck for the last 9-months as a field tester. After using it on well over 200-inspections, I have to say it would be hard to live without it today. Mine was a very early proto-type so it had a few hiccups but it was still an invaluable tool and I understand the production model addressed all of those issues.
I used the Explorer on a variety of projects and cannot remember a single instance where it failed me. It gave me the ability to document concealed locations which I could not possible see had I not had the Explorer. The fact that it has the ability to take still photos and/or video during the inspection made it that much sweeter.
An example of how I used it, was on a project where I was looking for a specific material installed in the plumbing system. The project had just under 100-homes in it. Using the Explorer I was able to cut a 3/4" hole in the garage, identify the material, take several photographs of it and then have the guy from the GC tape the hole and move on to the next home in less than 1/2 hour. That includes the time to inspect 20 additional items in each home which were visual and did not need the Explorer. There was no additional cost for the guy from the GC as he was already there to draw floor plans for our Cost of Repair estimate.
In contrast I had a similar project with a similar need to identify the materials but I was there as an observer while the Plaintiff identified the material. The Plaintiff hired a DT crew which came into the home and masked off large areas of the home and cut about 2 sq ft of drywall only to find out they sometimes missed the material and needed to cut a second hole. Once the material was identified we would move onto the next home. While it took approximately 2-hours per home to identify the materials, part of the DT crew stayed behind to patch the wall then had to return for 2-additional trips to texture and color match the paint. The same information was gained on each project but with the help of the Explorer I looked at 4-times the number of homes with no additional cost for access. The Plaintiff took 4-times longer and had a DT crew of 6-men working several days in each home.
Last edited by ToUtahNow; 11-15-2008 at 10:52 AM.
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