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Old 2011-09-22, 06:14 PM
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Where do I get an electrical socket and thermal tester? These were recommended in previous threads for a PDI - not sure WHAT i'm looking for exactly and WHERE to buy. Searched up electrical socket tester at home depot, no idea what to get. No idea what a thermal tester is either.
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For the socket tester, make sure you get one with the GFI option AND use it to check the sockets near water (anything within 5 feet needs to have a GFI). We found problems with this.
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You are looking for something like http://www.testersandtools.com/Ampro...-with-GFCI.php. You plug it into the outlet and it has lights to identify if the circuit is correctly wired.
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Old 2011-09-22, 11:11 PM
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The thermal tester might be one of these digital thermometers.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

After I closed, I just picked up a few cheapo manual thermometers and placed them in a different room every few days to verify that the rooms didn't fluctuate much.
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daboss999 while checking the electrical is a reasonable thing to do, dont let that interfere with your prime mission of checking factory finishes for damage - floors, counters, cabinets etc
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I waited until after possession to check electrical. Just walked around with the plug tester the first day and tested every plug.

As good2know said, you need to keep an eye out for damage on finishes. Unless your house looks like a warzone, you'll be so excited about seeing it, you'll overlook a lot of stuff.
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Where do I get an electrical socket and thermal tester? These were recommended in previous threads for a PDI - not sure WHAT i'm looking for exactly and WHERE to buy. Searched up electrical socket tester at home depot, no idea what to get. No idea what a thermal tester is either.
Canadian Tire sells a infrared thermometer with a laser pointer. You aim the laser pointer at a specific spot and it will tell you the temperature where the laser is pointed. Don't worry about this for now as this will only be a helpful toy to play with in the winter to check cold zones. Canadian Tire often has this tool on sale at a significant discount for about $35.

An Infrared camera is very different and they sell from $2500. to $30,000. so you won't likely buy one, however this is the best tool for finding hidden leaks below washrooms and for finding insulation issues.

Feel free to visit an advertisement I have on a local Milton area forum at the link below. It has lots of Infrared images from inspections.

http://www.hawthornevillager.com/php...light=ordinary
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