It's $1000 price tag puts Festool to shame, but it's still one hell of
a tool. You can save images to an inserted memory card for emailing or
keeping a record of what it's found.
Electricians, HVAC, Remodelers, Maintenance and Service professionals
would all have a use for this tool.
Third party energy efficiency firms, whom you must hire to do periodic
inspections of various stages of construction to gain Energy Star, LEED, et
al, certifications/ratings, have been using thermal imaging devices for a
few years now ... To the dismay of many an unscrupulous/unaware contractor.
AAMOF, I recently read about a plugin/rendering software that can be used
with Sketchup to display the TI readings on a 3D model. I expect that SU
will gain more of these BIM related features now it's been acquired by
Similar instruments are used around where I work for
checking wiring connections.
Considering a bad service connection can burn up a $10k breaker
and shut the operation for hours(or days), the cost for the
imagers are of no importance, a bargain at any price.
I wonder if DCC (model railroad) short circuits would show up nicely on
one. The circuit breaker trips, waits a few seconds then tries again to
restart. I guess it depends on how fast the camera detects the change in
Currently, my method to locate short circuits is to listen for the noise.
It's a frequency that not many people can hear (I've asked, there's 3 in
about 14 people who can hear it), but it usually leads right to the
One of these days, these IR temperature cameras are going to come down to
"average person" or at least "determined hobbiest" prices.
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