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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorSwarm
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2014
     
    Glad to see some sample pics from this, I had forgotten all about it. Tempted to get one myself now, wonder what the ebay resale value will be like.
    • CommentAuthorSwarm
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2014
     
    Having ruled out the F1, because of not having an iPhone already, I found out about the Seek, which will work with Android and is a fair bit cheaper. Not in the UK yet but should be early next year.

    http://www.thermal.com/

    It just plugs into the Micro USB socket of your phone. It is also higher res than the F1, although the pictures don't look as sharp because they don't combine it with a regular pic, so it has advantages and disadvantages.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2014
     
    Thanks @Swarm, I'm an Android man myself so might look into this... Was going to hire a dedicated machine from Jewsons but this might take some of the fuss out of it.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2014
     
    “Images shown are simulated and for illustration purposes only.”

    Yep, that fills me with confidence.
  1.  
    I thought about a Seek Thermal. In theory the resolution is higher.

    This video put me off:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzsTsFvHss8

    This gradient thing, and the build quality didn't look as good, so I went with the FLIR.

    One other issue, i can crawl around the loft with the FLIR in my pocket, i think the Seek would get mashed trying that on the end of that flimsy connecter.

    Whichever anyone gets, please post some pics, as i'm really interested to compare them with mine.
    • CommentAuthorspooky
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2014
     
    I have recently got one of the seek thermal cameras. Still playing with it but a couple of pictures below. Not sure if it suffers the gradient issue or not as sometimes it seems to and other times it doesnt!. Not used a Thermal imaging camera before so from a novice perspective:

    - Easy to use. Worked fine with an android tablet
    - Tiny, but seems robust enough
    - It will take a photo with the phone/ tablets camera at the same time and you can swipe between normal image and Thermal (i.e. have half normal image half thermal etc) . Images a re slightly different sixes etc so nowhere near as nice a presentation as the FLIR, but useful
    - You can easily change the palette
    - You change reference emissivity to get more accurate temp readings (which I didnt do in the pics below)
    - It seems to adjust the palette based on the temperature range within the current image, rather than having a fixed palette based on a temperature range which I find a bit annoying, not sure if this is standard practice or not

    Picture of front door, it is a wooden door that I insulated with 25mm PIR and hardboard but you can still see the door structure thermally...
    • CommentAuthorspooky
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2014
     
    And a picture of our leaky single glazed windows that are being replaced in 3 weeks...
    • CommentAuthorandyman99
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    Apple have just reduced the price on this to £210, in case anyone, like me, was waiting and hoping that there might be a price drop in New Year. Applogies for anyone who has already purchased.
    • CommentAuthorspooky
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    And if anyone wants to wait until the middle of the year, the next generation of the FLIR one has just been announced. Higher resolution and also compatible with android as well as ios.
  2.  
    My well used FLIR One is now covered in expanding foam gunk and quite scratched, I can understand why they are making the new one a clip on the bottom rather than a case but i don't think it will be quite as useful for someone actually using it in anger to poke around lofts, under floorboards and generally trying to improve your home.

    Since i've had the FLIR One i'm using less gas to heat my house than last year despite the weather being colder and my direct debit has just reduced by £16, probably pay for itself eventually!
    • CommentAuthorandyman99
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015 edited
     
    Comparison photo FLIR One and a proper thermal imaging camera. Not too bad?
  3.  
    Does anyone have an up to date recommendation for a budget piece of kit?

    I have a job where I may need to identify a leak underground, not sure if this will be up to the task?

    Thanks
    • CommentAuthorLF
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2020
     
    I am not an I-phoner but Seek Thermal usb micro version of FLIR has served me well for basic stuff for several years.
    I think it was an Amazon warehouse deal and has been brilliant for working out cold bridging and draughts and electric panel hot spots.
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