Upcoming Events

Please use the links below to register for upcoming chapter training events.

August 2017

When: Monday, August 14th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Topic: The dumbing down of modern society vs. the demand for high-tech products and services
Speaker:  Fred Comb, ACI

This seminar will take a step back in time and examine what was normal and common in the 1800’s – different types and styles of homes, structural components, electrical systems, heating systems, fireplaces, etc., and we’ll explore some of the changes that occurred over time and why.  Remember balloon framing?  What is it, why did we use it and why did the practice end?  We’ll also look at a few generational and societal changes over time and explore the impact on today’s homes.   We’ll look at a few high-tech home features and home automation that are becoming more common in today’s homes.

The goal of this seminar is to review, share and improve knowledge as it relates to changes in houses over time.  This seminar will employ an intensive power point presentation, some of which involves interactive participation.

This seminar is presented by Fred Comb, of Home Inspections of Minnesota.  Mr. Comb is an ASHI Certified Inspector and has more than 25 years’ experience inspecting homes in the Twin Cities and surrounding area.  Mr. Comb is also a licensed MN Building Contractor and has more than 40 years of experience in residential and commercial construction.  In addition, Mr. Comb is a registered Neutral with the Minnesota Department of Labor – Construction Division, where he helps home owners and builders understand and resolve disputes.  Mr. Comb is also a recognized expert and litigation consultant in MN and WI.  Mr. Comb may be reached at fred@homeinspectionsofmn.com or 612-840-0709

Please register for the meeting below. Registration includes unlimited pizza, salad, breadsticks, and soda.
$15 for ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 4:00 pm on 8/14/17.
$20 for non-ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 4:00 pm on 8/14/17.
Walk-in meeting fees are $20/$25 for chapter members/non-members, respectively.

Seminar Fee

September 2017

When: Tuesday, September 12th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Sewer lining, sewer repairs, duct repairs
Speaker:Ben Smith of Marvel Sewer and Drain, then Don Lehtola of Duct Armor
6:30 pm: Marvel Sewer and Drain offers partial pipe repairs with a product call PipePatch. This is also a no-dig pipe repair method that creates a pipe that is stronger than the original.
7:30 pm: Duct Armor is a non-invasive duct restoration system that repairs existing duct systems. Think in-slab duct systems and transite ductwork.

October 2017

When: Monday, October 16th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where:Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Topic: Tankless water heaters
Speakers:Tracy Young, Product Manager at Rinnai USA

Learn more about the functionality of a tankless water heater.  Speak to a Rinnai Product Manager and Service Manager as they walk you through the in’s and out’s of tankless water heating technology.  The tankless industry has changed significantly in the past 5-7 years and these presenters can tell you all about current, and future, product evolution as well as practical install applications, care, and maintenance of tankless water heaters. Topics covered will include:

  • Most importantly, how to inspect installed units. Photos of installation defects along with discussion.
  • A discussion of gas needs for upgrades. Many homes in the Twin Cities don’t have large enough gas supplies, so worst-case scenarios will be discussed.
  • A discussion of venting needs. There’s still a common belief that Rinnai units need proprietary vents.
  • Case studies on actual gas savings (or lake thereof) on both the residential and commercial side.
  • A brief discussion of the polypropylene venting systems offered by Rinnai.
  • Customer service / warranty policies.
  • Water hardness requirements / policies.
  • Solutions for delayed water delivery
  • Life expectancy
  • Maintenance requirements (cleaning; show us how it’s done)



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