State Farm® to Conduct Drone Damage Assessment Flights Following Hurricane Michael

Source: State Farm 10-16 Press Release

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It was less than one month ago when Hurricane Florence struck North and South Carolina. State Farm was the first and only insurance company to receive an FAA waiver allowing Claims pilots to operate drones beyond visual line of sight and over people for damage assessment. Drone flights were coordinated with the FAA and Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) at Virginia Tech as part of the Integration Pilot Program for large-scale damage assessment in Virginia and South Carolina.

Truck Office

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Subject: Truck Office

 'm converting my truck (no extended cab available) into a mobile office and I need some help:

1. Source for a bracket to mount the laptop;
2. Source for a bracket to mount printers, etc;
3. Source for quick disconnects, etc;
4. Best type and size of inverter;
5. Source for mounting brackets for other equipment, file
boxes, etc;
6. Internet connection equipment, etc;
7. Sage advice on converting the truck into a user friendly
rolling office, that is relatively secure;
8. What would you correct in your rolling office...the most
frustrating feature(s);
9. What is the best feature of your own rolling

Thanks for the help!

Source: Forum Archive Post Started by DWC - 43 Replies

Best Adjuster's Vehicle

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Subject: Best Adjuster's Vehicle

 I am in the market for a new vehicle.  I am wondering what other adjuster's think about vehicles.

What vehicle will have the most utility for an adjuster?

Currently I have a truck with a ladder and it works great, so I was thinking of going that way again.

Let me know what you think.


Source: Forum Archive - 118 Replies

Ideal Cat Vehicle

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Subject: Ideal Cat Vehicle

 I am thinking of purchasing a used vehicle for storm duty, I would like to hear what others have to say and what they would recommend. I am looking at Tahoe's, Yukon's and Explorers 4 wheel drive. I would like to hear from any owners about what they think of thier vehicle. For example comfort, gas mileage reliability Ect. 

Source: Forum Archive Post by Harold - 29 Replies

Ladders - What Do You Use and Why?

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Subject: Ladders - What Do You Use and Why?

 I had an interesting discussion with an adjuster the other day on ladders. He said he used a telescoping ladder and loved it. I thought I would ask a few other adjusters and when I did, I received just as many different responses. I thought I would throw a little survey on this thread to see what responses I would get from the folks that surf CADO. If you want to participate please answer the following:
1. What type and manufacturer name of ladder to you use?
2. How long have you been using it?
3. What do you like about the ladder?
4. What do you NOT like about the ladder?
5. If you were to purchase another ladder, would you buy the same type and brand name or would you purchase a different one?
Thanks in advance for participating. I am interested to see the results. 

Source: Forum Archive Post by Scott - 6 Replies

GPS navigation systems

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Subject: GPS navigation systems

 I am looking at GPS navigation systems and still have questions about how helpful one would be. Can you input several addresses at once and it get you from point A to B to C to D, etc.? Do you use your laptop to input or the memory card? I have been looking at the Garmin StreetPilot 2610 GPS Auto Navigation System. Would appreciate anyone with or without a GPS system, how helpful or not, ease of use, or their thoughts on why or why not to use one.......

Source: Forum Archive Post - 20 Replies

Cat Adjuster Equipment

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Subject: Cat Adjuster Equipment

 - ladder extension and/or 2-story ladder
- bunji cord for tying ladder off at gutters
- Cougar paws
- rope and harness
- chalk and grease pencil
- pitch gauge
- shingle guage
- 100 ' measuring tape w/ tennis ball attached to end
- 25' FATBOY steel measuring tape
- handheld sonar or laser measuring device for interior rooms
- digital camera / preferably small and lightweight
- clipboard w/ calculator and Acculine drawing grid
- erasable Paper-Mate pens
- micro-cassette recorder and tapes for recorded statements
- photo processing software
- GPS / mapping software
- Microsoft Word and Excel
- carpet knife
- putty knife
- silicone sealant
- magnet
- 2nd printer for vehicle
- 2-way voice activated radios (for team use)
- Power supply should be able to run laptop, printer and multiple battery chargers (two way's, cell phone, rechargeable batteries for camera)
- filing systems (one for car and one for office)
- comfortable complete tool belt (ez off, ez on)
- sunscreen
- bug spray
- mace or pepper spray for dogs (and some roofers)
- first aid kit (for when the pepper spray doesn't work)
And last but not least ... copies of POLICY's!

Source: Forum Archive Post by Todd

Roof Climbing Boots

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Subject: Roof Climbing Boots

 Anyone have any information about roof boots or shoes i have lost the address and do they work?

Source: Forum Archive Post by rr - 21 Replies

Camera Purchase??

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Subject: Camera Purchase??

 I am looking for opinions on the purchase of a new camera. Since beginning i have always used a digital point and shoot type camera ($130.00 panasonic), however i have never been satisfied with its inability to take good overall shots of rooms and roofs. I am not really up to par on cameras, but i have been researching the purchase of a new one and from what i have observed so far i am leaning towards a digital slr camera. The features i am specifically wanting or as follows.

(1) I do not want to spend more than $550-$600 max on one.

(2) In this price range what is a good overall camera (slr digital) ? What are you guys using, and happy with?

(3) Is the 18-50 mm lens standard on new purchase, and does it take good overall view shots ? What is the best zoom for overall capture?

(5) Is the slr memory card adaptable for quick dowload?

(6) Does the slr display the view of capture on the lcd screen prior to the shot, or only through the view finder?

(7) Are there any specific maintenance requirements for the slr?

Source: Forum Discussion Started in 2007 by moco - 62 replies

Cougar Paws

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Subject: Cougar Paws

 Just received my "Cougar Paws". I got the high-top tennis shoe style. Does anyone know if the leather dura-flex style is more "flexible"? These are pretty stiff. I'm used to wearing an Ariat boot that has a pretty flexible sole and this is a big shock with the lack of flexibility---I think it will cut down on everything from balance to maneuverability. If you have a "Favorite Cougar Paw", please advise.

Source: Forum Archive

Vehicle: What do you use and why?

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Subject: Vehicle: What do you use and why?

For cat work: What motor vehicle do you think is better?

A full size or small PU or SUV?

Should the PU have a secure topper w/ ladder rack?  

Any other ideas?

Source: 2009 Forum Discussion Started by David

Can anyone tell me what equipment a new adjuster would need, to get started in this career field.

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Subject: Can anyone tell me what equipment a new adjuster would need, to get started in this career field.


In this forum thread post 4/6/2004 other members provide their recommendation on the equipment requirements.


Ladder Of Choice

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Subject: Ladder Of Choice

 I have the standard wood fold up ladder that fits nicely in the trunk of a car. I am think about getting an aluminum ladder that folds up also. I've looked at the one advertised on CADO and at some others at Home Depot etc.. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Source: Forum Archive - 100 Replies

Laser Measuring Devices

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Subject: Laser Measuring Devices

 Current opinions?

I've looked thru the old posts, seeing many recommendations for
Disto, and some for the El Cheapo Stanley.

There are about 5 models of Disto, any opinions as to which would be the
best to cover all situations?

The 100' Stanley seems like a great choice for a backup no matter how you
'slice' it.

I'd appreciate any current opinions, both pro & con on the various Disto models.

I'd also love a few how-to questions answered about them:
-Visibility aside, how is a fence measured?  If you have to use a plate, doesn't that take up
about as much time as measuring with a tape?
- There are instances when the ability to deduce a measurement by triangulation would be useful.  But do those times justify the added expense of the pricier models?

Thanks, and best to all,

Source: 2006 Forum Archive Post by Betrock

Laser Distance Measuring Devices

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Subject: Laser Distance Measuring Devices

 I am interested in buying an adjuster-tested laser measuring device that works well indoor and outdoors.  Although I 've been a roofer/remodeler for two decades, I never really had to use a pointing device to take my measurements as there is always somebody else present to handle the other end of the tape. My search has narrowed it down to three instruments; of which I need to choose one!  a) the Stabila 200 at   b) and c) Leica Disto A6 and Fat Max TLM 300 at   I need your advice, suggestions and inputs about pros and cons of these instruments in regards to usability, efficiency, durability etc.  PS. The other day I went (as a contractor) to meet an adjuster at a fire-damaged building.  He was using the Disto A5 but at one point,  he put down his clip board, took out his tape and used it to measure the exterior wall length an off-set section of the house. He did not have a definitive answer for doing that when it would have been easier with the red Disto.  That got me thinking "caveat emptor".And that is where you field experienced members of the forum come in.  What do you think?

Source: 2008 Forum Post by hunter0544 - 58 Replies

The Tape Measure of Choice

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Subject:  The Tape Measure of Choice

Your tape measure is probably the single most important tool in this trade and everyone has their own personal choice when it comes to purchasing one. I know alot of you big budget - toys hounds use the Distos for measuring. No doubt they are the best but $400 doesn't fit into everyone's budget. Stanley is the predominant brand when it comes to tape measures. I believe everyone should carry a 35 footer. I see so many with 25's and you find alot of rafter lengths longer than that. What do you carry as your primary and why?

The summary below was created by Action;

Been following this thread. Here's a quick, handy, summary. Hope it helps.

Measuring Summary

Tape Measure of Choice (Descending order of preference-more or less):

1. FatMax 35‘--Durability, rigidity when measuring longer lengths, questionable warranty
2. Sears Craftsman 30’ (Model 39676)--Durability, easy to find (yellow), Craftsman lifetime warranty, limited to 30’
3. Disto Laser--Speed, accuracy, great interior/limited exterior tool, T=$(Approx 20min savings per scope), get “eye piece” and tripod for up to 300’ accuracy in sunlight, $350+/-, info at,
4. HILTI PD30 Laser--$500!, 650’=98% accuracy, testament-"Measured 3 story commercial bldg in 1.5 hrs.", HD website=$174.50 (posted 12-05, but check web site(s) before you drive to store for best price)
5. Roll-a-tape surveyor wheel--Accurate to the inch?, great for fences/ground measurements…W.W. Granger model discounted to $40
6. Ryobi (Model MPT006/$35) Laser--Cost effective
7. Trimble (SPECTRA HD150) Laser--Better than Disto?, ? Portability,
8. Executive Wheel--$29.95 @ Lowes, folds for compact handling, wheel only 4” diameter
9. Stanley Laser--Cost effective, approx. 65' limit
10. TARGET, FatMax equivalent--Only $8.99, consensus not in yet, could be cost effective backup

Alternate Methods, Tried and True Tips from the Vets:

2. Always carry two or more tapes and/or Disto or other laser
3. Tennis (rubber) ball attached to 100’tape, toss from ridge--WATCH FOR POWER LINES/OTHER ELECTRICAL DEVICES YOU CAN‘T SEE OVER THE ROOFLINE!, “DON’T” use golf ball (who's underneath?), consider nylon tape
4. WHEELS: “Shingle Bump” makes for inaccurate measurement
5. Always check (google) web sites first for best price--especially so with lasers
6. Ground Measurements: Use Blue Book, span and pitch if steep, unsafe roof climb


1. Ultrasonic measurements

Source: 2003 Forum Post By CatDaddy - 79 Replies

Good Tape Measure?

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Subject: Good Tape Measure?

 Can someone please recommend a good tape measure? I am going broke buying a new one every few months. I had one today that the tape broke in half and it was less than two months old. Thanks for any help.

Source: Forum Archive Post by Lucy - 31 Replies

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