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The most fun and frivolous, but still very useful prepper tool ever!
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I recently convinced my company to spring for a thermal camera for me to use from time to time at work now that these suckers are getting so "cheap" compared to what they used to be. As soon as we got it in today (its a FLIR model E4) I took it home and promptly flashed the device with some hacked firmware available online that dramatically increases the thermal resolution effectively taking a $1000 E4 which has been crippled by software limitations rather than hardware and turns it into a $6000 E8 camera. This thing is freaking awesome, it is the most fun I've had with a tool in a long time. It's amazing for spotting wildlife, security, energy auditing, you name it, it's just a blast to use. I understand not everyone works for a company that needs this sort of thing, however, The reason I'm posting this though is after playing with this thing this afternoon it makes sealing your house up tight as a drum literally brain dead easy! You can rent these things for not that much money locally and now is a great time to do your own energy audit of your home. I basically just got done walking my house with a caulk gun in one hand and the camera in the other. For me to feel out every draft and cold spot on my hands and knees that this thing picks up clear as day would have been otherwise impossible. I'm confident that with the things you'll spot in one afternoon in pretty much any house playing with one of these things it will absolutely offset the rental fee (I've seen around ~$60) and then some in energy savings alone! They even record video too so you can go back and watch the tape over and over finding your cold spots and drafts. These cameras have never been more accessible to everyone as they are right now and everyone could use one for at least something at some point. For you guys that home school this is also an amazing teaching tool to show your kids for an afternoon. Here's an idea of what these suckers can do. I just took these images wandering my house. I'm so enamored with this thing I think it's going to be a while before anyone else in the office gets to play too lol. I've also managed to use it to annoy my wife in record time going around scanning everything I can find non-stop Big Grin.

Here's a picture of my ceiling. You can see where I ran out of R38 insulation while upgrading the attic clear as day.

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By the way, while playing with this thing, one of our staff asked whether or not these are safe to point at people or animals or if they emit some kind of radiation like a radar gun does. The answer is no, these are perfectly safe to point at people. It works off reflected "light" just like a regular photographic camera.
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I first got FLIR in 1997. Big heavy unit, and only in black and white, but a huge advantage over night vision. You could see, even back then, handprints on doors, footprints in the grass, and bushes that someone tried to sneak through look lit up like white painted leaves.

The tech is really coming down in price, now. There's even that iPhone attachment that works like thermal. Have fun!
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Emoticon;156226 Wrote:I recently convinced my company to spring for a thermal camera for me to use from time to time at work now that these suckers are getting so "cheap" compared to what they used to be. As soon as we got it in today (its a FLIR model E4)

So your a ghost hunter?
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If you have hardwood or tile floors, wait for them to be a little chilly and then walk across them barefoot and then look at them with the FLIR. You should be able to see your footprints for a little while.

That would also be a good thing to test out methods of avoiding FLIR in the wild. There's some documentation out there on methods.
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Looks like a cool little gadget. I could see that it would have a number of uses, especially for home improvement and insulation.

Now get on that attic insulation project!!!

Speaking of sealing up a house though, don't you want to leave some areas for the house to breathe a bit? I would think that if you really make it too closed you could get moisture/condensation problems between walls/ceilings.

Still, I would think it would be REALLY hard to get it that tight...and doors/windows are areas where this device would be invaluable to prep.
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Once I have some disposable income, I will add a thermal rifle scope to my toys.
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unclejumbo;156261 Wrote:Once I have some disposable income, I will add a thermal rifle scope to my toys.

Just to give you some practice.

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streaker69;156262 Wrote:
unclejumbo;156261 Wrote:Once I have some disposable income, I will add a thermal rifle scope to my toys.

Just to give you some practice.

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streaker69;156239 Wrote:If you have hardwood or tile floors, wait for them to be a little chilly and then walk across them barefoot and then look at them with the FLIR. You should be able to see your footprints for a little while.

That would also be a good thing to test out methods of avoiding FLIR in the wild. There's some documentation out there on methods.

Yeah, I spent a fair amount of yesterday afternoon in bare feet on our wood floor walking backwards watching my footprints fade Tongue The space blankets are supposed to make things almost invisible in IR. The trouble is you can be spotted in visible light like a sore thumb wearing a space blanket Tongue. I also notice galvanized steel looks so reflective almost like a chrome bumper in visible light just in IR instead.

It makes me very sad though that my car windshield is thermally opaque. I would love to be able to set this thing on the dash on a foggy day or dark night as an extra layer of safety.

Camper;156243 Wrote:Looks like a cool little gadget. I could see that it would have a number of uses, especially for home improvement and insulation.

Now get on that attic insulation project!!!

Speaking of sealing up a house though, don't you want to leave some areas for the house to breathe a bit? I would think that if you really make it too closed you could get moisture/condensation problems between walls/ceilings.

Still, I would think it would be REALLY hard to get it that tight...and doors/windows are areas where this device would be invaluable to prep.

You are supposed to allow air to circulate in the attic between the roof joists at the eaves and soffitt. You do however want to do your best to completely seal off and isolated the heated space from the unheated space. Most new houses are better sealed than houses like mine because today they wrap houses in Tyvek before they put the siding on which goes a long way to isolate the interior.

Here are a couple more interesting pics I took while messing with this thing...

A floor vent after running the heat:
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Hot shower:
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And now for a mystery photo... Any guesses as to what this is? You are looking at a floor.

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Photo 2: Get a shot of your wife in the shower with it, but you don't have to post it. Wink

Photo 3. Warm spot left by a dog sitting.

A space blanket won't do any good if your body is right up against it, it'll still show a hotspot. but if let's say you were to tape the blanket to the back of a camouflage tarp, and then suspend it, you could stand behind it, and it should block your IR from view, the camo should help you being spotted.
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