Today after looking at the T-1 sample that we received from the factory, my lead inspector Eddie said “this tip is going to mark up every piece of wood it touches, including sound wood”. This got me thinking about my hand made tool which was a paint roller cage that I cut and straightened. This created a fairly blunt end and when probing, it would “bounce” off good wood. Only when dry rot or termite damage was present did it plunge through the wood.
While using the T-1 sample as-is, it was getting stuck in splices between wood members, and it was indeed leaving a lot of unnecessary marks on the customer’s house. So, I took it back to my shop and used my wheel grinder to get rid of the pointed tip. I am asking the factory to make this modification to all future versions of the tool. I think it will make for a better experience.