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  2. I have been called off a number of times, once when I discovered violations of disclosure where seller tried to hide things. Once I arrived at a job, called the client and told him I would not even start the job, and did not charge him at all.
  3. This has happened with me a few times. Most recent one was finding catastrophic termite damage to wood framing on half-height basement walls. Came back a few weeks later with second client, and homeowner had covered the damage with batt insulation. Saved my client half his fee.
  4. If that's what happened then I'm suspicious of that inspector. My inspection and report first becomes more difficult as the number of issues and their gravity goes up on a given house, but at some point it becomes easier. On the very worst of houses, systems are written off with a single, detailed and carefully crafted paragraph. My fees actually become earned more quickly. Also, the number of issues does not mean it's a crappy house. That's determined by the sum of each issue and its gravity.
  5. The few times I have not finished an inspection was due to finding numerous big ticket issues or a substantial defect in the foundation or structure that would be cost prohibitive or impossible to correct without a bulldozer. Totally legal everywhere to stop work and save the client money or for any other reason. The inspectors contract is with his client. Call him or another inspector to do an inspection for you but be aware once you know the issues, you will be required to disclose that information to any future buyers or repair the defects prior to sale. Bottom line, there is a reason the first buyers were scared off and a reason the second buyers decided to save some money by not completing the inspection. Inspectors generally want to complete the inspection, write the report and make a full fee. This inspector lost money in order to protect his client.
  6. Will you still be glad that you shopped around when you someday have a claim that they refuse to cover?
  7. Are you related to "Errors and Omissions Online" ??? I only ask because you have only ever made two posts to this forum and both praise the virtues of that company.
  8. Very much so. You can read all about it in Article 386, "Surface Nonmetallic Raceways." The most common one that I see is LeGrand's "Wiremold." I just finished installing some of their related "plugmold" strips in my kitchen. Pain in the ass to work with.
  9. Maybe your house is a dump? If you call the inspector and ask nicely, maybe he'll tell you what the big issue is. Alternatively, you could hire another inspector to tell you what's up.
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  11. I don't get what's going on, why he wouldn't do the inspection because the house had too many issues. If you have a copy of the report written by him, send it to me. I'll tell you what I think. I often review reports from all over the USA.
  12. I always offer the option to call me off, and let me bill by the hour. I don't push it but I do offer it. I too like to finish a job.
  13. We have a home for sale in North Carolina and had an inspection today (this is our second offer). The inspector that came out the first time scared off our buyers and he was hired again for the new buyers. He told them he would "save them money" because our house has too many issues and would not complete the inspection today. Is this legal? Any advice?
  14. Surface equipment, if listed, is fine. Maybe you are thinking of the fact that Romex is not listed except by exception by local AHJ, for commercial use. In my day as an AHJ banks (of which an awful lot were built around here during those crazy Y2K days), always wanted to put on a real homey feel in their design, (maybe instead of the cold steel industrial hidden face of their operation). They used wood frame walls and cushy comfortable conference rooms and offices, with judges' paneling and tray ceilings, and they always wanted a break from commercial wiring conduit rules. The other thing they always wanted a break from was the code requirement for a drinking fountain outside of the required restrooms. They always said they would provide contracted drinking water stations, which they usually did.
  15. I'm new in the industry. I had to buy E&O, and therefore I did some research on it. I really shopped around because I have a tight budget as I'm just starting out. I found a company called Errors and Omissions Online to be the cheapest. Glad I shopped around.
  16. I'm new to this industry. I was required to buy E&O and therefore did some research on it. I really shopped around because I have a tight budget as I'm just starting out. I found this company called Errors and Omissions Online to be the cheapest. Glad I shopped around.
  17. Is this type of residential surface wiring okay per the NEC?
  18. During the remodel the headwall stayed the same but the drain got relocated probably due to structural issues from a long time leak etc. The guy doing the job was not going to be living with it.
  19. That's often the case with this type of installation but, Jerry stated this to be new construction.
  20. Could there have been a shower stall installed in the bath previously? I've heard a few stories about rehabers not relocating a drain properly when doing a remodel.
  21. What Bill said. I've worked on several. The fluted grooves in the table are used to hold the work piece down.
  22. Not all the way from the ceiling. That's what I was concerned about. At the end I didn't write it.
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