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  1. I'd be interested in how "Lightweight " a 14'5" wooden ladder is??????
  2. Since many of us are from all over the country and not exclusive to one region I will say that I think the chart is useful to have for refference. I do not care who doesn't enforce code violations etc. Wait until you are called as a witness in an electrical shock or death case and the prosecution is looking at a copy of your report that doesn't even mention that a GFI - while possibly not being required, is not even mentioned as a safety upgrade recommendation if for no other reason than to reduce potential liability. Any person who does not use all of the information available to advise all p
  3. It is an excellent program and the added bonus of really being where the help is needed and being able to make a difference in people's lives. This program helps get the needed expertise (you) out there and the evaluation done and repairs as quickly as possible. In the old days the government sent us(government workers) to these areas to do the evaluations however we were hampered by the lack of personnel to meet the needs in big disaster areas. I think it is a great program and generally you can work in a geographic aera you are familar with. Not pulling some "Kentucky Hill Hoppers" like me a
  4. Keep in mind the garage and the house need to be completely seperated and this is not only true in new construction but also in older homes. A often missed issue is the garage connected by a screened in breezeway. And this is sometimes an add on issue. A detached garage that has been connected by a breezeway does need to be protected up to the underside of the roof decking. To be safe the breezeway should be blocked at each end and not just at the house connection point but always where the breezeway connects to the garage.
  5. This won't be for everyone but I think it is important enough to make you aware of the opportunity. Decide for yourself. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reorganized and is contracting out most of their inspection work to the private sector in an effort to reduce their permanent employee figures and the long term liability and obligation for retirement etc. This work is basically in the Multifamily divisions and involves inspecting new construction as well as substantial rehab work. HUD requires the work to be inspected twice a month at a minimum and for those wi
  6. If the general public only realized how much we try to protect them from themselves. I do not agree having a permit for the second floor would cover the missing safety feature. For one thing the permit for the second floor hopefully was "design reviewed" by the permit issuing department. Secondly most permit issuances carry a small print declaration stating the work has been reviewed and a permit issued but final approval is based on field inspection of the completed work. If the permit issuing department has already "final field inspected" the installation and passed it (which is why I have
  7. Jim- I can agree with your concept of grandfathering to an extent. As you mention allowing those in who "invented the field" is one thing but keeping those in who have kept up with the field is another thing. When I took over a large staff I had field inspectors ranging in age from 26 to 79 and sad as it seems some of the older ones had no idea what code changes had taken place nor did they care. Several of the younger ones thought they had all the answers (which they didn't) and and a couple of darn good inspectors were offended at having to take a test to keep their positions even though I
  8. Your analogy of boarding a plane and the pilot training as relates to home inspectors and their training shows the critical missing link and that is nationwide approved training and certification. Hopefully when the HI industry grows up and matures it will be able to follow standardized requirements and training and thus be recognized as a respectable and reliable professional occupation. Currently many home inspectors(with good reason)are thrown in with used car salesmen, home improvement salesmen and other occupations who exist and earn their living by telling people what they want or need t
  9. Good topic There is a lot of complaining about required schooling for HI however the fact of the matter is the overall results show the better educated (via whatever means) the inspector the better he/she can serve their client base. I currently live in a state that has no requirement to become a home inspector other than hanging a sign on the door and we get about what you could expect in results. We have some excellent inspectors however they are the result of their our professional development. It is like anything else if the person wants to provide a professional and vaulable service they
  10. First of all I have really enjoyed this forum. The amassed knowledge and experience presented here is remarkable. I have a couple questions. For those of you in the front line of inspections do you see many violations overlooked by the city or township inspectors as you make our rounds and secondly how many (or what percentage of)inspectors do you know who severly skew their reporting procedures to insure continued business either from lending institutions or homeowners clients? Don't use names please. I have been involved in single family and multifamily inspections for years and have a grea
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