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  1. I turn them on and light them every time.
  2. Integrity of the electric equipment

    Most of the time, the agent shows up to unlock the door, goes away, and returns for the wrap-up at the end.
  3. Integrity of the electric equipment

    They don't give permission, they *get* it. (Probably 90% of the time - no one wants me to come back.)
  4. cable manufacturing

    Thanks for the link. When I've seen the stuff, it's been a total of a drop or two. If I ever see more than that, I'll consider it a problem.
  5. Water in the panel and outlets

    You can begin with NEC 110.12(C). Integrity of Electrical Equipment and Connections. Internal parts of electrical equipment, including bus bars, wiring terminals, insulators, and other surfaces, shall not be damaged or contaminated by foreign materials such as paint, plaster, cleaners, abrasives, or corrosive residues. There shall be no damaged parts that may adversely affect safe operation or mechanical strength of the equipment such as parts that are broken; bent; cut; or deteriorated by corrosion, chemical action, or overheating. You might also want to study this document: http://www.nema.org/stds/water-damaged.cfm (You'll have to create a NEMA user account, but it's not a big deal.)
  6. Integrity of the electric equipment

    In that case, I put it on the agents. I can either omit this part of the inspection or they can get me permission to mar.
  7. cable manufacturing

    I don't know why or how, but I see it every so often too. Sometimes's it's amber-colored and sometimes it's a light blue. It always seems to be oozing out from inside the thermoplastic insulation. As far as I can tell, it's harmless.
  8. Integrity of the electric equipment

    There's no prohibition against painting panel covers. You can paint them as much as you want. As far as I know, you can also paint the front portions of the breakers, but you're not supposed to cover their amp rating numerals, which are supposed to remain visible. (240.83(A)) If the panel cover screw slots are filled with paint, I place the blade of a screwdriver next to them and tap it with a small hammer, "plowing" the paint plug out of the way, and leaving a nice clean slot. Unless someone presented contrary evidence, I'd lump them in with Stab Loks and recommend replacing them.
  9. Learning the codes to further your knowledge is, in my opinion, essential. (As Les said.) Using code citations in your report is an entirely different topic, worthy of discussion on another thread. In his original post, Jake is asking how to learn to do home inspections. I agree with Jim Baird that it's good to study codes because every home inspection school that you encounter will avoid them like the plague. So study the blasted codes. Of course, you'll need other education as well. Starting up as a home inspector without a background in the trades is tough. On the one hand, you won't have to unlearn bad habits. But on the other, much larger hand, you'll have to actually learn how homes in your area are built, from the oldest to the newest, from electrical to plumbing, from foundations to roof flashings. That's going to be doubly tough if you plan to start in CA and later move to the south. (Particularly so in TX, which has some horrible home inspector rules.) There's not much you can do about hands-on prep or in-person classes while you're on a warship, but you can study codes there. . .
  10. I wholeheartedly agree.
  11. Probably upwind of you. Still, that's the kind of mistake that prevents a young buck from becoming an old buck.
  12. stepping back in

    As much as I'd like to participate in some Facebook groups, I find that Facebook just rubs my fur the wrong way. After more than a few minutes, I've got to close it and go breathe some fresh air. I'd love to hear more from John & Michael, but it's not going to happen on Facebook. . .
  13. 12V AC vs DC

    I never tried it on DC. I was afraid that it would cook the wiring in my lamp, so I tossed it. I figured that there was a simple explanation that I was just ignorant of. Now I'm going to have to go get another and do some further testing.
  14. 12V AC vs DC

    None of them are halogen. The ones I usually get certainly aren't and the automotive ones cost .88 for two of them - definitely not halogen.
  15. 12V AC vs DC

    Definitely not a flasher. Here's what I usually use: https://www.amazon.com/Philips-416719-Landscape-Lighting-13-Watt/dp/B008ATHFGU Here are the automotive ones that get hot, made by Barry's friends at Satco: https://www.amazon.com/Satco-S3623-Bayonet-12-Watt-Light/dp/B007ZY4NNO