Marc Posted February 26, 2020 Report Share Posted February 26, 2020 A client asked me to be present for the walk-thru on her newly constructed home. She and the builder both came with a copy of a report I did for her and the walk thru progressed by going over each page/finding of the report. In response to a CO asphyxiation hazard created by a ventless fireplace, the builder said he'd install a CO monitor, even though most monitors don't alert to anything less than 50 ppm, which can seriously impair health within a few days. In response to a voltage drop of 20% in a bedroom wall receptacle - voltage dropped from 124 to 99 volts when a 15 amp load was placed upon it - he said he had his own home inspector, who said there was no such thing as voltage drops. He also said the house was code compliant because it had passed a code inspection. In Louisiana, a large portion of the building code isn't enforced. Also, when a code inspector passes an inspector, it legally implies that the house is compliant. This house had one thermostat but two air return registers. The thermostat was near the smaller return which served only two rooms. This thermostat was not sensing the temperature of the returning air on the other return grille, which served the rest of the house. This wise ass builder said this is the way all of his homes are done. It's his own standard. I told him of my experience in resid AC since the mid 80's (I think he was born after I started AC). He turned a little red in the face, grinned a little, then said this is how their AC guy does it and that there is a warranty on the house. Anything goes wrong and they will fix it. The experience got me thinking...what the hell was I doing there? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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