Home Inspectors

Old 11-22-07, 11:17 AM
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Home Inspectors

Ive seen alot of postings lately about home inspections gone bad, and Im curious of a few things before I call my lawyer

Am I correct in assuming.....

#1 That an Item that has been UL listed and approved for a particular purpose is acceptable for that purpose REGARDLESS of being "Poor Practice" or "Frowned Upon" by the electrical community?
Example..Squared D double pole breaker "Double Lugged"(Two 220 Ckts) While the breaker Clearly displays a LISTING and
A Size allowance for TWO wires Per Pole.

#2 Outdoor Wiring That was Deemed Acceptable , Provided It was run in Conduit, Or moved above a height Of 6'6". The Cable was 10/3 NMB.
Im sure There are "Clauses" in the report For "CYA" purposes, And Being a New homeowner at the time, with little Knowledge,But plenty of ambition, I can blame myself for Biting more than I can chew, Should I just Chalk it up and Never reccomend this guy to anyone again? We live in a very "TIGHT" community, which is growing rapidly, and there is ALways a NEED for a good Inspector.
Old 11-22-07, 11:27 AM
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Things that are rated or designed for a specific purpose are not always allowed. It all depends on code and your municipal laws. Which is something inspectors should be knowledgeable of.

If something is allowed in code and bylaws, is designed and properly rated for the use, and a home inspector still said you can't do that, then call your lawer :P
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From what I have read over the years home inspectors are notorious for being mistaken in electrical matters. It doesn't seem to matter if they have any kind of national accreditation or if they just woke up some morning and started calling themself a home inspector.

When I bought my present home eight years ago the inspector I used was well thought of, had (still has) national accreditation and writes a column in the newspaper on home issues. He still missed several things electrical and was completely wrong about a few non-electrical issues.
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Home Inspectors

Home inspectors are not held out to be code inspectors.

One reason is that codes change and there is no lnowledge of when the works was done or the materials purchased.

The main criteria for home inspection are general condition, foreseen future replacements, safety and special situations that require a specialist (electrician, plumber, furnace, structural, etc.). If these are seen, they should be noted in the report for future investigation, if wanted.

In some cases, items that comply with codes may be noted as a problem because of the situation. In others, a violation of current codes may have permitted in earlier versions.

Compounding the situation is that the inspection is a visual inspection in someone else's home, some things cannot be moved and many systems cannot the shut off or cycled for testing.

Liability is limited. If not, the cost would be many, many times higher. No buyer is willing to pay a engineer, electrician, plumber, roofer, etc. to come out and then guarantee that nothing was found when systems cannot be moved, shut off or cycled.

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