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Old 02-13-2009, 05:11 PM   #16
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A good inspector will look closer at a homeowners work than a professionals work, because the HO usually don't know what they are doing.
Really? Don't assume just because someone is paid to do a job, that they do it correctly. There's plenty of pictures on here of licensed "professional" work that is either wrong or very poorly done.

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Old 02-13-2009, 05:40 PM   #17
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Really? Don't assume just because someone is paid to do a job, that they do it correctly. There's plenty of pictures on here of licensed "professional" work that is either wrong or very poorly done.
Different states have different requirements for licensing, I am in Florida which is the hardest state to get licensed in, unfortunately many of the "Licensed" contractors are not licensed.

I have seen a lot of hack work by Homeowners and handymen types, I have seen a very small amount of hack work by properly licensed contractors working within the scope of their license and of the hack work I have seen it was usually done by the license holders employee or subs.

Unlicensed contractors can't pull permits, so their work is not inspected.
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:57 PM   #18
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i lucked out with my elec. inspector.... he's so busy he said for me to just take hi res digital photos of the wiring and all outlets and switches, and leave one or two open for him to see, and i could go ahead and close the walls and mud.... when he finally was doing this area, he checked the crawlspace for stapling (every 12" or so) and fireblock caulking, and looked at the pics and the outlets i left opened, and ok'd me. i even powered up the room so he could test the grounds and gfcis in there.

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Old 02-13-2009, 06:22 PM   #19
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I actually take pics of everything that I do
That way I can go back & figure out location of wires etc if needed
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:18 PM   #20
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I'm starting to take pictures of everything I do just so I can get advice on how to fix my mistakes from you guys.
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Different states have different requirements for licensing, I am in Florida which is the hardest state to get licensed in, unfortunately many of the "Licensed" contractors are not licensed.

I have seen a lot of hack work by Homeowners and handymen types, I have seen a very small amount of hack work by properly licensed contractors working within the scope of their license and of the hack work I have seen it was usually done by the license holders employee or subs.

Unlicensed contractors can't pull permits, so their work is not inspected.
As an inspector, I assure you that there are a lot of DIYers that do beautiful/safe electric work, and there are a lot of licensed electricians that are hacks. And there are homeowners that have no business doing wiring, and licensed electricians that do beautiful work. I firmly believe that licensing is a joke in a lot of states and jurisdictions. I could care less whether or not someone flaunts a license...There are guys that have them that have no business having them. Being a licensed contractor is often no reflection on the quality of work someone is capable of producing, it is based on their ability to take a test and pay a license fee. All I care about is their ability to do work that meets the minimum standard of the code.

Remember the "Certified Master Builder" program that was all the rage? Thousands of builders payed their membership dues in that organization and were instantly Certified Master Builders. In this area, you take a few hours of continuing education classes, take a faily easy test and pay a fee and you're licensed in the county...Better than nothing but it gives buyers a false sense of security.

I've been a combination inspector for a long time, and I assure you that everybody gets the same inspection from me. I look just as hard at professionals' work as I do at DIYers' work. A good inspector doesn't trust anyones' reputation or perceived integrity...He checks their work. To hear earilier in this thread that the inspector stated that he only wants to do a final absolutely boils my blood. That's shameful of him, as is the fact that he doesn't return phonecalls. I'd lose my job if I acted that way.
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To hear earilier in this thread that the inspector stated that he only wants to do a final absolutely boils my blood. That's shameful of him, as is the fact that he doesn't return phonecalls. I'd lose my job if I acted that way.
There were permits on this house that were finalized right before I bought it... the previous owner showed me the work that had been done. You would have strangled the inspectors to see the work that they passed. Wires not attached to studs, wires capped off outside junction boxes...sometimes with only electrical tape. In one case, that we didn't even realize until yesterday, there was a 220v wire that was hanging bare inside of a wall. It was on at the panel when I bought the house, but I turned it off shortly after buying when I determined it did not go to anything. And all this was passed by the electrical inspector for this area. I've been told by other people in the area that even the building inspectors are next to worthless... they'll look at one section of work(ie, one wall, ignoring that the whole room has been done) and pass the entire job based on that.

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