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Old 01-13-2011, 07:16 PM   #16
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We spent the spring and summer renovating an old house. When we were ALL done, we had our hot water tank replaced by the company that we rent from. We didn't know, but the electrical work (from the hot water tank) would be be inspected. This was our first meeting with the inspector, and this was the first time we were aware of the inspection process. When the Inspector showed up, he already knew we had done a bunch of renovating, and said so before he even stepped into the door. He said we would have to talk about what we had done in the house, after he looked at the hot water tank. I admitted to him that we did some writing, cause it was obvious that he already knew somehow. A few weeks later I received a letter in the mail and it was sent to my Maiden name! It had a 3 deficiencies on it, and it forced us to have an inspection. Where did he get my maiden name from? I've been married for 10 years! It's obvious that somebody tipped him off, but is this legal? There was no evidence that we had done electrical work, and yet he knew we did. The inspection has been done now, and we might have to rip apart our kitchen because he wants a different kind of wire to be used in it. And we have to hire an electrician from another community (2 hours away!) to do the work because we don't have one in our town. This is a friggen' nightmare!

My other question is, what if we don't have the money to do the work? Do we have any legal options? We've just poured everything we have into the house and we're not sure how we're going to afford this. The thought of ripping the house apart...well you can just imagine...
Did you talk about the details of your renovation on Face Book? Maybe someone you went to school with read about it and called the inspector?

Or perhaps it's a family member who is worried for your family's safety but didn't feel right discussing the wiring with you or your husband?

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Old 01-13-2011, 08:30 PM   #17
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We spent the spring and summer renovating an old house. When we were ALL done, we had our hot water tank replaced by the company that we rent from. We didn't know, but the electrical work (from the hot water tank) would be be inspected. This was our first meeting with the inspector, and this was the first time we were aware of the inspection process. When the Inspector showed up, he already knew we had done a bunch of renovating, and said so before he even stepped into the door. He said we would have to talk about what we had done in the house, after he looked at the hot water tank. I admitted to him that we did some writing, cause it was obvious that he already knew somehow. A few weeks later I received a letter in the mail and it was sent to my Maiden name! It had a 3 deficiencies on it, and it forced us to have an inspection. Where did he get my maiden name from? I've been married for 10 years! It's obvious that somebody tipped him off, but is this legal? There was no evidence that we had done electrical work, and yet he knew we did. The inspection has been done now, and we might have to rip apart our kitchen because he wants a different kind of wire to be used in it. And we have to hire an electrician from another community (2 hours away!) to do the work because we don't have one in our town. This is a friggen' nightmare!

My other question is, what if we don't have the money to do the work? Do we have any legal options? We've just poured everything we have into the house and we're not sure how we're going to afford this. The thought of ripping the house apart...well you can just imagine...
Did you purchase this home before you were married? If so, then your maiden name may have come up on the title/ownership search.As to who tipped off the inspector, I would say it was the water heater installer who was compelled either morally,ethically or legally to report improper or unsafe wiring.

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