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Old 01-30-2010, 11:29 AM   #16
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But I don't understand why this sign off is required prior to inspection. I home owner wanted someone to double check things prior to inspection that is fine (although I've never found inspectors that scary), but what is accomplished by requiring it?
as another poster said: so when liability hits the fan, there is somebody else to point to. It's easier to hide behind multiple people when you are trying to dodge a bullet.
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But I don't understand why this sign off is required prior to inspection. I home owner wanted someone to double check things prior to inspection that is fine (although I've never found inspectors that scary), but what is accomplished by requiring it?
Maybe they simply had too many issues with homeowners not wiring to code
Imagine a building Dept that has to have the Inspectors go back 2 or 3 times before the wiring passes
Who knows why, possibly just an old rule that has existed
Or possibly it was restricted to Pro's only buy they relaxed it a little to allow homeowners to do work



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I guess I get that in theory nap, I just wonder if it works in practice. That part of why I asked if your insurance will cover cover work you've signed off on, but didn't actually do.

I guess my basic dislike of this comes from the fact that it seems too much like the following situation: I perform electrical/plumbing work that that I'm not allowed to do. I turn by self in and get a slap on the wrist (if that). I hire a licensed electrician/plumber to finish. Except that job is already done, so that really doesn't cost me much.
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