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An average day

Discussion in 'Contractor Talk' started by ICE, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. ICE

    ICE Sawhorse

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    The holes shall be filled.
     
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  2. ICE

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    According to the contractor, this short section of trenchless sewer pipe was cut out because when it was installed the smaller diameter pipe was not connected. The smaller pipe serves a clothes washer. I have a hard time believing anybody anymore.

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    The required procedure for the installation of trenchless sewer pipe includes a camera run done before the work commences; with the inspector present. That should avert such mistakes as eliminating a lateral. I have never witnessed the "before" camera run. The contractor always has an excuse for why it wasn't done.....it was an emergency repair.....we didn't know about the procedure.....their office didn't give them the instructions that BS stapled to the permit.

    In this case, no permit was obtained for the trenchless and it was done over a year ago. Well that's all according to the latest contractor.
     
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    Sounds like you have a golden opportunity calling you.
    Is it possible for you to start a Residential & Commercial
    construction forensics company in addition to your current
    Inspector job ?.......This is similar to what the Forum owner
    did.......Plus, it would give you control over the level of
    inspection, and "piles and piles of cash", and you COULD
    make a significant difference in hiring & training the next
    generation of qualified Inspectors.

    Hell's bells Shirley, it might just give you some satisfaction
    to be a Game Changer in your area. ;)


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  4. ICE

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    My certifications expire for the eighth time next January. I'm hoping that the only license that I will need after that is a fishing license.....oh and I might kill some deer.
     
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    On April 2-17 I was told that our department would accept the fact that unattended, exposed, energized metal presents an immediate life safety hazard. Four months and some days later I find it everywhere. I have had dozens in the last two months. Here is today:

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    The contractor's employee was in a vehicle across the street. The equipment is in the backyard......with the little girl and her chicken.

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    The worker was contrite, apologetic, defensive and just not someone that I would trust with electricity. He told me all about the inspectors that walk away from an inspection if the equipment isn't wide open. Those inspectors are us.

    A conservative estimate of the number of times that this has transpired in this jurisdiction over four months is 2000. Well for sure the number with little girls is hard to estimate and forget about counting chickens.
     
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    By "immediate hazard", do you cut the power to the house?
     
  7. mmmarvel

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    So did you call the engineer?? I've done that more than once - like the time I was suppose to verify some lag bolts going into the wall ... the problem was the wall didn't exist. I mean the rest of the dimensions, the rest of the walls, everything else was there, but this pony wall wasn't there (anymore). Don't know what happened to it, evidently someone demolished it but I had the hardest time convincing the engineer that the wall just flat didn't exist anymore. In the end I won, but it was only because I told him I couldn't sign off on something that I couldn't verify.
     
  8. ICE

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    Well actually no, we don't do anything.
     
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    The job is in another inspectors area and I was there while he was on vacation. I haven't been back so I don't know the outcome. I did not call the engineer.
     
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    A flipper created a laundry room without a dryer vent. I asked for a dryer vent. I also asked for a cap on the gas valve. This is their best effort.

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    I've got to wonder what kind of fool that they think I am.
     
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    Flipper didn't have a ladder to access the roof at the first inspection. There wasn't much doubt that once there I might find some issues.

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    The condenser is not attached to the building.

    I wasn't able to remove the fuse holder for fear of ripping the disconnect off the condenser.

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    As luck would have it, there is an existing roof jack that they were able to utilize.

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    On that first inspection I wrote 18 corrections without getting on the roof and sad to say that I didn't inspect the water heater either. In my defense, it was a busy day and 18 is plenty. I was in a hot attic, the corrections were goofy stuff that indicated that the contractor was sub-par. The icing on that cake is that the contractor didn't show up for the inspection and the clueless flipper wanted explanation times 18.

    Then I see the water heater vent.

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    While not a record number of corrections for the scope of work, it is a ridiculous outcome.

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    How hard can you bend an appliance connector? Don't you get a zero clearance reduction for vents in free air? Some days I feel like I have your job Tiger.....Flickr working well for you? I have to do something about the PB disaster at some point....
     
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  14. ICE

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    Steve,
    Flickr works great. Photo Bucket doesn't work at all.
     
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    A little goes a long way. More may not be an improvement.

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    It looks like it is cross threaded.

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    Post # 2372, I do not require the seismic straps here, just curious what are they
    fastened to? The cabinet is fastened to the house, yes? And the straps to the
    cabinet, maybe?

    Gas line looks a bit kinky and the PRV line will not work installed that way.

    ICE, I was in SLO last week looking for you, over a 100° :mad: for three days! Had
    a steak dinner at Jocko's in Nipomo and did some surf fishing at Oso Flaco. The
    locals where very friendly, I might say! :cool:
     
  18. ICE

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    I would like to write a simple correction that says "fix the obvious" prior to requesting inspection.

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    What? The unsupported hip rafters?;)
     
  20. ICE

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    4" pipe in four places.

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