While I chafe at your frequent characterizations of inspectors as buffoons, that is because the members of this forum are anything but. That said, I concur with the label for the general population of inspectors. In fact it's much worse than you might have imagined. I have many examples of ineptitude, dishonesty, malfeasance and downright bullying.There is a fundamental problem with the current system that allows an individual with little or no qualifications to enforce regulations when he or she has no understanding of the regulations. True there are some individuals who may have some qualifications but in general that is not required.
Does that matter? The average contractor/trades-person knows less about code than the average lousy inspector. Half of all construction is not inspected. In some locales all construction is not permitted or inspected. What are the results of this? Are houses bursting into flames? Are people suffocating in their sleep? Well no. So what does that mean for the worth of what we do? Are we more than a fly in the ointment? I'm not so sure.
There is an intentional dumbing down in the ranks of inspectors. The less an inspector does, the smoother is the existence for managers. Observe the path that California prepared for the solar industry. We used to perform a racking inspection as well as a final inspection. I would find ample reason for that inspection. The legislature dictated that we are now allowed just one inspection and of course that's a final inspection. Soon we will not be allowed to perform a plan check. The end of the road will be self certification by the contractors.
It is rooftop, electrical and brought to us by flimflam artists. Other segments of the construction industry are paying attention
It was not like this twenty-five years ago.