Hello and thanks for all the interesting subject matter. I am a building inspector in northern CA, new to this side of the counter. Spent most of my life in the trades, in and out and bouncing around. Went to college (twice actually), but not for anything related to this industry. I took a chance applying for this job and so far it's working out, never in my life had I thought "hmm, maybe I'll be an inspector." I look at my job as providing a service, I'm not heavy handed. It surprises me how much of a bad reputation inspectors have. I thought it might be a local thing but I have come to discover that it's pretty universal. I don't know how much of it is just the nature of the people who get this job, or what this job does to people. Every job is an opportunity for me to build a new bridge and gain the trust of the hard working folks who build our community. It's too easy for people to look down and think little of the labor, walk a day in their shoes though... Anyhow, thanks for the welcome, I look forward to participating.
1. There are good inspectors and very bad inspectors.
If you do not know the code, you cannot enforce it!!
2. Best advice, use Common Sense.