I have an inspector coming over to sign off on the grounding job that I'm
having done. One question, when the inspector is present, is it his duty or
job to also spot other non-code or hazardous within the structure - outside
of what is being worked on?
My house undoubtedly contains numerous out of code conditions, all of which
are work in progress for me. So when he/she/it shows up can I expect him to
reserve his comments for the job at hand or will he walk about pointing out
things that need to be fixed elsewhere?
it will also depend on the personality of the individual inspector. the
electrical inspectors i have dealt with tend to have tunnel vision for
electrical work. i wouldn't worry about especially if it is existing
buffalo ny: most folks pay for an inspection and enjoy hearing about
hazards BEFORE the house catches fire.
your answer depends on the local requirements.
old isn't necessarily unsafe, it needs to be tested and inspected.
an inspector would be negligent if he didn't point out electrical
if you've got an electrician have him explore your concerns.
tidy up the dangerous conditions yesterday.
Much depends on the inspector too. Some are grumpy jerks that have not been
laid in 20 years and enjoy giving you a hard time. Most are reasonable
people and would give you some pointers on how to correct a problem. If he
knows you are correcting problems, he will not hassle you.
Some homeowners try to hide stuff, take shortcuts and do things half assed.
They deserve the wrath of the inspector.
On Sat, 23 Sep 2006 13:50:14 -0400, "RBM" <rbm2(remove
That is certainly true of a real building department inspector but
some places tend to blur that with the tax assessor's office. In my
area they are two separate entities that do not really compare notes.
I have lots of unpermitted, uninspected projects around here but the
tax man found them all within a year. I never heard from the building
department. I imagine it is because the fees for a homeowner project
do not cover the cost of the inspections.
As a general rule they only look at things within the scope of the
permit. If you have other unpermitted "new work" going on you could be
in trouble but if it has dirt on it and it isn't smoking he probably
won't care. I might still throw a blanket over something you don't
want him to see.
The "code enforcement/zoning" inspector is another animal. He gets
paid for catching people.
If it's really half-assed, bad work that never met code he'll probably bring
it up, but if you can convince him you inherited it, you're probably ok. If
it's stuff that once met code but no longer does, you're ok. If it's
somewhere inbetween, it's kind of up to the inspector. If it's unrelated to
the job at hand and you explain that you're slowly bringing everything up to
code, you're probably fine.
If, on the other hand, you created the situation due to prior bad work of
your own, then you deserve what you get <g>
P.S. I wouldn't "throw a blanket" like the other post said, that would
arouse lots of suspicion and prove that you were trying to hide something.
It doesn't sound like it will be an issue then. I'm not trying to hide
anything so much as I'm fully aware that the house does in fact need a lot
of work. The laws were much more lax in 1960 than they were today so I was
wondering what he would say about all that half-assed work they did back
then. It's a catch-22 situation for me. I need him to pass the work on the
box so that I can start in on fixing the crappy work they did back then.
But I don't want him to fail the work for the box simply because the rest of
the house needs repairs.
If the work complies with the 1960 rules, you have no problem. they cannot
force you to upgrade old work. New, or course must comply. I don't see it
as a problem for you and you will probably make him happy that the other
work is going to be upgraded.
In my experience:
I've had electrical inspectors check my work, on sites that seemed
under constant DIY work by the home owner. The inspector passed my
work, and while chatting started looking around as he talked.
I learned something, like a cop being called to a scene for loud music
will act if he see other illegal activities, your inspector can also
do so. Since 99% of work I've seen that was 'WRONG' and 'UNSAFE' was
unpermitted and uninspected. So he/she is securing their job and your
tom @ www.FreelancingProjects.com
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