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#12500 - 08/10/02 01:00 PM What is "expected low voltage"
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
We do work for some real estate agents to repair inspection report problems and I had one yesterday I didn't know what to do with.
The report said: "Have a licensed electrician repair the expected low voltage at front and back flood lights". These lights were standard double floods with motion sensors. I put the lights in the test mode and they worked fine. What do you think the inspector wanted us to do?
Thanks, David.

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#12501 - 08/10/02 02:07 PM Re: What is "expected low voltage"
motor-T Offline

Registered: 11/10/01
Posts: 293
Loc: Girard, Ohio, USA
I think these home inspectors are lacking in a lot of the fundamentals. I did or redid a job the home-owner was advised by one of these home inspectors, to replace the service cable and said it was the cable from the service panel to the meter base.
The guy who did the work didn't have a permit and didnt really understand the difference between a Service panel and a sub-panel he put a ground bar kit in the service panel but the kicker was the guy attached the ground bar kit with ' Dry-Wall Screws' .
The whole problem was the new owners had to pick up the bill for the previous owners, Mis guidance via a Home-Inspector.


#12502 - 08/10/02 03:12 PM Re: What is "expected low voltage"
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
All I can think of is that for some reason he thought the lights weren't as bright as they should be, and therefore assumed or "expected" the problem to be low voltage.

#12503 - 08/10/02 04:44 PM Re: What is "expected low voltage"
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
I seriously don't think most 'home inspectors' who are biased by a high percentage of real estate biz , especially in states that have no certification requirements (other than a pulse) no what to look for.
They simply latch onto low $$ buzzwords, and fake it from there......

#12504 - 08/10/02 07:10 PM Re: What is "expected low voltage"
frank Offline

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 361
Loc: windsor ontario canada
i would just double check the connections and up the bulb to the max allowable size thats listed on the socket.

#12505 - 08/11/02 05:41 PM Re: What is "expected low voltage"
ElectricAL Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 615
Loc: Minneapolis, MN USA
Just as a thought, don't know if this shoe will fit. . .some motion detectors have a dusk to dawn mode that runs the lamp(s) at 50% dim until motion is sensed, then full voltage goes to the lamps. I don't recall the make or manufacturer. Just know that they are out there.

Al Hildenbrand

#12506 - 08/11/02 06:42 PM Re: What is "expected low voltage"
nesparky Offline

Registered: 06/21/01
Posts: 650
Loc: omaha,ne
I wonder what would these home inspectors do if we started sending them a bill for causing unnecessary work?
Maybe we should try to get these clowns to have to pass the same tests as building, plumbing and electrical inspectors- after obtaining a journeyman's license in each of the areas they inspect. Something for your councilmen and/or state senators?


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