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#92818 - 04/10/05 10:54 AM Rambo inspector  
electcontrctr  Offline
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 15
Fairbanks, AK USA
i have problem with a small town inspector who passes a lot of code violations for well known folks and then tries to nit-pick over little things for other ones he is not so familiar with.

what should i do?

i have taken my camera and documented at least 100 violations on homes in the same neighborhood where he has failed an inspection for rules he made up.

i am thinking of contacting the state.



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#92819 - 04/10/05 11:27 AM Re: Rambo inspector  
Alan Nadon  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 399
Elkhart, IN. USA
Start locally. Is he documenting Code violations or made up rules ? If they are made up violations then challenge his decission. Ask if there is a process to dispute an inspection. My area has a review board. The state also has an appeals process. Be polite but, stick to the Code. Is it a violation or not ?
If there is no appeals process find out if he reports to a building commissioner ? Find out if he is employed by a local political agency, the mayor ot town council may be able to make him justify his inspection.
His letting others get away with violations is not your problem. Although it impacts bidding. Just make sure your work is done right. You can even make it a selling point by telling your customers that while some other electricians don't do certain things, you do, because it is in the Code and you want their job to be the best it can be.
Remember: Good work sells itself; bad work sells fire trucks. Alan

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#92820 - 04/10/05 11:54 AM Re: Rambo inspector  
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Contact Joe Tedesco regarding this situation.


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#92821 - 04/10/05 12:35 PM Re: Rambo inspector  
e57  Offline
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Posts: 2,876
Ask those other contractors what it takes to "get along with him", if they say hes a "Good ol' boy", try that approach. If they say envolopes of cash, sick the dogs on him, call the FBI fraud unit, and burn the town hall down, figuratively..... [Linked Image]

Just make sure your stuff is completely up to snuff, and give him nothing to say to you.

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#92822 - 04/10/05 05:32 PM Re: Rambo inspector  
Joe Tedesco  Offline
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Posts: 2,749
Boston, Massachusetts USA
I am sure that your pictures of the violations you mention would be welcomed here, or if you send the worst to me I can let the world see them in EC&M magazine.

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Tell us what he has found wrong with your work.

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#92823 - 04/11/05 04:52 AM Re: Rambo inspector  
Roxie  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 6
talk to a good attorney, and an engineer about the work he is passing. start a suit against him and the town, they will get rid of him fast and you probably won't be bothered again,
a lot depends on how much the taxpayers will allow the town to spend defending him
where i live there is a person that can do almost what he pleases, the mayor said to leave him alone because he will sue and the town can't aford it.
If you have proof that he is passing shoddy work, you have the case won.

#92824 - 04/11/05 06:36 AM Re: Rambo inspector  
Steve Miller  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 325
Loudoun Cty, VA
I guess "beat him senseless" is out of the question

#92825 - 04/11/05 08:21 AM Re: Rambo inspector  
George Little  Offline
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,489
Michigan USA
You guys haven't even seen or heard what the issues are with the job(s). Why is the inspector automatically wrong? Looks like the contractor should be more specific.

George Little

#92826 - 04/11/05 01:04 PM Re: Rambo inspector  
Roxie  Offline
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Posts: 6
I do have an idea how some inspectors operate in small towns though, we have had 7 bldg inspectors in 5 yrs and none of them knew a concrete block from an 8 penny nail.

#92827 - 04/11/05 01:59 PM Re: Rambo inspector  
e57  Offline
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Posts: 2,876
George Little, you do have a point, we are stereotyping.... But I have seen this in small towns, and big cities. And we really should no more before we condemn the guy. But sometimes, dare I say it, I think its more how the Inspector is "handled" interpersonally, rather than the work itself. And some are just used to seeing a certain "style" of work, rather than the quality of it.

Mark Heller
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