My state ( Vermont) has just issues me a 'Low Priority' notice. This means my work at one project will not be inspected, even though a permit was pulled. This is simply a manpower issue, so i'll assume when construction is booming other states have to do similar....does your area 'prioritize' ???
Careful now -- You'll be getting like us with no inspections!
What is the typical number of electrical inspectors in different types of location, say a rural county of a few thousand people, a small city, and a large metro area like NYC or LA? Is there any sort of average ratio, or would I be right in thinking that this is something else which varies tremendously state to state?
It's a little different where I am (LI, NY). Our Inspection Agencies are private companies that are recognized by the municipalities to perform Electrical Inspections. I can't see anything like what you describe ever happening here. Where I am there is a choice of maybe 6 different Agencies to choose from and I imagine if there was a market for it there would be more opening up, or just expanding.
Hey, why don't you volunteer your services to help out up there part-time. Didn't you say that you had some IAEI Certifications?
Here in Ohio all of our local inspectors are State Certified, and work for their county of residencce. However our counties are fairly large and only have two inspectors for our county. I called in an inspection two weeks ago and they still havnt gotten to it, so they definitely have a priorty inspection system, the job I called in was a 'Revamp', which is at the bottom of the list.
As a side NOTE: After I did this service the owner told me that her water Bill doubled, and implied that bonding the water meter had something to do with it. Has anyone else had similar problems.?
Don't you realize that anything that goes wrong in a house for a month or so after you finish is caused by something you did. And if two light bulbs burn out in the same light before any other light in the area, it's caused by a short, not bad bulbs or vibrations, right?
Paul; a workable 'ratio' would be interesting, especially if shown against incidents....
Bill; sounds like a good system you have, some competition vs. our beuracracy. I do have an IAEI cert, but they don't hire part timers here....
Motor-T; i've had complaints of bill increases via service upgrades. i'll attribute some of this to simple lack of R, however there may be a meter change that also will have an effect, re; digitals vs. old style, meter multiplier ratio, and the umpteen rates we have that only a lawyer can understand....
Sparky: As I told the lady I dont think bonding the water meter had anything to do with Your water bill doubling, but I am not saying it cant and then told her to call the water department and tell them exactly what I did. The only thing I can think of is maybe the moon was in the 7th house, and all the stars in there course were indiviually working against her, I didnt say that of course but, you know I didnt know what to tell her. As you say it could be the meter but it was the old style and not the digital type. We all know electron theory but whos really sure about some renegade electron. ? -Mark-