In response to the responses to my post:
I would assume the inspector has already told the client of the situation. The question now would be be that the AHJ may well have approved the installation. If the client were to contact the AHJ, this is what he would be told–and the inspector would be questioned for calling it out.
That’s why I suggested he contact the AHJ himself and protect his opinion. Then if something untoward were to happen, the inspector and his client would have the AHJ’s opinion to hold forth if the matter went to court.
The installation is more than likely to be a dangerous situation, but merely reporting this to the client would not be sufficient if the client were to contact the AHJ–and he were to be told otherwise.
We may call it out as dangerous, but if the “expert” says otherwise, then we’re off the hook because we called it out.
Well now, aren’t we just hunky-wonderful. We left the client with a dangerous situation because the so-called “expert”, or authority, says otherwise–and we can sleep soundly knowing we aren’t responsible.
And that may be the whole problem here–CYA so that you’re not responsible for whatever happens to the client.
I’m sorry, but I can’t live with that.