I did this inspection about 4 days ago. I was to meet with the customer today (Friday) and some tradespeople about issue’s in the dwelling the customer wanted quotes on prior to purchase.
The electrician and I were the only two to show up on time. David (the electrician) was an older gentleman and friendly towards me (don’t let your minds wonder, not touchy feely friendly).
David told me he was there to “check out” his list provided from the customer. I proceeded to tell him the list was created from the defects I had found on Monday. David probably already assumed that since I was wearing my branded clothing.
In a short version, below is the list of defects I noted in the report.
- knockouts missing in the panel
- no data plate found
- rust and deterioration to the panel
- breakers have rusted screws holding the branch wiring*(pic below)*
In red (as a safety/major defect)
1A) one or more breakers continued to trip.
Recommend: Consulting with a qualified electrician to evaluate and repair the issue’s.
David said nothing about #1, & #2 .
#3 He said the “surface rust” was not that big-a-deal.
#4 David said, “I would be more concerned with the non-uniformed breakers and that some are broke” (he pulled a breaker and the copper tab was split).
#1A David flipped and tripped breaker #7 several times, which was labeled dinning room. We went upstairs to the dinning room and he said “Looks like customer will have to hire us to find out what the problem is and fix it.” [The customer and I know for a fact the Breaker #7 was for some of the basement receptacles including the sump pump.]
Also an older fused subpanel(pic below) I wrote up for not being fully enclosed (the panel had no top) and the wires hanging in the air. David also said “That’s no big deal it’s not connected to anything.” Me - “except the main panel.”
David left before the customer arrived and I really didn’t say much to the customer accept call and talk with your electrician.
David made me feel like I was calling things out for no real reason. He made an interesting comment to me at one point saying that he works with a lot of real estate transactions.
Is David writing a soft report?
To better help me with my electrical inspections, critique what I did wrong so I’m not writing stupid stuff up?