If you are replying to a member in need of help, please don’t bash your fellow member for asking what you might think is a “dumb question.” Protecting consumers is the goal of this tool. In the same way you wouldn’t want to use a fire extinguisher as a sledge hammer, because others might need that fire extinguisher, don’t misuse this tool. Some members, (not necessarily newbies BTW) need fast technical help from time to time (I sure needed it when I was a home inspector). We want to make these members feel like they’ll get that technical help here without being berated, told how dumb they are, told that they should “quit the inspection business”, etc… so that they feel welcome to seek the help they need, on the Emergency Forum, when they most need it.
When I first became a home inspector, Al Gore hadn’t invented the internet yet. We had enormous portable bag phones. Digital cameras had just come out and I was one of the first to use digital photos in my reports generated in WORD (we had no reporting software). There were very few educational options. There was no way to test for radon because the guy who ultimately figured out how to test for it was out doing home inspections ;). The only trade “society” in the industry charged us membership dues for little more than logo usage (they haven’t really evolved much since). There was no InterNACHI. No textbooks specifically for inspectors. No business success help. No marketing programs. Do vendor deals. No free stuff. No enormous list of www.nachi.org/benefits.htm . And we could go years without meeting another fellow home inspector.
It’s so much better now where at InterNACHI, inspectors can get help from their fellow inspectors. And inspectors (many of whom have specific expertise in many of the trades or in marketing or in tech, etc) can return that help to their fellow members.
“Just as iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.”- Proverbs 27:17
I have at least 5 local inspectors in my phone and have called one or more of them from an Inspection a time or two. Why would I post a question on the message board for a time sensitive tech question?? And why would I trust the answer from some of the responders??