Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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I have a real problem with the push-matic thing. I see them all over the place up here. I inspected a house recently, which had a pushmatic panel. Although parts are still available, they are a bit expensive. That notwithstanding, there is nothing wrong with the panel.
Well, the client I inspected the home for backed out of the deal. The home was purchased by a relocation company, who sent in their own inspector. This inspector flagged the push-matic panel as defective (due to its production status), and recommended replacement. The relo company went back to the owner, and wanted him to take the cost of replacement off the top. This homeowner went ballistic, called the NY Board of Fire Underwriters (they are the AHJ) and asked for an opinion. The electrical inspector came out to the house. He told the homeowner that the home inspector was wrong, and recommended that the homeowner sue this inspector for the cost of the new panel and related inspection and installation fees. Absent of a safety issue, which does not exist with this panel, I also believe that the inspector was wrong. I make the client aware that ir will cost him more for these breakers ($45 for a 15-amp) as compared to around $5 from another manufacturer. I advise them that they may want to consider upgrading the panel sometime in the future, but that's about it.
I am seeing, and hearing, of many AHJ-types getting really pissed off at some home inspectors for, not so much going beyond the call of duty, but for calling things out as defects that really are not. I agree with Joe H. Folks in other areas view things differently. Nothing wrong with it. We just gotts cover our a$$es.
Isn't that special?