Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Since I am not all that smart of an inspector, I tend to use my instincts a lot. I still have the bells and whistles for the marketing side of the sale.
I don't really have equipment that technical, like other inspectors. The equipment that I do have, just makes my life a little easier, or makes the inspection go a little quicker. ![icon_biggrin.gif](upload://iKNGSw3qcRIEmXySa8gItY6Gczg.gif)
For instance, I have a Klein 10 in 1 screwdriver and I also have the B & D angled versa driver. Both get the job done but the versa driver gets it done without much physical effort, unless the battery goes dead, then I go back to the Klein, which is shorter and lighter.
I don't think that kind of equipment will ruin your instincts, just inspectors tend to use only one of the senses (eyes) to perform inspections. Most don't really become better inspectors until they learn to use all of the senses. For instance, when I come across a pipe coming up from the ground for no apparent reason, I yell down it, something like hello down there! People look at me like I am nuts but if you listen and the pipe is connected to another pipe, the sound will carry, if not, the sound will deaden almost instantly as you speak it. ![icon_biggrin.gif](upload://iKNGSw3qcRIEmXySa8gItY6Gczg.gif)
Eyes are an important part of our job, but your other senses can help you tremendously. Next time you do an inspection make a mental note of what sense you are using when you find issues, you will be surprised either by your lack of use of your other senses or by your unawareness of how many of your other senses you use.
Hope that helps answer your question!