A friend of mine referred me to a consult client, not for a home inspection.
The client is a middle aged woman who lives with her mother and is nice, but a little dim.
She had her roof replaced and was concerned that the job was not done well. The roofer was state licensed, but you have to understand that, around here, even the state licensed guys often do “commonly acceptable standards” as opposed to “best practices” (because they get more work because few people want to pay for a good job).
She was concerned about the roof decking and if all the damaged decking was replaced. I checked and it was. Some of the decking (plywood) was water stained, but was not delaminated, rotted or soft. Just old.
Now here is my story.
She had hired a “handyman” to do some work, replacing here kitcen tile floor (and he did a good job). Then, the handyman (a Romanian guy and his brother in a white van) start telling her all this other stuff.
- “You need more attic insulation”, which she did, but he installed it on the roof, not the ceiling, and with Kraft paper.
- "Your fuse box is wrong. You only have one wire. It must be replaced. (Older Wadsworth (installed in 1963), with a main and a range cartridge disconnect (used for the A/C). He couldn’t understand why only one was the main disconnect. He was totally clueless, and clueless about his cluelessness!)
- "You have a fuse box. You can avoid havung to change fuses by installing GFCI receptacles (in EVERY outlet!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE, for gawsh sakes!). BTW: He used 15 amp GFCIs on every outlet, even the 20 amp ones in the kitchen and the one serving the fridge!
- “You need more roof vents. Your attic is too hot. If you don’t, they attic wll get so hot it will catch fire.”
- “Your front and kitchen doors aren’t safe, they are only wood and you need steel.”
And much more.
I got p*ssed. The guy was ripping her off, and doing bad (and unsafe!) work on her house.
I met with him, today. The lady didn’t want to “get him in trouble”. She called the local code inspector and he told here that the GFCIs “won’t hurt”. My point is that this dweeb is a) ripping her off ($479.15 for 37 unneeded GFCIs, and $300 in labor to install them, and about half were not installed properly) and that this guy is not a licensed professional and is doing work in a town that requires a licensed guy to do ant electrical work.
So much for code inspectors helping the public.
He refused to remove the improperly installed insulation, but insisted that all the roof decking was “rotten”.
When confrounted with his lack of credentials, he told me that he had been working on houses for 20 years (he appeared to be only about 30. They must start early overseas :mrgreen: ).
I wanted to shoot the guy, right then and there.
I told the lady (who witnessed all this) but she “didn’t want to get him in trouble”.
And the code guys are worthless (and think that they are the only “authorities”).
There is much public education that has to be done.
I tried, at least, today. Took me 3 1/2 hours.
Maybe some people are just to stupid or silly to have houses