done a 4-point inspection last week, and got a call from the home owner’s insurance agent today. He said that in my report I had a comment on the report that said the outside ep box is for interior use only. I said yes the box is clearly labled for interior use only. Well any way the owner of the home had two licensed electricians come by and both of them told her that there is nothing wrong with the box.
Could have I made a mistake or what? Call me crazy but when the box clearly states “for interior use only” then it is for interior use only.
You may be running into the difference between a “wet” location and a “damp” location but in the Keys I doubt there is that much difference.
I certainly wouldn’t have any kind of steel box outside. The salt air will rust it out in a year.
I think I’d tell the insurance agent to do whatever he wants. The box is clearly labled for interior use only. You reported it. If he wants to take the word (hearsay) of the electricians (via the homeowner), then that’s his decision. You’ve done your job. Now it’s his call. It’s not my job to argue, just observe and report.
As Mark stated, stand by your findings. You reported the findings, now the ball is in the insurance companies court. Let them decide what to do. It is not your job to remedy the situation. You just report the situation.
It is an inspection that is performed for a home owner that is trying to get home owner’s insurance on thier house. The inspection only covers electrical, HVAC, Roofing and plumbing. Most of the time the insurance agents request this type of inspection.
It’ll be interesting to know if the sparkys do write it down. It my behove you and your client if you ask the electrician what the significance of the “interior use only” is. You may also want to ask him what you should look for in determining proper placement.
just spoke to the client, she said she had two more sparkies come out and they both said it was ok. Then she asked both of them “if I was your son or daughter what would you recommend and will you put it in writing?” both of their replies were “Change the panel and upgrade the service”… MMMM wonder why they would change their tune?:^o