Marcel Gratton, what say you about the following... or you just gonna spin shit back my way and omit some HI's suck

home inspector… ummm, foundation crack… Marcel are you an expert in basement waterproofing and foundation repairs? It’s a simple yes or no man.

Hmm, cracked parging, mold etc, $100,000 worth of repairs PLUS Mike Holmes!! lolol

Marcel, what happened here? You love to jump on my ass but you never seen to take a dump on these home inspector fuck ups, hmmmm

Home inspector in this write up says, ’ 50% of home inspectors failed his groups competency exam’, any thoughts on the 50% failures?
hmm i wonder how many Nachi inspectors might FAIL that test? I bet some of those 50% thought they knew all about waterproofing n foundation repair too lol


… 1:30 ish another home inspector said what?

How about this one, young lady bught 1st house, 10,000+ carpenter ANTS… Marcel, you still wanna allow water etc inside and not bother to identify EXISTING DEFECTS?

Utah + 18 states, home inspectors NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED hahahaaa oh man

so we all know there ARE good, experienced HI’s, yes indeedyyyyy… and some suck = true as well.

same in my shtty scamming business and i have tried to point that out.

maybe get your house in order be fore you post lies and misinformation about honest contractors who popped on your precious fkg forum to try n help some homeowners, oh my, such a terrible fkkg thing

Nachi says what?


Lets see, ‘some’ inspectors here continue to comment on, give recommendations on foundation cracks, basement waterproofing, bowed in F walls…oh yes, seems to goes against what Mr Ben says, hmmmm troubling to lil stinky contractors like me
"A home inspector should not comment… in relation to diagnosing the structural integrity of a home goes far beyond the scope of a home inspector…you make observations and report defects…evaluating the design of the structure and its effectiveness are beyond the scope of a home inspection… do NOT offer SPECULATION…

but of course some DO offer speculation on foundation cracks, bowed in foundation walls, water penetration through foundation cracks and so on, in fact some home inspectors shit on experienced honest contractor who has done and guaranteed repairs to bowed in walls, leaky basements, they actually offer, speculate their OWN supposed repairs! Hmmm, offer speculation or don’t offer speculation, which is it. If you have lil if any hands-on experience on waterproofing basements or bowed in walls etc, and you have never done a job let alone had to guarantee it, why speculate, why talk shit?

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Mark,

All professions have a variety of members with skill sets that range for outstanding to poor, including home inspectors, engineers, doctors, painters, including foundation repair contractors like yourself. Constantly bashing the group of people you want better performance from in like pushing a rope uphill IMO. You have good videos showing the problems most home inspectors never see, which benefits both home inspectors and homeowners. If you tone down your posts and let your videos promote your message you would have better results.

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Randy, I agree 100%. I was about to respond to Mr. Anderson with similar thoughts but my version was not as pleasant as yours. You are good with the words, man.

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not promoting myself, as has been said many times, am just trying to help a few homeowners seeking some honest answers.

and how is it you n some others here claim, I am the one doing all the bashing, not true man but believe what you will.

If you call bashing of home inspectors who screw up and cost homeowners money, okay fine yeah i’m the bad-basher… ‘forgive me father for i have sinned’

Bert, go ahead, have at it man… the bad-basher is here!!! lol

#1 … UNLESS the commissioned used house salesman is your mom - CHOOSE your own inspector. MANY homebuyers and agents CHOOSE the cheapest which means they get EXACTLY what they paid for … ZIP $hit

Although not impossible, in 35 yrs I’ve never seen a home inspector label a foundation, roof or anything as GREAT. Follow the DED principle … Determine there is a problem / Evaluate what kind of problem / Direct it to the competent applicable specialist

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Mark,

You may have some good points here about inspectors overstepping themselves, or just as likely, poorly phrasing their comments. It would appear it is not only home inspectors that do that. Your commentary, good or bad, is totally overshadowed by your inflammatory tone and course language choices. Consider toning it down a bit and getting your point across. Yelling louder does not make any position more correct. That is an observation, not speculation.

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Mark, Bert is one of the good guys here, like you,…that a deep breath, my friend.

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Hi Bubba,
I appreciate your pointing out common myths and bad practices in your construction specialty. It has really opened up my eyes to some things, even living in a desert climate.

Your articles that you posted state that home inspectors overstep their bounds, and in others, that they do not go far enough. A damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation.

Many HI condo inspectors exclude the exterior, and the cheaper fees reflect this. Even if one does inspect the condo exteriors, it can be difficult to get roof/panel access as it is often locked, and have even been told it would not be made accessible.

So some of those news videos that you posted are tabloid sensationalism, just trying to scare the bejesus out of people, cause if it bleeds it leads.

You have an important mission to convey accurate information about foundations. I get it, I was in construction - you become a different person, and construction involves considerable, controlled violence against materials to shape them into something useful.

IMO using a sledge hammer is not always appropriate to change someone’s opinion and knowledge base.

Definitely keep on keeping on, but in order to be effective, just like water proofing the exterior basement wall, the right technique needs to be used. Just like changing peoples opinions needs the right technique as well. And yes, some HIs do suck, but that is like stating the sky is blue.

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Something tells me we’re wasting our breath in asking Mark to polish his act up.

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Why is this ignoramus still here?

PM’ing to Nick to remove this fellow. Been long enough this fool’s run his mouth here.
I certainly hope other’s PM Nick as well.

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The exact same can be said about you!

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Larry …

Mark may be good at what he does, but many / many tune him out due to his language, long winded rants, nobody does it right but him, etc. Randy Mayo, Marcel, Darren, Michael and others have very valid points and said it very clearly.

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awwww poor Bowers n all, aww so sad, fk man, if you don’t like it then pass it by, weak azz mfrs

Then ignore him… I do sometimes. LOL

I personally enjoy his videos. His rants remind me of the Saturday dinners at the Italian-American club!
You can easily ignore him if you want. :grin:

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I find Marks videos very informative and quite educational on what actually takes place below the surface around the foundation of a structure. Would I choose Bubba to take gramma to the prom…prolly not… but if i had water intrusion problems in my basement Mark would be the man I would go to for advice.

Everyone here has a choice to watch his videos or not to watch them. They also have a choice to read or not to read his articles.
I have gone down the similar path in waterproofing as Bubba and find his articles interesting and informative. His language don’t bother me, I have heard worse out in the field. I had to be careful when the monthly meetings came at the jobsite.

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His video’s can help show inexperienced inspectors or those without foundation knowledge of what goes on below ground etc… BUT in KC we have more than our fair share of soil issues, and I guess I’m spoiled because since 1993 at different times I’ve handled the monthly OR annual educational classes or seminars for our state InterNACHI chapter, 2 different ASHI chapters and 1 NAHI chapter.

Because foundations and structural issues can be so costly if missed, EVERY year we have had either a top notch foundation contractor OR structural engineer do classes on different aspects and types of foundation repair, water-proofing, diagnosing cracks and movement (significant or otherwise), what may have caused the movements, etc. We’ll usually have one 2-3 hour dinner meeting type class a year … Then at our annual 2 day weekend seminars we’d have a 4-8 hr class on some aspect of this???

Marks knowledge may be there, but when I compare his presentations or way of explaining stuff on this site … to the contractors, engineers or speakers we’ve had at our seminars, etc and he’s not even close to being there. He may have the knowledge but just not be able to talk without causing people to tune him out.

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