Came across a box today in a new construction with noticable paint overspray on the inside of the box, the breakers, the bussbars etc. Was not completely covered, but pretty covered and you could see places on the breakers where they tried to wipe it off.
I do many inspections on new construction where the buyer does not entrust the reliablity of the local AHJ and Builder. Now, not my place to question them but many times the HI who is familiar with new construction can find things the AHJ could not…
AHJ might be their 20 minutes…the HI will be their 3-4 hours…
Just another type of inspection on new construction…
A real life answer. When the painters spray a panelboard they get a can of Goof Off and a rag and stay there until you could eat out of it. That is a lot cheaper than eating the backcharge for a panel.
GoofOff will take the regular latex paint right off.
Just be sure this happens before they bring in the service power or pull the meter!
The same reason why the Trojan Horse should have been inspected.
Additionally, I found a builder here in San Diego who has such a great reputation that the building and mechanical inspectors only inspect 25% of the homes they build. So when the inspectors come, the builders start them at 2500, skip to 2504, then 2508, then 2512, etc. The homes inspected are near perfect; the others? We won’t go there; it would take a couple of days, even using VRS.
Other builders give out perks to the inspectors, perks like tickets for the family to the Zoo, Sea World, or Legoland. Obviously, if the inspectors are to take their family to the Zoo, they don’t have time to do inspections. Duh.
In addition to the news story Paul posted, there is another fun thing happening here in N. Tx. where the cities are allowing builders to inspect their own houses.:shock: Yes, that’s right, no code inspection by a third party.