Who do we, as inspector recommend to our Clients to
fix an electrical problem? “Johnny Fix-it” or a licensed
and qualified Electrician?
The licence for the Electrician will keep out “Johnny Fix-it”
and only allow qualified Electricians to fix electrical problems.
Does the licensing law make all Electrician perfect? NO,
but it’s better than no licensing law at all.
If there were not so many “Johnny Fix-it” guys, that know
just enough to do great damage, then there would be no need
to protect society from them.
Some laws are created to stop harm and can also have
impure motives mingled with them at the same time. To
point out the impure motives and forget the good would
not be balanced.
I think our society needed less laws in the past because
we had a higher degree of inward moral fiber being instilled
into our children. As we loose this moral fiber, then our
society calls out for outward controls to relieve the pain
of our declining moral values.
If there were not so many “Johnny Fix-it” guys wanting to
advertise themselves as qualified to fix your electrical
problems, there would be no need to create a law to
filter them out.
I know laws will not change hearts, but some laws do
have a benefit. If not, then just tell your Clients to call
As a Profession becomes more complex (ie… electricians,
home inspectors, etc…) the greater the harm can come
to the consumer who hires an imposter.
No, I don’t like some laws. But sometimes the other option
becomes too painful to bear. I have met many many
people who want to inspect houses, and I can see that
the consumer would be greatly harmed if we opened
the door for them to run loose.
There is complaint against every law… but there is
a benfit too. Our country is a country of law. Some
are applied for good, some of them stink. But the rule
of law is the greatest idea man has ever had for the
benefit of society. It’s a constant balance and the
debate on how to apply those laws will never end.