(Neil DeGaris, CMI KY License # 102167)
Did an Inspection a few weeks ago, found screw & washer in the main circuit breaker, I did not continue with inspection of panel due to this, told buyers I would reinspect if this was removed.
Now getting message from buyer that seller had electrician come buy and said it was OK and up to code.
We all end up with egg on our face sometimes. You can limit that by doing two things.
Look up your questions on site. Had you simply googled “screw in breaker” , or “breaker with screw” the answer would have been on the first page of Google. For other situations get some code books or reference material in your truck or on your phone.
Get some colleagues on speed dial. I text a few guys regularly. You are more than welcome to text me when ever you want.
You could also spend more time on this forum. It’s come up many many times.
And probably more importantly, don’t say anything to your client on site unless you are 100% sure about what you are saying. Try keep a poker face until you research and find out the answer, before putting it in writing.