“Recommend further evaluation by a licensed electrician”!?
I have no intention of degrading Mr. Witt or his profession.
But this is a primary example of what I’ve been preaching for years.
It’s one thing when you come up with this recommendation based upon compliance with the standard home inspection standards. But when you get into the infrared thermal imaging and then go about recommending further evaluation by a licensed electrician (as if you were a home inspector), you may as well be recommending the garbage man!
Those of you that do thermal imaging and don’t know how to tell “how hot is too hot” and think that this is not science and there is no necessity to go beyond a $500 training program, this is where thermal imaging increases liability on a home inspector.
This is why this technology was sent back into the dark ages by the veterinarian community.
Everybody has to start out somewhere, but if you’re not dictated to by the federal government to wash your hands after you wipe your *** after you take a ship, would you do it?
If you cannot immediately identify that this particular situation is not catastrophic failure event, maybe you should get on board with someone in another Association such as NACBI where you can discuss these situations without having to listen to morons who support John McKenna and don’t even own a thermal imaging camera!
If you cannot determine what the potential temperature of this component will be if you add full load amperage (without doing it and blowing your face off), should you be doing this ancillary inspection?
If you pull out a $2000 thermal imaging camera, take a $500 training course, find this anomaly and then defer it to an electrician who does not even have a $2000 thermal imaging camera, nor has taken a $500 training course and expect them to follow through with your recommendation, you’re in the land of Oz!