Well you did ask nice

Right:p Shoulda had a note on the timer too.:smiley:

That one is to funny. At least they made your job a little easier with the note.


I had a similar pool heater a few weeks ago. The very candid homeowner said he had disconnected and plumbed around the heater and had turned the gas off to it because it was too expensive to run it he said. I wrote it up as disconnected and could not be inspected. Got a call a couple days later on a Sunday afternoon from the buyer’s Realtor wanting to know why I hadn’t inspected the pool heater. She just couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t have inspected it and why her buyer would have allowed me to essentially exclude it from the inspection. “Dang”, lady, it was just a chunk of steel sitting in the yard, how could I inspect it?

What Brian reports is not uncommon. Iv’e been asked why I didn’t crawl under a slab-on-grade house. And, just last week, an attorney/client told me that he’d seen spiders, ants, and a mouse in the garden, and wanted me to include that information in my report. However, to get back to the pool heater, I’m learning to protect myself better by being more stringent in what I say, and would have reported that the heater was inoperable but that it was also an older, low-efficiency type that may not be worth servicing and, that if it is serviced, the gas pipe should be pressure-tested.

Nice Keith, It really does not take too much for me to defect out a pool and defer it to an Expert for evaluation.

The lady that owned this pool called me a week later and wanted to know what I did to her pool light as it worked the Sat before I got there. I told here that Wed, when I did my inspection it did not work. She then went on to say that, that just couldn’t be right because it worked fine for** 13 YEARS, **too funny.

I have had one pool I declined to inspect it was so far gone. I wrote everywhere in my report that the pool was not inspected and needed to be evaluated by a POOL CONTRACTOR.

Brian you should have told the lady to check the the light her self by jumping in the pool taking of the cover and putting her finger in the light socket.:twisted:

One more silly story. A woman called me to complain that she had to replace a furnace, and almost immediately began to sob hysterically. I attempted to calm her, saying that I was unable to understand what she was saying. When she regained control, I asked her if she’d read my report which condemned the furnace in no uncertain terms , to which she replied quite candidly, “No.” “Well, let let me read what I say in my report,” I began and commenced to read, but this only sent her into another paroxysm of grief. It was some time before I could say goodbye gracefully and hang up the phone. However, I’d still prefer such laments to getting a letter from an attorney.

paroxysm of grief

[size=2]Most excellent Keith.:smiley: [/size]

Yes, a nice new word for me/us: :smiley:

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  1. A sudden outburst of emotion or action: a paroxysm of laughter.
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  3. A sudden attack, recurrence, or intensification of a disease.
    *]A spasm or fit; a convulsion.