Did you ever just want to slap an idiot upside the head!

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Home Inspector with B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)

PREFACE:  I know there's good and bad in every field (including mine) so don't go there.  This is about the bad and YOU know who YOU are!

Did you ever just want to slap an idiot upside the head!

When I find outlets that nationally recognized safety standards say should be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected, I always recommend a safety upgrade to my clients. 

I've taken so much flack from real estate agents about this so many times I've lost count.

"Why do you have to bring that up.  It didn't have to have it when this house was built so it doesn't have to be done now!"

WHY??  Well, because I know what can happen.  I can lead you to the water.  I can shove your head under the water.  BUT, I can't make you drink.

But, of course they are right!! 

The house is 100 years old.  Didn't even have GFCI's then.

And there is no law that says it has to be upgraded.
  (well, except for certain circumstances that aren't germane to this discussion, renovation, remodeling, etc.)

Those same agents are always sure to buckle their seat belts when they leave the inspection.  Even though they didn't have seat belts 60 years ago!

I decided to gather up some articles and send em to several recent idiots.

Just thought I'd also share them with you here so you'll be more educated about why home inspectors recommend safety upgrades. 

It is NOT important to us who pays for the upgrade, it's a recommendation for improved safety. 

Girl, 6, Likely Died From Electrocution 

Professor dies from electrocution at Cleveland State University

$30 circuit breaker could have averted electrocution death at concert.

Summer Haven was in compliance with the code when the pool was built," Stocks said.
Sound like someone YOU know?
Two kids died but "it's okay" because it wasn't required when the pool was built.

The above are just examples.  There are tons more.

THATS WHY

Kentucky Home Inspectors on safety upgrades

 

Only you can choose what level of risk your family lives with.  CHOOSE WISELY!!!

And don't forget to test those GFCI on a regular basis.

A short explanation I use with permission from Tom Lauhon, Midwest Inspectors Institute. (as best I remember it.)

A short explanation of GFCI. 

There is a little electrician hiding in the GFCI outlets.  He watches the electricity come in over one shoulder and go out over the other shoulder.  If there's no difference, he just sits there.  If a difference is created, (you drop your shaver or hair dryer into the tub or sink), he immediately shuts down the electricity attempting to keep you from being shocked. 

The problem with your little electrician is that he has a boring job and he likes fishing.  One of these days, he is going to get bored and just go fishing.  When he does, he isn't coming back.  The only way you're going to know if he is still in there is to test the GFCI outlet or breaker every 30 to 45 days. 

Plug something into the outlet, hit the test button and then the reset button.  If it shut down the power and then restored the power, the little electrician is still in there working for you.  If it didn't, your little electrician has gone fishing.  You need to get a licensed electrician to replace your little electrician.

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OK, enough ranting.  Choose wisely, grasshopper!

 

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Rick Harrington
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All good points, that is why I believe we do as much education and training as we do inspecting.

And for the most part most of our clients have not had home inspections before and would want the info.  It's some of the realtors that don't want to here these things.  The good ones do! We all should have the clients and our fellow earth occupants well being at the top of our list.

have a safe and happy holiday season.

December 21, 2007 10:15 AM
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Erby Crofutt
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)

Debbie:  I share your opinion on both the "Penny wise, pound foolish" and the FPE Panels.  Glad to see you also changed out your mother's panel.

Rick:  I've never had a client say I gave them too much information.  Remember, there's good and bad in every crowd, including ours.  Educate and train is a good theme to follow!

December 27, 2007 10:13 PM
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Gene Allen
Realtor Hampton Roads Real Estate
Resh Realty Group
Often when that is in the report the buyers always want it done on the home inspection report.  I always tell my buyers if they put it in it probably won't get done.  The ones I get from other agents expect it to be done because the home inspector flagged it. 
December 31, 2007 06:50 PM
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Chris Duphily
Stroudsburg PA Home Inspector
A2Z Home Inspections

Great post Erby! It happens to me a minimum of once a month. 

A lot of peoplehave the mentality that it's only a problem if something happens to one of their loved ones.

Keep educating my friend! 

January 01, 2008 04:22 PM
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Erby Crofutt
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)

Gene:  An Inspector's job is to educate the client about the physical condition of the house.  We don't have anything to do with the contract or what is or is not repaired or who pays for it.  That's your bailiwick.  I leave it to you.  I do point this out to you though. 

If I ask you for something, the very worst thing you can do to me is say no.

If I don't ask, you won't even have the opportunity to say yes!

Chris.:  Thanks, same to you sir.

 

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