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William K.
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Another whole class of "inspectors"
William K.   11/25/2013 10:25:16 AM
There is another area that finds individuals asserting that they are inspectors, which is the inspection of properties presented for sale. These allegedly qualified inspectors often seem to be far more interested in gaining a reduction in the sale price than in actually determining the real condition of the property involved. In some cases they could be more accurately described as fiction novelists, as the findings bear very little relation to reality.

Of course it is also possible that there does exist in this area actual inspectors who really are competent and who only describe actual faults and failings of the property inspected. And while that is in fact the descripotion of a true inspector, it seems from my experience that the fictional writer type is more prevalent. 

I suppoose that this may get challenged a bit, both by those claiming to be inspectors and by those unable to discern anything at all about property that they may be considering, or unwilling to exert the effort to take a look for themselves.

William K.
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Re: Electrical Hazards
William K.   11/25/2013 10:14:54 AM
Interesting article, no doubt, but I wonder about what variety of inspectors are being described. In this part of the country, south-eastern Michigan, electrical inspectors are a branch of the local government, with way more authority than competence, and often a personal agenda that colors everything that they say. At least in residential inspections there is far more concern about the location of outlets and distribution panels, and the height of lighting fixtures than a detailed checking of actual wire sizes and actual loading of individual circuits.

I found the posting about the use of impurw copper to be quite a departure from normal concerns. Where would o9ne find wire made from an inferior grade of copper? Not in any of the electrical supply distributors in the majority of US cities, I don't think. So anyone who was able and willing to utilize such a grade of wire as would be unsafe, when the correct size is selected for the application, would come across not as an engineer, but rather as a charlatan bent on criminal fraud, at best. Even in rural Mexico, where standards enforcement may be less dilligent, the wires are usually made of adequate quality material, although the application may sometimes be incorrect.

I have seen pictures of wiring in other parts of the world where it is clear that safety and reliability , as well as the actual requirements for an installation, were either not understood or just plain ignored. But it was clear that no engineer was associated with the projects in the photos, although it is possible that one calling themselves an engineer may have been responsible.

Habib Tariq
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Electrical Hazards
Habib Tariq   11/25/2013 2:39:38 AM
Hello steward, your blog does point to a very important topic. Electrical hazards are very common and can be pretty catastrophic. The main reason for fire in building is because of not using the right quality of wire. Copper wire needs to be around 99.99% pure in order to be a good conductor. To save a little money, usually the engineers install wire with lower purity, when a high current passes through it, it dissipates a lot of heating resulting in the insulation catching a fire. The second main reason is that the correct wire gauge copper wires are not installed. Different appliances demand different amount of current so the wire gauge has to be chosen accordingly.
If these things are taken care of while wiring the building may significantly reduce the electrical hazards caused. 

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