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Old 04-28-2019, 11:27 AM   #41
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After reading this thread I'm going to have to stop bitching about the permitting process here. Apparently mine is much better than average.

- I can pull permits online 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- I can pay for those permits online and print them out.
- I can schedule inspections online for the next day (usually).
- I don't have to be present for the inspection.
- If the house is vacant, nobody has to be present if I leave a key or combo for the inspector.
- Some jurisdictions will notify me of their ETA the morning of.
- All jurisdictions allow me to call early morning for an ETA (although this only works about 50% of the time).
- I can check results online.
- I can call inspector to discuss deficiencies and possibly resolve over the phone.

Now, if only they would give out set appointment times for inspections instead of saying "anytime between 8am and 4pm". -- Oops, there I go bitching again.
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:52 AM   #42
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That's having it pretty good actually.
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@Stuff no thanks on running for office, I would need to lie my pants off to get elected. Beside I do vote. IMO I earn some right to vent if I participate. 😏
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So guess what happened today. Tried to schedule an inspection for a very small job, 2 switches and 2 lights. Inspector told me I must Meet him on the job site because of the virus. Aren't we supposed to practice social distancing and not meet each other for no reason because of the virus?

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So guess what happened today. Tried to schedule an inspection for a very small job, 2 switches and 2 lights. Inspector told me I must Meet him on the job site because of the virus. Aren't we supposed to practice social distancing and not meet each other for no reason because of the virus?
Yeah I am surprised that they want you there. Quite frankly I am surprised they are even doing inspections. BTW, has the inspection process gotten better since you posted this last year?

Almost all our inspection requests are done online and done within a day.... We have one area that is a pita
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So guess what happened today. Tried to schedule an inspection for a very small job, 2 switches and 2 lights. Inspector told me I must Meet him on the job site because of the virus. Aren't we supposed to practice social distancing and not meet each other for no reason because of the virus?
If it's an occupied home or facility the inspector may think that you already have in place provisions for distancing from whomever is in there, and that you'll have that in place for his arrival, in lieu of him making contact with additional persons. Suggest you just roll with it and get through it.
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So guess what happened today. Tried to schedule an inspection for a very small job, 2 switches and 2 lights. Inspector told me I must Meet him on the job site because of the virus. Aren't we supposed to practice social distancing and not meet each other for no reason because of the virus?
Yeah I am surprised that they want you there. Quite frankly I am surprised they are even doing inspections. BTW, has the inspection process gotten better since you posted this last year?

Almost all our inspection requests are done online and done within a day.... We have one area that is a pita
Not sure it's better. Lately had a little better luck I guess. Though this inspection would be a breeze since it's such a small job, but no.



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So guess what happened today. Tried to schedule an inspection for a very small job, 2 switches and 2 lights. Inspector told me I must Meet him on the job site because of the virus. Aren't we supposed to practice social distancing and not meet each other for no reason because of the virus?
If it's an occupied home or facility the inspector may think that you already have in place provisions for distancing from whomever is in there, and that you'll have that in place for his arrival, in lieu of him making contact with additional persons. Suggest you just roll with it and get through it.
I told him, contractor will be there to meet him. He said no. I am home with my son now, so I have to drive to work with my 2 year old kid and now risk that inspector will infect us because he interacts with much more people then I do.
I mean I am not paranoid, I just think its absolutely not necessary for me to be there
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I told him, contractor will be there to meet him. He said no. I am home with my son now, so I have to drive to work with my 2 year old kid and now risk that inspector will infect us because he interacts with much more people then I do.
I mean I am not paranoid, I just think its absolutely not necessary for me to be there
That sucks. There is no reason that you should have to be there. I would just tell him you can't. Our inspectors just want to be able to get in the house-- I have very rarely had to meet the inspector on the job...... It is a huge waste of time, IMO
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I told him, contractor will be there to meet him. He said no. I am home with my son now, so I have to drive to work with my 2 year old kid and now risk that inspector will infect us because he interacts with much more people then I do.
I mean I am not paranoid, I just think its absolutely not necessary for me to be there
That sucks. There is no reason that you should have to be there. I would just tell him you can't. Our inspectors just want to be able to get in the house-- I have very rarely had to meet the inspector on the job...... It is a huge waste of time, IMO
I'll go to town hall in the evening, see if I can talk some sense into him
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Just don't show up. He has access.
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Just don't show up. He has access.
That's what I was doing to say. If he wants to walk off the job, let him. Then speak to his boss.

Inspectors are employees, not gods.
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I cut over a service this morning and the inspector called it in to be energized. He asked me if it was ready to be called in and I said yes. Easy peasy. I like this.
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Just don't show up. He has access.
That's what I was doing to say. If he wants to walk off the job, let him. Then speak to his boss.

Inspectors are employees, not gods.
I might, they are not Gods but you get into one argument with them and then they fail you for 1 missing staple etc.
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Town hall is closed to public by the way, only can call. Just called the guy 5pm to schedule something for tomorrow morning....well for some reason cant schedule today and have to wait for him to call me tomorrow morning....
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In my jurisdiction all electrical permits must be pulled online. Inspections can be scheduled online or by calling a 3 digit number ( a county call center). We pride ourselves on providing next day inspections. ( but our cut off time for scheduling next day is noon).
ALL inspectors have I phones and their number is listed on the department website. Its seldom that an EC can not reach their inspector. The thing that surprises a lot of folks who are not regular to the area is that the inspectors can start in the field at 7:00 AM. Flips guys out when you walk in at 7 AM
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So this is what happened today 🙂

Before I say anything, other inspectors have been pretty good during covid, its enough to take a detailed video and email it or they just show up when no one is around.
But this guy....I called to schedule an inspection and inspector told me they dont work during covid and he doesn't do inspections. I asked him nicely if he would take a video or go in when no one is home, he said no and hanged up (inspection is for 2 lights and 2 switches). I passed it to home owner and let him know that he can call himself and complain if he wants. Next thing I know, inspector calls my cell and starts bitching that electricians supposed to schedule and not the homeowners and asked me when I wanted the inspection. Apparently he didn't know that I am the same guy who spoke with him only several hours ago, and I confronted him about the fact that he doesn't do inspections. He quickly started to backpedal and became irritated, saying he doesnt know who said that they dont do inspections. So the guy just lied to me.....
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So far, the few jobs that really needed inspections, the inspectors have been good and showed up as normal. One inspector I know, I just texted him and asked how he wanted to work this remodel we started, he said he'd decide whether to show or just need photos. One place has a drop box for permit apps and they mail you the real copy. It hasn't been too difficult so far.
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So this is what happened today 🙂

Before I say anything, other inspectors have been pretty good during covid, its enough to take a detailed video and email it or they just show up when no one is around.
But this guy....I called to schedule an inspection and inspector told me they dont work during covid and he doesn't do inspections. I asked him nicely if he would take a video or go in when no one is home, he said no and hanged up (inspection is for 2 lights and 2 switches). I passed it to home owner and let him know that he can call himself and complain if he wants. Next thing I know, inspector calls my cell and starts bitching that electricians supposed to schedule and not the homeowners and asked me when I wanted the inspection. Apparently he didn't know that I am the same guy who spoke with him only several hours ago, and I confronted him about the fact that he doesn't do inspections. He quickly started to backpedal and became irritated, saying he doesnt know who said that they dont do inspections. So the guy just lied to me.....
This is one of the reasons why I want to find a way to record all my business phone conversations (which is legal in my state). This inspector you spoke to should be fired. If he so blatantly lied to you about this, think about all the other times he is lying.

Another reason to record calls is so that I don't have to write down customer information, I can play it back when I am in the office and enter it into the computer then. I do that with calls thru Google Local Service Ads which records all calls, it's so convenient.
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On top of it he didn't even give me approximate time of inspection, said will have time the day of the inspection. Does that mean I or the home owner have to take a day off work lol. Guy is a fcking nut
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I scheduled my inspection online yesterday afternoon and by noon today there was a notice online that the job passed. Never spoke to the inspector at all.

My friend had to do a video on one job for his inspector. Some don't want anyone in the house while others want the electrician there.

This job mentioned above was a screen porch so it wasn't much of an issue... Home owner was home so he could get in the house if he wanted to.
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