IME I have (for the most part) had the most problems with new inspectors.The problem is compounded in my areas because the inspectors are combo inspectors.So the may only know what they learned in the class room just recently about any number of trades.Why would you want a new batch of inexperienced inspectors every 5 years?
Quite a few of the inspectors in Tampa have contractors licenses (they have to put them on inactive status) they also have to be licensed as an inspector as well.How about semi-retired guys that have been in the trades all their lives with some business experience to boot?? Plenty of them around.
I agree.An experienced inspector will use common sense.Crazy as that sounds a lot of new ones won't.Like if something is missed on plan check.If the inspector see's that you built it right they will let it go and just have the engineer ad an as-built to the plans.Quite a few of the inspectors in Tampa have contractors licenses (they have to put them on inactive status) they also have to be licensed as an inspector as well.
Most of my problems with inspectors come from new guys that don't know what they are doing, usually the guys with experience will work with you and won't jerk you around.
I am doing a commercial job that got through plan review, yet there are a lot of details missing, the inspector just wants the details and revisions sealed by the Architect, so that the plans will match what was built, becuase the plans not only show how the building was done, but it also establishes a record of how it was done.
If they had that here I sure as hell would have tried to get it. I woulsnt mind doing 2 or 3 cities, its all part time work. Most have 5 or more cities around here. The building inspector for my city is in his 80s. I may be after that one.
That's where they are at around here too. 20 year guys with no real experience to start off with . I'd like to see them pushed back out into the real world and have to work for a living. But I know they would scrap to their death to keep their cushy jobs.