Back from golf I chose goose for the example because. We have spent time together I also know he straightened out faulty wiring a passed by a previous inspector And i knew he would he would view it not personal but situational.. Really the wiring issue may not apply to him. To those that are new here I am a prat time inspector paid per inspections Really it cost me money to do inspections I make more money with a hammer in my hands. You may ask why do it? I liken it to the professional athlete doing broadcasting. T As we all age the physical toll starts being an issue. We are not 21 anymore. That 90 lb bundle of shingles going up a 30' ladder starts being quite a chore. I figured If I took my years in construction and use the practical knowledge and apply it to inspections, I feel like the athlete being still part of the game. I admitt when it is below 10 inspections look pretty good atleast I have some income. Originally I was certified as a local inspector by Boca which now is non existant called the Internalional codes. At one point 12 years back a contractor took accception to failure and it happened to be a job I bid on.. He calimed I singled him because of that. and tried to get me fired. I had code backup and I'm still here. It was too close a call for my building commissioner and he appointed me Mechanical inspector. It keep me on the payroll, but reduced my inspections. I took it upon myself to learn what is expected of me on the Job. I even went so far as to read the trade schools HVAC text books. I wanted to know what was being taught and apply it to what I was inspecting in the field. Little by little I gained the knowledge and acceptance of many Mechanical contractors. The good ones welcomed enforcement and took me aside to teach me. They wanted an even playing field. Eventually I gained industry wide acceptance and reconition at the state level. I was one of a few that really understood mechanical inspections. Meanwhile I actually studied and passed all Boca mechanical certifications . Probably the only certifid mechanical inspector in MA. Just like most professions one has to want to suceed one has to want to be better When I do an inspection I know what it is like being the contractor with payment hindging upon my signature. I also know how to handle situations should I find issues.. I will contact the HVAC contractor and get them resolved. Many appreciate this.. Kinda like solving things in house And not showing up the contractor. This method works extremely well. Again like all posters here I am a homeowner I know it is my job to look out for their best interest. Years have taught me the best way to ballance this . One weights the battles or stands worth fighting and value judgement the minor issues. busting some for being 17.75" of clearance of single wall pipe is a non issue. Standing up for life safty issues against bid coperations is another.. I risked being sued into financial ruin for a stand I took against Sacks fith Ave. I backed them down. Some may ask why all for $30 Most days inspections are straight forward, most contractors do a good job. I'm sorry some have not had the best experience with their local inspectors. It does not have to be this way.