I am sometimes asked to sign something before a new construction inspection in which the builder says they will only fix code violations. Really?
So let's look at a couple of things on a recent new construction final inspection. This is the final "reveal," when the builder is "showing off" the final product.
Looking under and inside things is important. I never know what I might find!
For instance, I looked into the kitchen cabinet under the six-burner gas cook top.
This is what I found.
What are you looking at?
That is a receptacle without a cover.
My grandmother finished building her house in 1910. It was state of the art, with floor receptacles and light switches. All of those receptacles and switches had handsome covers. All of them. Was it the code then that receptacles and switches have covers? I don't know.
BUT IT CERTAINLY IS THE CODE NOW!
But that isn't all. The box is blocked by the cabinet; wiring or repairing that receptacle is difficult at best; that is a drywall screw holding the receptacle in place; THE GAS LINE RUNS BESIDE IT (!) AND IS VULNERABLE TO SPARKS; there was another "slot" cut in the wrong place and that hole remains.
ACCESSIBILITY TO THE BOX AND RECEPTACLE ARE CODE. Repairing the back side of the cabinet is not.
So I ask YOU - what will they do? What would a "professional" proud of his work do? Would this "professional" leave anything, hidden inside a cabinet or not, in such a state?
This is the floor of the cabinet under the double kitchen sink.
Leaving other things out of this discussion, it appears that the "carpenter" or "plumber" made a teensy mistake when he drilled the holes for the plumbing.
No problem! Just drill some new ones!
What did he intend to do with those unused holes?
That stain would not clean off with water and a rag. Even the metal rings are stained! I dont' know what it is, but did he intend to leave it?
NOW, NEITHER OF THESE THINGS, THE HOLES OR STAIN, ARE ADDRESSED BY THE CODE.
Does that mean the builder will not fix them? Really?
My recommendation: I could rant and rave and scream about this sort of thing, but, UNFORTUNATELY, I see it all too often. It is shameful!! It is amateur, Mickey Mouse, and junior high school shop class work. I know what grade my 8th grade shop teacher would have given me for both of these locations offered on a project as a "final" product! And I give it the same grade - IT FAILS!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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