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Smok Detectors

It's not often I see this, but during this inspection I ran across an AFCI  breaker to provide power to the

Smok Detectors.

It's true. 

And it was a very unfortunate thing nobody was wearing a smock and I could not test the device.

Home inspectors try to prepare themselves for various finds during the inspection.  We have techniques and exotic tools to help with our inspection processes.

But on this inspection I felt badly for my client because I found myself unprepared.

I was unable to test the Smok Detectors.

Maybe that will teach me to always have my own smock with me.

Somebody made the smock to the left for me when I was very young.  It was for doing arts and crafts, and perhaps for my kindergarten class.  See the handy pocket in front?

I really liked Woody Woodpecker, so I suppose that is why he is sewn onto my smock.

But alas, if only I had brought it to the inspection and could have done a proper test!  And a Scout is supposed to be prepared!  I was not.

As an aside, I also noticed there is a breaker immediately above the Smok Detectors which seems to service the "Wifi plugs." *  I admit to not having any idea as to what a Wifi plug is - and there are apparently more than one!!  But no matter, I didn't bring a Wifi with me anyway.  This inspection was a bummer all around!

My recommendation:  be sure your home inspector brings everything he needs for an inspection!  You will want to make sure everything is tested, especially on new construction inspections like the subject house in this post.  It's never comfortable to find yourself lacking.

There were a couple of USB receptacles around the house.  That could be what this panel-box-labeling fellow is referring to, but you know what happens when someone ASSumes...

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 9 commentsJay Markanich • October 23 2015 12:34AM

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When I saw your title, I said, "Wow, I can't believe Jay misspelled "smoke"!"

I should have known better!!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 3 years ago

There are times when fun is fun, Kat.  Aren't there three sss in missspelled?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Until I saw the photo, I also thought your title was a typo! Some things you can't make up! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,

I was not prepared for what you were offering today but I also like Woody!

Sounds like here when doing chores: Will you put on an old shirt!!!!!!!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 3 years ago

Wayne - I see lots of fun things in a panel box.  I thought this one would be something I could write silliness about.

Raymond - I like Woody too!  I found that smock in a trunk years ago and frankly don't remember wearing it.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

I think Woody may not have wired the smok detectors to an AFCI breaker, besides, if you would have worn your smok to the inspection, the smok protectors would have been going crazy!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 3 years ago

Exactly Fred.  That's the only way I could have tested them.

I'll be better prepared next time.  Although that smock only fits over my head now.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

At least there was some attempt at labeling.   So many houses you go into have no labeling at all on the breaker box.   Now that's a problem.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Virginia Mortgage Loan Originator (American National Bank and Trust) about 3 years ago

We built our house 18 years ago, Deanna, and only about half the breakers were labeled!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

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