Virtual Inspections

Canton

Senior Member
Location
Virginia
Occupation
Electrical Inspector
I just moved from contracting to Inspections in a local jurisdiction outside DC. Many jurisdictions are doing virtual inspections, worst idea ever. I would of loved it as a contractor, maneuvering the camera away from anything I didn't want the inspector to see.

It would be like walking a job with side blinders on or no perifial vision, you are gonna miss a lot.
 

ActionDave

Moderator
Staff member
Location
Durango, CO, 10 h 20 min without traffic from wing
Occupation
wire pulling grunt
I just moved from contracting to Inspections in a local jurisdiction outside DC. Many jurisdictions are doing virtual inspections, worst idea ever. I would of loved it as a contractor, maneuvering the camera away from anything I didn't want the inspector to see.

It would be like walking a job with side blinders on or no perifial vision, you are gonna miss a lot.
There is tons of stuff that can be missed during an on site inspection just as easily, most of it ticky-tack violations that have nothing to do with actually making the wiring safer. It's not like electrical contractors are a bunch of sleeper terrorists that have been waiting for the technology of virtual inspections to arrive so they can proceed with their plans electrocute innocents by doing dangerous work and hiding it from inspectors with mirrors and tricky camera angles.
 

Canton

Senior Member
Location
Virginia
Occupation
Electrical Inspector
There is tons of stuff that can be missed during an on site inspection just as easily, most of it ticky-tack violations that have nothing to do with actually making the wiring safer. It's not like electrical contractors are a bunch of sleeper terrorists that have been waiting for the technology of virtual inspections to arrive so they can proceed with their plans electrocute innocents by doing dangerous work and hiding it from inspectors with mirrors and tricky camera angles.
Yup, and more will be missed with virtual inspections.

Ticky-tack violations that don't make the wiring any safer you say...then submit a proposal to get these "Ticky-tacks" removed from the code.

We don't want those things tripping the inspectors up....we need to keep them focused and finding those rouge electrical terrorists/contactors.
 

hillbilly1

Senior Member
Location
Atlanta,Ga
Occupation
Field coordinator/ technical support
"Um, Mr. Fine, why are the last fourteen houses you've wired identical?" :rolleyes:
I had a Gwinnett county inspector that was that way, doing retail shops, he looked at the first one with a fine tooth comb, the next 15, he would ask “Is it like the last one?” Bring me the card to sign! Wouldn’t even get out of the truck! LOL!
 

falconewk

Member
Location
Pasco, WA, USA
Occupation
Owner, Residential Journeyman
As an electrical contractor in the state of WA, I love virtual inspections. Probably the biggest help has been saving me from getting corrections for no access, when the customer would flake out on the inspector. We can usually schedule an inspection with not more than an hour’s notice. The main limits are new construction and new services, they want those inspected in person. We do a lot of service and remodels, and virtual inspections have provided more flexibility, not to mention some customers are really thankful not to have to try to mesh their schedule with the inspector, in order to provide access for an inspection.
 

jaylectricity

Senior Member
Location
Massachusetts
Occupation
licensed journeyman electrician
Same here, and was mostly to get permission to cover something up not a final or major rough in inspection.
Yeah, last one was a trench. Showed pics of the trench, the UF, the depth being much deeper than necessary.

But I did have one where I took pics of where we stapled Romex, a couple of switch boxes that we made up...that was enough for the rough. For finish I took pictures of the recessed lights installed and working, a couple receptacles with a tester plugged in to show proper polarity and ground, and a picture of the panel with arc-fault breakers and labels.
 
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