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Old 09-27-2011, 03:11 PM  
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Actually, I wasn't bashing anyone or any group. Just stating the facts. And I'm in total agreement that there are bad apples in every group, of every profession. I'll swear that a few of the "professional" engineers I've worked with over the years had someone else take the license examinations for them.

And for what it's worth, during the time of the "mythical termites" event, ASHI inspectors were not required to take any kind of examination to become an inspector--just fill out the application, and send in your check (if that has changed, I stand corrected). At least NACHI has always required all applicants to take and pass one or more examinations to become certified home inspectors.



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Normally, when there is a potential problem that requires a specialist, a home inspector would red flag an item for a purchaser to consider hiring a specialist at a higher rate. Sometimes the "red flag" is not raised or raised high enough.

A seller often hires the meanest, most critical inspector (at a high rate) to help him prepare the home for sale.

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And for what it's worth, during the time of the "mythical termites" event, ASHI inspectors were not required to take any kind of examination to become an inspector--just fill out the application, and send in your check (if that has changed, I stand corrected). At least NACHI has always required all applicants to take and pass one or more examinations to become certified home inspectors.
ASHI certified inspectors for the last 15 years have had to pass an exam. And the ASHI code of ethics has become the standard for most states with licensing. ASHI also has you do 250 verified inspections before you can even use the logo or claim to be ASHI certified. Then you need to send them in to be verified by a committee to ensure that you are covering all the aspects of a Home, and doing it right. And since last year, we are the only organization in the US of A to be third party certified from the "National commission for certifying agencies"....Fueew...jumpin off my soapbox.
We have come a long way from those day's of old, and everyone is learning from the others mistakes.
And for what it is worth, I have taken all of the exams given by those 3 organizations, and 2 of them where harder than the other.
I also took the ICC exams, but never paid my fee's...I was not interested in becoming a "code" inspector.

And next month I become President of my local ASHI Chapter...fun stuff ahead, just what I need more volunteer work.
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And next month I become President of my local ASHI Chapter...fun stuff ahead, just what I need more volunteer work.
Crannberry Jct has their own chapter??? Dang I should have 2 in my back yard then
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I admire your ambition, InspectorD. And never forget the motto of good home inspectors everywhere--"I'm not a deal-breaker, the home's condition is the deal-breaker."

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I admire your ambition, InspectorD. Thank you, I just do what I can to always help others,


And never forget the motto of good home inspectors everywhere--"I'm not a deal-breaker, the home's condition is the deal-breaker."
AMEN!!...someone please tell the realtor, "I just saved your ***...etts".
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Hi Allie, I know you posted this months back but I just wanted you to know that I have a wood foundation and have lived in this home for 25 years and have never had termites and have never had the house treated. Was always under the impression that termites would not eat the treated wood. I have never seen any signs of wood damage anywhere and so far have been very pleased.







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I have a wall on my house that has a Permanent Wood Foundation (exterior plywood rated for below grade use). About 4 feet of it is below grade. The house was built about 15 years ago, and I've had no problems. It was properly put in with French drains. The wood was covered with black plastic and then tarred. It was inspected and met county code. The problem I am having is that I cannot get a termite warranty on it without digging the dirt completely away from the wall and then putting in a poured wall 2 feet from my house--UGH! Got an estimate for over $11,000. I know of another house with a wood foundation that is having leakage/shifting problems. I live in GA where we do have a lot of rain and humidity. One of the termite companies told me that the plywood will wick up moisture from the slab, and that it will eventually rot and/or be attacked by termites. Any advice for me out there? Please help me save $11,000!
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I personally would call the county extention service in your area and ask someone to take a look.
When I decided to treat my house for termites, I wanted to do something "unique" by pulling up all the carpets and drilling holes from the inside instead of outside where the holes would show in my concrete. The termite guy wanted the job and agreed to have the extention service come and take a look see.
All went well.



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