Thursday, May 14, 2009


The building inspector really pisses me off. Read the rest of the story to find out how I know he's not the sharpest tack in the box,

The building inspector was supposed to come to my house at 1:30 today to inspect the forms for the retaining wall footing around my pool. He didn't show by 3:00, so I called town hall. The secretary called him and he called me right back. The conversation went something like this.

He says, "I was there at 1:30 and knocked, but no one answered the door. So I went around back and saw a retaining wall."

"I've been here all day. I don't have a retaining wall, I'm building a retaining wall. All I have so far are the trenches fir the footings."

"I thought it was strange that the wall was already built. You live in a blue house with a boat on a trailer in the driveway, right?"

"No, my house is beige and there is a black car and a dumpster in the driveway."

"Well I saw a blue boat on a trailer in the driveway."

"My next door neighbor has a gray & white boat in the driveway and it's up on blocks. I'm standing in the street and there isn't another boat in any driveway on the block. Are you sure you had the right street?"

"Yes, you live on Northgate Dr. It’s off of Elm on a dead end street."

"No, I live on Norgate Dr and it's not a dead end street."

"The block is really short, right?"

"No, it's a decent size. You sure you had the right street."

"Positive. The odd numbered houses are on the left and even on the right."


"#11 is right across the street."

"No, there is no #11 on my block."

"I saw an old couple across the street walking up their driveway, he has a gray beard."

"Nope across the street from my house. You have to of had the wrong house."

"I'm sorry, I apologize. I'll be there first thing tomorrow morning. I leave the office at 9:00, so will be there by 9:30. Okay?"

"That's fine. I'll see you first thing. But do me a favor and call me if you have any trouble finding my house, okay?"

"Yes, I have your number."


Note to readers: I could have gotten angry and yelled at him, but I'm too mellow of a guy for that. I figure I'll life longer if I take things in stride. It's already been 10 months trying to get this project going, so what's another couple of days?

Besides, he probably feels like the idiot he is and won't be so picky when he does his inspections of the project, I hope.



Edit: The inspector showed up this morning, a half hour early. The whole inspection took less than five minutes. He apologized and told me he went to the wrong house yesterday, three houses up the street. They have a pool, but no retaining wall. Couldn't he figure out that he just might be at the wrong address? Then we walked around back and measured the form in one place and looked that the rebar. Then told me it looked too close to the fence. I pointed at the survey stakes on the other side of the fence. He didn't measure, just looked, said okay and it was alright to pour the cement. He didn't even look at the whole form, just what he could see from where we were standing in the yard. Too much trouble to walk around the house I guess. He apologized a million times and left. Told me to call when the walls are up for another inspection.


Libby said...

oh, hell, tony! who hired this guy?

bookbinder said...

The town. Obviously he's someone's son or has a relative connection. No way he got this job on his own.

Evening said...

Oh My!! I am dealing with a town board and inspectors now, also and I am praying they will be a little bit sharper than that guy. Good luck tomorrow morning.

Dana said...

Ummmm ... really? You've got to love government employees!

S said...

OMG Almost as lame as Blithers window guys.

You can never get anything done right the first time.

Barbara said... should Vlog your frustration:)..seriously though...what a ass monkey!

Libby said... least it's DONE now, right??

TUG said...

Let's hope he does some of what I would consider more "important" inspections with more attention to detail. I wonder how his other projects have turned out.