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I think it's time to throw my 2 cents in on this thread.There are good and
bad deputy inspectors out there-just like police officers,lawyers and
engineers.Personally I give 110 per cent when I'm on a project.I am the eyes
and ears for the engineer,city and owner. If I find descrepencies on a
project- They are communicated to the engineer and my city inspector.GOOD
COMMUNICATION IS ESSENTIAL. There are times when the contractor does not
want us to communicate directly with the engineer--with this I will not sign
off the situation until I see a correction from the engineer with your wet
stamp on it. Sometimes it's like pulling teeth with the contractor.
Fortunately for the last 3 years I have had excellent communication and
trust with the engineers on the projects I have worked on ($25 million +). I
have approx. $1,500.00 worth of code and construction industry books in my
truck at all times while on the jobsite and take my occupation very
seriously. I know in my heart when I finish a project the owner is getting
what he paid for and in compliance with the plans,codes and specs--any
changes ,I have RFI's with your details and stamp on them.All correspondence
generated on the project is organized into binders and available on request
at any time. I have encountered in the past some engineers who don't want to
be bothered by valid questions from me concerning code violations or
drawings that look good on paper but are physically impossible to construct
in the field.I know that I am a valuable asset to the construction team and
worth every penny that I am paid.And yes I do work for a Testing Lab in Los
Angeles-- Robert Bill  R/C,S/C,DIA,R/M,P/T,SSW, and Bldg.Insp.
-----Original Message-----
From: Williston Warren IV <billw4(--nospam--at)>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Sunday, March 22, 1998 10:46 AM
Subject: Re: Problem with Deputy Inspector

>My solution is( this is not an ad for Sandy), to use Sandy.  Like all other
>relationships, Architect, Owners, relationships with deputies is as or is
>more important.  My experiences with other inspectors (City and private)
>has been bad and also when the inspector is an employee of a lab.
> Bill Warren, SE
> Newport Beach, CA
>From: Harris3803 <Harris3803(--nospam--at)>
>To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
>Subject: Re: Problem with Deputy Inspector
>In a message dated 98-03-21 22:45:10 EST, you write:
><< Maybe we're going to play who can top this on horror stories about bad
> inspection, bad building departments and clients who are ram rodding
> through their projects come hell or high water.
>  >>
>     I think we need to talk about this in project specific terms so we can
>see the extent of the problem and that we are not alone. Sometimes the
>architect / contractor / client make me feel like the lone ranger and i bet
>others have similar experiences. Anyone else out there with relevent
>experiences with deputy inspectors, i would appreciate hearing about them (
>and i bet others would like to hear about your experience also ). If
>is having the same experience with deputy inspectors that i am, there is an
>immediate need for some kind of inspector oversight.
>     Thanks in advance.
>     Tom Harris , SE
>     Thousand Oaks, CA