Building a house is like a rollercoaster. It has skyscraper highs and below sea level lows. It toys with your emotions and has you doing and thinking crazy things. For example…
Yesterday we had an inspection. It was suppose to be easy. We were suppose to pass. We didn’t. They wanted us to change a few (like a hand full) of washers. Yes, that’s it. Our sub-contractor, Alex, asked the inspector if he had 10 minutes to spare, it would only take 10 minutes to change the washers. The inspector said no and left.
Alex changed the washers and called for a second inspection today. The inspector was suppose to be at the project site at 10am. My dad showed up at 11am to find out if the inspection passed but instead of finding Alex starting on the insulation, he found Alex in his truck still waiting. The inspector didn’t show up at 10am. I called my Dad at 2:30pm to get the latest and my Dad said Alex was still in his truck, waiting. The inspector didn’t show up at all.
I asked my Dad how the whole inspection process works. Do you call and request an inspection and when a time is scheduled, you get a confirmation number? Nope. I’m told you call and request a schedule by a certain time the day before (I think 11am and via voicemail) and then you just wait. You can also do it online. They don’t tell if you if the inspector will show up or not, they just expect you to wait.
I hoped I misunderstood because seems lame and crazy and totally inefficient. I didn’t misunderstand. I requested an inspection through the City of Seattle’s DPD Online Inspection Request page and filled in all the needed info --permit number, type of inspection required, contact info, address -– and then I hit send. The next screen showed this
Do you see a confirmation number? I don’t. They don’t even give you a time frame. Doesn’t it seem ridiculous that the inspector couldn’t spare 10 minutes but it’s OK that our sub-contractor had to wait around for 5 hours today and maybe more tomorrow? I realize that he has a schedule but 10 minutes more at our site means he doesn’t have to come back the next day (or not come back the next day). How is that fair? I want to be able to bill the city for all the time they waste. I won’t even charge what they charge me (about $160 an hour). OK, I won’t bill the city, but I did save a screen shot of this page and if the inspector doesn’t show up and Alex doesn’t get a courtesy call, I’m going to be super pissed. I might have to call Jesse. I told you, you do crazy things. I hope the inspector comes tomorrow but I won’t hold my breath.
This is a major downer that may actually be followed by an unexpected upper.
As I was surfing our file on the DPD site looking for a reference to any inspection scheduling notification, I noticed that recent ECA exemption request from us was approved today. What does that mean? Well, our land has a major slope in the front and the city said we couldn’t have a deck that extend more than 3 feet off the house without plans from our Geotech saying it was safe to extend 3-5 additional feet. What do you do with a 3 x 6 foot deck? We collected the needed info and submitted a request for exemption on October 14. I was told it would take about 3-4 weeks to get an answer back but then today I find this in our electronic file online…
I guess we’ll just keep out fingers crossed that
- the inspector shows up tomorrow
- the inspection passes and we’ll still get all the insulation installed by Monday
- that the info I found on the DPD website does in fact mean we can have a deck that extends 6 feet off the house.