Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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I Am A Big Loser!

I don't think I am the only one in the field of home inspection who is a big loser. I know several inspectors who, based on what they tell me, are losers as well. Why are we losers?

Well, in the course of this job, we are focused on many different tasks. Often we are in dark, tight and untidy spots. Therefore, we are prone to misplacing or losing tools. I, personally, have lost a pocket camera, camera batteries, flashlights, electric receptacle testers, voltage alert testers, rot probes, a digital thermometer and probably lots more that has not yet come to mind.

On more than one occasion, I have re-crawled some dark, slimy and generally yucky crawl space looking for something I lost so I would not leave that day knowing that, once again, I was a loser. I have known two inspectors who lost their cell phones in crawl spaces. Obviously, they are losers too.

I tend to be less likely to lose things if the items have lanyards or straps. That is especially so in attics and crawl spaces. Below, in my effort to lose the label "loser" I have set out a collection of the items that I take with me on inspections. As you can see, they are modified from the way they come from the factory.

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 19 commentsSteven L. Smith • May 30 2011 10:44PM
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