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    Default Code of Ethics Question

    In our questionable economy I am looking for other ways to increase revenue. So many times I inspect electrical panels that are not labeled correctly. I have the equipment and the know how to properly label the panel and perform a load calculation on circuits. Does anyone know if doing this as an additional service is considered working on the home which would be a violation of the code of ethics? Any input greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anglin View Post
    In our questionable economy I am looking for other ways to increase revenue. So many times I inspect electrical panels that are not labeled correctly. I have the equipment and the know how to properly label the panel and perform a load calculation on circuits. Does anyone know if doing this as an additional service is considered working on the home which would be a violation of the code of ethics? Any input greatly appreciated.
    If it is part of the Washington SOP to note that a panel is labeled or not, then I would say that it would not be the thing that you would want to be doing.

    I have found that if you have to question or ask if something is ethical or not then usually it is not.

    Scott Patterson, ACI
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    I question it because the WA state SOP says that we cannot make repairs on a house for 1 year after the home is inspected. Is labeling a panel considered a repair? I guess I'm thinking of it more as an additional service as opposed to a repair.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anglin View Post
    I question it because the WA state SOP says that we cannot make repairs on a house for 1 year after the home is inspected. Is labeling a panel considered a repair? I guess I'm thinking of it more as an additional service as opposed to a repair.
    If you call it out as a deficiency (I do) then to make it not be deficient would be.. a... (come on say it with me!) a... Repair!

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    Default Re: Code of Ethics Question

    Got it. Thank you


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    Sounds like electrical work and engineering work; are you licensed to do work, either as an electrical contractor or as a professional engineer?


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