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Builders do stuff like this all the time. Another tactic they employ is asking the inspector to carry a ridiculously high liability policy, before they can even step foot onsite.
I'm currently using a Phantom 4 for roof inspections in the Houston area, for my company. The remote pilot certificate wasn't easy to get from the FAA, but I don't climb on most roofs, anymore. The cover shots are a little nicer, too.
Anytime I see an extension cord serving as permanent wiring, I write it up.
I'm new to the forum and this will be my first post. As a master electrician and home inspector, I'd say that we should indeed always use a multimeter to test outlets, and also know how to use the meter to conduct all 3 tests that a plug tester does. Test for voltage between hot and neutral and voltage between hot and ground. I like to also check between hot and the coverplate screw while I'm here to ensure the frame of the outlet/switch is grounded. Then, check resistance between ground and neutral. It should be close to zero.
Removing the cover plates and digging around can also tell the tale. I've seen electricians that simply cut the ground wire out of the cable, or don't connect it at all. It could be as simple as a loose junction. I've even seen a jumper installed from the neutral lug to the ground lug of receptacles, just to try to fool me.
I like to use a plug in tester for most outlets,too but I don't rely solely on it. We are taught to test redundantly for safety reasons as electricians. It also applies to being thorough.
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