Inspector on the Loose Inside a Theme Park

Home Inspector with Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA

I recently enjoyed some fun in the sun over the holidays in central Florida. I really tried to leave my inspector hat at home and enjoy time with my family, however, the lines for some of the rides forced me to slow down and observe my surroundings. 

Trying not to be too critical of things and knowing that the chances of some type of mechanical mishap while I was there were between slim & none, I could not help but notice a few things. 

This picture shows a square shaped concrete footing or "footer" as some refer to it. This footing was located beneath stairs to a wooden roller coaster ride. 

footing off-center

There is a 4"x4" post placed right on the edge of the footing. Instead, the post should have been installed with the post bracket placed dead-center of the footing. Otherwise, the footing could tilt or worse, fail due to the load placed on top of it. 






The "Inspection Photo" below is from an attraction featuring boats that navigate through a water canal and between docks. The weatherproof covers for the GFCI protected outlets have been knocked off or are missing. They should be there to protect from accidental splashing of water into the outlets.

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GFCI outlets over water


Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Hank - Just can't turn off the inspector in you, huh?  Seriously, that is a bit frightening, and we know that most agencies that do periodic inspections of amusement parks are understaffed and can't get to all parks very often.  It would be a good idea for parks to hire independent insptections to prevent accidents.

Jan 04, 2012 02:44 PM
Hank Spinnler
Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA - Hoschton, GA
Atlanta Home Inspector

Good point Susan. I think it would be a blast to inspect some of the properties, including Cinderellas Castle at the Magic Kingdom. 

Cinderellas Castle

Jan 05, 2012 01:29 AM
Julie Babcock -Nook & Cranny Home Inspections
Nook & Cranny Home Inspections Tonawanda, NY - Tonawanda, NY

Nice one, Hank!  I think the only time I'm "off" is when my eyes are closed!

Jan 09, 2012 01:10 PM
Hank Spinnler
Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA - Hoschton, GA
Atlanta Home Inspector

Thank you Julie. Good to hear from you in the new year. Best wishes for a successfull 2012. 

Jan 09, 2012 01:28 PM

Sometimes it's hard to leave the home inspector at home :)

Betsey - SanDiegoHomeInspector

Feb 04, 2013 04:23 AM