Boiler Inspector: Friend or Foe?


| January/February 1996



1555 Wallum Lake Road Pascoag, Rhode Island 02859

The following article is reprinted with permission from Heritage Eagle, where it first appeared in issue No. 30, 1995.

I am quite sure that some of you have had a bad experience with your boiler inspector and consider him/her public enemy No.1. In this article, I'd like to try to convince you of the fact that your boiler inspector deserves your respect and attention.

Now that I have your attention by this statement, I'd like to continue as follows.

As the owner of an ASME Code boiler manufacturing shop, I deal with my insurance inspector and many jurisdiction inspectors throughout North America. I find that, for the most part, your boiler inspector doesn't have a clue how your tractor operates and surely does not appreciate or understand why this chunk of iron is the most important object of your affection, even superseding, in many cases, your family! You start off at odds as soon as the inspector wants to examine your tractor's inner areas. You shudder with horror when he/she (there are many female inspectors now) takes out that hammer and taps everywhere chipping some fancy painted areas with little or no concern, merrily tapping away, poking tubes, stays and sheets.

Your boiler inspector's vocabulary is insulting as you are informed that your boiler shows advanced signs of corrosion, thinning and, his big gun, red tag! This can't be your boiler he's referring to. You plead with him to pass it anyway, because there's that big show you got her all dolled up for, but he's suddenly deaf, packs his little bag, hands you an Inspection Failure Report and drives into the sunset with a smile. Surely no one can be this mean!