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Dear Barry, As a home inspector for many years, I've been caught in the "you-broke-it, you-pay-to-fix-it" bind. My question is simple: When is a home inspector responsible for things that break? Tile roofs are not designed to be walked on, so a home inspector should pay for tiles that break under foot. But I've been asked to repair wood trim because I pushed my finger through some dryrot. I've paid for faucets that would not turn off after being operated, for a garage door that disconnected from its track when I tested it, and for a casement window that fell from its frame when opened. Is it right for home inspectors to bear the costs of such repairs? --Marshall Dear Marshall, Your dilemma is the common experience of most home inspectors. Nearly all can relay stories of ...