Don't blame home inspector for every surprise defect

Some issues either don't warrant concern or can't be easily detected

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DEAR BARRY: Before I bought my home, I hired a home inspector. At the time, he seemed to do a good job, but I was sorely mistaken. Since moving in, I have found two major problems.

First, an exterior gas line had such a major leak that the gas company refused to turn on the service. Second, one of the ceiling beams is cracked clear through. If you shine a flashlight on the crack, you can see light in the attic, and this worries me about structural stability. Shouldn’t these conditions have been reported by a competent home inspector? –Ralph