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I still remember my first day as a new foreman, anxiously waiting for my framing inspection. I'd heard stories of jobs being shut down, so as I walked the site with the building inspector, I nervously anticipated the dreaded "red flag." I worried in vain: Not only did the flag never come, but the inspector offered suggestions that helped me throughout the job. Of course, building inspectors are charged with safeguarding the community. Much as they would like to be helpful, their foremost concern is public safety. That said, don't forget that most building inspectors were once in our shoes. They understand how challenging our work can be and, given the opportunity, are ready to offer themselves as a