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Dwelling code imposition on landscape stairs

TL;DR Put in the Handrail and Be Happy It Isn't Worse A handrail is clearly a good idea on a steep set of stairs like that. If it was only 2 or 3 steps, no big deal. If the steps were each much longer ...
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Inspector told me to match breaker size to appliance

The usual setup is: Large breaker, matched to wire size, in the main panel. Wires (protected by breaker) to a subpanel In the subpanel, a separate breaker & wires matched to each appliance. GFCI ...
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How can I monitor my roof to detect roof leaks before they cause damage?

I go up into my attic about once a month (or after we get a heavy storm) with a good flashlight and give everything a visual inspection. Specifically, I make sure I'm very accustomed to the way that ...
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Home Electric Rework

I DO want to do the work myself (learning is half the fun) and I want to go above and beyond code to make inspection and future work easy. Please - get a book, better several books on home electrical ...
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Will these DIY steel plates for post to beam connections work as well as the commercially available ones?

What makes the commercial product better than just purchasing steel plates and bolts? The commercial product doesn't rely on the screws in wood to connect the two sides. A sideways force would be ...
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Double Grounding Sub-Panel

The inspector should have red-flagged 2 or more circuits to the same outbuilding. That's not allowed. There should be a subpanel alright, but it needs to be on the garage, and then the mandatory ...
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Will these DIY steel plates for post to beam connections work as well as the commercially available ones?

The most dangerous thing I hear on construction sites is, "Aw, that ain't goin' nowhere." I can't tell you how many things I've seen go wrong because someone did some eyeball engineering ...
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Inspector told me to match breaker size to appliance

NEC 110.3(B) obey labeling and instructions. That's it. That's the NEC code that they won't tell you. It's the third paragraph in the entire NEC. So if the hot tub complied with NEC 110.2 (use ...
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Should I leave outlet covers on or off for electrical inspector?

In many jurisdictions, there is a separate rough-in inspection and then a final inspection. The rough-in is usually done with wiring in place and before drywall is installed, unless the new cabling ...
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How can I monitor my roof to detect roof leaks before they cause damage?

Roof leaks are caused by many different things. For example: Shingles or tiles: Cracked, broken, missing, worn Flashing: Loose, broken, missing, poorly installed, worn Gutters: misaligned, clogged ...
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When buying a rental home after many years of our occupancy, is a home inspection still necessary?

Yes, unless you are an inspector yourself. Inspections often catch things owners don't know about. The owner may have maintained it meticulously, but he can only fix the problems he knows about. My ...
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Will these DIY steel plates for post to beam connections work as well as the commercially available ones?

That is made for structural building members, e.g. this is designed to support a composite main beam holding up a 2-story building. Home Depot doesn't even stock it. What you're actually after is this ...
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Dwelling code imposition on landscape stairs

Don't know if it's up to code where you are, but a rope handrail might be a simple option. They fit in with the rustic look, it'd be attachable simply to the rockface without too complex a curve. Some ...
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Are licensed "builders" required to pull permits

Can a licensed contractor perform work, that requires a permit, without a permit? If the work requires a permit - that is a City / State Ordinance [aka LAW]- the answer is while the contractor could ...
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Main Breaker Panel in Garage w/o Garage Doors

It is a indoor location, the finish work is not required to be complete to get your final. If the panel is a 3R type it could even be outside (the only difference is the cover and how it sheds rain) ...
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Mystery irritant at home

The fact that it affects both of you is very important, coupled with the fact that it did not happen until your stuff arrived. That probably means it's not an allergy or an "environmental illness&...
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How can I monitor my roof to detect roof leaks before they cause damage?

A visual inspection once a year or after a severe storm. A great pair of binoculars could save you trips to up on the roof. Look for any shingles that have lifted or are torn. Also look for nails that ...
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Are licensed "builders" required to pull permits

Don't build anything without a permit!!!! However, the "code" only stipulates the height of "habitable rooms" (7'). Bathrooms, storage rooms, utility rooms, hallways, etc. are not habitable rooms. ...
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What is common practice when doing electrical rough-in for recessed lights in a drop ceiling and walls are not yet finished?

Just leave a tail hanging at the location of the first light can. Tape the cleanly-cut end (in case someone does something stupid at the panel) and let the inspector know what's up. Everything after ...
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How do I choose a Home Inspector and Inspection?

I've recently been through this process, and here are a few things to look for. Some home inspectors will use some more high tech equipment such as IR/Heat cameras and provide additional services ...
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How to handle branch circuits cleanly when there are lots of branches

First, I gather that gang boxes are what you know, but don't use them. For a nice pile of cubic inches, you can get either 4-11/16" square deep boxes (42 or more cubic inches) or 6" square deep boxes ...
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Double Grounding Sub-Panel

Dang. Why on Gods Green Earth did your "electrician" suggest this? We get a lot of "sub-panel" questions here that are quite similar, but this one is new to me. Why not simply ...
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Will these DIY steel plates for post to beam connections work as well as the commercially available ones?

First of all, there are typically two ways of making sure your construction is safe: Use an off-the-shelf approved product and install it exactly in the approved way. Design your own solution and do ...
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Inspection suggested to replace vents between laundry and garage

The inspector is likely correct, depending on what codes you follow. If make up air is required for the water heater, it should come from outside, not a habitable space. If make up air is required ...
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What happens when you can't make something code-legal?

Depending on the circumstances, the Permit Issuing Authority will either forbid the construction or grant a written "variance" from the rule. Sometimes a variance will have stipulations. As an ...
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AFCI breakers and code compliance

What does the citation mean? The facts are that you need to apply the new codes inside the scope of new work, and the remodel qualifies as new work. The areas of the house you are not touching ...
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Electrical Ditch Cover Inspection

Conduit in place should be fine for the inspection. The forces involved in pulling make doing so without the conduit buried (so it stays put) rather difficult, and in any case it's quite common (and ...
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What happens if I let my building permit expire?

Right off the bat, you won't get your power turned on. Because the power company won't turn on power until the panel flip is signed off. Since you have already done the rewire, I would pull a permit ...
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What happens if I let my building permit expire?

Harper and Ed are right. Good answers. But Inspectors are kings. You were the jackass (no offense as I think all of us including me were the jackass to a "overzealous" inspector). Here is ...
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Will these DIY steel plates for post to beam connections work as well as the commercially available ones?

What is the folly of this method? If the "only" thing that were to happen was that one of these DIY plates failed with you on the deck (and nobody else), you aren't likely to sue yourself, ...
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