Generally speaking, code compliance or lack thereof will not have any effect
on your insurance coverage if your house burns down. Lies, fraud and
cheating will void an insurance policy. Mere stupidity won't.
In my home town I'm not allowed to celebrate July4.
I am, however, allowed to PAY to watch the city officials celebrate my
Independence for me.
I don't bother, and only partially because I don't hold any grudges
against the Brits for what their ancestors King did, long ago.
That was certainly no worse than what MY "gummint" is doing.
If you find a posting or message from myself offensive,
inappropriate, or disruptive, please ignore it. If you don\'t know
Here in NJ, a municipality can not supersede, state code with
arbitrary/more restrictive local codes. Could you imagine 567 possible
different codes for every town we have here. I would think most states
are the same?
If you know your stuff, you will get your way, but you'll have to
watch your P's and Q's on every aspect of the job and future jobs.
you will embarrass the inspector so bad, he will leave you alone. one
town, here, had so many law suits they fired the inspector.
If your in the right, write the mayor or town administrator, tell them
the inspector is requiring additional spec, above and beyond the
minimum code requirements. ask for relief and that the State codes be
followed. be nice, but know your stuff.
Thats why about half the residential remodel woik gets
done sans permit...that is the home owner opts to just hope
the city's roving inspectors dont have x-ray eyes to look
through the walls and see that (gasp)...you are doing some
Every house must have one 3 inch vent. Toilets must have a 2 inch vent
minimum. Just do what he wants and be done with it. If you are unable to
figure out what he wants get a little help from a real plumber.
Any house with over 20dfu will get a 3" main vent like you say. I have
always used 1 1/2" vents on WC with 3" main and 2" for 4" main. I just
thought maybe there was some clause somewhere that said that WC had to be
"In my state (MA) a homeowner can't do his own plumbing."
Bullshit on that! your state can kiss my ass! I will always do every
bit of work in every house I ever live in, plumbing, framing, electrical,
roofing, whatever...........just like I always have........and always fixed
my own cars
I have never employed a professional to repair anything in my entire life,
nor will I
and any SOB inspector who says I can't work on something of my own will find
the wrong end of a gun!
EVEN in Massachusets! (though I doubt I will live there, too cold, but I do
like the Car Talk knuckleheads!)
Easy there Cowboy! Put the gun down. Here, have a beer...
We don't call her MA for nothin!
And we have plenty of cowboys up here too. They do their own work and no one
says anything and everyone is fine unless some dickhead homeowner buys the
house and brings in some lawyers......
Which, in many jurisdictions, would have you facing felonious assault
Not to mention the towm condeming the house and then selling it for back
taxes when he abandons it because he can't live there.
He sounds like a real intelligent person.
"cowboy" < snipped-for-privacy@someISP.com> wrote in message
In many places the plumbing permitting and inspecting is run by the
plumbing trade itself in a confederacy with the local government, and has
the primary mission of forcing you to hire their overpriced and entry-
restricted tradesmen, which is partly kicked back to the local pols. If
you insist on doing work yourself on your own home (as is a codified right
in my state), you will, despite the legal entitlement, be subject to
various impediments, such as bureaucratic delays, excessive paperwork and
plans not required of the trade, and (as you seem to have discovered)
arbitrary and capricious inspections and interpretations of the so-called
and chimerical "code".
There is a bona fide purpose to building codes, but they are also in many
places tools for a kind of petty political/economic tyranny.
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