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Forum: Interior Inspections 12/30/07, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,625
Posted By homebild
Re: Insulation certificate?

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The main problem here is that there are occaisions when one ventures out of his area of expertise and offers information or advice he is not only...
Forum: Interior Inspections 12/30/07, 11:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,625
Posted By homebild
Re: Insulation certificate?

Yes, REALLY.

As an Authority Having Jurisidcation and an Energy Code Inspector, I can speak with authority that your original post was misleading and wrong and did more harm that help the...
Forum: Interior Inspections 12/30/07, 10:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,625
Posted By homebild
Re: Insulation certificate?

Your original post, in ALL cases, was incorrect and misleading, and required correction.

The Authority Having Jurisidiction and Energy Code Inspector are completely different entities having...
Forum: Interior Inspections 12/30/07, 10:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,625
Posted By homebild
Re: Insulation certificate?

The AHJ is the Admininistrative authority of a Code Enforcement Department, not necessarily the Inspection authority for that Department.

The AHJ (Authority Having Jurisidication) is not...
Forum: Interior Inspections 12/30/07, 10:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,625
Posted By homebild
Re: Insulation certificate?

AHJ's normally do not do inspections unless they are themselves certified Energy Code Inspectors.

Whoever fills out the certificate does NOT verify compliance. The Energy Code Inspector verifies...
Forum: Interior Inspections 12/30/07, 10:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,625
Posted By homebild
Re: Insulation certificate?

It is required by Law/Building Code in most states. For locations using either chapter 11 of the IRC or the IECC a certificate is required:

2006 International Residential Code (N1101.8 )
2006...
Forum: Interior Inspections 12/30/07, 9:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 39,317
Posted By homebild
Re: Am I right? The IRC has no minimum rise height for stairways???

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"However the IRC does reference and use the following ANSI standard for minimum riser height. ANSI A117.1-1998?

This statement is completely false.

The 2000-2006...
Forum: Interior Inspections 12/30/07, 9:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 39,317
Posted By homebild
Re: Am I right? The IRC has no minimum rise height for stairways???

You are correct that the IRC does not have any maximum riser height, but your change to require a 4" minimum is not legally enforceable...particularly in your home state of Pennsylvania.

The...
Forum: Structural Inspections 9/10/07, 12:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,982
Posted By homebild
Re: Fire rating

Just HOW is it being used as an attic access in the ceiling of an attached garage?

Under what building code does your jurisdication operate?

If the garage attic is separated from the house...
Forum: Plumbing Inspections 9/9/07, 11:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 10,837
Posted By homebild
Re: Gas fireplace shut off

So what does Brampton, Ontario fuel gas code state?

That's the only answer that means anything here.....:roll:
Forum: Exterior Inspections 9/7/07, 10:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 11,890
Posted By homebild
Re: Deck Attachment to Brick

Nothing to report.

Unless this Pennsylvania municipality had some kind of building code when this deck was constructed, you have nothing to report....despite how badly you may think this deck was...
Forum: Exterior Inspections 9/7/07, 10:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,660
Posted By homebild
Re: Concrete Porch abutting siding

So show me where, from building codes, manufacturer's installation instructions, or any other "standard" that supports your allegations, and I'll believe you.

Otherwise, you are simply making up...
Forum: Exterior Inspections 9/7/07, 10:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,660
Posted By homebild
Re: Concrete Porch abutting siding

That may be so yet no one has established such facts in this case....

So you are just 'guessing' along with the original, and apparantly, misguided original poster....!!
Forum: Exterior Inspections 9/4/07, 11:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,955
Posted By homebild
Re: Site Drainage Question

Since this is a "new home" you should refer the client to the building code official who has final say over the final grading in your state.

While a 6" in 10' drop in grade away from the...
Forum: Exterior Inspections 9/4/07, 11:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,660
Posted By homebild
Re: Concrete Porch abutting siding

Well, marcel, you can presume whatever you want, but I am a 30 year homebuilder, code official and inspector and know what I am talking about.

No one has YET answered just HOW this concrete porch...
Forum: Exterior Inspections 9/4/07, 8:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,660
Posted By homebild
Re: Concrete Porch abutting siding

If the porch is unattached to the main structure, it doesn't matter if water can get between the concrete and siding or foundation because it will cause no problems.

But the fact that there is...
Forum: Exterior Inspections 9/4/07, 8:14 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,660
Posted By homebild
Re: Concrete Porch abutting siding

Larry,

As someone else stated, it depends on the location.

Is this a slab from an unattached raised porch? Then it probably doesn't does not matter.

Is this an attached balcony? Then it...
Forum: Interior Inspections 9/3/07, 1:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,486
Posted By homebild
Re: Nail pops at the base of vaulted ceiling-no roof leak

You don't have a clue either? Sheesh!:shock:
Forum: Interior Inspections 9/3/07, 1:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,486
Posted By homebild
Re: Nail pops at the base of vaulted ceiling-no roof leak

Find another line of work.

You've failed at this one...:roll:
Forum: Exterior Inspections 9/3/07, 1:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,383
Posted By homebild
Re: Exterior stairs

Except in Pennsylvania where the legal standard is 8 1/4" riser height and 9" tread depth...
Forum: Exterior Inspections 9/3/07, 1:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,660
Posted By homebild
Re: Concrete Porch abutting siding

If the concrete porch deck is not connected to the building/siding and can be replaced whilst doing nothing to the concrete porch, then the builder's did the wise and noble thing and you should...
Forum: Interior Inspections 8/29/07, 10:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,486
Posted By homebild
Re: Nail pops at the base of vaulted ceiling-no roof leak

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Just as I thought.

You have no clue what you're talking about.

The 'standard' is the gypsum board manufacturer's installation instructions and what...
Forum: Interior Inspections 8/27/07, 6:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,486
Posted By homebild
Re: Nail pops at the base of vaulted ceiling-no roof leak

Too 'close' by what standard?

Building codes require placement of fasteners in the location you claim is 'too close to the juncture of the ceiling/wall."

Likewise, by what standard are you...
Forum: Exterior Inspections 8/26/07, 9:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,383
Posted By homebild
Re: Exterior stairs

I prefer this set of stairsby Escher:
Forum: Structural Inspections 8/25/07, 1:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,045
Posted By homebild
Re: Fire Wall code 1996 SBC (Duplex) Help

Typical duplex separation is done with a 1 hour fire-rated assembly.

But it can vary depending upon if the duplex is side-by-side or over-under.

Previous poster is correct and the only way...
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