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Building Code Compliance for Contractors & Inspectors

Product Code/ISBN: 9781572182387

An answer book for both contractors and building inspectors, this manual explains what it takes to pass inspections under the 2009 International Residential Code. It includes a code checklist for every trade, covering some of the most common reasons why inspectors reject residential work -- footings, foundations, slabs, framing, sheathing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, energy conservation and final inspection. Knowing in advance what the inspector wants to see gives contractors an (almost unfair) advantage. To pass inspection, just go down the checklists in this manual before the inspector arrives. Even better, use this manual as a guide to what constitutes good construction practice -- and is almost certain to pass inspection.

The author steps you through the entire permit process, item by item -- permit processing, plan review, zoning, site development, all the codes (IRC, IBC, IPC, IMC, etc.), and rules recommend for both contractors and inspectors:

  • Tips for developing good relations with the building inspector
  • What to do and what to avoid when your job doesn't pass inspection
  • What to do if you feel you're being treated unfairly (appeals)
  • Where the inspector has latitude and when it doesn't pay to argue
  • Dozens of tips to ensure you pass the next inspection
  • Who to ask for at the building department when you need help

If you want to pass inspection quickly and smoothly, this book can save you time in a world where time is money. It helps you see your residential jobs though the inspector's eyes.