Who is the Deputy Inspector ”Special Inspector” ?

special inspector

Deputy inspectors are third party inspectors required by the building codes’ regulation for certain type of construction works. However, deputy inspectors are not city employee but they must be authorized by the city official to conduct such specialty assessment. Special inspections are concerned with all materials tests manufacturing, erection, monitoring or placing accessories, and ensuring … Read more

Where to Insulate in Your House

House insulation

Living in a climate where summers are hot and winters too cold means that insulation is essential, not only to be comfortable but to cut down on both heating and air conditioning bills. Have you ever wondered if your house has the insulation it needs and where the insulation goes in your house? Older houses … Read more

Electrical Wire Color Codes identifications

Wire color code

Understanding various electrical wires has meaning with regards to electrical work, before embarking on any DIY or project. You need to understand this color representation. Inability to comprehend is hazardous. These color codes indicate what is connected to which wires in each circuit. Wiring colors illustrate different phases of electricity clearly. Electrical wiring has changed … Read more

Showers Enclosure: Building codes Requirements

shower window

If you’re planning on installing a window above your shower to add more lighting and have a better ventilation. Apart from the usual windows, shower window triggers many building code sections. Showers Code Requirements Shower window size Significantly, the code requires to provide A window of 3 square feet or more. This window should be … Read more

Basement Egress Window : A Life Saving Window

How safe are you and your family? As you know, home safety is your responsibility; anything less is not forgivable. One of the ways to ensure a hazard-free and comfortable home is by installing an basement egress window. What is a basement Egress window? Egress is an exit and provides a quick escape for ground … Read more

How to Become an ICC Building Inspector ?

building inspector

If you building a new structure, increasing the square footage of your building, or remodeling an existing building then it must comply with the minimum buildings and safety codes. The building inspector ensures that these codes are followed; most inspectors work for local governments or private companies. Inspector starts their work when the project begins … Read more

Residential Building Inspections Guide

Building inspection guide

This article is designed as a guide to the residential Building Inspections. The inspections included in this article based on the minimum requirements for the building codes Each inspector will evolve their style and process when managing inspections. The article’s approach may vary from what you’ve been instructed in your jurisdiction; each jurisdiction is distinctive … Read more

Ufer ground | Electrical Code Requirements

Ufer Ground

What is Ufer stand for ? The right terminology for the the Ufer ground according to the National Electrical Code (NEC) is Concrete-encased Electrode section 250.52 (A)(3). The Ufer is the common word being used among the construction workers and electricians. Ufer Ground Accessibility All mechanical connectors are used to connect the electrical panel grounding … Read more

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Building Permit Process

Building permit process

It is very important for the homeowners to be aware of the process of how to prepare the paperwork and plans for their new building permit. Even if the homeowner is hiring a contractor or architect to handle the paperwork for him. It is so beneficial to learn about the process and to know what … Read more

Plumbing code requirements for Cleanouts

Plumbing cleanout- Back or front yard

When your sewer line or drainage system get clogged or backed up, first thing a plumber do is finding the locations of the plumbing cleanout throughout the property. Cleanout comes in different sizes and it can be located inside the house which called a wall cleanout located under the kitchen or bathroom sinks or laundry … Read more