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Old 04-28-2012, 08:46 PM   #16
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I fought with DLIHR/Madison for over 20 years on their stupid administration of a so-called building code that was created when they tried to create an abortion of good codes complete with loop-holes that made no sense and was nonenforceable. At least now, they are closer to the rest of the world, but still get fondly referred to as the "Republic of Wisconsin" by people in adjoining states.

As a manufacturer in MN, we had to make inferior products for many years to meet the WI strange requirements than we did not do for IL, IA, MN, SD and ND that all followed the national requirements. It also drove the local testing labs crazy to be legal and still respect the unique WI requirements. Fortunately, that is all history now.

My uncle was an inspector in WI and took retirement to preserve his sanity.

Dick (a Norwegian/Swede with roots in WI)


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Old 04-29-2012, 08:45 AM   #17
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I fought with DLIHR/Madison for over 20 years on their stupid administration of a so-called building code that was created when they tried to create an abortion of good codes complete with loop-holes that made no sense and was nonenforceable. At least now, they are closer to the rest of the world, but still get fondly referred to as the "Republic of Wisconsin" by people in adjoining states.

As a manufacturer in MN, we had to make inferior products for many years to meet the WI strange requirements than we did not do for IL, IA, MN, SD and ND that all followed the national requirements. It also drove the local testing labs crazy to be legal and still respect the unique WI requirements. Fortunately, that is all history now.

My uncle was an inspector in WI and took retirement to preserve his sanity.

Dick (a Norwegian/Swede with roots in WI)

Thanks for the history leason Dick. We still have our own unique code system, and there certainly are a few things that make you scratch your head (like running the vapor barrier under basement floors 6" above the floor, onto the walls) but all-in-all I'd say it's become more uniform with the rest of the Midwest in the last decade or two. Probably thanks to folks like yourself.....

As for Madison, here we typically call it "The People's Republic of Madision", or my personal favorite, "85 square miles surrounded by reality".........

I can't say I have much tie to MN myself, other than I get close on occasion if I go with my brother to the Eau Claire area to the local dirt tracks......

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