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Old 02-09-2013, 02:50 PM   #76
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Yes, inspections are covered.

Here there's 3. Footing, frame and final. If
you fail more than once, they may charge
for additional trips to the site.

Also keep this in mind. Their job isn't to
critique your drawings. I provide CAD 2D and 3D
drawings that are very seldom if ever wrong and
they still stamp them something to the affect of
" all code compliance items are to be field
verified" that means that just because they give
you the permit doesn't mean the drawings are
correct or to code.

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Old 02-09-2013, 03:05 PM   #77
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Sometimes it's just better to hire a REAL pro (one who gets his own permits) then you know you have a good, safe deck that actually ads value to your home instead of something that may kill someone someday.
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if its only $100 and I do not have to pay a guy each time he comes out then that's not bad at all. If I knew that it would have never been a question. I have been told that I had to pay $80 each time the guy came out along with the cost of the permit which I thought was crazy. So, if I go Tuesday to get the permit and the Deck wont be built until closer to the end of the month or early March at the latest will they allow that? How will they know when I put the footings down? Do I just call them the day I do it and the person will come out the next day or something? Sounds like a PITA but also sounds worth it based on all the info I have been reading here and online. I just worry that the inspector will take his time coming to check it out and make us wait a week after setting the support beams and another week after finishing up the framing. All the code info I have found online and here show crazy pictures of decks falling down or even burning down! With my 17 month old daughter I want it done right. Thanks for all the advise and talking me into getting the permit. I will keep you all posted.
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Permits are generally good for a year.

Our permits include inspection. Yours may
be different.

I call the morning I start digging the holes
and schedule for the next day. Sometimes
depending on their work load it's the day
after.

Same for framing and final. Call early and
make the appointment for when that phase
will be done.

And I think Robert hit it on the head. Any
reputable contractor wouldn't what you
anywhere near this involved. Just sayin.
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guy that is building it isn't a contractor. He just has 14 years of building experience and is basically a buddy of mine. It says in the code book that a contractor does not have to build it as long as it is my personal property and I obtain a permit/inspections. With an inspector coming out to check out all the work as we move along I am even more confident the final product will be very good! Now who can tell me where to get the best deals on screws? Lowes and Home Depot are about the same.. Lumber yard is actually cheaper but still expensive. Are there online stores that have good prices on screws? I'm mainly looking for the 3 25LB boxes of the 2.5" deck screws. HD has them for $296.55 and lumber yard price is $260.25. That's for all 75LBs.

Also, I need a roll of metal flashing for where the deck attaches to the house. The lumber yard quoted me for a rubber flashing and its about $10 cheaper than the vinyl roll at HD. Should I use rubber? I have never heard of rubber flashing before.
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Dude, you're missing it... I can say I'm not really a doctor but I know how to use a knife, would you let me near you to perform surgery?

A PROFESSIONAL contractor is worth the money just like a PROFESSIONAL doctor is worth theirs. Hire right and you'll forget about your deck for YEARS... Hire wrong and you'll be here every day during the project and every couple months for years to come. Do it right, do it once.
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The guy that inspects it will not allow anything to pass if it is not up to code and safe right? So why would it matter if I built it myself or if a contractor builds it as long as it passes the inspection? I understand the peace of mind aspect of hiring a professional contractor but from my experience they will give anyone a contractors license. The guy thats building it said he could get his renewed or something just by going and taking an 8 hour class/test and paying some money... Its my understanding that he was licensed and had been working for larger companies but let it slip due to the lack of work and the fact that he is going back to school for something else since their isn't enough work to keep him busy anymore. I believe that 100% the way these guys I have contacted for estimates practically beg me to hire them. I tend to have very good common sense and I would not hire just anyone. I'm not being a smart ass or anything, and I really appreciate all the help you guys give me. If it wasn't for you guys I would have just built the deck and when it came time to sale the house it would have bit me in the butt when I had to tear it down because it was not built legally or to code. I just want to set the record straight that I am not just another dummy although I have my dumb moments like everyone else. lol I would not by any means risk hurting my daughter by having a faulty half assed deck built. This is why I have decided that taking out a small loan would be necessary to get this job done after realizing just how much money I was going to be spending on just materials. I swear I had an estimate last year for $3000 for labor and everything! Its crazy how expensive everything is these days.
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Just a few points I noticed; Deck footings closer than 5' of the house require same depth as house footings, not 2' of the house as posted (may need a longer post). SP 2x10's at 12" o.c. span 15'6", plus Lj/4 or 3'10-1/2" each end for 23'3" total. Sp 2x8, 12"oc span 10'9" plus each end OH= 16'1". Need blocking at bearings per local AHJ. 4x4's may work, check the attachment on page 26 in the deck guide... probably require SE though, and read joists- pp24.

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Just went it to get permit and had everything but one thing. Apparently I have to have a 1:60 scale drawing of my entire lot including all existing structures and the new deck. Is this normal? How do I get this? They had a copy of my plot drawing with the house but it was just a copy and was not to scale so they couldn't use it. The clerks office only had a bigger map of all the lots and not just mine. Any pointers?
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yes, a site plan is common in my area. if you know the size of your lot you can use a copier to enlarge/shrink to get your drawing to scale.

measure a property line you know the distance of using a 60 scale and write down the measurement. if you measure more than the length is actually divide the actual length of the line by what you measured. The you would reduce the size of the drawings by that percentage. If you measure less than the actual length then divide the actual length by what you measured and this will give you the scale factor for enlargement.

May take a few passes to get it right. That's how I do it.

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Tape measure, pad and pencil?
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They gave me the copy they had and it has all the measurements already including the house I believe. I'd just have to add the shed and the deck I guess. The paper they gave me is the size of 2 normal sheets of printer paper. I am far from being an artist also. Would I have to include my fence?
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Need a plot plan here as well, but never had any
AHJ get anal about the scale. I usually do it in
cad from the original and just add the deck and
any other outbuildings and/or pool.
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She seemed pretty anal. She took out a ruler and measured the copy she gave me to see if it was to scale. I do not have cad, is there free software that will do this for me? What about my fence? It's just a 4' high chain link for my dog.

Will lowes or Home Depot make one up for me if I bring them the measurements?
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Will lowes or Home Depot make one up for me if I bring them the measurements?
a site plan? doubtful, very doubtful ....

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