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Old 06-04-2010, 10:22 PM   #1
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This probably pertains more to homeowners. In your experience, during the inspection does the inspector generally just look at your permitted work, or will they report on other problems they see while they are there.
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This probably pertains more to homeowners. In your experience, during the inspection does the inspector generally just look at your permitted work, or will they report on other problems they see while they are there.
Recently I replaced an aluminum canopy with a wooden framed replacement.
When, the inspector arrived for the final inspection, he was here for about 2 minutes.
He asked who did the work and I admitted that it was a DIY project.
He said " I wish all my jobs were like this" handed me the green sticker and left!
I did try to exceed code requirements if possible.
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it depends on what the other problem is. If it is a glaring safety concern, he may very well report it to the appropriate authorities. Anything else will most likely not be bothered. They come out to inspect something specific and that is usually all they look at.


any particular situation you had in mind? It is a lot easier to speak to specifics than such a general "what if" question.
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When having my pool cabana sub inspected he noticed I was residing & commented I needed a permit for meter electric/move/side behind
I said I had piece of plywood painted & mounted behind the meter so I could side up to the plywood

He also noted an outlet mounted that was slightly recessed into the rim joist
Since it was pre-existing & not much of a problem & no need to fix

I haven't had them specifically look at anything else
Or go thru the house looking for problems
But I've basically been corrrecting anything Ihave found
--2 wire lights in basement causing a shock
--outside outlet (one he noticed) was not GFCI initially
--basement, laundry outlets were not GFCI
plus more issues that I have brought up to code
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any particular situation you had in mind? It is a lot easier to speak to specifics than such a general "what if" question.
Mostly I was trying to keep it simple. There is some controversy as to whether or not I actually need a building permit for my kids Intex 18' X 48" metal frame pool. Plus, it is in a different location this year which needs an extension until I can get a closer permenant recepticle to it. It has its own gfci in the plug and does not run while they are in it. I would hate to have to take down the kids pool just because I had an inspector out checking the receptacle and security light I am planning to run to the outside wall of my addition.
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Pool permit in some places is on the size of the pool - height
Some areas its sides that are 2' or higher
A lot of what I see if more then 24" depth of water
Local codes apply......

And some places insist on a fence/ladder setup to bar entry....just like a permanent pool
IE here a 48" min fence is required around an inground pool
So any pool with sides less then 48" needs a fence
Its been a big surprise to people to get a portable pool home & setup & then receive a visit from Inspector stating there installation does not meet code
And they are forced to take it down
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around here is wouldn't need a permit since it is not a permanent fixture or building. Sounds like you are simply going to have to check with the building department in your ares.

the power may very well require a permit though. There are some very specific rules for power near and for pools.
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You really need to talk to your building department. I had to get a permit for a prebuilt Amish garden shed that just sits on the ground.
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You really need to talk to your building department. I had to get a permit for a prebuilt Amish garden shed that just sits on the ground.
Ouch!! Luckily, around here, if there is not a permanent foundation that the building is affixed to, no permit is required.
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I know I have to talk the the local guy. I just need to make sure everything is in order before inviting him in.
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