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Old 03-17-2010, 02:32 AM   #1
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Simplified/Summary CA Building Code?


I have tried to read the building code in its entirety, but it is way too long and gruesome to read it all. Even skimming it is too difficult, seems like the most important info are hidden. Most of it seems to be things that don't apply to single family residential homes. Definitely not DIYer friendly.

Is there anywhere I can find building codes simplified for residential use only?
For example, list of requirements for most common rooms of a home, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living/dining room, garage.


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In the olden days codes went something like this: " install per manufacturers recommendations and good practice of the trade."

As it was discovered by some that some quality could be removed from
products and short cuts in labor were promoted to increase profitability:
the code books got thicker and thicker...and they are still growing.

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Code Check booklets are found at H.D. Like this: http://www.codecheck.com/cc/images/CC5thEdSample.pdf
They have specific ones for: Building; Electrical; Plumbing; HVAC; West States; and Code check- a guide for building (which has an assortment taken from all the books).

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Code Check booklets are found at H.D. Like this: http://www.codecheck.com/cc/images/CC5thEdSample.pdf
They have specific ones for: Building; Electrical; Plumbing; HVAC; West States; and Code check- a guide for building (which has an assortment taken from all the books).

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I am in CA and have found my local building department folks to be very helpful. From planning and permitting, and then into the job. I have requested pre-start onsite consultations which have been very productive. And then with each inspection I review next steps with the inspector and what is needed, common mistakes he finds and how to avoid, etc.

The code check books already noted are very useful as well.
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The Code Check books would be my first suggestion. However, they only scratch the surface of what you need to know in order to do work to code. They aren't all-encompassing and a solid knowledge of wiring methods, for instance, is still required in order to do it right. They're good for referencing basic dimensional requirements, receptacle placement, drain size, etc.

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