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Old 08-26-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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My question is about codes when using a union and replacing an elbow that is leaking. Its in a 4 family building and near the hot water heater in the basement. I would replace an elbow, 1.5" pipe and a 43 inch pipe. looks like a job I could do but will I get a call from the building inspector if its not located properly and don't get a permit?

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Old 08-27-2011, 10:39 AM   #2
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If this is rental space for families, I'd make sure a plumber did it and pull a permit; too many hungry lawyers and potential for fines if an issue gets raised down the road.

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pulling a permit for an elbow that is leaking? that is ridiculous. talk about turning a simple, couple dollar job into a huge expense and time waster.
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pulling a permit for an elbow that is leaking? that is ridiculous. talk about turning a simple, couple dollar job into a huge expense and time waster.
Right on. A perfect example of why I, except when I built an entire house, have never gotten a permit for anything. Ten houses in almost 40 years and no issues with my work or selling any of them. Maybe some would feel safer having their work arbitrarily inspected, but not me.
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Right on. A perfect example of why I, except when I built an entire house, have never gotten a permit for anything. Ten houses in almost 40 years and no issues with my work or selling any of them. Maybe some would feel safer having their work arbitrarily inspected, but not me.
when and when you don't pull a permit certainly depends on where you live and who is doing the work, but a permit for general maintenance would never be necessary. that's just bad advice.
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