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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi, I recently submitted an application of city permit for my DIY project to add stairs to an existing deck, providing some plan docs that describe what to build: Basically 4' height with 7 steps, 5' width, a concrete pad for the bottom to land on, and with some railings. The permit invoice...
  2. Remodeling
    We replaced our old basement stairs and hired a contractor on Thumbtack (unfortunately). The stairs seem fine and safe, but I'm finishing up the basement and wondering if an inspection is required for Pittsburgh. I also didn't get a permit, because the structure already existed - so it wasn't a...
  3. Carpentry
    We got a quote to replace 3 sill plates in the back of our house under french doors. The quote was for $12,000. Does that seem reasonable? Would replacing sill plates require a permit? Thank you!
  4. Building & Construction
    My background: I owned a few houses where I did my own work: electrical, tile, granite, framing, plumbing. I know code. My work has been inspected by city for permits. Essentially I do everything other than foundation pour, which I had no opportunity till now. Current build: bought a cabin...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    I recently had a licensed (still active I checked) plumber install a shower in our basement bathroom. I asked him before starting the work if he would pull the permits or should I? He stated that he would pull the permits as they fall under his license. After completing the shower, I asked if...
  6. Plumbing
    In 2010 I hired a friend and his father who is a licensed HVAC person to install a full bathroom in the basement of my owner-occupied 1928 single family home. Ran out of money after bathroom mostly completed, but vents had not yet been installed. They pulled no permits for plumbing or...
  7. Remodeling
    My basement has ~6'6'' ceilings with beam and duct work that come down to 6'1''. It's clean and dry and feels perfect for a small family room/office space. I'd like to do a full finish with insulated walls, drywall, etc. and I'd like to do the project above board and pull necessary permits for...
  8. Electrical
    Looking to install a 1600CFM gable mount attic fan with prewired thermostat. Specs are confusing because one sticker on the fan says 120V 60Hz 4.0A but then another sticker on the motor itself says 120V 60Hz 3.2A. Either way, how do I determine if it's OK to simply splice into the receptacle...
  9. Building & Construction
    Ok. I purchased a foreclosed home (1200 sqft no basement w/crawl) with cash. This home was to be my permanent house. After the purchase I found that all my HVAC, ELECTRICAL and plumbing (main waste pipe still useable) were not useable due to age and condition (1943). The plaster walls were...
  10. Electrical
    I recently bought a large, brick house in a borough of Pittsburgh, PA and gutted it to the brick. I have added framing to the exterior walls, and my friend (who is a master electrician [though out of state]) roughed in wiring to code. I am faced with the decision of either attempting to find...
  11. Roofing/Siding
    I just purchased a 6-family building in Brooklyn and I want to have my roof replaced (completely new). Do you know if a Permit is needed to do this? I don't plan on doing other work at the moment, just the roof. Your input would be greatly appreciated!
  12. Building & Construction
    Hi...I'm new....:) I am also new to home ownership, so bear with me..... I recently found out that the contractor I had hired, did NOT get an inspection done on foundation repair work he did on my house (pier and beam). I have had the conversation with him on NUMEROUS occasions, the first...
  13. Building & Construction
    Hi all... Can a contractor (in Mass.) put a disclaimer in his/her contract stating that the customer did not want to pull permits and does not hold the contractor or subs liable? How would the building inspector view this?
  14. Building & Construction
    the reason i ask is im trying to get a feel for the whole permit process. anybody with first hand expirience know if my project will even need a permit or how complicated it will be to get one? Here's a link to my project: http://www.diychatroom.com/showthread.php?t=29908 i still want to go...
  15. Building & Construction
    So im going to build a Pole garage with dimensions 38' wide by 22' deep and an undetermined height. I dont need it to be supre tall. Ive got alot of it figured out so far i think. One thing im kind of held up on is the premit. I know that all city are different, but what is the general procedure...
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