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  1. It's Not What I Want At All !

    It's Not What I Want At All !
    By Jeff Remas, Advanced Code Group

    How many times have we heard the phrase "What do you want?" after a failed inspection? In my case, too many. My response is always the same, "It's not what I want, it's what the code requires." One of my top, extremely knowledgeable inspectors is a little more vocal and responds "You wouldn't want to build to what I want so we'll stick with the minimum standards." Whether a lack of code knowledge by the contractor ...
  2. How to become an electrician or any contractor in Pennsylvania

    Quote Originally Posted by jar546 View Post
    There will be no exaggeration here, simply the truth:

    1) Wake in the morning and decide that you want to be an electrician or (Insert building trade here)? NO experience necessary whatsoever. If you watched or helped someone once, you can then always say you have experience.

    2) Go to your insurance agent's office for 9am sharp. Tell your agent that you need liability insurance as an electrical contractor. Pay the average of about $350-$400 for minimum liability coverage
  3. Pushing your limits and goals, Pushing yourself.

    Quote Originally Posted by jar546 View Post
    One Saturday this past November, while assisting a photographer on a photo-shoot for a magazine cover, I had the pleasure of meeting Robert "The Raven" Kraft of Miami Beach, Florida. The Raven was the reason that we were there. This man has run a minimum of 8 miles every single day on the beach, in the sand without fail since January 31, 1975. Yes, you read that right, since 1975 through sickness, hurricanes, lightning and thunder, hail and more, Robert "The Raven" Kraft has been running on that
  4. Consistency in the application of construction codes

    One of the biggest obstacles that a code official faces is him/her self. What does that mean exactly? What it means is that we as inspectors and plan reviewers need to ensure that we are properly educated and understand the intent of the codes as written and adopted, without any personal variation of opinion. Pretty long sentence huh? I figured we would tackle this taboo subject as it relates to our industry and how we perform. Notice I said “industry” and not “profession?” I did that for ...
  5. Safe Room VS Shelter

    An article by FEMA

    “Safe room” and “shelter” are two terms that have been used interchangeably in past publications, guidance documents, and other shelter-related materials. However, with the release of the ICC-500 standard, there is a need to identify or describe shelters that meet the FEMA criteria for life-safety protection and those that meet the ICC-500 standard. To help clarify the difference between shelters designed to the ICC-500 standard and the FEMA 320 and 361 guidance, ...
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