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  1. ICE

    flex duct

    California Mechanical Code 603.4.1 Length Limitation. [Not permitted for OSHPD 1, 1R, 2, 3, 4 & 5] Factory-made flexible air ducts and connectors shall be not more than 5 feet in length and shall not be used in lieu of rigid elbowsor fittings. Flexible air ducts shall be permitted to be used as...
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    Furnace access in bedroom

    As I stated earlier, it has been our policy to not allow an unprotected attic access in a bedroom if there is a fuel fired appliance in that attic. However, when the learned people here at the forum disagree with me on a topic I usually take another look. So I asked a mechanical engineer that...
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    My phone blew off my motorcycle last night

    That is the condition your brain should be in. The only person that knows that you’re there is you. Nobody sees you and if they do most don’t care. That rap crap can wait till you get there.
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    My phone blew off my motorcycle last night

    You are stubborn.
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    An average day

    Bonding a fence to the swimming pool equipotential bonding grid.
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    Furnace access in bedroom

    The garage man door will not open to a sleeping room. 904, 904.1, 904.1.1, 904.1.2 contain all that is required and oddly enough a field applied gasket is allowed. The field applied gasket can only be applied to the door frame and must be approved by the AHJ. The self-closing feature is a...
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    Furnace access in bedroom

    We have a longstanding policy that if an attic access to a furnace is within a sleeping room it would require a special access as per 904.1. I realize that the attic is not mentioned as a problem in the code but we have done it that way forever. High efficiency was mentioned here as getting a...
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    I ask for specific pictures in order to perform a virtual inspection. With a furnace in a closet I ask to see the combustion air openings. You would think that they would at least clean the screens.
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    virtual inspections

    That's where the term " She's a Betty" came from
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    An average day

    The void under the flashing must be filled. If not, debris can collect which would hold water. Besides that, the flashing installation instructions require that. Something for California inspectors to remember is that state law took away our right to ask for more than one inspection. That...
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    This is serving an attached garage that was converted to an ADU. I was asked to perform a final inspection about a month ago. When I asked to see the circuit breakers for the ADU that I assumed were in the main panel I was shown a pair of 50 amp breakers that were old and labeled "garage"...
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    Apparently it is legal but this just seems wrong.
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    Sometimes I just can't help myself.....and trust me on this... what I wrote was mild by comparison ....the difference was that it was in writing. The same contractor had a a different ADU inspected by a different inspector today. No hand rail on the stairs, which is the same correction that I...
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    staples and shingles

    The code doesn't say "NO STAPLES" The code used to mention staples and now they are gone and it's nails only. I work with an inspector that thinks it is too onerous to write that correction. The obvious implication is that the roof must be striped and redone. The retort that "It's code"...
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    staples and shingles

    Staples were taken out of the code for a reason. If you know anything about that, I would like to hear it. Thanks
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    A while back I had a final inspection that was associated with an ADU. It was so completely messed up that I wrote this correction: Your company has a history of unusual and egregious errors with the electrical trade. You strain the abilities of inspectors. Do the electrical work over with...
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    As to what I am not allowed to do....I never know until I do it.....and my memory is not great. The yellow flex can’t be in the wall or in the furnace.
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