Black & Decker Codes for Homeowners: Electrical - Mechanical by Bruce A. Barker

By Bruce A. Barker

You don't must be knowledgeable to evaluate your house's codes - you simply desire this guide.

What is the right kind clearance for an egress window? Does versatile duct need to be supported each 4 ft or 5? Can vent pipe terminations be situated close to operable doorways and home windows? the variation among a code-compliant fixture and an egregious violation is usually smaller than you think that. you've got acquaintances, kin, or associates who declare to grasp, yet how are you going to verify? Is it worthy taking their suggestion opposed to destiny violations, charges, and fixes?

The thoroughly up-to-date Codes for Homeowners is the following to aid. Written by means of overseas Residential Codes, qualified domestic inspector Bruce Barker, this 3rd variation of Codes for Homeowners is present with such a lot nationwide codes in strength for the duration of 2015 via 2017.

Based on his a long time of expertise, Inspector Bruce Barker has winnowed down the big heap of codes in strength to simply those who a single-family home-owner is probably going to come across. construction codes, electric codes, plumbing codes, and mechanical (HVAC) codes are proven and defined in daily, easy-to-understand language.

This third edition comprises the entire nice details within the first model yet is up to date to mirror any alterations to codes, together with the
• 2014 nationwide electric Code
• 2015 common Plumbing Code
• 2015 overseas Residential Code.

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Measure escape opening height and width using the clear opening area. Clear opening area does not include obstructions such as window frames. 1. Provide all below-grade escape openings with a window well. 2. Provide each window well with at least 9 square feet clear opening area and a depth and width of at least 36 inches in each direction. 3. Install a permanent ladder if the window well bottom is more than 44 inches below grade. Ladder rung specifications include: a rung width at least 12 inches, a rung projection at least three inches from the window well wall, a rung vertical spacing not more than 18 inches apart, and a ladder may encroach not more than 6 inches into minimum window well width or depth dimension.

Provide increased strength and structural integrity for foundations, walls, roofs, gas pipes and appliances, and other components in seismic design areas. Refer to the IRC and consult a qualified engineer or other Hurricane ties. If building codes in your area require them, nail metal hurricane ties to the wall top plates before installing the rafters. qualified professional when building in seismic design areas. 2. Verify the seismic design category with the local building official. The following areas may be in seismic design areas: large parts of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State; small parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, New York, and Utah; the area near Memphis, Tennessee, and the area near Charleston, South Carolina.

Place structural footings on undisturbed soil of known bearing capacity or on a bed of fill material approved by an engineer. 2. Have a geotechnical engineer evaluate the soil in areas known to have expansive or other unfavorable soils or if the soil-bearing capacity is unknown. Beware of clay soils. Some clay soils are unstable and can cause serious foundation problems. 3. Use the following table to estimate soil-bearing capacity if the soil type is known and if the local building official approves.

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