Post by Leonard Blaisdell
Some codes are local. When our house was built 3 years ago, venting the
hood outside was a $200 option. You'd think it would be standard.
Six month ago, I had a new electric water heater installed. City code
required a smoke detector in every bedroom and a CO detector somewhere
in mid-house. That was all done.
The guy who did the work...
Sounds annoying, I'm glad that codes are more "lax" here. Nothing needs
inspected by a "certified inspector", unless the bank requires it for
buying a house.
My house had no electric meter when I moved here. I had to put a new
meter base in, new service line from the corner of the house down, and
then a new line down into the breaker box.
The guy came out, asked me to sign the paper stating the work was done
by home owner, asked if the main breaker was off, "Yes"... OK, new meter
installed, good to go. For all he knew, I had that line from the meter
going into a pail of water... Of course, I didn't.
I put a CO alarm in the cellar, since CO sinks anyway, it makes sense to
have it near my (self installed) natural gas water heater and boiler
system. I also have a pointless one up near the bedrooms, for good
measure. It's also a smoke detector; that's the important part. If the
one in the hall feet from the bedroom doors doesn't wake people up, they
must already be dead.