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    Default Concerning codes, permits, licenses, inspections, ad infinitum

    Codes and all things related are not relevant to everyone in exactly the same ways. A homeowner might repair or replace his or her own faucet or receptacle ... and that would be the end of that. But when a homeowner calls someone in to do even such simple work, code-related licenses, permits, bonding, insurance and inspections can and do come into play even thought the very same pro being called in could likely repair or replace his or her own faucet or receptacle at home observed. In that light, then, codes serve to assure quality work from professionals for everyone as well as to wisely guide the DIY-homeowner:

    Code sets standards to account for hazards and danger.
    Next, what happens when a DIYer – not to be confused with a community handyman – seeks information or advice from a professional?

    Here are some additional re-visited thoughts from another thread:

    DIY folk ought not to be told how to work around code. Great risk they'll end up doing the wrong thing. Also, leaves a permanent record that can haunt the poster for all time to come.
    For those kinds of reasons, it is not at all difficult to understand why a professional might occasionally or situationally hesitate or even refuse to answer all, very many or even any of a homeowner-DIYer’s questions. And when another DIYer or even an experienced handyman or actual pro might proceed to do so anyway, a professional can be found in an awkward (and sometimes cop-like) spot where either silence, correction or more information or advice could leave him or her vulnerable to one or another form of being disliked or facing personal liability and/or reputational harm ...

    At times, such are the dynamics here on these boards.

    All of the above is related to individual and personal “hazards and danger”, but certain codes and such actually go far beyond that:

    Whenever a homeowner desires to do anything that could have an impact on anyone else – a private well or septic tank or livestock barn, for examples – certain broader regulations come into play for the protection of all humanity and our natural “global commons”: air, earth and water. In that kind of scenario, even a homeowner doing his or her own work must usually first apply for a permit to do anything at all – and now we are dealing with true legal matters, I believe – and a contractor giving a little information or advice or even doing the actual work could easily be found complicit if someone other than his or her listener or actual customer is even indirectly affected.

    As a not-for-hire handyman – widows and orphans only, please – and a fairly accomplished DIYer, I greatly appreciate the vast amount of information and advice I can find and hear in this forum, and I caution my fellow DIYers and/or handypersons to only expect information or answers proportional in detail to the overall information (sometimes including personal aptitude and/or skill) first offered to other folks here who really do know exactly what they are doing, and precisely why!

    And personally, I have had some “hazards and danger” questions answered here even when I had not thought to ask them ... and for that, I am also grateful.
    Last edited by leejosepho; 04-21-2007 at 10:18 AM.


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