Quote Originally Posted by ss3964spd View Post
... I often forget that eventually someone other than me might end up having to deal with something.

Yes, one of the reasons for building a code and sticking to it would be to work to a common minimum standard of safety. If I walk into your house twenty years from now after you have sold it, I should hope to find certain arrangements to be in place, and if I don't find them, I should take it as a clue that something is amiss and needs investigation.