April 6, 2015
What you write in your postings has a big impact on whether Forum visitors take you seriously. You might be offering valuable experience/knowledge or you might be trying to get answers to questions. This Forum is meant to be a online community of individuals trying to best understand how to construct and inspect buildings so that the end result is a safe physical community for all to enjoy. Along with that comes compliance with the applicable codes in effect for the jurisdiction where the building is or will be constructed. The following cannot be emphasized enough:
What is the applicable code ?
This Forum is open to anyone in the world. Most visitors/users of this Forum are primarily interested in issues within the United States of America. Where issues involve the question of "What does the code require?" posters need to be specific about what that code is or others will be confused could provide advice/answers that are not relevant to the posted topic. This does not serve "our" online community.
Some jurisdictions adopt the model codes "as is". In other words, those jurisdictions enforce the same language as found in the model codes Other jurisdictions "amend or reconfigure" a model code to make it their own before the legal adoption by the jurisdiction. All of the I-Codes (model codes) for the last three editions can be viewed for free on ICC's website under the publicAccess button at the top right corner of the ICCsafe.org website. Also, many jurisdictions (but not all) who use the I-codes as a base for their "amended or reconfigured" codes have made those codes available for free viewing at this same location. Other jurisdictions may have local written amendments that are not part of the Codes but are non-the-less, but are legally enforced by the jurisdictions.
Know what Codes apply to the situation and state that knowledge up front in your posting where appropriate! Examples are:
2010 Florida Building Code
2012 IPC for PA (not City of Philadelphia )
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