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This unique book is an answer book for both contractors and building inspectors. It explains in plain English what it takes to pass inspections under the 2009 International Residential Code. It includes a code checklist for every trade, covering some of the most common reasons why inspectors reject residential work -- in footings, foundations, slabs, framing, sheathing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, energy conservation and final inspection. Knowing what the inspector wants to see gives contractors an (almost unfair) advantage. To pass inspection, just go down the checklists in this manual before the inspector arrives. Even better, use this manual as a guide to what constitutes good construction practice -- and your work is almost certain to pass inspection. The author, a chief building official, walks you through the entire permit process, item by item, permit processing, plan review, zoning, site development, all the trades associated with construction, including: architectural, structural, energy effeciency, plumbing, and mechanical and electrical aspects of the IRC. The book also includes the unwritten rules recommended for both contractors and inspectors: . Tips for developing good relations with the building inspector. . What to do and what to avoid when your job doesn't pass inspection. . What to do if you feel that you're being treated unfairly. . Where the inspector has latitude and when it doesn't pay to argue. . Who to ask for at the building department when you need help. This book is more than just a guide to code-compliance. It's also a handbook for building inspectors and anyone interested in a code-enforcement career. The author explains how to qualify yourself for a job at the local building department, how to sail through the examination and interview process, and what it takes to be an effective code enforcement official. If your work requires getting permits and passing code inspections, put this manual to work on your next job.

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