Hey Karl, My inspector tells me I have too many drainage fixture units for a 3 inch building drain. I am not sure what he means or how to fix it. Question: What is a drainage fixture unit? Answer: 2012 IPC Section 710. A Drainage Fixture Unit (dfu) is a measure of the probable discharge into the drainage system by various types of plumbing fixtures. Your tub/shower, toilet, laundry, Jacuzzi, mud sink, lavatory, all drain into the building drain. The drain must be sized big enough to handle all of the water discharging to prevent it from backing up. Each drain has a number or dfu associated with it. Add all of the dfu's in a house to determine the building drain size. The maximum for a 3 inch building drain would be 36 at a pipe slope of 1/8 inch of fall per...Read More
Mar 21, 2018
Building Inspector Clark Patterson Lee is seeking a qualified Building Inspector to supplement our current Georgia municipal services staff. This position is needed to address a continuously growing workload and an outlook for several large scale multi-year projects. The Building Inspector position is responsible for the residential and commercial construction sites for compliance with the adopted building, erosion control and zoning codes. Essential duties for this position include: Performing field inspection of residential and commercial structures; Completing reports, forms, and citations and recording information in the department databases; Assisting developers, contactors and customers with questions, complaints, and concerns regarding compliance and corrective actions; Responding to inquiries from contractors and citizens; Performing miscellaneous duties. Minimum Qualifications High School diploma, or E.D. Six years of construction or trades experience to include one year of code enforcement/inspection experience or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job NPDES Level 1-B Erosion Official certification (or must be obtained within 6 months of employment) Appropriate ICC residential and commercial certifications Excellent Customer Service and Organizational skills Proficient in basic computer software applications Other Requirements Possession of an appropriate, valid Georgia driver's license is required at time of appointment and for the duration of employment. A medical examination will be required prior to appointment. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to...Read More
Mar 20, 2018
Question: Karl, can I have an exposed light bulb over the shower compartment in a new home? Answer: No. This is terrible on so many levels. Remember safety first. 2017 NEC Section 410.10 Luminaries over the shower must be suitable for wet locations. There is also a zone above the shower/tub which limits what can be installed. No exposed bulbs, this could shatter leaving glass shards to walk...Read More
Mar 20, 2018
Hey Karl, I am a building inspector and noticed a second story bedroom window where the sill is only 10 inches from the floor. I thought there was a requirement to provide a guard on this window to prevent children from falling out. Question: Is a guard required for windows where the sill is close to the interior floor? Answer: No. The 2012 IRC requires Fall Protection in Section 312 but the Georgia State Amendments have deleted this section. The builder can always choose to provide a safe environment for their client if they are aware of the issues. R312.2 Window Fall Protection Window fall protection shall be provided in accordance with Sections R312.2.1 and R312.2.2. R312.2.1 Window Sills In dwelling units, where the opening of an operable window is located more than 72 inches (1829 mm) above the finished grade or surface below, the lowest part of the clear opening of the window shall be a minimum of 24 inches (610 mm) above the fininshed floor of the room in which the window is located. Operable sections of windows shall not permit openings that allow passage of a 4-inch-diameter (102 mm) sphere where such openings are located within 24 inches (610 mm) of the finished floor. Exceptions: Windows whose openings will not allow a 4-inch-diameter (102 mm) sphere to pass through the opening when the...Read More
Mar 13, 2018
Hey Karl, Question: I live in Georgia and want to build a swimming pool on my property. The contractor tells me that I have to have a fence/barrier around the pool, even though I have 5 acres of land. Do I really need a fence? Answer: Yes, Georgia has adopted the 2012 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code with amendments which requires a 48 inch barrier around the pool with a gate that is self closing and latching and that swings out away from the pool. The latch is required to be protected on the inside of the gate or 54 inches above grade. See 2012 ISPSC Section...Read More
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