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1 Introduction

What is the Home Repair Forum

For discussion of home repairs and improvements, either novice or expert, including tools, materials, construction methods, building, repair, and all that. Share experiences, tips, tricks, and lessons learned in the wonderful world of home repair.
Information here is provided "as is" and it not guaranteed by either the poster or dslreports.com.

Help! My post was edited/moderated unfairly!

Every now and then there will be disagreements in this forum. People will have conflicting opinions, or perhaps even a post will come across as having a different meaning than intended. Either way at some point a Moderator will have to step in and either edit offending bits out of a post, or delete the post if there isn't anything worth saving.

When this happens, relax. Step back and take a deep breath. Was there something in there that could have come across as rude? Offensive? Did you call anybody a derogatory name like stupid...or doodiehead? Did you simply post "ha ha, your a big old dummy head, everyone knows not to use a 1/2" spud wrench to torque past 50psi when changing muffler bearings you dolt"? Try to think about how somebody might feel about what your wrote.

Moderators are nothing more than glorified janitors in the forum. Trying to keep the topics on topic, and the members polite and civil. Debate is great, discussion drives the very success of the forum, and lesson's shared help others from making similar mistakes. However, being arrogant and cocky is not only frowned upon...it simply won't be tolerated. If your post has been edited, or deleted, do not post asking why. It was not done lightly, or without reason.

Now this does not leave you without recourse, if you truly feel that a moderator is targeting you unfairly or is stalking your every post then you do have options. You can speak to either tmpchaos, fourboxers (Moderator Team Leads) or Justin (owner of all things dslreporty) about the situation. Moderators are technically human after all (except for those of us who are really just small shell scripts) and mistakes and misunderstands can occur. At the end of the day, we really just want you guys to have a place to communicate freely about things that interest you.

Where can I find information on Energy Saving

U.S. Department of Energy has a web page that you can find more information on making your home energy efficient at »www1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/ti ··· ion.html

Insulation calculator

U.S. Department of Energy has a calculator, that will give you the best information to make your home more efficient at »www.ornl.gov/~roofs/Zip/ZipHome. ··· ome.html

2 Posting Guidelines

What types of posts are allowed?

Any post having to do with home repair, tool use, or general home based construction/repair. This can also include outside projects such as landscaping, shed building, roof repair, etc.
Pictures are always recommended.
Last but not least...if you are posting anonymously it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you include a picture of the problem you need help with. If you choose not to include a picture your post it will be at the discretion of this sites moderators to lock it.

Should I always include pictures?

Yes, always better to include visual representation with any post of a question. Keep in mind that the people you are asking questions of (or sharing information with) are not physically there; as such they have no knowledge of the specific situation.
In short, pictures = good.

Reply etiquette

In short, if you don't have anything nice to say....then shut up. I will not tolerate blatantly rude posts, trolling, empty comments on how what somebody is doing is wrong and how stupid they are. The only criticism allowed here is constructive criticism.

3 Construction Permits

When do I need a construction permit?

The definition of a building/construction permit varies by state, but generally is required for any major remodeling or modifications of a home. You should always check with your local government to see if a building permit is required by law for the work you are planning on doing.
Building permits are the responsibility of the home owner, so even if you have contracted to have the work done by a third party, you are still liable.

Where can one find a copy of the National Electrical Code (NEC) andFire Code?

First, the U.S. National Electrical Code may or may not be appropriate!!!

It's actually just a standards manual published by the (U.S.) National Fire Protection Association. LOCAL and/or State law may require adherence to either the NEC or some other electrical code.

For example, in Chicago, the NEC is superceded by the Chicago Electrical code. see
and navigate to / your Government / City Departments / Construction and Permits / References and Ordinances / Electrical code

Here is the Wikipedia entry: »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_E ··· %28US%29
and a linky to the 2008 electrical code:
»www.nfpa.org/freecodes/free_acce ··· %5Ftest=
Additionally, here is the 2007 NFPA Fire Code
»www.nfpa.org/freecodes/free_acce ··· ?id=7207

Are ICC codes & standards available for free

In most cases, no!
»www.iccsafe.org/e/prodcat.html?c ··· Twcj8589

But N.J. offers ICC codes & standards they have adopted for free in PDF format.
»www2.iccsafe.org/states/newjerse ··· wjersey/

Be sure to check local codes for exact specifications!

What NEC code does my local City/Village follow

Visit these sites to gather information on local codes, as always though you should confirm the information with local authorities:

www.nema.org/stds/fieldreps/NECa ··· ment.cfm to see a graphical map of what NEC code that your State follows at this current time period. For a list by State for each City/Village, download the Excel file that is attached.

www.nema.org/stds/fieldreps/code ··· ealerts/

www.iccsafe.org/government/adopt ··· ion.html