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  •  I thought of that too. (12+ / 0-)

    Around here we just need permits and lots of inspections. If it's a homeowner with unknown skills the inspector is all over them. If they know you know what you're doing they lighten up a bit, but still look over your work. We must have had a handyman revolt back in the day.

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    by lexalou on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 07:07:49 AM PDT

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    •  Same in CA (14+ / 0-)

      Where I did all my construction.
      Didn't matter who did the work as long as it passed inspection---and I think that's as it should be. It means the inspector should know what he or she is doing (many of them don't)
      But here in OR to get permits signed off, you need certified workers, plumbers and electricians. thats why lots of people don't get 'em. Its a Full Employment For Construction Workers Law, same as the Full Employment For Gas Station Attendants Law we got here in OR

      OREGON! where we never make you fill your own tank!

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      by exlrrp on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 07:52:53 AM PDT

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      •  I thought it was illegal (5+ / 0-)

        to fill your own gas tank in Oregon.

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        by Mr Robert on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 10:52:05 AM PDT

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      •  umm, maybe it's different in different counties... (2+ / 0-)
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        mint julep, CodeTalker

        here in Lane my DH (whose father was a certified electrician, and for whom he worked as a teen) did lots of wiring work, new outlets for computers mostly, by himself. (2 new circuits for the computers & re-wired the bathroom because we put in a ceiling exhaust fan/heater)

        We DID get a pro to add a service, and eventually we got permits and an inspection that covered ALL of the work he'd done over about 20 years. On the occasion of adding a 20amp circuit in the garage/wood-shop. DH had gone beyond code and the inspector only had a couple of very minor things, but was generally very impressed at the quality of his work.

        So now all that stuff is kosher for selling this place eventually. And we let the installer's electricians do all the work on the heat pump we put in a couple of months ago. Hmm, that electrician was happy, too; said 3/4 of the time he had to put in a new service, but ours was all ready to go.

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 04:47:01 PM PDT

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