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Want your remodeling jobs to pass inspection?

To ensure that your remodeling passes the required inspections, pay attention to the fine points of building codes. According to city and county building officials, these are the most common code violations. Some can be easily corrected; others could require extremely expensive alterations. Because codes vary in different areas, check with your local building department for the exact rules that apply to your project.1. Improper spacing of anchor bolts in the foundation wall. The bolts should be spaced 12 inches in from each end and a maximum of 6 feet apart.

2. Improper lumber for plates used at the junction between wall and foundation. Wooden plates should be resistant to rot and insects.

3. Excessive notching of floor joists or wall framing to make room for plumbing drains. Rules vary, so contact your local building department for clarification.

4. Wiring or plumbing closer than 5/8 inch to the edge of a framing member. If closer than this distance, the framing edge should be covered with metal to prevent an electrical short or water leak caused by a drywall nail or screw. Rules vary, so contact your local building department for clarification.

5. Lack of a proper-size emergency escape window. The window should be 5.7 square feet, at least 20 inches wide, 24 inches high (clear opening), with a sill height no more than 44 inches above the floor.

6. Errors with stairways. Stairways should have at least 6 feet, 8 inches of vertical clearance from the front edge of a step to the ceiling. Stairways with three steps or more should have a railing located at least 34 inches and no more than 38 inches above the tread.

7. Lack of safety glass near doors or around tubs and shower enclosures. Rules vary on this matter. Contact your local building department for clarification.

8. Lack of adequate drainage away from the building.

9. Lack of a set of stamped, approved plans on-site when the inspector arrives.

10. Lack of adequate space between incandescent light bulbs and shelving in closets. This is not actually a code violation, but it is very important. Incandescent bulbs should be at least 12 inches away from shelf's edge. Fluorescent bulbs can be 6 inches away.