building codes

Man Jailed For Shingling His Own Roof

Posted August 3rd, 2011 by phonon
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It all started when Espey decided to re–shingle his roof after discovering a leak.

Espey says, "The building inspector came along and told me I couldn't do it. He told me I had to quit and take off the shingles and start over because they have a code. I was kind of getting disturbed a little bit, somebody telling me what I can do on my home."

Nevertheless, on March of last year he was found guilty of four counts of violating building code and two counts of violating a stop work order, fined over $2000 and sentenced to 90 days in jail, 60 with good behavior.

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Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives

Posted March 11th, 2011 by rancemuhamitz
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From seawalls that line stretches of Japan’s coastline, to skyscrapers that sway to absorb earthquakes, to building codes that are among the world’s most rigorous, no country may be better prepared to withstand earthquakes than Japan.

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Building code requiring sprinkler system leads to firefighter's death

Posted February 19th, 2011 by phonon
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Building codes require that houses greater than 3000 sq.ft. have a sprinkler system but does not require metal piping. PVC piping is more profitable for contractors but does not stand up to fire.

Running through the attic were plastic pipes for fire sprinklers. The fire melted the pipes, flooding the attic and filling the insulation with water, Peaks said. The weight of the insulation appears to have led a large section of the ceiling to collapse, injuring Allen and five other firefighters.

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Building Rejector (Michigan State) 3/3

First hand account of the arbitrary use of government force to get compliance legal or not. This shows very well the line between the gov's and the gov-nots. This inspector talks himself in circles while skirting the obvious. part 3/3

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Building Rejector (Michigan State) 2/3

First hand account of the arbitrary use of government force to get compliance legal or not. This shows very well the line between the gov's and the gov-nots. This inspector talks himself in circles while skirting the obvious part 2/3

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Building Rejector (Michigan State) 1/3

First hand account of the arbitrary use of government force to get compliance legal or not. This shows very well the line between the gov's and the gov-nots. This inspector talks himself in circles while skirting the obvious. part 1

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Avondale condemns home: Solar, batteries insufficient

Posted January 28th, 2010 by Awake
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An Avondale woman who spent 11 days sleeping in her car said the city treated her unfairly when her home was condemned in December for lack of electricity.

But city officials said Christine Stevens violated building codes, a health and safety concern because Avondale homes are required to have heating systems and a running refrigerator.

Stevens, 47, was trying to make ends meet by powering her home with solar panels and batteries for several months before Avondale code enforcement officials visited her on Dec. 10.

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