Houses and Home Ownership


#342

But can it play Doom?


#343

Four doors! It’s like you’ve leveled up in Adulthood!


#344

Hey guys, I want to learn how to actually construct a building to code. Does anyone have a good resource for learning US building code?


#345

I know some contractors - I can ask around.

Today’s exercise in bourgeois excess: I hired day laborers to work my land while I sit inside in luxury watching them toil.

I mean, the other option is doing a half-ass job of hanging my own gutters, so really everyone wins this way. Also, these new gutters look bangin’.


#346

There is no US building code, there is state and Local Codes.


#347

Look at it this way: you paid them a (hopefully fair) wage for their superior skill in hanging gutters.


#348

My state building code seems to reference International Building Code. And my local building code just says follow the state code.


#349

That does exist, however it’s not readily available. Talk to a contractor that works in fire prevention and they can point you to it.


#350

Don’t expect getting the code to be easy. People who know it want to make money off that knowledge. There was a case recently somewhere (Texas?) where the building code was a trade secret and/or copyright of a particular company. Thus, the law was a secret to anyone who didn’t pay money. That’s obviously hella wrong. I think the good guys won in court, but I forget too many details to be able to search for it.

Your best bet for help is probably the actual library.


#351

Or just Google.

https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/IBC2018


#352

Nice Googling skill.


#353

Anyway, the 2 places I care about currently, VA and PA, seem to reference the IBC. So if I learn 2018 IBC, I should be good to build anything in either place.


#354

You generally have to check what revision is being used by the local jurisdiction and any local amendments.