NEPAForum Admin wrote:I'm all for standards but sometimes the "glove don't fit" . If I remember correctly they had to rewrite that law shortly after it was enacted because it effectively made it illegal as an example for a homeowner to install his own hot water heater.
Licensing can have bad consequences too, this effectively squeezes out the legitimate little "handyman" operations.
Where I live building codes are enforced by the county. Most small replacement jobs, water heaters, A/C, roofs are exempted from permit requirements no matter who does the job. Where there is new construction or major re-building permits are required. There is a "homeowners" permitting process. I've gotten them for plumbing and electrical wiring on a major kitchen addition. The process includes a written closed book test taken in front of the "chief" inspector. It's a simple test, more of a test to screen out the truly incompetents. The inspector will tell you exactly what you need to do for your job. During the first national energy crisis decades ago I was a recipient of a federally funded grant on solar energy hot water heaters. They paid for a small portion of the cost in exchange for the long term performance data. The requirement was it to be permitted. When I was taking the written homeowners plumbing exam, answering all the questions about toilet flushing and vent pipes the chief inspector took me aside. We talked a bit and he said I passed, because there wasn't a damm thing on the test about solar hot water heaters and I knew more about them that he or anyone on his staff did. He said he would be the one that would inspect the job. Sure enough he was and we had an enjoyable conversation about the job.
BTY the solar hot water heater lasted about a decade, was subject to two product recalls and never lived up to it's hipe. The design was engineered by a local branch of a major plumbing supply house. It finally failed from internal corrosion due to galvanic action between dissimilar metals. Something the design engineer never considered.