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Building Codes

The foundation of all construction within city, county and state limits are building codes. Building codes are designed to protect you from bad construction, and ensure a minimum level of safety for construction, both structural, fire codes , and plumbing, both supply and waste for health.  
The problem with most cities, counties and states, is how much they hide this information, from homeowners, and how resistant they are to help folks who want to remodel.

Different parts of the country have different codes, such as Florida, for structural fasteners so the hurricanes do not blow your house away. California has codes for structure so that the earthquakes do not bury you and so on.

Until very recently, the only way you could get a copy of your building code was to go the bookstore and get something close, which does not have the additions and changes that every city seems to have to add to make them special.

For Folks in California is this website which has the California Building Codes.

Now if we can get the rest of the country to do the same, remodeling will be much better for all of us.