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Guardrail height requirements, considering both model codes and potential variations

Model Codes: International Building Code (IBC): Mandates a minimum guardrail height of 42 inches for any walking surface with a vertical drop of 30 inches or more, including those inside homes. International Residential Code (IRC): Specifies a minimum guardrail height of 36 inches for interior applications. Local Jurisdictions: Variations: Local building codes may adopt the […]

The benefits of converting a ventilated crawlspace to an encapsulated conditioned crawlspace

If you have a ventilated crawlspace, you may be considering converting it to an encapsulated conditioned crawlspace. This can be a great way to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and health of your home. What is an encapsulated conditioned crawlspace? An encapsulated conditioned crawlspace is a crawlspace that has been sealed off from the outside […]

The Hazards of Old Stairways

Stairways are a common feature in many homes, but they can also be a source of danger. Old stairways are especially prone to hazards, as they may have been built to outdated standards or have deteriorated over time. Here are some of the most common hazards found with old stairways: High, open risers and narrow […]

Adding an electrical sub panel

If you are installing a subpanel in your house be aware that four conductors are required in a subpanel in a house that has the service panel as well. The four conductors are:  * Two hot wires (black and red)  * One neutral wire (white)  * One ground wire (green or bare copper)  The neutral […]