Archive for December, 2007

Slow Down

December 22, 2007

If you’re gunna work in construction, you have to be prepared for a rainy day. Its tough to work on a roof when its slippery, its hard on electric tools, its cold and miserable, and paint tends to run.

An office worker might see a drizzle as a commuting inconvenience, but if you’re standing and working in it all day its a miserable pain in the butt, a safety risk, and a health risk.

Do you stay and work one day, only to get hurt or sick and therefore miss several days?

Then again, a lot of what we do is backbreaking, so a day off here and there often feels more like a vacation. So you’ll see guys joking: draw a circle in the dirt and stand around it (or huddle around the hood of your truck for warmth while staring at the windshield) if one raindrop hits the windshield or within the circle then a yell goes out, “lets roll up!”


California Building Codes

December 4, 2007

I’m still looking for more information about the actual changes to the code that’re to take place on Jan 1st.

California is basing the code on the  International Residential Code (IRC) of 2006.  That code book is not available online as far as I can see, but can be purchased for as low as $47 on CD or $72 for a soft cover book.  Note that some of the “Builders Books” sites I saw had the older 2003 version instead of the 2006 version.

For now, here’s a link to a free PDF which appears to highlight some of the amendments which California adopted that differ from the actual IRC, and which is meant to be used in conjunction with their “Cliff Notes” of the building codes entitled “Code Check 5’th Edition.”  This 5’th edition retails around $14.
Amazon’s customer reviews of “Code Check” are mixed.  Some people say its a great and handy reference for homeowners and pro’s alike to have on hand, and some say the notes are too cryptic to interpret.  Also note that this is NOT the actual code book.

The International Code Council (ICC) also puts out its own cliff note version of the IRC – without notes specific to California.  This one retails around $27.