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Dale Bohannan
(3/6/2007 6:30:26 PM)
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Needing your feedback (Top 10 issues)

I am providing some educational classes to the local homebuilders starting in April. The first class will be discussions of the "Top Ten" issues that Building Departments/Inspectors are having either with plan review or in the field. PLEASE send me those issues that you are having continued problems with. THANKS
Robert Rice
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(3/7/2007 8:26:26 AM)
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RE: Needing your feedback (Top 10 issues)

- Vaulted trusses w/ flat gable end. (See code change forum)

- Building on fill or unstable soils

- Exterior flatwork not done at final. Final grading not finished especially in Winter.

- Changes in the field w/o updating plans for approval prior to change.

- Attempting to take pictures in lieu of inspections doesn't work.
Robert Rice
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(3/8/2007 6:56:07 AM)
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RE: Needing your feedback (Top 10 issues)

Add Swimming pool/spa barriers to the list.

The two issues are one, making sure that the contractor/owner know what's required when they get the permit and two, letting them know that a pool cover does not substitute for the barrier. We write on the permit and the plans (usually taken out by the contractor) that, "Barriers per the attached details are required prior to final inspection." The "attached" is the appendix as well as the details from the IRC commentary.

Robert Rice

(3/15/2007 2:47:17 PM)
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RE: Needing your feedback (Top 10 issues)

Regarding the pool cover issue, The OSSC states in 3109.4 Residential Swimming Pools. Residential swimming pools shall comply with 3109.4.1 through 3109.4.3, which are the barrier requirements. However the exception says: A swimming pool with a power safety cover or a spa with a safety cover complying with ASTM F 1346 is exempt from the barrier requirements.

Greg Seger
Robert Rice
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(3/21/2007 7:05:13 AM)
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RE: Needing your feedback (Top 10 issues)

The current Oregon Residential Specialty Code (2005) only allows pool covers to substitute for the door opening requirements when a wall of the structure (house) is used as part of the barrier. In other words, an exterior barrier is still required for the other three sides. This is found in AG105.2, Item 9.

The OSSC (having no relation to One and Two Family Dwellings) in Section 3109.4 says, "Section 3109 is not adopted by the State of Oregon..."

So, residential pools need to comply with the ORSC which does NOT allow pool covers to substitute for barriers. This is also the position of BCD (Mike Ewert). If anyone is interested, I can forward an email from Mike that agrees w/ this. Email me at structdesigner@yahoo.com and I'll forward it to you.

Robert

(3/29/2007 2:20:23 PM)
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RE: Needing your feedback (Top 10 issues)

Thanks Robert for this insite to the issue of pool covers. It is a surprise to this jurisdiction for sure.

Greg
Dale Bohannan
(10/22/2007 10:09:02 AM)
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RE: Needing your feedback (Top 10 issues)

THANKS TO ALL WHO RESPONDED, FIRST CLASS WITH LOCAL HOMEBUILDERS IS NOVEMBER 16TH. HOPE TO HAVE CLASSES QUARTERLY, WITH CODE UPDATE COMING IN SPRING.