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The DIYer’s Common Code Violations


The smart Do-It-Yourself-er knows that certain projects are beyond their scope and can result in code violations. Sometimes, no matter how much you know, a professional is the best option. Why? Because missed steps can be costly when you try to sell your home. Here are the most common areas that homeowners, despite good intentions, go wrong.

Electrical Work

Of all the projects a DIYer should be careful with, electrical work tops the list. You should almost certainly rely on a pro when it comes to electrical installations or updates, as code violations are common and mistakes can be dangerous. Electrical units in your home require lots of regulations that, most of the time, only professionals know of.

Exhaust Fans

Installing an exhaust fan for the bathroom may seem like an easy task, but venting to the wrong area causes mold and wood rot and violates code in most municipalities. Fans need to route to the outside, not the attic.

Outdoor Construction

That white picket fence may be pretty, but if it isn’t the right height it could be a violation. Likewise, deck additions need specific bolts, fasteners, and flashing before they will pass code. Codes vary by city, and you might be surprised how many projects need permits. The easiest way to prevent code violations is to get the proper permit and if need be, hire a pro. Code violations can be detrimental to the value of your home, especially if you spent so much on the project.


Poorly installed stair handrail installation can lead to a variety of code violations. From spindle spacing to anchored returns, installation errors are obvious to any home inspector and make accidents more likely. When installing these, consult a professional to avoid not spending hours of your time installing faulty handrails.


Posted by: kregkurt on August 16, 2018
Posted in: Uncategorized