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 Building FAQs

Q. What are stair requirements?
Q. What are tread and riser sizes?
Q. What is the headroom height for doors?
Q. What are the handrail heights?
Q. What are the guardrail details?
Q. What are the building requirements?

 Plumbing FAQs

Q. Is the homeowner permitted to install their own plumbing?
Q. How do you get licensed as a Plumbing Contractor?
Q. Are permits required to replace a hot water tank?

 Electrical FAQs

Q. Where are smoke detectors required?
Q. Where are carbon monoxide detectors required?
Q. What size does a ground rod wire have to be?
Q. What size wire do you have to use for a 100-amp house service?
Q. What size wire do you have to use for a 200-amp house service?
Q. How close can the GFCI outlet be to a pool?
Q. How far does a GFCI outlet have to be from a hot tub?
Q. There is a street light out?
Q. How deep underground must PVC conduit be for services and pools?
Q. Are fuses still acceptable for use in services?
Q. Where are GFCI receptacles required?
Q. What does AFCI mean?
Q. What does it do (AFCI)?
Q. Where does the water ground connection have to be?

 Legal FAQs

Q. How high the grass has to be before the City sites the property owner?
Q. What is the process when a complaint is filed?
Q. What steps can a homeowner take when they hire a contractor and they are not satisfied with their work?
 

Q. What are stair requirements?
A. Width not less than 36 inches.

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Q. What are tread and riser sizes?
A. Maximum riser height 7 ¼” maximum tread depth 9 in.

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Q. What is the headroom height for doors?
A. 6’ 8”

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Q. What are the handrail heights?
A. Min. 34” maximum 38”

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Q. What are the guardrail details?
A. If located more than 30” above grade porches, balconies, or raised floor surfaces a 36” guardrail is required with spindles space not more than 4” apart.

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Q. What are the building requirements?
A. In accordance with One Two & Three Residential 2013 Ohio Residential Code. 2011 O.B.C Building Code.

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Q. Is the homeowner permitted to install their own plumbing?
A. Although City Ordinance No. 5-01 Section 1511.08 states that only licensed plumbers are able to be issued permits, if a homeowner occupying that particular residence can show they are competent to install plumbing through questioning or diagramming the system we will issue them a permit.

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Q. How do you get licensed as a Plumbing Contractor?
A. To become registered as a Plumbing Contractor with the City of Lorain, you must possess a license from the State of Ohio Board of Building Standards. You must then fill out the application packet, available at the Building Department.

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Q. Are permits required to replace a hot water tank?
A. Yes, there is a permit required to install hot water tanks. The building permit fee is based on the valuation of the work.

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Q. Where are smoke detectors required?
A. In all bedrooms, hallway outside of bedroom, at start of all stairways.

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Q. Where are carbon monoxide detectors required?
A. In bedroom hallways.

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Q. What size does a ground rod wire have to be?
A. It never has to be larger than a #4 copper. It cannot be smaller than #4 if it is subject to physical damage.

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Q. What size wire do you have to use for a 100-amp house service?
A. #4 copper or #2 aluminum

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Q. What size wire do you have to use for a 200-amp house service?
A. #2-O copper or #4-O aluminum

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Q. How close can the GFCI outlet be to a pool?
A. It must be at least 5’ from the inside wall.

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Q. How far does a GFCI outlet have to be from a hot tub?
A. At leg

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Q. There is a street light out?
A. Not our jurisdiction, call Ohio Edison at 1-800-633-4766. We only maintain Traffic signals.

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Q. How deep underground must PVC conduit be for services and pools?
A. 18”

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Q. Are fuses still acceptable for use in services?
A. Yes, but they must be type S so a larger fuse cannot be installed.

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Q. Where are GFCI receptacles required?
A. All kitchen counters, baths, unfinished basements, outside, garages, outbuildings and pools.

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Q. What does AFCI mean?
A. It means arc fault circuit interrupter.

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Q. What does it do (AFCI)?
A. It trips on inline arcs such as broken ripcords, loose connections, etc.

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Q. Where does the water ground connection have to be?
A. Within 5 feet of the water service entering the house.

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Q. How high the grass has to be before the City sites the property owner?
A. Per Codified Ordinance 557.01  “Weeds, no more than 6 inches"

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Q. What is the process when a complaint is filed?
A. First, who the property owner is must be determined. Next, the property address is given to an inspector to verify violation. The inspector’s report is given to me within 2 to 5 days. Next, I mail out a certified letter to the homeowner. Depending on the violations, homeowners can be given from 2 weeks to 1 month to abate the violations. Next, the inspector is sent out to check if violations have been corrected. If violations haven’t been corrected, a final notice is mailed and the homeowner is given 7 to 10 days to abate. Again, the inspector will check the results, if not abated I will send a Court Notice letter. Finally, if failure to abate this property will be filed in court.

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Q. What steps can a homeowner take when they hire a contractor and they are not satisfied with their work?
A. The homeowner must file the complaint in writing; provide a copy of their contract with the contractor, and a copy of their cancelled check front and back. The inspector will inspect for any code violations. The inspector sends the contractor a letter listing the code violations that must be corrected.

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