Department of State Codes Division Southern Tier Regional Office Newsletter

July 2009

What Happened?

Probably close to ten years ago, I put out a few newsletters to the code officials in the Southern Tier region of the Codes Division.  A lot of people liked them and I don't think that I ever had a complaint.  Typing the news letter did not take much time, but the stuffing and mailing envelopes took a lot of time. As the cost of postage went up, I discontinued the newsletter.  Now with the advent of the internet and email, I have decided to start an email newsletters.  Hopefully, it will be on a semi regular basis.

Electrical Permits and Inspectors

19 NYCRR 1203 contains the following words: Building permits shall be required for work which must conform to the Uniform Code. This means that building permits are required for electrical work. This includes service changes and upgrades. Recently, I have had several questions regarding electrical inspections - poor electrical inspections. In one case, 100 amp wire was used on a 200 amp service. In another instance, a new 60 amp service was installed in a home. Both of these instances are code violations. (read more)

Radon Gas

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that can seep into houses. Radon is a chemical element with symbol Rn and atomic number 86. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring, radioactive noble gas that is formed from the decay of radium. It is one of the heaviest substances that remains a gas under normal conditions and is considered to be a health hazard. (click to read more)

DIY on the Moon: how Buzz saved the launch back to Earth

With Neil trying to sleep leaning back on the ascent engine cover, I curled up on the bottom of the LM, where I noticed some of the moon dust on the floor. It had a gritty, charcoal-like texture to it, and a pungent metallic smell, something like gunpowder or the smell in the air after a firecracker has gone off. (read more)


Manufactured Housing

The Manufactured Housing Act, which requires that manufactures, retailers, installers, and mechanics be certified, has raised a few questions.  Recently, the primary question has been" Do you need to be a certified Mechanic or Installer to place the structural flooring in a manufactured home?"  The answer is "YES"

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Swimming Pools

Its that time of year and although the weather has been cooler than normal, swimming pools are popping up all over.  Many pools are not installed properly and pose a danger to children.  For young people aged 1-14, unintentional drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional, injury related death. (read more)


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