The Home Ownership Thread - Page 272
Well everything in Nashville seemed to be shut down today (due to 6 inches of snow) except the crazy guys that work at the new electrician we decided to try. They were here early, explained any issues, and were quick! They suggested a couple of things which I just went with and the new lighting in the baby's room turned out great. They also do some other home maintenance items so we are using them from here on out unless we have a warranty issue for items purchased from our old company.
The baby's room is close to being done except for waiting on furniture to arrive.
I haven't figured out my next project but adding some shelving in our pantry and then our storage room sound like easy to tackle items until spring.
I think it depends on the state. My understanding here is that you can do your work yourself, but must remain code compliant, but if you're hiring someone they need to be licensed.
A lot of what the permit /inspection process is all about is protecting the homeowner from unscrupulous or inexperienced contractors . When you pull a homeowners permit that is not of so much concern. Unless it is a direct code violation or fee issue they are not going to pick the work apart as much if you did it yourself
Remember, most inspectors were tradesmen prior to becoming inspectors. They've a built in urge to not want to see unlicensed folks on their turf, so while a competent unlicensed guy they know won't have problems, the random DIY homeowner might get some higher level of scrutiny.
Fireplace I'm considering was originally wood, so the home inspector said there should be no issues switching it back (and suggested that it's good to leave the gas line to help with starting the fire).
Place I'm moving into has three fireplaces, all gas. Would like to have the one in the family room be wood burning, and leave the other two gas so I can just go flip the switch when I'm feeling lazy.