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  • National Plumbing By-Law Code

    Does the USA have a national code of compliance of regulations? Is there a set of regulations that have to be adhered to in the USA?

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    There are a couple of different codes nationally that include plumbing codes such as B.O.C.A. Many states have enacted their own codes which often are much stricter than the national codes. Unfortunately some states choose to enforce no codes.

    There is no federal plumbing code at this time. Some States,such as the one in which I live require a 5 year apprenticeship and continuing education annually to keep a plumbing license. the exam to qualify for a journeymans license is quite rigorous as it should be.

    Other states let any idiot with a hacksaw, crescent wrench and a can of glue hang out a shingle.
    Work hard, Play hard, Sleep easy.

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    • #3
      Is there say a standard, for minimum amount of fall on a drain, sizing of vents, minumum size of pipe, maximum length of an unvented pipe etc? I suppose that would be covered in your B.O.C.A.

      I also was wondering, what does a length of 100mm uPVC DWV, (Drain/Waste/Vent) cost trade rate. We have seen an absurd rise in cost over the last couple of years in Australia, It is meant to be due to the rising cost of oil?

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      • #4
        1/8 to 1/4 inch per foot fall depending on the size of pipe. Less is sometimes accepted depending on the elevations available.

        The state in which I practice has one of the stricter standards in the country. It is good for the consumer to know that their buildings are piped according to the best standards available. there are set sizing scales for water, waste and vents. All according to fixtures,the amount of fixtures and use of fixtures. Our codes here are far stricter than B.O.C.A.

        Copper pipe has seen a dramatic price increase over the last three years but that should fall by the end of next year as South and North American mines have increased production rates and construction spikes should level out somewhat by then.

        Poly materials have not spiked that much here, they've certainly increased but not dramatically. Steel and Iron pipe have increased in price but I am more than willing to pay for higher priced American steel than the slave built steel from China. The surprising cost drop has been in stainless steel.
        Work hard, Play hard, Sleep easy.

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        • #5
          Here in California, we use the Uniform Plumbing Code, which is written and revised every three years by IAMPO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials). It is adopted by the State of California after a number of revisions. California also has strict plumbing codes.
          the dog

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          • #6
            HERE IN LOS ANGELES, WE ALSO HAVE A CITY OF LOS ANGELES CODE TO GO ALONG WITH THE UPC (UNIFORM PLUMBING CODE). MOST PRODUCTS HAVE TO BE STAMPED CITY OF LOS ANGELES APPROVED. I KNOW THAT NEW YORK HAS A SIMILAR STAMP TOO.
            WE ALSO HAVE A TESTING LAB IN LOS ANGELES THAT IS RUN BY USC. (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA). BACKFLOW, CROSS CONTAMINATION, ARE THEIR MAIN CONCERNS.

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            • #7
              I used to live near LA and in San Diego. They have some pretty strict environmental laws across the board!
              \"A SHIP OF WAR IS THE BEST AMBASSADOR\"<br /><br />OLIVER CROMWELL

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              • #8
                We use the International plumbing code...THen every state has its own local ordinances...Georgia btw...

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                • #9
                  While California still uses the UPC most states are starting to look at changing to all ICC codes. I believe ICBO and BOCA have merged into the ICC while IAPMO has resisted.

                  If the IPC is adopted we will have a much smaller code book but have to carry a lot more books as the IPC just references other standards to follow.

                  Mark
                  "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                  I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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