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#19637 - 12/30/02 10:14 PM Travelers?? Any Here??  
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,872
Brick, NJ USA
Expanding on a thought that NESparky posted.
"If you travel, you have to know the local codes & where permits/inspections are required"

Do any of us members travel, either within a stste, or out of state?
If so, how do you keep up with the different area rules & regs?



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#19638 - 12/30/02 10:48 PM Re: Travelers?? Any Here??  
ga.sparky56  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 558
young harris georgia usa
I live in Ga. but it's only about 5 miles to N.C. We do work there sometimes for a N.C. sparky/plumber/septic installer,mostly sparky work.He pulls all permits of course. If I,m on the job by myselfand have a question, a call or visit to ahj's office is all it takes. The 3 counties we work in there all have local amendments to nec and the ahj,s office will gladly furnish you a copy of local requirements.

#19639 - 12/31/02 06:01 PM Re: Travelers?? Any Here??  
HotLine1  Offline

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Posts: 6,872
Brick, NJ USA
Guess that all of us AHJ's aren't bad guys after all.
I usually "help out" whoever I can up here, and it's refreshing to know that others reciprocate.



#19640 - 01/01/03 01:19 AM Re: Travelers?? Any Here??  
ga.sparky56  Offline
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young harris georgia usa
Hotline, In my humble experience, most of the ahj,s i've run across, if they see that you are doing your best to comply and do a good professional job they will bend over backwards to help.If you try to hide something or sneak it past them,"you've had the lick" as we hillbillies say.

#19641 - 01/01/03 02:53 AM Re: Travelers?? Any Here??  
nesparky  Offline
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 642
The reason I made that comment was for years I did travel. Worked here -there different type of jobs. It was a way to see several parts of the country and learn about different type of electrical work.
I found out that knowing how the code is applied in a particular area is key to having projects go well.
Have worked in sawmills, power plants, meat packing plants, ethonal, methonal, chip making plants both as a maintenace electrician and built new ones. Have also remodeled offices,stores and houses. All while traveling to 12 different states. Have gotten licenses in 4 of those states. The rest reciprrocated with the ones I held or did not require any.
Then I worked for an outfit that built cold storage warehouses. They sent me to 8 states in the next 4 years while building 7 new plants.
As you can see, traveling was worthwhile. It let me see a lot of our country. I have see some fine fellow electricians along the way. I have met some AHJ's who would help out with answering questions, some who nit picked everything because I was not a local and one who when I asked about the procedure for getting a permit in his jurisdiction complained about his "small paycheck" and his daughters college expenses.
I have also seen some very ugly work.
Travel can be enjoyable, but it is hard on you. Most jobs that hire travelers are working a lot of overtime. 6 10's is common have worked jobs that had 7 12's for 4 months straight.
Now I have slowed down to my own business 60-70 hrs/wk, and limit my travel to a 75 mile area from home. I can spend a lot more time with my family.
Despite the troubles I had traveling I am very happy I did it.


#19642 - 01/01/03 09:09 AM Re: Travelers?? Any Here??  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,262
Fullerton, CA USA
Southern CA has more than 130 cities/jurisdictions, plus the 7 Counties. Up until the adoption of our latest codes in Nov., each of them was allowed to amend the Codes as they saw fit, and many did.
(I guess this was like traveling without having to leave the area??)

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