strict plumbing codes by state

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by jfls45, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. jfls45

    jfls45 Homeowner

    Jun 6, 2009
    I live in PA
    Is it true in the state of IL you have to have at least a journeymans lic to to do something so minor as wrap teflon tape around pipe threads on a paid job?
  2. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago Illinois Licensed Plumber
    Chicago, IL
    Yes. A home owner that lives in his home can do his own minor plumbing repairs as long as he still follows the code and gets permits. If he hires anyone to help him that person must be a licensed plumber in the state of Illinois. An apprentice plumber can do the work you described under direct supervision of his sponsor plumber.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2009
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  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    If one hangs around this forum for awhile, you will encounter many widely different local codes. I think one has to remember that even the requirements that seem to many of us a needless or even stupid, are intended to keep the population safe. There are many instances of a DIYer asking if what he is trying to do is acceptable when it would be very unsatisfactory under any code. Then there are the ones who apparently feel than since they have no intention of having there work inspected, codes do not apply. There is a thread on the forum showing some of the unbelievable hack plumbing jobs encountered by some of the professional members. As a committed DIYer myself, I have learned a great deal from the many real pros that respond to DIY questions. One of the most valuable things is, I don't know nearly as much as I thought I did. It's somewhat like a young man learning that his dad isn't nearly as dumb now as he was a few years ago when he was a teenager. :D
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    It is also a case, as I tell my customers, of stopping about 2 minutes before you reach your level of incompetence. Go beyond that point and you will probably turn a simple job into a minor, or major, remodel. And as I told my neighbor last week after he reached that level and he told me that he had intended to cut the pipe off. "You stopped just in time. Cutting the pipe would have been BAD. Not cutting it was GOOD"
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