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    What is the Building Confidence Program?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    As a contractor, you want to deliver the highest level of service and confidence to your clients. The Building Confidence Program, presented by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, is a courtesy service that provides inspection and rating of residential construction workmanship. Both contractors and homeowners can request a Building Confidence visit within two years of completed work to ensure the quality of workmanship and to resolve any questions or concerns regarding home contract work. During this visit, a Building Confidence inspector will review the homeowner’s questions and perform a thorough evaluation of the contractor’s services. A written report establishing whether workmanship standards have been met is provided to both the homeowner and the contractor. Contactors can use the Building Confidence program as a positive reference for current and future clients to establish the high quality of your workmanship. 

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    The Steps of Becoming a Contractor

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Becoming a contractor can open numerous doors to the career path of your dreams. The first step in becoming a contractor is learning your state’s rules and classifications to ensure you comply with them. Next, you must become licensed in the area of work you wish to perform. To receive your license, you may need to pay a fee, provide references and pass a knowledge test. You can find out more about the steps of becoming a contractor in this video.

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    Important Safety Tips for Construction Sites

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Safety is an important factor in any type of contract work. Because construction sites contain unique safety hazards, knowing how to minimize or avoid these hazards is essential to your wellbeing. The most common construction site hazards faced by contractors are falls, electric shocks, blunt force trauma, and repetitive motion injuries. Taking steps to improve your safety on the job will improve your safety record, prevent injury, and create a healthier workplace environment.

    Use Scaffolding Properly

    Quickly- or poorly-constructed scaffolding could collapse or fall, injuring you and others. Always take your time when putting scaffolding together and double-check all connections. Make sure all pieces are in good shape and that all planks used are the correct size. If you don’t know how to properly erect scaffolding yourself, don’t do it—trust this job to someone who does.

    Keep Work Areas Clear

    Clutter is a major safety hazard that can quickly accumulate in work areas. Always check your work area for litter, spare tools, and other debris before you start work. Use a tool belt or toolbox to carry the items you need with you during work. Never leave objects scattered around your work area and keep sharp tools in protective sheaths to provide further protection in case of a fall.

    Wear Protection

    Protective equipment is designed to protect contractors and construction workers from common on-the-job injuries. Always wear a hard hat in any area where there is the potential for falling objects or low clearance. Wear safety glasses at all times to protect your eyes from hazards such as dirt, debris, broken equipment, and falls. Work boots and heavy clothing with long legs and sleeves can also help to protect you from injuries on the job.

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    Examining Some of the Workmanship Standards for Licensed Contractors

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Contractor workmanship refers to the quality of work an AZ contractor delivers to a client. While contractors are not responsible for defective materials or appliances, a contractor is responsible for meeting certain quality standards during construction, installation, repairs, and other types of residential work. Workmanship standards establish a baseline of quality that both homeowners and contractors should expect to ensure all work is completed satisfactorily and safely.

    Basic Standards

    The most basic workmanship standards apply to all types of work you will perform as a home contractor in Arizona. These standards establish a level of professionalism that clients should expect. You must perform all work for clients in a professional and workmanlike manner. Additionally, you must perform any construction work in accordance with both local codes and professional industry standards. If no local standards exist, then you must perform all work to meet professional industry standards.

    HVAC Standards

    There are certain specifications a new or repaired HVAC system must meet. Heaters must be able to produce heated air to a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit as measured in the center of a room at five feet of height. Additionally, heating and cooling ducts should be secure and intact to prevent rattling and unnecessary air loss. All HVAC systems must be properly vented for safety and the filter must be easily accessible for regular replacement.

    Swimming Pool Standards

    When performing work on a pool, you should ensure that the heating, circulation, and filtration system are properly installed and working correctly. Swimming pool tiles and grout should be intact, level, and free of cracks or leaks. The swimming pool liner should be level, watertight, and without leaks or structural failures to prevent water damage and other problems.

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    Air Quality Regulations In Arizona

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There are many myths surrounding the responsibilities of contractors when it comes to air quality—particularly asbestos and dust regulations. Some contractors incorrectly assume that asbestos regulations do not apply to them because the project falls under city jurisdiction, or that because there was no asbestos, there is no need to file a demo. Other contractors incorrectly think that because they obtained a city permit, they don’t need to worry about county or federal regulations applying. In the state of Arizona, contractors are expected to assume that all building materials are suspect and could contain asbestos. To read more specific air quality regulations in Arizona and what contractors are expected to know about them, visit AZROC.gov.

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