Technician1002 wrote:If the code does not require sanding, the inspector can't require it.
If you've done any appreciable amount of residential building or remodeling, (and it sounds like you have), then you know that statement is not true.
The inspector can fail you for any reason they want.
Challenging them is on your dime.
For instance, the inspector -could- fail you because they found a booger on a 2x4 stud near the plumbing.
In the case of the booger, the challenge is going to be quick. The inspector's boss is probably going to have a talk with the inspector, toot-sweet. (or else the inspector was expecting a bribe, and now you have to bribe both inspector and boss. LOL)
But the case of not finding evidence of sanding, (Even if it is not specifically required in the code), is in more of a grey area. And one where the boss is more likely to back his inspector. (Whether he agrees or not.)
That one will cost you, to challenge...
Technician1002 wrote:Knowing the code can prevent an inspector from flunking the job.
That, it can. And just as in your experience, knowing the code has stood me well, over the years, as well.
But it is no guarantee...
But we have taken the thread off course.
Your earlier post about just scoring the surface, has me wondering if that is why OATEY makes a brush tool that scores the inside of a fitting, and the outside of a pipe... Instead of sanding accessories for the purpose. (Scoring being enough. Sanding being maybe too much.)