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If you're involved in construction, sooner or later you're going to disagree with a building inspector. Most of the time, the building inspector will win because he can shut you down if he believes you aren't doing something right. Besides, the inspector usually knows the code better than you ever will. Sometimes, though, there's honest disagreement about what's necessary to meet the code. While many communities have adopted one of the uniform building codes, most have included some local variations that are often the source of conflict between builders and inspectors. But there's room for disagreement in any building code because the codes are written to achieve a broadly stated outcome — the safety of the public —