Resources for architects & builders
Why hire a licensed contractor?
- The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) protects consumers by licensing and regulating California’s construction industry
- Anyone in California that is performing construction work, which totals $500 or more in labor and materials must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board.
- Must demonstrate at least 4 years of experience/education in the trade
- Must be bonded
- Unlicensed contractors do not pay taxes, insurance, or follow safety laws
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10 Tips before you hire a Garage Door or Gate Installing Company
- Hire only licensed contractors.
- Check a contractor’s license number online at www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling (800) 321-CSLB (2752).
- Get at least three bids.
- Get three references from each bidder and review past work in person.
- Make sure all project expectations are in writing and only sign the contract if you completely understand the terms.
- Confirm that the contractor has workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
- Never pay more than 10% down of $1,000, whichever is less. Don’t pay in cash.
- Don’t let payments get ahead of the work.
- Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project, including all payments.
- Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.
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Lead-Safe Renovation, Repairs, and Painting
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.
To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.
- Contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:
- Contain the work area.
- Minimize dust.
- Clean up thoroughly.
- Contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs should also:
- Provide a copy of their EPA or state lead training certificate to you.
- Tell you what lead-safe methods they will use to perform the job.
- Ask you to share the results of any previously conducted lead tests.
- Provide you with references from at least three recent jobs involving homes built before 1978.
- Keep records to demonstrate that their workers have been trained in lead-safe work practices.
- Keep records to demonstrate that they follow lead-safe work practices on the job.
Dangers of Torsion Spring Replacement
Garage doors and their spring assemblies are under extreme tension. Do not try to remove, repair, or adjust springs or any thing to which the door spring parts are fastened, such as wood blocks, steel brackets, or cables.
Installation, repairs, and adjustments must be done by a trained professional technician using proper tools and instructions.