Building inspectors vs. building codes

When in doubt, higher standard should apply

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DEAR BARRY: As a carpenter and contractor, I meet building inspectors who allow construction that is not built to code. When I asked one inspector about this, he said that he has the authority to approve work that is not to code if he finds the quality of materials and workmanship to be sufficient.

Somehow, this doesn’t seem right. What’s the point of having a building code if inspectors can set whatever standards they wish?