Once at a small business seminar, one of the attendees asked me about replacing one of the posts for the deck at his house. He wanted to replace a rotted wood post with steel tube and perhaps increase the span between posts with steel beams. I told him that I did not think it was a good idea since steel corrodes and the connections would be more difficult. It would cost more and besides, he would almost certainly require a permit.
“Oh, I am not getting a permit”, he said.