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Discussion in 'Residential Building Codes' started by LawOfMD, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. ICE

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    When I have purchased property I spend a solid hour signing documents.....one of which states that I have been to the building department and researched the records. That’s because nobody else will. They want clean hands.

    Time and again people are surprised that the addition wasn’t permitted and now they own it.. the seller is off the hook because the buyer signed the document. Or the buyer doesn’t have $15k for a lawyer’s retainer.
     
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  2. ICE

    ICE Sawhorse

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    Be aware that if you attempt to legalize the work it will be current code that applies. The value will go up and if you have to buy out your wife it will cost more.

    Were this my problem to deal with, all of the electrical would be exposed. How is heat provided?
     
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    After 25 years I have have found out a lot of architects, engineers, contractors and even inspectors don't know what is "to code" most of the time simply because of the shear volume and complexity that can be involved in even a simple project.
     
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    I don’t know if he gave up on us.

    I think he just needs to make The Call.
     
  5. Mark K

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    Suggest that you rent another address for one of you to live in. Then after the divorce sell the house as is.

    A remodeling project can put strains on a relationship and more than one kitchen remodel has resulted in a divorce. The point is you do not want to complicate an already rocky relationship.
     
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  6. ICE

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    The husband thinks that he's done ..... then here comes the decorator. Window treatment alone is huge and the furniture bill can stagger. I once heard a woman say that she couldn't use the old dishes in the new kitchen.
     
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    50/50

    1. Do you have the required exits?
    2. Do you have windows/ventilation?
    3. Outside or inside entry to unit? Both?
    4. With/without a kitchen/kitchenette?
    5. Do you have the original C of O for the house?
    6. Disclaim it as not permitted/ as is at time of sale.
     
  8. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    This guy is long gone because he did not hear what he wanted to. Another fine example of someone who knows better but intentionally chooses to think he/she is above the law.
     
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    Or in CT...Go to jail for manslaughter when the bad wiring kills someone....

    https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-1993-06-23-0000100385-story.html
     
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    Installed a used heater and told them it was new. And connected a 120v heater to 240v. Doesnt sound like he was very good.
     
  11. ICE

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    "Richard Salz, a licensed electrician for 31 years and the former electrical inspector for the town of Wallingford"

    One month experience three hundred seventy-two times.
     
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  12. Inspector Gift

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    The biggest problem that we have found with these conversions, is how to provide the required Fire-rated Separation between dwellings, not to mention the requirements for separate electrical and possibly other utilities.
     
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