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Re: Dreams of a cabin
« Reply #500 on: April 11, 2017, 03:22:39 PM »
You should definitely stay away from trenches Lynn. You would fall in and mangle your other wing.  ::)
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« Reply #501 on: April 11, 2017, 04:12:37 PM »
I understand we must have rules but pretty darn sad when you can't build on your own land. When we built our house I sawed all the lumber and poured the cement foundation. Only thing they required was a building permit and a inspection on the septic system.

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Re: Dreams of a cabin
« Reply #502 on: April 12, 2017, 06:02:52 PM »
In West Virginia, Morgan County where I am building my retirement home they inspect the septic installation and the electric company inspects the electrical connection to the house. Beyond that the licensed contractor is responsible for the stability of the structure. Strange but true.


Jon - If I understand it correctly, it is the same way over in Marion County (Fairmont area) too.  A buddy of mine is TRYING to build a combo workshop and house all on one slab.  The only thing the county requires is the septic.  The electric company decides if they will hook up to you system or not.


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« Reply #503 on: April 14, 2017, 02:41:19 PM »
The code, especially the portions on graded lumber, have a lot more to do with protecting big business than protecting people. In my own state (Vermont) almost half of the housing stock was built before 1950. Houses are not routinely falling down on people here. There is still no statewide code so it's always been buyer beware when buying a house. Who buys a house without getting an inspection done anyways. The argument that the next person to own it needs protection via codes doesn't hold water. The town I own land in doesn't have zoning yet. I haven't drawn a single permit for my cabin. If I ever put plumbing in it, I would need a state septic permit. That's it. If the state ever adopts that code I'd still build what I want and tell them to go pound sand and bring an army to stop me, I'm no one's cash cow. But I can understand you not wanting to deal with that Jeff.

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« Reply #504 on: April 14, 2017, 05:57:54 PM »
I don't buy the "to protect the next owner" bit. If the code is to protect people, it should also protect the original builder, too.
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