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#154423 - 08/16/05 08:35 PM Separation Requirements
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I recently did a service change for the house pictured. The stairs of the neighboring apartment building sure made it easy to get on the roof!

Most places- including this one- have set-back or separation requirements in their codes. This stair is an obvious violation. The danger is that of fire spreading from structure to structure.

(Of course, in some cases, you almost wish a fire would come along; this house is one such example).

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#154424 - 08/16/05 08:38 PM Re: Separation Requirements
Celtic Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 367
Loc: NJ
That's some chimney.
~~ CELTIC ~~
...-= NJ =-...

#154425 - 08/16/05 09:07 PM Re: Separation Requirements
Larry Fine Offline

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
It was obviously extended; see where the blackened bricks end?

Even weirder, the left house's gutter dumps into the right house's gutter.

[This message has been edited by Larry Fine (edited 08-17-2005).]
Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#154426 - 08/17/05 03:45 AM Re: Separation Requirements
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
If there was strict enforcement of current setback laws on existing dwellings there would be alot of homeless people around the country.

#154427 - 08/17/05 07:36 AM Re: Separation Requirements
houleelect Offline
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Registered: 07/19/05
Posts: 4
Loc: Ypsilanti, MI USA
How old is the apartment building? How did they get away with this in the 1st place?
Larry Houle

#154428 - 08/18/05 05:08 PM Re: Separation Requirements
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Good call John,
I've never seen 2 seperate houses this close together.
I'd hate to have to sell either of these houses.
The roof on the apartment building overhangs any sort of property boundary for a start.
Over here, you aren't allowed to have any part of a building within 6ft of a boundary line, that includes any roof overhang.
If the left side of the lower house caught fire to any degree, the people in the apartment above would lose their method of egress as well.
Is that big truck for a quick get-away, in case the Building Inspector turns up?.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#154429 - 08/20/05 07:20 PM Re: Separation Requirements
sierra electrician Offline

Registered: 02/12/05
Posts: 220
Loc: North Fork, CA USA
Is that big truck for a quick get-away, in case the Building Inspector turns up?

Its... its a Toyota. Not a good getaway vehicle.


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