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Old 06-02-2018, 12:49 PM
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So went for a CO inspection on my summer home, It failed due to a few grading issues, under the raised house is a low spot (not sure why that matters as it doesn't rain under the house).
Also behind the shed is another spot and on the side of the lot by the bulkhead is another spot.

Will a regular landscaper know exactly what to do or do I need to call in some "expert" on grading?
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:04 PM
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Can you post some pictures of the low spots in question? How much landscape work has already been done?
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:16 PM
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Depending on the difference in grade at the areas in question. Might have to get a surveyor in there depending on the grade change and where water will flow etc.Then a landscaper will no where or what they have to do. If itís minor and donít need retaining wall then landscaper/designer should be able to handle it.
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Depends on the severity of your low spots. A landscaper can handle moving the fill, but if you get into really having to make a cut it might be worth while to find someone who can use a transit.

It aint rocket science, and an experienced operator can normally get pretty close eyeballing it. Turn Jose loose with his skid steer and who knows...

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Can you post some pictures of the low spots in question? How much landscape work has already been done?
No pic's at this time, I might be down there come Wed. but not sure yet, even with that I don't know how to post them here.
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Depending on the difference in grade at the areas in question. Might have to get a surveyor in there depending on the grade change and where water will flow etc.Then a landscaper will no where or what they have to do. If itís minor and donít need retaining wall then landscaper/designer should be able to handle it.
No retaining wall will be needed, it's a waterfront with bulkhead property that slopes off towards the water.

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Depends on the severity of your low spots. A landscaper can handle moving the fill, but if you get into really having to make a cut it might be worth while to find someone who can use a transit.

It aint rocket science, and an experienced operator can normally get pretty close eyeballing it. Turn Jose lose with his skid steer and who knows...
Thanks, I just don't want to call the town back out for another $150 inspection only to fail again.
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No pic's at this time, I might be down there come Wed. but not sure yet, even with that I don't know how to post them here.
No retaining wall will be needed, it's a waterfront with bulkhead property that slopes off towards the water.


Thanks, I just don't want to call the town back out for another $150 inspection only to fail again.
They day they start that shit down here is the day I REALLY pack it in. Too much friggin' regulation.
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They day they start that shit down here is the day I REALLY pack it in. Too much friggin' regulation.
no kidding. Never heard of grading impacting a CO around here. There are plenty of inspections regarding grading, but they are by and large done and over before structure starts coming off the ground.
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no kidding. Never heard of grading impacting a CO around here. There are plenty of inspections regarding grading, but they are by and large done and over before structure starts coming off the ground.
The funny part is (not so funny really) that it's the same lot I had the previous house on, tore it down and added pilings to raise a new house. So the slope is the same, the only thing that might be different is that under the house may be low, but like I said, it doesn't rain under the house, there is never any puddles anywhere in the lot. If they don't want run off to go into the water way I'm going to take a photo of every house on the block and show them. If they are worried the water will run towards the street, I'll get someone to move the stone around.
I really think this is all a BS flunky trying to justify his town job.
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The funny part is (not so funny really) that it's the same lot I had the previous house on, tore it down and added pilings to raise a new house. So the slope is the same, the only thing that might be different is that under the house may be low, but like I said, it doesn't rain under the house, there is never any puddles anywhere in the lot. If they don't want run off to go into the water way I'm going to take a photo of every house on the block and show them. If they are worried the water will run towards the street, I'll get someone to move the stone around.
I really think this is all a BS flunky trying to justify his town job.
Landscaper and be done with it. your house/lot/bulkhead will be better off for it and you will get nowhere arguing and taking pictures.
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Might get a truck load of fill and get Jose and a wheelbarrow to spread it. Skid steers tear the hell out of anything.
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How could they tell it was low? I bet you could hire any one and make it "look" good and it will pass. Hell they should be happy that your retaining a little bit of water. Oh and does the permit plans have anything on them for grading?
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No pic's at this time, I might be down there come Wed. but not sure yet, even with that I don't know how to post them here.
5400+ posts and you don't know how to post a photo? Are you an F'in retard?
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How could they tell it was low? I bet you could hire any one and make it "look" good and it will pass. Hell they should be happy that your retaining a little bit of water. Oh and does the permit plans have anything on them for grading?
I'd imagine you could run a laser from one side of the house to the other side and see low spots. Also by the stairs under the house the first step is about 2" off the ground and every step after that is 7" (I think), so it could be a tripping hazard for a RETARD.

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5400+ posts and you don't know how to post a photo? Are you an F'in retard?
If you never tried or learned how to do something it just means you don't know, instead of taking this as a teaching moment you resort to calling me a RETARD. That's it, no Christmas cards for you. WAAH
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Just get some string and stretch it across the areas you know are at a good elevation. Front to back or left side of yard to right side. The string will show you where you need to add fill or stone. Not sure where you are but I have used a place on Rt9 in T.R. that delivers different types of stone or fill
My guess is they are mostly concerned with the area under the house

Quote: Might get a truck load of fill and get Jose and a wheelbarrow to spread it.
I can tell you where Jose lives if you want




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Just spend a couple thousand and have a slab poured.

then just close it in after the CO.
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I'd start burying a shit load of bureaucrats until I had decent drainage......
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^^^^ Bad idea, they will decompose and create more low spots
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^^^^ Bad idea, they will decompose and create more low spots
hmmm, more bureaucrats???
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I'd imagine you could run a laser from one side of the house to the other side and see low spots. Also by the stairs under the house the first step is about 2" off the ground and every step after that is 7" (I think), so it could be a tripping hazard for a RETARD.
I can see that being an inspection issue. Didnít think of grading in that regard.

I wouldnt fight it so to speak, but wouldnít hesitate to ask the inspector for clarity. A quick email, just saying you are getting handled, and just need to insure you are covering all your bases.
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So I have the report in my hand and will be calling the engineering office on Monday.

Here is the exact wording of the report:

1) Existing grading creates a low point under the house and must be re-graded.

2) Property needs to be fine graded and "stabilized" behind the shed.

3) Stabilization must be installed along right side of (side street name).

I'm not sure what they mean by "stabilization and will be asking in my call to them. Why it needs to be "fine graded" got me scratching my head too, there are foot steps and tire tracks in the stone, big deal. On one side of the property is a bulkhead on the other side is a street, no sidewalk in this area.

Feel free to comment, will see what Monday turns up. Thanks
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