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Old 9/9/06, 11:04 PM
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Inspection today had basement stairs that came to a landing on ground floor, landing has rooms on both sides. Back side room has 12" step to floor off landing. Both sides have 6' of clear headroom to knock your head on when stepping off the landing. Around here, typically 6'8" is minimum. Ceilings are 7'. Do I call out a code or remark "typical" conditions?



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Old 9/9/06, 11:13 PM
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Scott;

I do not think that I would call it typical condition, because it is not and believe that noting what you have seen would be in order in your report.
To the affect that it is not the standard of building standards and also it kind of runs away from the code requirements of a riser height of 7 3/4" and 10" tread and the 6' 8" head room requirements.
Note what you see and let the Client decide what they want to do with the issue.

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Old 9/9/06, 11:15 PM
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You say it's a basement. Is it a finished living space, heated and all that? If it's just a 'crete floor basement, I'd mention the safety hazard and call it done. If it's finished as a bedroom (don't forget heat, egress, and closet) then you'd have to check you local code, but still would just note it. We're not codeies.
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Old 9/9/06, 11:23 PM
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Basement is in process of being "finished". Seller has framed walls, some drywall up, heat would only come from radiation from mechanical room, no closets, would not consider finished space suitable for bedrooms. Seller is selling house with trim, window trim and "finished" basement unfinished. Oh also, the windows were installed over the outside finish texture sheets and then trimmed over.



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Old 9/9/06, 11:27 PM
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I would write it up as less than standard clearance and let the buyer decide.
If they are "little people" or it's former secretary Robert Reich(4-8") they wouldn't care.



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Old 9/9/06, 11:30 PM
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Basement is in process of being "finished". Seller has framed walls, some drywall up, heat would only come from radiation from mechanical room, no closets, would not consider finished space suitable for bedrooms. Seller is selling house with trim, window trim and "finished" basement unfinished. Oh also, the windows were installed over the outside finish texture sheets and then trimmed over.
Could you see any flashing outside under the trim but over the window fringe?. Either way, the ceiling hight issue is just that. An issue. Can't change it now. Is it right? no. Will it work, yeah if your a short frenchman like me. I can even do jumping jacks in a 6' room. But hay, wasn't David Robinson of the NBA stationed on a sub in the navy?? they have ceilings that are only 5'9" or so.
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Old 9/9/06, 11:35 PM
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Hi Jay,

No flashing, even if there were, it could only be between the window nailing flange and the trim. The windows are in the middle of a full 4'x8' sheet. They did use caulk, does that count?



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Old 9/9/06, 11:45 PM
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Hi Jay,

No flashing, even if there were, it could only be between the window nailing flange and the trim. The windows are in the middle of a full 4'x8' sheet. They did use caulk, does that count?
Yeah... calking is like a tail light warentee outside. how hard would have been to do the job right?? not nearly as hard as it's going to be for the next guy to fix in next year. I never seem to have enough time to do a job twice, so i'm forced to do it right the first time. I hate that.
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What Marcel said works for me.
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Before I render an opinion, how old is the house? Does it predate current construction practice/code?
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Old 9/10/06, 8:30 AM
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House is 3 years old.



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Old 9/10/06, 8:38 AM
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Default Re: Stairway head room clearance

Okay thanks, so you have a situation on your hands that do not meet code requirements. The question then that must be asked; how did this pass given that an occupancy permit was likely granted?
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Old 9/10/06, 9:01 AM
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Not necessarily Ray, we have many towns in this area that do not have building officials. The structure just goes up and somebody moves in. Kinda nice huh? If the town doesn't have an official, does that mean there wouldn't be any defects?



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Old 9/10/06, 9:16 AM
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Okay thanks, so you have a situation on your hands that do not meet code requirements. The question then that must be asked; how did this pass given that an occupancy permit was likely granted?
pick one:

1. lack of liabilty for the goverment employee
2. lack of training
3. lack of time
4. human error
5. complacency
6. short inspector
7. left tape measure in truck

They admit around here that they only have time to look for problems that "jump out at them"
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Old 9/10/06, 10:34 AM
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" The basement has sub-standard aspects that could imply that the work was done without a permit. Some of the conditions observed include low head clearance in the stairway, stair risers that do not conform to modern building practices and no source of heating or cooling in the rooms, I recommend that you check with the county building department to determine if permits were issued, signed off on and a certificate of occupancy was issued." I also recommend that you consult with a licensed contractor with a view of having these conditions corrected because the costs of these corrections could effect your overall evaluation of the property."
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