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Old 07-11-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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I'd be concerned with any potential retribution especially if they were Hmong elders who may have been a Shaman of some kind as their spells won't be deterred by any locked doors or closed windows you may think would protect you.
Lol Ghengis, always love your replies. I'm actually really good friends with them and don't want to see them make a mistake or be taken advantage of. City inspectors can be a pain but at least they make sure things are done right.

I went over and replaced a sprinkling head for them about a month ago so his wife sent over 12 of the best egg rolls I ever had, I think I gained about 10 lbs.

But I don't want to stick my nose in their business if I don't have to, but I'll feel guilty if it's not built right. Just looking for opinions on how to handle it.

 
Old 07-11-2012, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN/Folwell Nhood
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I'd talk to them. They may not be aware of the law. Having work done without a permit could bite the in the butt down the road when they go to sell the house. One of my coworkers had to redo some work when they went to sell because permits weren't pulled.
 
Old 07-11-2012, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I'd always be cautious about anything that would hamper selling the house when that becomes necessary.
 
Old 07-11-2012, 11:38 PM
 
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Trouble I see is substandard methods which is one thing permits guard against. If the neighbors are breaking laws, how is that not the concern of surrounding property owners?
Because they're not doing it on the surrounding property owners' properties, but on their own.


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Mind your own business, leave them alone. My .02
This.
 
Old 07-12-2012, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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A next-door, slip-shod construction project that is plainly visible will definitely reflect on your home value and effect your ability to sell your home at a later point. However, I'd be more concerned with the neighbor's house burning to the ground because of some unlicensed, trunk-slammer electrician's work that you could also be subjected to damage from that as well.
 
Old 07-12-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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A next-door, slip-shod construction project that is plainly visible will definitely reflect on your home value and effect your ability to sell your home at a later point. However, I'd be more concerned with the neighbor's house burning to the ground because of some unlicensed, trunk-slammer electrician's work that you could also be subjected to damage from that as well.
I've decided to just be friendly and go over and take a look at the construction and act like I'm just curious but I'll make sure they are doing it right to code (I've got a lot of construction experience).

I didn't get to see them installing the footings so I'll just go on faith that they were done right.

Thanks for the advice all.
 
Old 07-12-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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It can be up against the home, if none of the fasteners are attached to the dwelling it is considered a platform and a permit is not needed.

So it can be up against the home but free standing, a permit is not needed to build a platform/deck.

But the code could have changes since the last time I looked.
 
Old 07-12-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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It can be up against the home, if none of the fasteners are attached to the dwelling it is considered a platform and a permit is not needed.

So it can be up against the home but free standing, a permit is not needed to build a platform/deck.

But the code could have changes since the last time I looked.
It's attached to the house--they did put the proper siding connections between the roof and the siding with a rain channel so that is good. I have no reason to believe from what I've seen that job is substandard.

But I'm afraid for the homeowners that if they try to sell it or something.

And this may all be for nothing--maybe the permit is posted inside the garage or something-but usually they put them in the front window.
 
Old 07-12-2012, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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yup it's a deck.. fasteners are going into the dwelling, a permit is needed.

If this is a big concern then a call or a note to the http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/inspections/ is in order?
 
Old 07-12-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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As I said before, since you know the neighbors, I don't see who this is difficult: "Hey, how's the construction on the deck going?" "Oh, its coming along nicely, we are very excited!" "I can see why. Say, by the way, I haven't seen a construction permit, your company did pull one, didn't they? (also, can I have more eggrolls?)"
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