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Old 01-27-2010, 05:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Well...Houston, we got a problem. All the engineering and contracting and permits and planning were really a waste of time if no one inspected it. The is the cherry on top of the cake.
A retaining wall designed by an engineer, built to his specifications and after completion inspected and signed off by that engineer is the proper manner to construct the retaining wall or any other similar structure. A building inspector would be at a loss except to overview the site. Somewhat akin to a kazoo player wanting to play with the symphony.

Now if the structure was not built to specified standards without engineering followup, a different circumstance exists.
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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I have a question. I understand that Pulte is now going to inspect the retaining walls iin all their SA developments. We live in a Centex home (now part of Pulte), but we are outside the city limits by a couple of miles. Do you think they'll check ours too?
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Probably, this isn't restricted to the SA city limits.

It may not be a bad idea to call them and see if they plan to inspect the walls in your neighborhood!
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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A retaining wall designed by an engineer, built to his specifications and after completion inspected and signed off by that engineer is the proper manner to construct the retaining wall or any other similar structure. A building inspector would be at a loss except to overview the site. Somewhat akin to a kazoo player wanting to play with the symphony.

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yes...I got that. The city inspector is useless....so why require it?
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:18 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Actually, they have to submit the development plans with all the details i.e. streets, sewers, retaining walls, etc. when they apply for a permit. If SA is like most cities, a city permit section engineer will look it over to make sure requirements are met before haning out the permit. I find it interesting that the city says the wall wasn't permitted. Was the development permitted? was the wall listed in the development plans? or were they saying there was not a specific, separate permit for the wall. Pretty sad they never inspected what was being built.
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:45 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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yes...I got that. The city inspector is useless....so why require it?
Jobs.
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Actually, they have to submit the development plans with all the details i.e. streets, sewers, retaining walls, etc. when they apply for a permit. If SA is like most cities, a city permit section engineer will look it over to make sure requirements are met before haning out the permit. I find it interesting that the city says the wall wasn't permitted. Was the development permitted? was the wall listed in the development plans? or were they saying there was not a specific, separate permit for the wall. Pretty sad they never inspected what was being built.
The reviewing official basically looks for stamps of professional that absolve the inspector of all blame. It was"according to code".
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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yes...I got that. The city inspector is useless....so why require it?
You are saying the exact same thing that was being said on the radio.
Making "Perfect" the enemy of the "Good".

The inspector's job is to catch mistakes made by the engineer and/or contractor.
Their job is not to design and/or build things.
Besides, they can get all permits and still build whatever they want.

Your comment is the same as blaming the city's firefighters for the burning of a building "Because they didn't get there on time to put it out" instead of the person that actually burned it.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:58 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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One of the guys at work has a house on the street involved and they told him yesterday that when the rains come tomorrow the slope-sliding is going to dramatically increase and that they evacuated the homes at the base of the retaining wall.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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I have a question. I understand that Pulte is now going to inspect the retaining walls iin all their SA developments. We live in a Centex home (now part of Pulte), but we are outside the city limits by a couple of miles. Do you think they'll check ours too?
i can't imagine that they wouldn't ... if the city doesn't I would think Pulte/Centex would, in their best interest, have all their other retaining walls in other neighborhoods checked ...

Dh and I live in The Summit of Lost Creek, outside SA, entering Boerne, and today I talked to the site manager who said that the retaining walls on the other side of the neighborhood were going to be checked ... the walls over here are no where near as large or as tall as what they have in The Hills, but I can't imagine they would leave themselves open to anymore liability ...
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