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Old 03-01-2008, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Outside Newcastle
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Apparently as of June of last year anyone wanting to build a house in Iron County has to get a soil compaction test. But the information about the requirement is very hard to get a hold of. I ask the building department and I always get a vague reponse to my questions. The list of things you have to gather for the permit just says a geological soil compaction test performed by an engineer. I talked to an engineering outfit that does it and all I got for specifics about the cost was, "around $250 for this and around $400 for that" sort of thing. And that's after I dig an eight foot trench for them to get a bucket of dirt. I understand that Cedar City has had a lot of problems with settling of foundations. But it's at the base of a mountain range and has thousands of years of run-off silt from it. We're out in a very flat valley. Doe's anyone know the number of the ordinance or where I can read the exact wording of it? I'd like to know why I can't provide the sample per requirements and take it to a testing labratory myself. And why I have to dig an 8 foot hole for a non-basement foundation that may only be a couple feet deep.
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Outside Newcastle
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I must add that I have no problem with testing to determine how wide my footing has to be. But every new home foundation within a 15 mile radias of my property has a 16 deep, 24"x12" footing. And two nearby homes had the test and have the same foundation. I just have a problem paying $1,200 to be told the same thing.
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