In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Friday, July 16, 2010

One MORE step...

The ditch passed inspection.

But more confusion ensues...

The licensed electrician said we didn't need conduit, at that depth.

In inspector says we do. He's going to check the codes, but we told Mark to just GET THE CONDUIT. This way, they can hook it up and do the disconnects at each end and we just need one more inspection.

Rather more complicated than I had originally imagined...

Meanwhile, wonder what the heck this pipe is?? DigRite didn't mark it, because it's apparently not attached to anything we now use.

Urban archaeology...


  1. Yes, just get the conduit. It's not expensive and it'll cover the inspection no matter what. Do get the right kind! Wouldn't want the inspector to get upset and have it redone.

  2. Especially since it's covered up now.*G*

    Funny, we were told that if we used conduit, we only had to go 3". then we were told no, you have to go 18" but then you don't have to use conduit. This morning they said no, if you don't use conduit you have to go 24". Conflicting opinions a bit??

    Fine, we got conduit. Wish we could have gotten the electric hooked up and INSPECTED this week. meh...

  3. We had a porch built on the back of our house and got about four different opinions on what "code" was for handrails (one on each side of the steps, not needed because there are only four steps, only one needed since the house is on one side, et cetera). Every builder who gave a bid had a different understanding. (We wound up with only one railing because the wall of the house was on one side.)

    So you're really going to have to do some digging to find out about that mystery pipe. It could just be some random building material that got buried. I've found things like that when I've dug in gardens around my house: an entire box of nails, a length of rebar.

    Finally, do you have any concerns about critters moving in under your shed? I don't suppose I would mind if they were not destructive.

  4. Paul, why doesn't that surprise me! We've gotten so much conflicting information on this project we're both about ready to tear our hair--beginning with being told by three different people we didn't need a building permit. Did you have to have a building inspector come out and OK your rail?

    I don't think we'll really do anything about the mystery pipe, which is by the house, except rebury it.

    And yes, we're a wee bit concerned about critters, or rather Joseph is. I'm used to it, between the cabin and this old house!

  5. Yes, the city did come out to inspect at several stages, so I know we met code. Too bad no one noticed that the porch doesn't slope away from the house. Water pools on it and we have to go broom it off. (Can't say that I recommend the man-made plastic decking.)

  6. Ack! Well, no, we didn't use manmade, but once we get the labels sanded off and the sealer on, it'll be a lot like that, I imagine. (And yeah, ours seems to slant slightly toward the shed, too. It's caulked well there, but...)

  7. If the critters bother Joseph too much you could dig down and put 1/4" hardware cloth all around. We did that because we were afraid snakes would get the dogs around one of the outbuildings (that happens to be an old trailer so is off the ground). It doesn't look bad, actually retaining the rustic, open look. We put it about 8" down into the ground to discourage diggers also. It's worked well.

  8. Sounds like it did, Timaree! I think he's mostly concerned about the wiring getting chewed.

  9. Now when it rains hard you're not going to slide down that slope are you?

  10. Nope, Katherine, it's all in the camera angle. It's really just about flat!



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