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Davis Parsons wrote:

. > At 11:00 AM, NPR reported that the owner of the property did not get a 
. > building permit for any work on the deck and I will bet that there wasn't 
. > any engineering design performed either.

And clients wonder why I insist that building permits be obtained for work 
that I do.

I had one call where the person stated that he wanted something designed so 
that it would be safe, but not to code.

I tried to explain to him that the Code defines a *minimum* level of safety, 
but I don't think that he believed me.

I have had contractors state that factors of safety are "fudge factors" in 
order to overdesign a structure, which shows that they don't understand what 
a "safety factor" is for.

The online version of the Chicago Tribune stated that the building owner was 
on a canoe trip in Canada and couldn't be reached.  Well, maybe he was 
paddling his own canoe, but it seems that is what he also had done with his 
building.

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

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