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I have a house where the basement wall height exceeds the max. 
allowable 8'-2" in the code under the prescriptive requirements.  The 
soil outside is also slightly higher than the code allowed 7'-7".  As 
the house is near completion, the builder is panicking because the 
local Building Dept. will not allow occupancy until they get the 
foundation wall approved by an engineer.

In the absence of soils tests, I have always required vertical steel 
straps to be bolted to the walls to act as reinforcing.

Does anyone have any better/alternative ideas?

Gary Hodgson, P.Eng.
Niagara Falls, ON

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