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Re: Reusing Foundations (was: SE Tests)

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Stan Scholl wrote:

. > For what it is worth, in the Laguna Beach fire of 1993 in which 389
. > houses burned, about 95% of the people built new houses which were
. > approx. 10-20% larger and much different than the ones which burned. So
. > reuse of foundations was rarely a problem since the new walls and
. > footings were in different locations. And new code and city ordinances
. > required deeper and stronger foundations than those of the 1960s.

. > Stan Scholl, P.E.

An excellent argument to make sure that your insurance policy contains:

1. REPLACEMENT cost coverage, AND,

2. CODES AND ORDINANCE endorsement.

While replacement cost will cover the cost of replacing what existed with 
like material without depreciating, it will not pay to bring it up to code if 
codes or ordinances now require more.  You would be surprised how inexpensive 
the codes and ordinance endorsement is.

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

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