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What about the minor projects such as remodels, etc.?


T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


Consulting Structural Engineers
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-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Gordin [mailto:sgordin(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 9:03 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: what's wrong?


Dave and Ralph,


It is not quite an "across the board" requirement.  Overall, only a very limited number of houses will be affected, with the Bay and LA areas hit hardest.   


These areas are known for their no-so-good soils , and, in all honesty, require soil investigation anyway. 


As far as I know, a decent residential soil report in OC can be done for about $3K, and represents a negligible fraction of a median property cost of about $655K.  


V. Steve Gordin, SE
Irvine CA


----- Original Message -----

Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 08:43

Subject: Re: what's wrong?


In a message dated 1/15/08 8:41:34 AM, davea(--nospam--at) writes:

The foundation is of the utmost importance, certainly, but to require a soils report across the board ... especially for light-frame/single-story/non-expansive-soil-supported structures ... seems sort of harsh.

Anything to drive up the cost of housing, eh?


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