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Old 07-31-2010, 12:13 PM   #16
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maybe he just want to make sure you basement floods before the new one does

3'11"? don't you both need a bit more offset than that?
I am one foot away from property line. My home was originally built in 1942, and we gutted and renovated, and kept that wall standing so we did not have to move the required 4 feet from property line when building.

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I am one foot away from property line. My home was originally built in 1942, and we gutted and renovated, and kept that wall standing so we did not have to move the required 4 feet from property line when building.
But why is the neighbor building so close to the line, are the lots that small?

A French drain is a ditch/trench filled with gravel to redirect water. This should explain it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_drain
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My last house was built with part of it OVER the property line
Former owner had to buy a triangle of land from neighbor to make it legal to sell
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The main reason to dig 2' farther is to have room setting the footing forms and the excavator machine operator doesn't want to come back if undersized. They may hand dig when close to your footings. Ron gave some good advice. Usually these operators are professionals and know what they are doing. I think Dave is giving you needless worry, but keep an eye on them enough not to distract them....

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But why is the neighbor building so close to the line, are the lots that small?

A French drain is a ditch/trench filled with gravel to redirect water. This should explain it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_drain
Yes, the lots are rather small, and at a premium. Both mine and the neighbours are 30 feet by 125 feet.
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Thanks y'all for all your great help and suggestions.

I will keep an eye on it for sure.
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I will echo that if you have any concerns at some point, take a few pics and post them here for comment.

If the neighboring basement ends up lower than your's (very likely), your basement should end up much drier, which is always a plus.
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I will echo that if you have any concerns at some point, take a few pics and post them here for comment.

If the neighboring basement ends up lower than your's (very likely), your basement should end up much drier, which is always a plus.
Thanks, I did not know that. Yes, drier is great.
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I was told, he is checking to find out the repose angle......whatever that is.
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I was told, he is checking to find out the repose angle......whatever that is.
Many contractors like an afternoon nap, especially the ones over 60.
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Hahaha......they guy is only about 40.......
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Probably trying to figure out if there is enough room on the lot for the excavated dirt, without hauling it all out, then some back: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angle_of_repose
Your basement..... maybe he's a visual kind of guy.....
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He's trying to figure out how deep he can go that close to your footing before the dirt supporting your footing collapses. That's what he means by the angle of repose. Depending on soil type there is an angle he shouldn't exceed or much unhappiness will ensue.
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Thanks to GBAR for for the Repose Link

Very interesting and with the bonus note on the sand trap

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Probably trying to figure out if there is enough room on the lot for the excavated dirt, without hauling it all out, then some back: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angle_of_repose
Your basement..... maybe he's a visual kind of guy.....
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