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Old 08-09-2011, 06:06 PM   #1
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When we moved in, I wrote my neighbor a nice letter introducing myself and explaining that we would pay to have the trees and old fence removed; and his side of the fence cleaned up. I paid for it 100%.

I've been really nice, cooperative; and friendly. I've explained our water problems to him numerous times. Funny he doesn't have a problem. His property is completely above mine.

What does he do? He has a new sidewalk put in. He doesn't have it dug out and lowered more towards our grade; NO. He has it ****ING POURED ABOVE THE OLD ONE. ****ing thanks for raising your property another 4 inches. I don't already get all the runoff when it rains; thanks for putting a guarantee on it.

How the **** do I dig out the foundation for the exterior drain and waterproofing with a brand new sidewalk in the way? Oh right; I ****ing don't. ****ing thanks.

I don't even know what to do or how to calm down. So much ****ing money and sweat and ****ed yet again.
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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When we moved in, I wrote my neighbor a nice letter introducing myself and explaining that we would pay to have the trees and old fence removed; and his side of the fence cleaned up. I paid for it 100%.
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I would install a 12" concrete wall
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:42 PM   #4
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Would you like me to bring the hydraulic concrete breaker on my skidloader with me?????
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Even a short, solid concrete wall would effectively block ALL water flow from their property. Shoot, six or eight inches high would be enough. It could be in, done and finished in one day while they were off visiting a relative.
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Yep think at this point I'd do the same. Actually, go to the city first. Make sure whatever you do is legal so he can't report you.
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I doubt such a thing would be legal in a tiered landscape such as this one.

I think it would be better just to move your air conditioning condenser to that side of your property and if the grille were to get slightly damaged during the move and rub on the fan (noisily) that would be too bad.
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Will try to talk to him about it and be honest; but I don't think there is a way out of it at this point that leaves us both happy. I hope he realizes I pulled permits for everything so the inspector will be walking around my house...
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Will it matter to the inspector that the lowest riser on your neighbor's steps is shorter than the others because of the height of the new sidewalk? I thought they all had to be the same height.
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Where's the property line? Can you pour concrete that close to a property line?
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did your neighbor get a permit?
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Once you have your foundation sealed back fill and pour a walk way 4 inches higher than his.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:22 PM   #13
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did your neighbor get a permit?
Just checked, no permit.
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Not sure if they'd even need a permit for that within their own property, I highly doubt they do though.

George, work like that is exactly why I stay out of Milwaukee for the most part. It's hard to sell a quality job vs. contractors like that..................
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..you got him there...no sane inspector would let that fly here.
pouring concrete substantially above an adjacent grade requires a permit in my area

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