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It is alright if you can fly!

     Awhile back I inspected a 3 story condo that had a flat roof that was also a walking surface/deck.  Originally this roof deck had nice barrier walls all around the roof.

     At some point a previous homeowner decided that a hot tub would be a cool addition to the property.  There were many problems with the installation of this tub including improper installation of the electrical hook-up.  Other “questions” include the questionable stairs to the deck, missing hand rail and whether the roof structure was adequate to support the massive weight of this tub.

Hot tub installation

     I think the thing that made me the most nervous about this installation was the inadequate railing around the walking surface around the tub.  This walking surface was at least 28 feet above the ground.  I am used to crawling around at height, and standing next to this railing made me feel “uneasy”----and I hadn’t started partying in the hot tub yet----and was relatively sober. 

Railing is not high enough

     The lattice-work? -----everyone knows how strong that is! 

Charles Buell




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Comment balloon 20 commentsCharles Buell • January 30 2009 10:49AM
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