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Not quite done yet?

 

One can “hope” that this nice entryway is just not finished yet, but then again it has been this way for quite some time.

No Guard, No Handrail

Forget the building code for a moment, and think about this high use area and then you decide whether you think there should be a Guard at the drop-off into the stairwell. 

I personally would rather see a guard that is “not required” than a handrail for the stairs that “is required.”

Both would be a good idea in my opinion.

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 16 commentsCharles Buell • May 29 2012 07:56AM
Not quite done yet?
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Going Postal!!!
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“Will it stand the light of day? ” asked the sow bug?
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