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  •  my dad, several years ago, (5+ / 0-)

    noticed at an RV dealership, what has since evolved into 'tiny homes'- cute little structures, more house-like than an RV, but classified that way so there aren't any property taxes and they are for the most part mobile. We stopped to look inside several of them, and the thing that I noticed was that they had virtually none of those features. There were narrow doors, round doorknobs instead of handles, stairs, narrow hallways...

    The whole notion of 'tiny homes', mobility, is attractive, but it seemed that no one had considered such things in designing that line.

    Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

    by postmodernista on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 04:30:52 PM PST

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    •  consider there is less roof weight to support, (2+ / 0-)
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      postmodernista, Aunt Pat

      you'd think they coulda been made with much roomier doorways without risking collapse.

      if i understand correctly, building codes are under the jurisdictions of cities and counties, with only some state-level/state-wide requirements.  

      the only nationwide requirements i know of (tho i could very easily be wrong) are embodied in tenant rights under the Americans With Disabilities act, and similar legislation, which the pdf goes into a lil bit.

      •  You'd think so, (2+ / 0-)
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        mettle fatigue, Aunt Pat

        and I would imagine a lot of the structure would be metal studs and joists that have a lot more stability than wood.

        I think that you are correct on the building codes, and many places have none. Also, landlords who do not advertise vacancies may have no compliance responsibility with regard to ADA standards.

        Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

        by postmodernista on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 04:43:55 PM PST

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        •  landlords who don't adver dunt haz to comply? (3+ / 0-)
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          that is sooo messed up!

          part of the problems are that once a building/house has gone successfully 'thru the inspection processes while under construction, the code inspectors are not usually gonna come back unless someone contacts them to say there is something substandard, from what a local inspector told me:  there is just not the personnel to do routine periodic inspections anywhere in the u.s.   so except for them being alerted by constructions permits which they follow up on, they have to be alerted by complaints.

          SORRY, MY COMPUTER FROZE UP HERE FOR A WHILE. it does that sometimes.

          •  this is Texas, remember (1+ / 0-)
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            mettle fatigue

            and folks don't cotton to no newfangled uppity ideas like access and human rights and all, you know.

            Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

            by postmodernista on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 05:45:40 PM PST

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            •  not much in "far west" texas either! (2+ / 0-)
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              i.e., california oil country.  i have often wondered about what the airborne and waterborne chemicals thrown off by the petroleum industry are doing to the brainz of people who hafta live in the midst of it.

              nothing good, of course, but more specifically i do wonder.

              e.g., what if those fumes (and or chemicals from auto exhaust) are neuroendocrine disruptors?  might explain a lot about obesity in america, cognitive disorders in america, stuff like that.  i trawl the medical literature but haven't found any studies like that as yet.  gee i wonder why...

              •  It's kinda weird (2+ / 0-)
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                mettle fatigue, BlackSheep1

                that having grown up in the panhandle, I never had a single allergy till I moved to central Texas, and suffer from that to this day.

                I always know I'm getting close to home when I can smell the hydrogen sulfide.

                Don't forget the sinkholes- those are pretty spectacular in Texas as well.

                Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

                by postmodernista on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 06:21:59 PM PST

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                •  are the sinkholes hazardous chemical-wise? (1+ / 0-)
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                  besides falling in them or them caving out from under oneself driving on the road or under the home, i mean!

                  •  I don't know about chemical-wise (4+ / 0-)

                    but they've been known to eat roads, and whole towns.

                    Wink and Kermit, Texas, and just south of Carlsbad NM have some spectacular examples of sinkholes,

                    And several years ago, some brilliant person or group wanted to store nuclear waste in the underground salt domes of far west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

                    Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

                    by postmodernista on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 06:48:19 PM PST

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                    •  oh NOES!!!!!! (3+ / 0-)
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                      postmodernista, chimene, blueoasis

                      in my last year of highschool i did a term paper on nuke that completely reversed my previous positive position. (this was the mid-1960s, and Israel had been operating a nuclear desalination plant for water reclamation since about 1956 so my original foolishness is forgiveable or at least understandable, i hope).

                      i got materials from the federal level, the states thru'out the colorado plateau, & additional.  someone from NM sent me a bumpersticker, "Welcome to New Mexico, Playground of the Atomic Energy Commission".

                      one of the things the aforementioned AEC (now Nuclear Regulatory Commission unless they've renamed it again?) was a thin book called, "The Romance of Uranium".

                      yes, really. (i still have it around here somewhere).

                      in the 1980s i met a cousin whose husband had been employer as a "jumper" (actually crawler - 'thru small-diameter access tunnels doing various kinds of repair, reportage, etc,) in a nuclear power plant in southern california (probably the one near Whittier ... i'm blanking on the name of it) - no benefits, because all those workers were temps ... employed only until their exposure badges reached maxium.  around the same time, I knew a little gaggle of SCA members who were all draftspersons at i think diablo canyon, employed to draught how the thing actually ended up built as distinct from the original blueprints.  i worried for the genes of all those peoples' children...

                      •  truly scary (3+ / 0-)

                        I think that the nuclear waste in the salt domes project got stuck somehow and never happened, but it was creepy to drive on roads with signs like 'DO NOT LEAVE THE PAVEMENT - ROAD SUBJECT TO SUBSIDENCE' and be hearing the radio news on that project at the same time.

                        Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

                        by postmodernista on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 07:41:53 PM PST

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