But the Inspectors HATE me…

1 Mar

Greeting, Campers…

Lately, as we’ve worked and toiled, getting jigs and templates built for the Haiti ISBU Medical Containers that we’re fabricating, I’m getting hammered with email from people trying to navigate the foul waters that are:

“Planning and Zoning”


Look, I’ve been warning you about the P&Z Nazi’s for years…

Were you not paying attention? Hello?

It must be that time of year. I mean, you’ve been trapped inside with the kids all winter, your wife is just itching to get out into the malls, and your welding rod holding hand is starting to atrophy due to lack of work… Oy.

So, once again, I have to save your sorry butts, and get your project back on the right track.

Ironic, isn’t it, that I have to save you, while Mississippi tries to sink ME? Hmmm…

G-d sure has a sense of humor.

Now… your first clue should have been that squadron of “Flying Monkeys” in the City trucks out there in the parking lot…

… but nooooo… you had to push thru those big double doors, and then peer inside.

And you thought that your “Ruby Slippers” would save your heinie…

Nice look… DAVE. They bring out the blue… in your Dickies… 😉


There are several steps to a successful building project. Beyond drawing the lines, and “doing the design dance”…

The first one is getting approval to build it, in the first place.

I break this down into several small steps, so  that you can make progress without feeling like “Atlas trying to hold up the whole world” all by your onesies:

Here’s how I do it:

Little STEPS build strong houses:

1. Start as soon as you can – home building under the best of circumstances is a long process.

2. Start with the right information about where you live, how they run your jurisdiction and how tough the local applicable codes are.

3. Once you’ve had your seizure… Go out and get information about specific alternatives.

4. If you’re still having a seizure at this point,  go find and enlist the help of allies and alternate sources of expertise. (Not your “know-it-all” brother-in-law. That NEVER works out…) 😉

5. Take your meds, and maintain a positive attitude. Be nice, even if it hurts!

6. Go “meet  and greet’ your local inspectors.  Share any information you have with the building officials.

7. Brace yourself, they’re probably gonna have questions. So… after you get their initial feedback, be careful. Listen carefully, (record the conversations if you can) and get everything that you possibly can, in writing.

8. Like any other relationship, the building process binds a lot of people together. Respect the relationships and try to maintain the trust levels.

9. Be Diligent. Address all the concerns and the objections as reasonably, factually, and directly as you can.

10. Take your meds, again… Demonstrate the “Two P’s:” “Patience and Persistence.”

11. Think out of the box! Consider ALL your options – and explore the avenues leading to appeals, special agreements, and even (gasp!) political and media pressure.

12. When you’re done, and all your stuff is moved in… THEN… (and ONLY then) acknowledge and thank those who helped and shared in “your lessons learned.”  That case of beer (or box of donuts) will go a long way toward helping the next family build THEIR ISBU Castle…

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll break those all down, and get you rolling. ‘Kay?

Stay tuned.

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2 Responses to “But the Inspectors HATE me…”

  1. G March 2, 2010 at 4:29 am #

    THAT is a very very very usefull list.. I would love to see more of them in your blog post. Would be great to have the same with “how to deal with your architect”, “how to deal with your contractors …”

    Thank you very much

    • renaissanceronin March 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

      Hey G!

      Thanks! I’m glad you find it useful. I’ll expand on it over the next two weeks, in between progress reports on two projects I’m working on that are very “near and dear” to my black little heart!

      As for the other two lists;

      “How to deal with your Architect” and…
      “How to deal with your Contractor”…

      That doesn’t require a post… It just requires a high caliber handgun,…and a menacing stare! 🙂

      Thanks for the comment!


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