Monday, November 21, 2011

Desiccation, Vibration, Rewetting

What happens when we take a soil, dry it out with big trees, so that it shrinks and cracks, vibrate and disturb that dry block of soil, so that some of those dry peds infill the cracks, add water via a wet summer, and what happens to the lateral pressure on adjacent house basement?

Who is at fault? the owner of the trees (2 owners, one has two, the other has about 10, but farther away), the person who did caused the vibration, or the homeowner for owning a house on high plastic soils?  Without any one, the problem would be lesser? The lawyers should have fun with that one.

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