Graflex01867 t1_jdte96m wrote

You have some options, but none of them really have a great outcome. The landlord lied to you, they’re probably not going to admit it or give you any concessions. You could ask, but I’d be prepared to not have your lease renewed. Most of the things you could do after that are kinda scorched earth.

For example, a building permit that’s open and not being worked on could be reported to the city. If the work happening in the space isn’t related to the space, that’s a problem.

You could argue that you’re not getting acceptable peace and quiet enjoyment with them starting work so early.

Depending on what they’re doing, it could be industrial not commercial, which might be a zoning violation.

With a construction site below you, your apartment might not technically be inhabitable because of the work they’re doing below you.


Graflex01867 t1_jdagcky wrote

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Graflex01867 t1_jd6vdxq wrote

I’d check with some local electricians first before you do anything. A fast charging station is a fairly considerable load, and they might not go near anything you did yourself and can’t show permits and inspections for.

I would think by code, and since it’s the right thing to do, you really want a sub-panel in the carport. Also, if you can, make it a 20-amp circuit for the lights, etc. You never know when you want to run a leaf blower or vacuum out your car.


Graflex01867 t1_jcsac27 wrote

Where along the pike?

You could go have them take Logan Express to Framingham, or have them take Logan Express to Woburn and pick them up there. (Yes, it’s a bit of a drive from the Pike - but you totally miss all the construction. There’s also a variety of fast food and reasonable restaurants if they want food after their flight.)

Edit - even if the bus hits some traffic, so what - it’s the bus, you’re still not driving in it.


Graflex01867 t1_jaai805 wrote

Let that rage burn with the heat of a million suns. Then go take that heat and cook up some fresh asphalt and start filling in some potholes, since you’ve got nothing better to do sitting in traffic.


Graflex01867 t1_j9dbugk wrote

Ahh, I misunderstood your foundation plan. My mistake - I thought you were using 2 4x4s on top of each other.

I would just buy a pressure treated 2x4, cut it in half, and screw half of it to the bottom of the 4x4s and half of it to the inside of the 4x4s. If your gravel is nice and packed/tamped under the wood, it shouldn’t move/bend.


Graflex01867 t1_j9d6cbi wrote

Remove the mulch down to bare dirt. Over time the mulch will decompose and the shed will settle on you.

Cut one of your top boards in half, so on the bottom you have 2 8 footers, and on top you have a 4, then the 8, then the 4 footer. That will stagger your joints.

You could also drill through both Timbers, and pound some rebar all the way through into the ground. (Drill at least 6 inches from the end of the Timbers to prevent splitting.)That would be the best way to tie the Timbers together, and to anchor your frame to the ground.


Graflex01867 t1_j8qh8uu wrote

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This is all hypothetical - but I don’t know that I could.

I don’t think I’d want to rent it out myself, since I don’t really want to be a landlord. There’s enough to deal with at my own place. I don’t want to deal with collecting rent, and managing the property. (That’s assuming I COULD sub-lease it, and that the lease wouldn’t end at my parents death.)

If I have my own place, I might not want to renovate another, then move. I might not be able to afford it. Even cheap rent is still rent. Renovations are expensive. (And as a rental, I still don’t own it, so I can’t just change whatever I want how I want.)

I think the bigger point I’m suggesting is that even with rent control, the turnover can still be pretty long. There’s also other factors - like after college, I was single. So I find a bachelor pad - really cheap, and rent controlled - but what if I start a relationship, and start a family - do I stay cramped in a cheap apartment, or find something bigger? (The same could be said about a new job - if I keep the cheap housing, is it worth doubling my commute?)

I could see rent control actually encouraging a bit of stagnation in housing. I’d rather see rents in general coming down on their own, or maybe making it easier to buy in like a condo style apartment instead.


Graflex01867 t1_j8q6g2x wrote

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There was about a 10 year gap between the time I graduated college and the time my parents could retire. I’m pretty sure it will be at least another 10 years before they move on to “new accommodations.” Great, so I get an apartment I haven’t lived in for 20 something years!


Graflex01867 t1_j61vvdz wrote

You've built half a bearing. See how the wood overhangs one half of the axle? You need to have a corresponding piece of wood on the other side of the axle. Two little "legs" and a bridge piece going across the axle would work (An "n" shape").

Or just throw on another washer or two and call it good. I'm pretty sure that would be fine for your golf clubs.


Graflex01867 t1_j61rnl2 wrote

I second the barbecue grill idea.

I don't think fire pits are technically legal in Boston, but at the same time, I don't think anyone would really complain if you burned a few things. The grill would just be a safe/easy way, and on one would ask questions. It's got enough room to contain the ash from the paper and keep it from blowing around/lighting anything on fire.


Graflex01867 t1_j5nsmzi wrote

Well. . . technically, when you realized it was a turn only lane, you probably should have just turned, then found your way back to where you were originally going. (Yeah, I know Malden has some rather interesting one-ways and roads that duck over/under other roads and the train tracks.)

On the other hand, if the road signs aren't clear, then that's not right either. Drivers aren't psychic, there needs to be signs for turn only lanes. If the cop pulled someone else over after you, that says that other drivers were confused about it as well.

You've got a point that the signs suck, but you also could have handled your mistake better. It might not be worth your time to argue it in court. I would see if there's someone you could report it to - I'm not sure what department in the city government it would be.