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11 April 2008 @ 01:04 pm
I'm very grumpy at somerville  
I would like a new toiler and vanity in my bathroom. These are fairly easy to do for one's self. Except apparently you can't by law. And even if you could, you couldn't dispose of the materials, since somerville won't take contruction materials. I knew all this before, but I'm feeling very railroaded into hiring expensive plumbers or doing with out, which is what I do. Because it's just too costly.

pekmezpekmez on April 11th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
could you hire inexpensive stuff haulers to take the old toilet and vanity?
A little nightnacht_musik on April 11th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, all you need in order to do legal renovations is a construction permit, which is not cheap, but much cheaper than an expensive plumber.
pekmezpekmez on April 11th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
no, there are massachusetts laws about only licensed plumbers doing most of the plumbing work you might consider doing yourself. I don't know that repalcing a toilet actually requires any kind of construction permit though.

I'm not sure that old plumbing fixtures count as construction materials - which is mostly a separate axis designed to make you pay to haul away large quantities of crap from a construction project, but also gets used by Somerville to catch people doing actual construction without a permit. "I found it in my basement" might work though.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on April 11th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
nope, sinks and toilets count as contruction material. we had a problem with the "found it in our basement" they didn't want to hear it. They stopped sending us nasty letters, but they were mostly "don't throw out a even a single shingle ever again!"
Shooting for the moonintuition_ist on April 11th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Jim Richard in Arlington is an excellent plumber, and afaik will not overcharge for things of this nature. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs plumbing work.