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Jesse's hand-crafted off-grid tiny home

Jesse's hand-crafted off-grid tiny home

(8:55) In his late-teens, Jesse built a tiny home in Maine, before tiny houses were a thing.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (222 days ago)

Living off the grid does not mean you can build a house illegally wthout a permit. It needs to fit within guidelines such as being handicapped accessible. The permit will cause an inspector to review it after the build and appropriately increase the land value so it can be taxed properly based on said improvement.

Installing solar panels for friends might be illegal unless you're licensed to do that. Installing them on your own death-trap of a house is one thing but putting them on someone else's is a legal issue.

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Living off the grid does not mean you can build a house illegally wthout a permit. It needs to fit within guidelines such as being handicapped accessible. The permit will cause an inspector to review it after the build and appropriately increase the land value so it can be taxed properly based on said improvement.

Installing solar panels for friends might be illegal unless you're licensed to do that. Installing them on your own death-trap of a house is one thing but putting them on someone else's is a legal issue.

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Guest: (222 days ago)

Damn, you're a real ray of sunshine, aren't you?

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Damn, you're a real ray of sunshine, aren't you?

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (222 days ago)

Just wishing everyone obeyed the law. Because I do, I pay more than my fair share of taxes. Every enhancement to my house was permitted so every year I pay taxes on them. It's not a one time tax -- it's every single year.

If you want to improve your home, you need a permit. Then you'll get a new appraised value to your home and you will pay an additional tax amount for the rest of your life.

He added solar, that adds value to his home but since he installed it himself, I bet he "forgot" to tell the proper authorities so he's getting away with paying less than his fair share of taxes on that improvement. When people pay less than they are supposed to, they increase the milage rate for those of us that do pay taxes.

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Just wishing everyone obeyed the law. Because I do, I pay more than my fair share of taxes. Every enhancement to my house was permitted so every year I pay taxes on them. It's not a one time tax -- it's every single year.

If you want to improve your home, you need a permit. Then you'll get a new appraised value to your home and you will pay an additional tax amount for the rest of your life.

He added solar, that adds value to his home but since he installed it himself, I bet he "forgot" to tell the proper authorities so he's getting away with paying less than his fair share of taxes on that improvement. When people pay less than they are supposed to, they increase the milage rate for those of us that do pay taxes.

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Guest: (221 days ago)

If the government didn't have to police silly nonsense laws, you'd pay lower taxes.

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If the government didn't have to police silly nonsense laws, you'd pay lower taxes.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (221 days ago)

Silly laws like what?

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Silly laws like what?

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Guest: (221 days ago)

Like licensing for installing solar panels on your own house.

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Like licensing for installing solar panels on your own house.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (221 days ago)
Do you even know how to read? I said putting it on your own home is one thing but putting on somebody else's house is a completely different matter.
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Do you even know how to read? I said putting it on your own home is one thing but putting on somebody else's house is a completely different matter.
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Guest: (221 days ago)

Typical libtard defense jumping to insults straight away when evidence doesn't suit them !. Sad really

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Typical libtard defense jumping to insults straight away when evidence doesn't suit them !. Sad really

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (221 days ago)

What conclusion should I have reached other than the poster couldn't read? It was very clearly stated in my first message that it was an entirely different legal matter when putting it on someone else's home. The fact the poster mentioned getting a license for putting solar on "your own home" was an idiotic response.

I will overlook typos or grammar issues most of the time but that was the entire meaning of the paragraph that was misunderstood.

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What conclusion should I have reached other than the poster couldn't read? It was very clearly stated in my first message that it was an entirely different legal matter when putting it on someone else's home. The fact the poster mentioned getting a license for putting solar on "your own home" was an idiotic response.

I will overlook typos or grammar issues most of the time but that was the entire meaning of the paragraph that was misunderstood.

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I don't know the law, but if it's like you're describing that's even worse. How is the government officials supposed to know whether the home owner installed the solar panels himself, or if his friend assisted him? Why should the former situation be an entirely different legal matter than the latter situation?

The purpose of the licensing schemes is to create barriers to entry and inhibit free competition within the construcion sector. It's all quite ridiculous, and the enforcement of such rules comes at a high cost to the consumer as well as to the tax payer.

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I don't know the law, but if it's like you're describing that's even worse. How is the government officials supposed to know whether the home owner installed the solar panels himself, or if his friend assisted him? Why should the former situation be an entirely different legal matter than the latter situation?

The purpose of the licensing schemes is to create barriers to entry and inhibit free competition within the construcion sector. It's all quite ridiculous, and the enforcement of such rules comes at a high cost to the consumer as well as to the tax payer.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (220 days ago)

I'll help explain some of it to you then.

There is a difference between a license and a permit.

Any enhancement to your home will require a permit. If you want to install a well, install solar, buld a sun room, all will require you get a permit. Repairs to existing systems do not require a permit. This will initiate processes such as inspections, appraisals, and proper taxing.

If you want to do repairs or minor construction on your own home, you may do that. If you have a hole in your wall, go to Home Depot and pick up a piece of sheet rock and patch it. Have a faulty breaker in the electrical breaker box, you can replace that yourself if you want. However, if you plan on doing general construction on someone else's home, you need a general contractors license. This is an easy license to get and doesn't prevent competition within the construction sector.

"it costs $250 for an original application fee (nonrefundable) and $150 for the initial license fee for one classification. The license must be renewed every two years. Currently, the renewal fee is $300 ." LINK

If you want to do air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, or roofing on someone else house, you will need a specialized license. These are much harder to get and require schooling along with testing. This prevents people that don't know all the proper codes from doing work on your home that can cause trouble in the future.

The laws are very specific regarding roofing, for example. I don't know them all but there are specifications that dictate how many inches away each nail has to be, materials you can use for moisture barriers, etc. As long as the contractor has the license, it should be done to code. If it is not done by code, the city can require you tear down the enhancement and start over costing you thousands.

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I'll help explain some of it to you then.

There is a difference between a license and a permit.

Any enhancement to your home will require a permit. If you want to install a well, install solar, buld a sun room, all will require you get a permit. Repairs to existing systems do not require a permit. This will initiate processes such as inspections, appraisals, and proper taxing.

If you want to do repairs or minor construction on your own home, you may do that. If you have a hole in your wall, go to Home Depot and pick up a piece of sheet rock and patch it. Have a faulty breaker in the electrical breaker box, you can replace that yourself if you want. However, if you plan on doing general construction on someone else's home, you need a general contractors license. This is an easy license to get and doesn't prevent competition within the construction sector.

"it costs $250 for an original application fee (nonrefundable) and $150 for the initial license fee for one classification. The license must be renewed every two years. Currently, the renewal fee is $300 ." LINK

If you want to do air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, or roofing on someone else house, you will need a specialized license. These are much harder to get and require schooling along with testing. This prevents people that don't know all the proper codes from doing work on your home that can cause trouble in the future.

The laws are very specific regarding roofing, for example. I don't know them all but there are specifications that dictate how many inches away each nail has to be, materials you can use for moisture barriers, etc. As long as the contractor has the license, it should be done to code. If it is not done by code, the city can require you tear down the enhancement and start over costing you thousands.

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I built a bathroom last year. I did everything myself and it worked out great. If I were to do things by the book it would have cost me three times as much, it would take significantly more time and the quality would be worse. The laws are in place in order to secure the construction sector monopoly rents.

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I built a bathroom last year. I did everything myself and it worked out great. If I were to do things by the book it would have cost me three times as much, it would take significantly more time and the quality would be worse. The laws are in place in order to secure the construction sector monopoly rents.

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