Monday, January 14, 2013

How do you buy a house near Hamilton?

As asked to little old me... and here is my answer.

It's sad but true, that nobody cares about earthquakes in this region.  Your seismic risk here is totally determined by foundation type.  Thus, totally safe on rock, and horrible on the drained swamps by the lake.  If it is a new house, then ask about the foundation.  Look around for excavations.  Ask people how tough it is to put in fence poles.  That sort of thing.  Best is if they had to blast for a basement.  :)


Anonymous said...

Does Queenston shale count as rock? :-). That stuff seems to be pretty weathered unless you go deep.

Harold Asmis said...

Yes, that stuff is tough unless it is exposed to air. Signs of good ground are: tremendous swearing when trying to use a fence pole hand auger, and you whap your steel snow fence pole with a hammer and don't get anywhere (my place).