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FHA-tension Wires

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jwand125

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I have a house about 65 feet away from high tension wires, I cant tell if it is in fall distance, how do you write that up, make the city or manufaturer sign off?

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Mountain Man

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Here is a past discussion that will help you:

http://appraisersforum.com/forum/index.php...l=fall+distance


Pay close attention to Ben’s response:

How to look like an FHA GOD and impress your client... call the transmission engineering department of the utility and have them give you a letter stating that the tower conforms to the National Electric Code and is designed to collapse inward upon itself. Yep, most utilities have them and they will fax one right over to you. Ergo, no engineered fall distance. Nothing to worry about.......loan closes
 

Mountain Man

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No problem. Just had to search a bit, I remembered the post because of Ben's great responce. He is da FHA master!!
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Look at the date of construction of the home, if it was after the date the power line was put in, chances are it is a safe distance...otherwise, you got good advice here already.
 

Restrain

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Generally, high-tension poles and towers are engineered to collapse in on themselves and contain the wires within the easements. They've got a facility in this county where they build these things then stress them to see how they collapse. So, unless the wires are right on top of the home, you should be O.K. Just state the distances. The company won't give you the fall radius anyway.

You can always make an assumption that it's outside the engineered fall radius.

Roger
 

Ben Vukicevich SRA

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Ha!!! Not the FHA master.....but learned through experience. I lost an entire building of FHA appraisals way back before HOC's and the new 4150 because I stated there was a tower to the rear of the building and the underwriter rejected all the loans due to Location. Wow, the builder was mad...however, he went to a mortgage company that had a former FHA staff appraiser and he knew the trick about the letter..and they got all the loans.....and Ben learned.....while he lost big bucks...

Ben
 
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