Weld­ing gets neigh­bour hot un­der col­lar

Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - ROBERT NOCE

Dear Robert: I live in a down­town condo high­rise build­ing and have two is­sues: (1) ug­li­ness, and (2) safety.

One of my next-door neigh­bours is a met­al­smith “artist” who spe­cial­izes in con­struct­ing pieces made from used table­ware, such as but­ter knives.

There is a welded but­ter knife ob­jet d’art dan­gling from the roof of his bal­cony and it is an eye­sore; it looks like garbage. Is there any­thing I can do about this?

Sec­ond, I be­lieve that my neigh­bour is us­ing some small-scale weld­ing tools within his unit, as I can of­ten hear what I be­lieve to be weld­ing sounds com­ing from next door.

Can I do any­thing about this? I don’t want my build­ing to burn down.

An­swer: With re­spect to the ob­jet d’art dan­gling from the roof of his bal­cony, I would sug­gest that you re­view your by­laws to de­ter­mine whether the own­ers can af­fix any ob­ject to the roof of the bal­cony.

If the by­laws are silent in this re­gard, then there may not be much you can do to deal with this is­sue.

As they say, one per­son’s trash is an­other per­son’s trea­sure.

Your safety is­sue is of great con­cern and this is a le­git­i­mate risk in a high-den­sity set­ting.

I would def­i­nitely bring your neigh­bour’s po­ten­tial weld­ing ac­tiv­ity to the at­ten­tion of the board.

As well, if you have ev­i­dence to sup­port your po­si­tion, you may also want to con­tact the emer­gency re­sponse depart­ment of your mu­nic­i­pal­ity to send a fire in­spec­tor to in­spect the in­te­rior of the unit, as your neigh­bour may be com­mit­ting fire code vi­o­la­tions.

Help­ful hint: It is shock­ing to me how care­less peo­ple are with fire within close con­fines, rang­ing from us­ing propane tanks to heat tomato plants in a shed to bar­be­cu­ing in the kitchen.

Sim­ply put, some peo­ple are stupid about fire safety and you need to call the fire depart­ment as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, be­cause it is bet­ter to be safe than sorry.

John Lu­cas, Edmonton Jour­nal

Weld­ing metal sculp­tures is best done in a com­mer­cial stu­dio or shop.

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