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comment My 5th (top) floor apartment is shaking; what might cause this?
To add a bit more, he said that the issue was likely similar to the case of the leaning tower or pisa. Additionally, he said that the shaking would probably cause some issues with the building years down the road, but that I don't have anything to worry about for the duration of my stay, and in any case a problem of this kind would not be life threatening (which was my main concern). So... I guess I just deal with the shaking, sort of like a bad trip, it's scary, but you know it's harmless so you shrug it off :)
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comment My 5th (top) floor apartment is shaking; what might cause this?
The structural engineer did some wind load tests, and said that the building should be safe, an should not be shaking. Unfortunately, the cost of checking the foundation of the building would have been too expensive relative to my deposit on the lease. However, the structural engineer did say that the building uses "plates" instead of pilings, and that due to the concrete construction, even if the foundation had issues, the building would not collapse "WTC" style, and thus I shouldn't worry. Fun fact: this country literally does not have building codes / regulations ;)
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comment My 5th (top) floor apartment is shaking; what might cause this?
No subway / rail, so that's been ruled out. I've hired my own structural engineer, and I suppose we'll see what the results of the audit here. I'll be sure to post them here :)
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comment My 5th (top) floor apartment is shaking; what might cause this?
Thank you very much for this detailed answer. I have hired a structural engineer to look into it. In addition to the "renovations", the landlord also built a "roof" structure on the top of the building. This is what the structural engineer suspects is causing the shaking. In any case, I suppose we'll find out, until then, hotel life :\ I'll let you know how it goes!
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