Log cabin owner finally has a home

Staff WriterFebruary 21, 2009 

— Andrew Dykers moved into his trailer this month, after four months of trying to get clearance from the town.

Dykers had bought the log cabin, shaped and sized like a mobile home, from a builder in upstate New York.

Normally trailers and modular homes are inspected and certified in the factories where they're built, but this one wasn't. Neither Chapel Hill nor North Carolina has a building standard or inspection process for a custom-built mobile home.

The town forced him from his home in a trailer park off Martin Luther King Boulevard in October. Finally this month, a private engineer, acting as a third party, signed off on the safety of the home, and the town issued Dykers a certificate of occupancy. By then, he was dealing with pipes that had frozen and split.

Dykers has threatened to sue the town to recoup the costs of repairs, renting another apartment and paying for the private inspection.

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