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Partial underpinning of semidetached houses In our column for February, Mr V. T. Brierley invited comments on a situation in which the local authority was threatening action against a client for contravention of Building Regulation requirement A.1 para. (b) because her house-one of a semidetached pair on a raft foundation - had been repaired by being piled. A number of readers have responded, including Eric Skilton of Waltham Abbey, Essex: The question of foundation repair to half of a pair of semidetached houses is one which has, in the past, raised a wealth of issues and opinions. The DOE determination to which Mr Brierley refers was by no means the first on this issue; they invariably stem from an objection from the Building Control Department under Regulation A.l (1) (b). Verulam