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Forum: Ottawa 2019-10-11, 06:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,933
My make up air system is to slightly open my...

My make up air system is to slightly open my kitchen window when needed.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-10-03, 07:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,280
The amount of insulation in a new build will...

The amount of insulation in a new build will depend on the energy star package that the builder is using. These days most homes have R50 but some have R60.

Yes, it is the thickness of the...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-09-30, 06:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,280
Yesterday I did a 1 year inspection at a Mattamy...

Yesterday I did a 1 year inspection at a Mattamy home in Oakville for a repeat customer. Nothing major was found so that's good. Among other things, these items were found -

- Caulk was missing...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
This is the normal way that this is done.

This is the normal way that this is done.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-15, 08:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Here are a couple codes that every interlocking,...

Here are a couple codes that every interlocking, landscaping, or concrete company needs to know that may be relevant here.

Rule 9.12.3.2. Grading of Backfill (1) Backfill shall be graded to...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-15, 07:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Without seeing what's going on I can't say what...

Without seeing what's going on I can't say what to do but I think someone is either over complicating the problem or that the landscaper does not know how to do this simple task properly. Often the...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-14, 09:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
The height of your neighbours foundation above...

The height of your neighbours foundation above your homes foundation at one side of your home should have nothing to do with proper lot grading. Homes built on roads that have even slight slopes will...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-12, 11:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,280
Those builders are violating the New Home...

Those builders are violating the New Home Warranty Act in Ontario and a person should be very sceptical of the integrity of any builder that does this, BUT, again it comes down to the professional...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-12, 11:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,280
That's because the PDI is primarily an inspection...

That's because the PDI is primarily an inspection to identify chips, scratches, upgrades, how nice the paint looks and blaw, blaw, blaw.

It is not a real home inspection and it is not the time to...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-12, 08:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,280
Sorry, but's it's crazy to not get an inspection...

Sorry, but's it's crazy to not get an inspection done. Just like it would be crazy to drive without insurance. The difference being that your house is much more likely to have problems that you are...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-02, 07:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 697
So funny. Where I live, in the lovely town of...

So funny. Where I live, in the lovely town of Milton - I came home yesterday to find a notice on my door wondering why I / my address does not have a dog licence on file with the town.

I guess...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-30, 09:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 320
$700 to $1000 sounds about right. That's...

$700 to $1000 sounds about right.

That's based on the $600 price a friend paid to move his about 6 years ago.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-29, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 697
A metal Beware of Dog sign from PetSmart is...

A metal Beware of Dog sign from PetSmart is something we have. Do we have a dog ?,,,,,, you will never know ;)
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 728
I would have to agree that this is not a code...

I would have to agree that this is not a code violation, a poor workmanship issue, or an issue that Tarion would enforce.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-18, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 498
Usually it's the neighbors vinyl siding that...

Usually it's the neighbors vinyl siding that warps. There may be a film that can be installed on the exterior of the glass to reduce the reflection.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-10, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 947
No. Building code rules will always supersede /...

No. Building code rules will always supersede / trump Tarion rules.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-10, 11:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 947
That's exactly right.

That's exactly right.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-09, 09:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
In my area most of the backwater valves are more...

In my area most of the backwater valves are more complex then the one shown in the post above but, regardless of the type of valve most of the time the access covers are covered or partially covered...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-08, 07:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 947
These new rules are in place because deaf people...

These new rules are in place because deaf people can not hear alarms but they and everyone else can see a bright flashing strobe light. Lever door handles are now required because many people, kids...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-05, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
A few years ago I built a detached man cave of a...

A few years ago I built a detached man cave of a garage. Never has a vehicle tarnished it's beautiful floor lol. Anyways, I installed 2 Maximum Ventilation 301 vents on the peak of the roof. This...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-06-24, 09:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 404
Shame the builder can't do them before attic...

Shame the builder can't do them before attic insulation is put in. Maybe the builder can at least rough-in the wires saving at least some of the potential insulation "damage". Then again, maybe the...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-06-15, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 541
Cedar hedges are great. Plant them about 2 feet...

Cedar hedges are great. Plant them about 2 feet apart and keep them trimmed to the height and width that you want them to grow. It's all in the budget that you have. The bigger the better. The bigger...
Forum: Tarion Questions 2019-06-14, 07:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
First - this builder is a moron. Over all my...

First - this builder is a moron. Over all my years doing new construction warranty inspections I have never heard this lame excuse for this issue when in fact the only act of God was some wind.
...
Forum: Building and Construction 2019-05-25, 03:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 989
Better late than never to comment. Venting...

Better late than never to comment.

Venting out the soffit is never as good going out the wall or out the roof. A proper vent that is properly installed on the roof will not leak.

There are very...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-17, 05:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,031
Well worth it.

Well worth it.
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