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Forum: Ottawa 2021-01-25, 05:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,442
Posted By haivi
It could be just the lack of humidity. You can...

It could be just the lack of humidity. You can caulk it for now. Also verify that your house's humidity is reasonable. The last couple days have been quite brutal; even with a bypass central...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-01-22, 10:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,409
Posted By haivi
Someone posted on reddit couple days ago that...

Someone posted on reddit couple days ago that lumber cost itself increase by $30,000 for each house in 2020. That would definitely affect the final price of the house. That person also suspect...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-01-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,409
Posted By haivi
I am so sorry to hear about your trouble. This...

I am so sorry to hear about your trouble. This just indicates that problems could happen to any builders, even the good one. Urbandale used to be really reputable. I think it all depends on the site...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-01-14, 10:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By haivi
Yup, I've used them for 2 houses. All were well.

Yup, I've used them for 2 houses. All were well.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-08, 09:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 618
Posted By haivi
I've used them to look at contractors ratings...

I've used them to look at contractors ratings before. You can't rely on just a single rating site. Combine HomeStars with others such as Google Rating, and most importantly, your gut feeling....
Forum: Ottawa 2020-10-08, 08:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,364
Posted By haivi
Yeah that's what happens with us. Ours (front...

Yeah that's what happens with us. Ours (front load) are on the main floor and balance. But if we run the machines at high speed cycle, the whole laundry floor vibrates. Scare the heck out of me, and...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-10-07, 10:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,364
Posted By haivi
Coincidentally, my neighbors just moved their...

Coincidentally, my neighbors just moved their laundry room from the basement to the 2nd floor for convenient reason. Lots of us dread the spin noise, but I suppose if you have a big family, running 3...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-10-06, 09:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,364
Posted By haivi
I will add another vote to do the first 2 items...

I will add another vote to do the first 2 items now, even if you can get it slightly cheaper later. You don't want to deal with the mess after having moved in.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-08-04, 01:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,841
Posted By haivi
In practice, it doesn't matter whether the...

In practice, it doesn't matter whether the inspector says the name or not. It would only be the neighbors. I would advise to talk to your neighbors first before going to the city.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-05-23, 05:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,097
Posted By haivi
There are couple things to note regarding the...

There are couple things to note regarding the humidifier.

New houses are very air tight, and humidifiers do not seem to update their setting recommendation on the control panel. This is where you...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-05-23, 01:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,799
Posted By haivi
I can't comment on Fence One. But we had a good...

I can't comment on Fence One. But we had a good experience with Fence Scape. Joe, the owner came by our place twice to ensure I and my neighbor are happy with the planned position.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-05-23, 12:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,097
Posted By haivi
Another thing to note is that if you go above...

Another thing to note is that if you go above entry level AC, the vendor usually requires annual maintenance in order to hold the 10-year or so warranty. This is the case with our Bryant AC. I...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-05-23, 12:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 969
Posted By haivi
Thanks for the suggestion guys. I don't have...

Thanks for the suggestion guys. I don't have copper pipe. I believe nowadays all new houses use the PVC pipes.

The noise seems to come from the sink area. I plan to remove the bottom of the...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-05-14, 10:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 969
Posted By haivi
Dripping noise from the master washroom

Hi all,

My master bedroom is above my office. Lately, while sitting in the office, I hear this tik-tak dripping water noise from above. When someone uses the sink in the master washroom, there are...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-04-09, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,216
Posted By haivi
You guys should get something like an Airthings...

You guys should get something like an Airthings device. I've been tracking it on my first floor for the last couple months, but with normal HRV and fan running all the time. What I see is that the...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-03-31, 03:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 713
Posted By haivi
Is your fridge warming up? If yes, it's the...

Is your fridge warming up? If yes, it's the compressor failing. Our LG fridge just failed recently. After everything warms up, you do get a funny smell.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-03-13, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,799
Posted By haivi
We used Fencescape. Apparently they're the...

We used Fencescape. Apparently they're the material (vinyl) distributor as well as the contractor, so their price might be a bit softer.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-02-06, 11:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,591
Posted By haivi
Halton has been around this forum for a while. I...

Halton has been around this forum for a while. I find his contributions very information and helpful. Halton, please continue to educate us.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-29, 02:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 642
Posted By haivi
I can't tell how big is the gap on the second...

I can't tell how big is the gap on the second image. As the window close, there might bit a bit of room between the frame and the windows itself. But that should be squeezed by the soft layer...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,811
Posted By haivi
Wow that does seem very high. That could be due...

Wow that does seem very high. That could be due to tight labour market.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-18, 05:11 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,638
Posted By haivi
I wouldn't be over worried about resale value....

I wouldn't be over worried about resale value. The majority of people buy houses because they want to leave in a house. The # of people buying for investment is a lot less. Toronto market is getting...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-15, 10:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,638
Posted By haivi
This is true. In the Sundance (Bank & Leitrim)...

This is true. In the Sundance (Bank & Leitrim) area, Claridge bought the remaining lots from LeMay Homes, and started building all the lots immediately as inventory houses around August last year....
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,222
Posted By haivi
Thanks for the advice. Foundation leak is one of...

Thanks for the advice. Foundation leak is one of the worse problem in a new build home. Apparently with the melt and the rain couple days ago, a number of houses in Ottawa had water in the...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-13, 10:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,216
Posted By haivi
I am in the Sundance/Findlay Creek area (east...

I am in the Sundance/Findlay Creek area (east side of Bank St.).

We did measure with Fan on and HRV on. In modern house, the fan is always constantly running. If they don't run, the number is...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-01-13, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,216
Posted By haivi
Radon gas

Hi guys,

Have you done radon test in your house? When we first got our current house, we did a 3 months+ measurement on the first floor and the number was a bit above 200. The builder then did...
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