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Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2021-04-17, 03:16 PM
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Posted By Trepex
ICF Basement - Floor Guidance

Hi all! Our basement was poured with insulated concrete forms. All rim joists were spray foamed. On the outer basement walls, our drywall was attached directly to the rigid foam. Under our floor...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-16, 08:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,494
Posted By Trepex
Itís unfortunately been higher in the past, once...

Itís unfortunately been higher in the past, once peeking above the footings. But it was after quite a lot of rain and after filling the garage with sand, where there had been a fair bit of water.
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Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-16, 04:40 PM
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Views: 2,494
Posted By Trepex
Just got back from the site with the engineers....

Just got back from the site with the engineers. Foundation was dug 18 inches too deep per the engineering drawings. It looks as though what happened was the surveyor and excavator went off...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-16, 09:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,494
Posted By Trepex
Hahaha!! Fair enough, though it probably looks a...

Hahaha!! Fair enough, though it probably looks a bit worse than it was. The joist cut-offs lying around were actually spread out by my son who was playing "the floor is lava" while he patiently...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-15, 04:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,494
Posted By Trepex
Just replying with a couple of photos to show...

Just replying with a couple of photos to show before/after. Saturday and Sunday were similar when we showed up each morning. It accumulates pretty quick. Mainly pushing at this point for answers...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-15, 04:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,494
Posted By Trepex
Excellent, thank you! It's certainly a different...

Excellent, thank you! It's certainly a different adventure building your own home versus the two previous tract builds I've done. In some ways nice to have more control, but at the same time...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-15, 04:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,494
Posted By Trepex
This is great feedback, thank you. I have...

This is great feedback, thank you. I have confidence in the GC honestly but sometimes not in their willingness to just sit back and wait for answers. I spent my entire weekend running the pump and...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-15, 08:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,494
Posted By Trepex
Thank you for the reply! Foundation is in,...

Thank you for the reply!

Foundation is in, but not basement pad. Our concern is mostly that freezing weather is only days away now. What will they do with 4 inches of water covering the basement...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-14, 11:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,494
Posted By Trepex
Geotechnical engineer - Navan custom build

Hello, we’re building a custom home in Navan. Foundation is in, first floor is nearly all up, but we’re concerned with the amount of water remaining in the basement. Even in cases where we’ve pumped...
Forum: Building and Construction 2020-10-01, 06:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,873
Posted By Trepex
Exterior Cladding, CanExel, Rigid insulation, R-value, Etc.

Hi all! Iím back after a long hiatus! Weíre building a new custom home in Ottawa, and itís quite the different adventure from my previous tract builds.

Given the big increase in lumber costs...
Forum: Building and Construction 2014-11-02, 04:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,332
Posted By Trepex
Hehe that's funny, I had found the exact same...

Hehe that's funny, I had found the exact same references and had a back-and-forth with Tamarack. In the end they said they're pretty sure it was still compliant but they agreed to a compromise where...
Forum: Building and Construction 2014-10-28, 10:20 AM
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Views: 3,332
Posted By Trepex
g2k, in your opinion is there even any point in...

g2k, in your opinion is there even any point in taking this to Tarion or am I just going to lose my deposit?
Forum: Building and Construction 2014-10-28, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,332
Posted By Trepex
Yeah it's a real challenge to get at it. I had...

Yeah it's a real challenge to get at it. I had hoped to cut from the closet side, but they backed it with OSB since they also ran plumbing and ducts up through the wall. So I basically have to cut...
Forum: Building and Construction 2014-10-17, 06:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,332
Posted By Trepex
Noisy plumbing

See the video below (terrible and vertical, I'm sorry). The camera didn't fully capture how loud it actually is, but hopefully you get an idea.

This was on our "one year" list to the builder....
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2014-09-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,991
Posted By Trepex
No that's not the problem. Do you have issues...

No that's not the problem. Do you have issues with the grill when plugged into another outlet? If so, you'll need to have the receptacle and breaker checked.
Forum: Ottawa 2014-08-05, 08:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,278
Posted By Trepex
"Going on about". Nice. OP mentioned the hydro...

"Going on about". Nice. OP mentioned the hydro corridor in Avalon. It's hardly a stretch to assume it was the major transmission corridor that passes through us.
Forum: Ottawa 2014-08-05, 02:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,278
Posted By Trepex
I have no doubt they mislead you. It's no biggie...

I have no doubt they mislead you. It's no biggie as far as I'm
concerned, but it absolutely is a main Ontario Hydro corridor. There's only the one just south of Innes that cuts through Chaperal and...
Forum: Ottawa 2014-08-05, 12:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,278
Posted By Trepex
Not less than 1000 volts. I believe they are...

Not less than 1000 volts. I believe they are 230KV lines, though that could change with the new station, and or they might have been 500 to start with. 230 as in 230,000 volts. Not < 1000...
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Forum: Ottawa 2014-08-05, 06:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,278
Posted By Trepex
Haha, they're transmission lines. They are quite...

Haha, they're transmission lines. They are quite absolutely not "low voltage". We live just the other side of Tenth Line, about 400m away. They're actually just finishing work on a new substation...
Forum: Home Technology and Electronics 2014-07-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 14,288
Posted By Trepex
"Some old debates on the net"? Google a bit...

"Some old debates on the net"? Google a bit more, and see if you can find anything indicating that building codes or electrical standards in one state/province or another allow it.

Unfortunately...
Forum: Home Technology and Electronics 2014-07-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 14,288
Posted By Trepex
Which is why you screw/bolt the brackets into...

Which is why you screw/bolt the brackets into studs, and why your wiring should be properly run, stapled, etc. The only way you would go through the wiring is if you tried to put a lag bolt through...
Forum: Home Technology and Electronics 2014-07-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 14,288
Posted By Trepex
You have to use "in wall certified wire". ...

You have to use "in wall certified wire". Running a consumer power cable through a closed wall is absolutely against code and ESA. Proper romex is rated up to - for example - 90degrees. A consumer...
Forum: Home Technology and Electronics 2014-07-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 14,288
Posted By Trepex
But that's precisely what's not okay. Put an...

But that's precisely what's not okay. Put an outlet where it needs to be. Conduits are for low voltage wiring only, unless as Greg pointed out you're using proper electrical conduit with Romex...
Forum: Appliances and Furniture 2014-07-06, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,343
Posted By Trepex
The Advantiums are pretty awesome. We debated it...

The Advantiums are pretty awesome. We debated it to go with our GE Monogram walloven, but in the end went with a normal microwave and trim kit instead. They're pretty darn cool though!
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Forum: Ottawa 2014-05-25, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,122
Posted By Trepex
Having spent hours power washing the grime and...

Having spent hours power washing the grime and water stains off of my folks glass deck railing this summer, I'd have second thoughts if I were doing it. Beautiful and gives such an open feeling, but...
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