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Forum: Ottawa 2021-09-07, 09:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,183
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
it's a collapsible nested tube - there's nothing...

it's a collapsible nested tube - there's nothing in it. it just protects the valve at the bottom below the frost line. every one of these I've ever seen sticking up too high was easily adjusted...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-07-09, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 850
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
he should fix his door. if it wasn't on the...

he should fix his door.

if it wasn't on the PDI, then the builder is correct to refuse to cover it.

if he has some other proof that it was damaged before closing he can try to use that to get...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-06-30, 04:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,165
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
If you need emergency repairs (ie: a/c during a...

If you need emergency repairs (ie: a/c during a heatwave), you don't have to wait for the builder to fix something. You should notify them that you are having an emergency repair done to something...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-05-11, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,664
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
wait until the city starts charging a stormwater...

wait until the city starts charging a stormwater management fee like Mississauga does. they use satellite imagery to detect the % of hardscape (roof, driveway, patio, and even deck) and then assess...
Forum: Building and Construction 2021-04-09, 02:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,821
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
Brine tank is for a water softener that works on...

Brine tank is for a water softener that works on an ion-exchange basis.
Forum: Ottawa 2021-04-06, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2,737
Views: 778,062
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
there were a few high-profile cases in the past...

there were a few high-profile cases in the past couple of years where a windstorm damaged houses during framing. the entire structure had to be pulled down and reframed. it is unfortunately not...
Forum: Building and Construction 2021-02-26, 06:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,299
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
yes, but why bother with the hospital grade...

yes, but why bother with the hospital grade plugs? they're designed to be installed with the ground pin up, and have colour coded dots that indicate which outlets are connected to backup power.
...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-02-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,922
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
true, but if you accidentally short the circuit...

true, but if you accidentally short the circuit when you're swapping the doorbell, there's a good chance you'll be buying a new transformer.

if you're the type the throws the breaker instead of...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-02-17, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 812
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
if the coils freeze up, the compressor is...

if the coils freeze up, the compressor is running.

it's probably the fan not running. this should be easy to repair for an electrical hobbyist. you can probably get a parts diagram online if...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-01-25, 01:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,975
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
could be either. you can test in the spring...

could be either.

you can test in the spring with a hose.

for now, leave the curtains open for better circulation.
Forum: Ottawa 2021-01-13, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,310
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
Residential construction is allowed to continue...

Residential construction is allowed to continue where:
1 - footing permits have been issued or
2 - project is a condominium or
3 - renovations to a residential property started before 12 Jan 2021...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-24, 05:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,309
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
don't worry - they will correct you. use their...

don't worry - they will correct you. use their "my account" feature to look up similar homes so that you can make sure yours is not assessed higher than others. it's common for homes that are newer...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-16, 08:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,795
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
a proper sump pump will clear that amount of...

a proper sump pump will clear that amount of water PDQ, but it does look like there's either a general water table issue or an underground spring/waterway that will need to be addressed. if you can...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-10-09, 05:38 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 78,554
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
My 65 gallon high-recovery tank is about ready to...

My 65 gallon high-recovery tank is about ready to be replaced in my opinion. Any recommendations on makes/models, suppliers, and/or installers?
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2020-09-29, 08:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,201
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
who still uses coax and phone? just run multiple...

who still uses coax and phone? just run multiple Cat6 these days.
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2020-09-08, 01:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,201
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
the garage is an unfinished/unheated space. you...

the garage is an unfinished/unheated space. you should spray.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-07-17, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 914
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
No. Some of the workers may choose to take...

No. Some of the workers may choose to take vacation, but I wouldn't expect much of an impact on Ontario construction sites.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-07-06, 03:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,833
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
i'm sure some people would just tell their...

i'm sure some people would just tell their builder to install the cheapest hood fan with no changes to the cabinets, knowing they planned to put the microwave in later themselves...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-06-10, 04:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,989
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
Vinyl plank is not low maintenance. water can...

Vinyl plank is not low maintenance. water can soak between the planks, and it is very difficult to find a good installer. with lots of people doing poor quality installations, those floors require...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2020-06-08, 02:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,866
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
you would notice it in a few hours. the velocity...

you would notice it in a few hours. the velocity of air through the vents would be reduced, and you would have very little to no condensation running through your condensate drain. the a/c might...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2020-06-05, 03:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,866
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
you have too much a/c supply and not enough...

you have too much a/c supply and not enough return.

have an hvac contractor extend your air return line down to the floor level and that will help in the winter. it's not hard - should be a...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-05-29, 05:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,214
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
this has to be planned ahead. - when they...

this has to be planned ahead.
- when they plan to backfill the foundation, they don't put the footings any lower than just below the basement floor.
- when they plan for a basement walkout like...
Forum: Tarion Questions 2020-05-29, 05:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,177
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
your builder CHOOSES to not send a maintenance...

your builder CHOOSES to not send a maintenance person. Home repair like this is an essential service and they can absolutely fix your A/C.

you can choose to hire someone to fix it, and there is...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-04-22, 07:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,193
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
+1 on this. My builder had to relocate my vent...

+1 on this. My builder had to relocate my vent by 2" so that it would line up with the chimney.

Once it was relocated, I was able to mount it myself with almost no help from a disinterested...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-04-17, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,193
Posted By oakvillehomeowner
they're not that difficult to install yourself...

they're not that difficult to install yourself...
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