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Forum: Ottawa 2021-09-07, 11:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 762
Such a shame that this simple issue is not being...

Such a shame that this simple issue is not being easily resolved. I live in Milton Ontario, in Halton Region, which includes Oakville, Milton, and Burlington. In my case for an issue like this I...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-08-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 283
That's not a drip edge. Who knows what that is...

That's not a drip edge. Who knows what that is but if it does not shed water effectively from the roof then it violates the OBC. If it leaks, which it looks like it will along it's entire length,...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-07-29, 09:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,058
Hi. I don't think that the 7/8 inch difference in...

Hi. I don't think that the 7/8 inch difference in the required foundation height above the ground will warranty any specific repairs to the home. Slight lot grading improvements should resolve this....
Forum: Ottawa 2021-07-28, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,058
Here are some Ontario Building Code Rules that...

Here are some Ontario Building Code Rules that cover this type of thing.

Rule 9.12.3.2. Grading of Backfill.

(1) Backfill shall be graded to prevent drainage towards the foundation AFTER...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-07-12, 05:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Doors do not typically crack. If it appears as if...

Doors do not typically crack. If it appears as if blunt force damaged the door that may have been caused when moving furniture into the home then the builder would not be responsible. While PDI's are...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-06-25, 10:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 488
No, this is not normal and it could indicate that...

No, this is not normal and it could indicate that either the subfloor is loose or that the tiles were not installed properly. I imagine that the builder will "patch them up" but you will need to...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-06-24, 08:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Homes 2000 square feet or less are $400. Prices...

Homes 2000 square feet or less are $400. Prices get higher based on the size.
Forum: Ottawa 2021-06-24, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Like everything else - the right home inspector...

Like everything else - the right home inspector needs to be hired. I would imagine that there are dozens of home inspectors in the Ottawa area but only a couple who have specialized in new...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-06-23, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
These are all legitimate issues that the builder...

These are all legitimate issues that the builder should resolve for you. The bad news is that this indicates a lack of supervision at the site and this can easily lead to many more serious issues....
Forum: Ottawa 2021-06-12, 09:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 622
I would not want hardwood in a kitchen.

I would not want hardwood in a kitchen.
Forum: Ottawa 2021-05-30, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 777
Most new homes have a foundation crack or two....

Most new homes have a foundation crack or two. Before you spend thousands finishing your basement it would be a good idea to locate the crack(s) and have it / them injected. Most foundation cracks...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-05-05, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,161
Builders,,,, always twisting the reality of the...

Builders,,,, always twisting the reality of the situation to suit their false and misleading statements. They lean on Tarion rules that are irrelevant because the OBC rules takes precedence. Many...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-05-05, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,161
In the fall would be a good time. This way there...

In the fall would be a good time. This way there will be less builder activity around and the lot grading may be done.

Make sure the downspout elbows drain at least 12 inches ABOVE the ground. Not...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-05-04, 02:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 554
Keep in mind that the PDI inspection is a...

Keep in mind that the PDI inspection is a cosmetic inspection and is intended to ensure that you got your upgrades. Do not worry about the exterior of the home at this time. The PDI is intended to...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-04-16, 11:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 765
The goal of the PDI is to inspect the home in...

The goal of the PDI is to inspect the home in it's completed state. If the floors are not installed then that could also have implications for the trim and baseboards and possibly walls that could be...
Forum: Tarion Questions 2021-03-05, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,631
I think your lawyer is wrong. Issues need to be...

I think your lawyer is wrong. Issues need to be resolved within a few months by the builder. Exterior issues get extra time because the winter months are not part of the time frames. If an issue is...
Forum: Building and Construction 2021-03-05, 06:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,625
It does not matter if the ground plug is up or...

It does not matter if the ground plug is up or down but according the Google -

"With the ground pin on the top it provides a more stable connection. This ground plug does not carry current so it...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-02-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,531
Answer above is good. Most of the time the...

Answer above is good. Most of the time the doorbell transformer is attached to the side of the electrical panel. It is a square shaped device with small wires attached to it. Two wires from the...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-02-14, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 678
In a couple months from now and leading into the...

In a couple months from now and leading into the summer Canadian Tire will likely have some pretty good sale prices on dehumidifiers. With the prices on labor and parts today it's probably not worth...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-02-13, 12:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 508
Maybe have him install a timer while he or she is...

Maybe have him install a timer while he or she is there.
Forum: Ottawa 2021-02-08, 07:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,047
Normally the double pane of glass can be removed...

Normally the double pane of glass can be removed and replace by any glass company. In your area there will likely be a few smaller window and door companies who are capable of replacing your window....
Forum: Ottawa 2021-02-03, 07:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,047
Some Tarion rules and warranty coverage is...

Some Tarion rules and warranty coverage is sub-par and the cracked window rule is one of those poor rules. Making matters worse is that many builders use Jeld Wen whose Googles are poor. Most Jeld...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-01-27, 10:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,828
Looks like the trim shrank. This is not uncommon....

Looks like the trim shrank. This is not uncommon. The best solution is to either ignore it or to neatly fill the gap with a white interior paintable caulk called DAP.
Forum: Building and Construction 2021-01-15, 03:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 958
Here is a good article on monolithic slab...

Here is a good article on monolithic slab foundations.

https://www.basementguides.com/monolithic-slab-foundation/
Forum: Ottawa 2021-01-13, 07:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,218
Maybe it is best to either clamp down heavily on...

Maybe it is best to either clamp down heavily on construction sites or shut them down. Enforcement would be better but no one seems to be enforcing anything.

The other day I saw 5 grown men...
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