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Forum: Building and Construction 2022-06-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 627
Maybe better late than never to provide my 2...

Maybe better late than never to provide my 2 cents but here goes. Yes, installing it to interlocking bricks would not be smart because in a high wind situation the bricks could easily pull out. A...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-06-16, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Its fine. Not only will you be using your HRV...

Its fine. Not only will you be using your HRV less in the summer months ( provided your bathroom fans are not connected to it ) but at the AC unit air is sucked in through the sides of the unit and...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-06-07, 10:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 498
Not sure of the setup you have but if you have a...

Not sure of the setup you have but if you have a large flat roof with a wood deck on it then for all it's worth, leaks from these roofs are not uncommon. In most cases builders build large wood decks...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-03-22, 11:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 533
Cant help you with where to get one but IMO an...

Cant help you with where to get one but IMO an ERV would be better to have than an HRV. VanEE is a good brand, is made in Canada, and over the years when I have had questions, they have always been...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-02-11, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 738
Get the manual for the item. It will likely state...

Get the manual for the item. It will likely state the maximum height for the unit to be installed above a floor. This is important. Imagine removing a hot bowl of soup. It will not be safe if it is...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-01-17, 11:43 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 52,970
I have identified this issue many times during...

I have identified this issue many times during inspections. My infrared camera makes finding and locating missing supply vents fast and easy. The "repair" that your builder did was not a proper...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-01-16, 10:24 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 52,970
If there is one or more exterior walls for any...

If there is one or more exterior walls for any room then an HVAC supply register is required. If it is under the tile floor then it's location can easily be found with an infra red camera provided...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-12-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 825
You may want to call the manufacturer. They will...

You may want to call the manufacturer. They will either sell you one or recommend you to a dealer.
Forum: Ottawa 2021-12-07, 10:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,451
I know the finished basement is always tempting....

I know the finished basement is always tempting. The problem is that many potential defective issues, warranty issues, and things like foundation cracks are often covered up.

I can almost...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-11-13, 07:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,027
FYI painted walls have an orange peel finish as a...

FYI painted walls have an orange peel finish as a result of being applied by the roller. Even if the paint matches patched areas will always be more visible when applied with a brush. To better hide...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-11-05, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,537
Of course removing your eavestrough is not a...

Of course removing your eavestrough is not a realistic demand from this builder and it is irresponsible for them to ask you to do this. I do not even understand the strange concept that homes in the...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-10-28, 10:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,261
All the best with your lot grading issues. I know...

All the best with your lot grading issues. I know that is your main concern.

Just as a technicality - If your home has a poured concrete foundation it is not "parged". Parging is only required on...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-10-27, 12:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,052
I would ask Tarion what they want you to do AND...

I would ask Tarion what they want you to do AND did the builder notify you in writing via email that the people would be late ? If not, then you need to get this and ALL other correspondence with the...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-09-27, 03:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 15,177
Not sure what the urban towns are - Ill assume 2...

Not sure what the urban towns are - Ill assume 2 story. But the 3 story village towns I am very familiar with. Where I am they install the high velocity type heating systems which use plastic...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-09-07, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,864
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: 4
Views: 1,537
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: 1,833
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: 1,833
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: 1,225
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: 977
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: 1,318
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: 1,318
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: 1,318
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: 1,172
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: 1,374
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...
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