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Forum: Building and Construction 2021-01-15, 04:11 PM
Replies: 2
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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, 08:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 615
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...
Forum: Building and Construction 2021-01-08, 12:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 143
You have a lot to think about. A ceramic...

You have a lot to think about.

A ceramic roofs life span can be up to 50 years but "the look" of these roofs can be a detraction. I know I would not buy a house with a typical ceramic roof unless...
Forum: Oakville 2020-12-27, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
The best place to get the answer to your question...

The best place to get the answer to your question is from the Town of Oakville. If you have a permit then you should also have their contact information. You should get the answer via email, not over...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-12-15, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 990
I have no other advice to offer. Good luck with...

I have no other advice to offer. Good luck with your quest. Personally I would never get involved in a case like this. Too time consuming for me and too expensive for the client. If my cost would be...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-12-11, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 990
I guess I would start with an email from you and...

I guess I would start with an email from you and a list of other disgruntled home owners to your builder but CC'ed to your city counsellor, the mayor, and the proper division at the building...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-12-10, 07:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 990
Some municipalities are real boneheads. So in bed...

Some municipalities are real boneheads. So in bed with builders it seems.

I am not able to see the OP's concerns so I can not comment but maybe the only option now it to contact their local...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-23, 11:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,452
Hey Greg. I hope you do not need to go into many...

Hey Greg. I hope you do not need to go into many attics in the newest homes being built. Some of them have R70 loose fill fiberglass which is an insane 26 inch thickness. This make navigating around...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-16, 08:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 793
One glimmer of hope it that the water in the...

One glimmer of hope it that the water in the basement in the photos is below the top of the foundation footing.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-15, 01:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 793
Make sure the builder installs the sump...

Make sure the builder installs the sump correctly.

Before the concrete floor is poured at least 4 inches of clean gravel needs to be spread out AND they need to dig a hole for the sump pit. Gravel...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-14, 08:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 793
If the foundation and basement floor is already...

If the foundation and basement floor is already in place then the sump pit and pump should already be in place and working. Sump pits are put in place before the basement floor is poured, not after....
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-09, 04:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,452
That sound pretty vague. Most insulation comes in...

That sound pretty vague. Most insulation comes in "batts" and I suppose anything that fills the voids in the wall(s) will dampen sound.

But, the "R" value mentioned is a reference to heat loss not...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-11-08, 08:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,452
I would be interested in knowing if they planned...

I would be interested in knowing if they planned to use proper sound blocking insulation like rockwool or if they are just wasting every ones time and money and just using batts of fiberglass...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-10-31, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,002
When 9 foot walls are required the vertical studs...

When 9 foot walls are required the vertical studs used are 104 1/2 inches long. This is 3 1/2 inches less than 9 feet. When a top and bottom plate is added then the wall height still ends up to be...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-10-23, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
If you are looking for a new construction...

If you are looking for a new construction warranty inspection then you will want to hire an inspector that specialises in those inspections.
Forum: Barrie 2020-10-13, 11:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 7,839
Better late than never I guess. Windows without...

Better late than never I guess. Windows without flanges are typically installed on brick homes and where siding is installed flanges make the window installation easier.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-09-11, 10:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,596
Probably as stated above - talk to your lawyer,...

Probably as stated above - talk to your lawyer, is the best advice.

You may want to clarify with Tarion as well. Technically you are not covered under Tarion until you take possession but they...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-09-11, 08:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,596
Sorry to hear about your situation. It's my...

Sorry to hear about your situation. It's my understanding that most builders are back on track but I am not familiar with what's going on in your area.

Go to "Tarion's Response to COVID 19"...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-09-09, 05:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,101
Wow,,,, never hear of booklice but it sure looks...

Wow,,,, never hear of booklice but it sure looks like one. Better those than termites I guess.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-09-08, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,101
^ Good guess. It does look like a juvenile...

^ Good guess. It does look like a juvenile termite.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-09-03, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 833
Sure, gutters and downspouts are not a code...

Sure, gutters and downspouts are not a code requirement ,,,,,,,,,

but where I am in the GTA it would be unheard of for any builder to build a home without gutters and downspouts so I find it...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-08-16, 01:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 674
^ I think the screws used the secure the doors...

^ I think the screws used the secure the doors window frame are on the exterior instead of facing the interior. Very true, not likely a security issue but should be noted as a 30 day issue.
Forum: Ottawa 2020-08-14, 08:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 674
Where I am exterior door installations have been...

Where I am exterior door installations have been a real challenge for builders, especially the large builder ( who we all know ) for many years. After all, installing an exterior door takes time,...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-08-07, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,516
Personally I would not complain to anyone about...

Personally I would not complain to anyone about the neighbour or anything they have done.

But,,, I would contact the municipality and tell them you have concerns about the water ponding near the...
Forum: Ottawa 2020-08-05, 07:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 482
Not many foundation cracks would be considered as...

Not many foundation cracks would be considered as "structural". It is common that there be a crack or two in all new homes concrete foundations. A very rare "structural" crack would probably be...
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