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Forum: Ottawa Today, 08:42 PM
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Something else to consider when building a home...

Something else to consider when building a home in the winter is the roof shingles.

Shingles have sealer strips that hold the shingles down. Sealer strips are simply a strip of tar running along...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-14, 09:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
I would suggest you contact the manufacturer....

I would suggest you contact the manufacturer. Tell them exactly how far the exhaust is from your intake and get their opinion.

IMO though, this is not a warranty issue.

Remember,,, your home is...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-14, 09:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 321
To lay brick in the winter the builder will...

To lay brick in the winter the builder will surround the area to be bricked with scaffolds that are then covered with tarps or heavy plastic. A gas burning heater(s) is then placed within the tarped...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-13, 09:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
Well,, maybe everything is built to code. Maybe...

Well,, maybe everything is built to code. Maybe everything is built / installed properly. Maybe everything is operating properly. Maybe everything is built in a workmanlike manner, but those...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-11, 10:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
Yes. The Ontario Building Code requires that the...

Yes. The Ontario Building Code requires that the BOTTOM of HRV intakes be minimum 17 3/4 inches above the ground. This is to help prevent snow from being sucked into the intake duct where it will...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-08, 05:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
AS WELL - for everyone else with an HRV intake -...

AS WELL - for everyone else with an HRV intake - The BOTTOM of all intakes must be minimum 17 3/4 inches above the ground.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-08, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 590
What brand of HRV do you have ?? What do the...

What brand of HRV do you have ??

What do the intake installation instructions say ??

How close is the kitchen exhaust to your intake ??

There is no building code regarding this. There are...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-07, 04:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,181
All leaks are covered for 2 years. Doesn't matter...

All leaks are covered for 2 years. Doesn't matter where the leak is from, it's covered.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-07, 07:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 849
I was quoted $500 for a 22 square foot...

I was quoted $500 for a 22 square foot backsplash. Plus materials of course. In the end I decided to do it myself and I am working on it now. We chose a tumbled stone 2" x 4" tile. To make it unique...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-06, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,181
Oops,,, meant to say - Builders ( not Tarion )...

Oops,,, meant to say - Builders ( not Tarion ) are more fearful of a new home buyers that 1) ,,,,,,,,,,,
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-05, 09:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,181
FYI - Tarion is a game and builders, primarily...

FYI - Tarion is a game and builders, primarily the larger builders, know how to play that game. This game has time frames for the builder to resolve issues and time frames for the home owner to make...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-04, 10:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,181
For all it's worth - lots of my customers ask me...

For all it's worth - lots of my customers ask me what they think of their builder. My answer is often based on how good the after sale warranty service is. Even the largest builders can build a great...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-03, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,181
Smaller builders are more likely to deliver a...

Smaller builders are more likely to deliver a flawless product. That's probably because of better supervision but more likely because they are able to attract and hold employees and are not...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-01, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,181
Tarion failing new home buyers

Seriously - It's about time that someone other than thousands of new home buyers figured this out.

"According to a scathing report tabled by Bonnie Lysyk, the province's auditor general", -...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-10-30, 06:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 465
A brick wall requires a foundation and footing to...

A brick wall requires a foundation and footing to support the wall.

Maybe this monstrosity is just decorative OR maybe the porch will crack from the weight.

What a shame when it comes to some...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-10-16, 10:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 262
This is not specifically covered. Google the...

This is not specifically covered. Google the Tarion Construction Performance Guidelines PDF and read rule 4-11. Only loose siding and accessories that detach from the home are covered.

Write this...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-10-11, 07:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,211
My make up air system is to slightly open my...

My make up air system is to slightly open my kitchen window when needed.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-10-03, 08:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,635
The amount of insulation in a new build will...

The amount of insulation in a new build will depend on the energy star package that the builder is using. These days most homes have R50 but some have R60.

Yes, it is the thickness of the...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-09-30, 07:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,635
Yesterday I did a 1 year inspection at a Mattamy...

Yesterday I did a 1 year inspection at a Mattamy home in Oakville for a repeat customer. Nothing major was found so that's good. Among other things, these items were found -

- Caulk was missing...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
This is the normal way that this is done.

This is the normal way that this is done.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-15, 09:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Here are a couple codes that every interlocking,...

Here are a couple codes that every interlocking, landscaping, or concrete company needs to know that may be relevant here.

Rule 9.12.3.2. Grading of Backfill (1) Backfill shall be graded to...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-15, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Without seeing what's going on I can't say what...

Without seeing what's going on I can't say what to do but I think someone is either over complicating the problem or that the landscaper does not know how to do this simple task properly. Often the...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-14, 10:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
The height of your neighbours foundation above...

The height of your neighbours foundation above your homes foundation at one side of your home should have nothing to do with proper lot grading. Homes built on roads that have even slight slopes will...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-12, 12:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,635
Those builders are violating the New Home...

Those builders are violating the New Home Warranty Act in Ontario and a person should be very sceptical of the integrity of any builder that does this, BUT, again it comes down to the professional...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-12, 12:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,635
That's because the PDI is primarily an inspection...

That's because the PDI is primarily an inspection to identify chips, scratches, upgrades, how nice the paint looks and blaw, blaw, blaw.

It is not a real home inspection and it is not the time to...
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