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Forum: Ottawa 2019-06-15, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 415
Cedar hedges are great. Plant them about 2 feet...

Cedar hedges are great. Plant them about 2 feet apart and keep them trimmed to the height and width that you want them to grow. It's all in the budget that you have. The bigger the better. The bigger...
Forum: Tarion Questions 2019-06-14, 07:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
First - this builder is a moron. Over all my...

First - this builder is a moron. Over all my years doing new construction warranty inspections I have never heard this lame excuse for this issue when in fact the only act of God was some wind.
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Forum: Building and Construction 2019-05-25, 03:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 623
Better late than never to comment. Venting...

Better late than never to comment.

Venting out the soffit is never as good going out the wall or out the roof. A proper vent that is properly installed on the roof will not leak.

There are very...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-17, 05:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,708
Well worth it.

Well worth it.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-17, 08:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,375
What a ridiculous situation. If the builder had...

What a ridiculous situation. If the builder had installed the eaves and downspouts it would be exactly as it was installed at the OP's home and there would be no issue. The only other option is for...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-16, 08:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Typically a deck is installed outside the main...

Typically a deck is installed outside the main floor kitchen door and a few patio stones are placed outside the basement door. Stairs from the deck to the back yard is not always provided.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-12, 06:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
I'd rather look back onto a school yard then...

I'd rather look back onto a school yard then another home. Traffic effects everyone in a neighbourhood but only twice a day.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-12, 06:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Sounds like you answered your own question. To...

Sounds like you answered your own question. To get the lawnmower to your back yard you need to pass through the rear of other lawns. The fences between lawns will either have a gate or just have an...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-11, 07:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,375
What a pain. I find it strange and cheap that...

What a pain. I find it strange and cheap that builders don't install gutters and downspouts on the homes being built there. It would never be considered where I am in the GTA.

Yes. I know there is...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-09, 06:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 743
Keep in mind that the shingles on south and west...

Keep in mind that the shingles on south and west facing roof slopes will deteriorate first. In other words - a front east facing slope could look great and the rear west facing slope could be much...
Forum: Tarion Questions 2019-04-30, 10:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 589
Anything damaged like that needs to be reported...

Anything damaged like that needs to be reported and noted during the PDI. You are covered.
Forum: Oakville 2019-04-29, 07:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 270
Usually the maximum width of the driveway is...

Usually the maximum width of the driveway is determined by the width of the property and / or the number of spaces for cars in the garage. Widening a new homes driveway is not something that most...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-04-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 285
Assuming that this is not just a misunderstanding...

Assuming that this is not just a misunderstanding then,,,,,,

- That's a nasty problem. IMO your first call should be to the surveyor to see if they acknowledge the problem and how quickly they can...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-04-18, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Actually,,,, Mr Google thinks that - Driveway...

Actually,,,, Mr Google thinks that - Driveway sealing closes off the pores so that water can't penetrate the paving material." and that it should be done every 2 to 5 years.

That makes sense to...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-04-18, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 487
I'm considering doing my driveway as well. All I...

I'm considering doing my driveway as well. All I know is that what ever product I use it must not have a glossy finish when it's dry. I can't imagine that doing this will "protect it from cracking"...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-04-10, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 738
Wood is always best but for your choice then I...

Wood is always best but for your choice then I would think MDF would be much better than Thermofoil which is after all just a thin layer of vinyl over a MDF cabinet or cabinet door.

If needed, MDF...
Forum: Tarion Questions 2019-03-27, 08:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,320
Checking the size of the furnace and knowing what...

Checking the size of the furnace and knowing what the size it should be based on the size of the home is standard with all my new home warranty inspections.
I'm not sure who you hired but he or she...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-03-06, 08:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 466
All leaks are covered for 2 years. Keep in...

All leaks are covered for 2 years.

Keep in mind that some winter leaks are a result of ice damming that is caused when warm air from the home is able to leak into the cold attic. This is usually a...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-03-06, 06:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,762
This should help. ...

This should help.

https://www.roofpedia.com/architectural-shingles-vs-3-tab-shingles/

NOTE - On this web page there is a typo / mistake. Point number 2 on the 3 tab shingle section should say...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-03-06, 03:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,762
If the roof is a typical builders 3 tab shingle...

If the roof is a typical builders 3 tab shingle then it's life would be much less than 20 years. If it is an architectural grade laminated shingle then the 20 year plus estimate would be right.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-03-03, 08:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,287
Where I am ( In beautiful Milton Ontario ) there...

Where I am ( In beautiful Milton Ontario ) there are similar bylaws for some corner lot homes where multiple cars in a driveway can obstruct traffic visibility.

And as mentioned, you likely do not...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-02-27, 05:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,753
Very true. $96 per day is a pretty good deal if...

Very true. $96 per day is a pretty good deal if the only purpose is to look at IR images around the home.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-02-17, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 634
It's more important to focus on interior issues...

It's more important to focus on interior issues during the PDI. Exterior issues and incomplete work on the exterior is covered after the PDI while the proverbial scratches on hardwood floors and...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-02-12, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Be aware that even if they overlooked sending you...

Be aware that even if they overlooked sending you bills that you are technically obliged to pay all overdue bills.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-23, 07:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,866
Lots of people pass on the builder bathroom...

Lots of people pass on the builder bathroom mirrors because they prefer to buy and install framed mirrors instead. Looks better and likely saves money.
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