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Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,568
Posted By Rottn
There are different grades of soft closers for...

There are different grades of soft closers for cabinets. The ones with integrated soft closers are much more expensive (and far superior) to the ones that just clip on to the standard hardware.

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Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-13, 09:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 703
Posted By Rottn
Where is the exhaust vent for the hrv? If it is...

Where is the exhaust vent for the hrv? If it is in a spot that meets all of the above clearances for the intake vent you could ask the builder to switch them- all that would be required is swapping...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-30, 07:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
Posted By Rottn
Couldn't tell you a price, but moving an AC is...

Couldn't tell you a price, but moving an AC is not a small job. The system will need to be drained of refrigerant, the copper lines will need moving or redoing depending on existing length / access...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-11, 09:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,720
Posted By Rottn
Some builders used to offer it standard on towns...

Some builders used to offer it standard on towns - for the very reason to keep the blocks looking consistent.

Many don't even offer it as an option now... Claims of issues with ice and snow. I...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-10, 06:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 888
Posted By Rottn
Wow. That really surprises me. Considering house...

Wow. That really surprises me. Considering house prices are so much higher and the fact that that area gets stronger winds.

When It comes to the multi city builders, usually it's Ottawa that...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-10, 06:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 888
Posted By Rottn
3 tab do have a different look, that some prefer...

3 tab do have a different look, that some prefer - they lie flatter and aren't as textured.

For resale alone however, I would go with architectural. I know Mattamy is using them on everything...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-08, 10:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 888
Posted By Rottn
Hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like...

Hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like you should get at least another 5 years or so. Once the curling starts though it progresses pretty quickly. Its probably a "20 year" shingle. Any...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-03-10, 10:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,046
Posted By Rottn
No builder is still using 3 tab today from what I...

No builder is still using 3 tab today from what I see going up. Architectural are only about 10-15% more expensive for material. They all switched over about 5 years ago, even the less reputable ones...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 550
Posted By Rottn
Typically one coat primer plus 2 coats paint

Typically one coat primer plus 2 coats paint
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By Rottn
the builder should be able to tell you the...

the builder should be able to tell you the manufacturer. Likely either Jeld-Wen, Mason or Newmar (which were distributed by Grandor) The weather strips actually tend to be fairly universal in fit...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-07-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,826
Posted By Rottn
Looks like the one from the link has 3 layers of...

Looks like the one from the link has 3 layers of 5/8 drywall (there is 5/8 glass matt drywall in the middle) and 7" of insulation. Built to design, the one in the link would be more soundproof. The...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-07-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,826
Posted By Rottn
Note the part in italics in my post. Bring it up...

Note the part in italics in my post. Bring it up with your builder / put it on your 30 day.
Forum: Ottawa 2018-07-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,826
Posted By Rottn
If done properly, the link you posted should be a...

If done properly, the link you posted should be a quiet wall - The image you posted would not be nearly as effective at dampening sound (or fire spread) as it is there is much less insulation and...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-07-18, 10:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,826
Posted By Rottn
Unfortunately FLIR cameras will not be able to...

Unfortunately FLIR cameras will not be able to tell if there is an issue with the party wall sound insulation -they pick up temperature differences on surfaces and if the temp is the same or nearly...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-07-18, 01:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,826
Posted By Rottn
As far I know, no builder currently uses concrete...

As far I know, no builder currently uses concrete or block for party walls in new townhomes, not even the high end ones.

Best bet would be to buy resale town or semi from back when that was still...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-05-31, 09:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 749
Posted By Rottn
Just ensure that you install the horizontal...

Just ensure that you install the horizontal brace/strut that runs the full width of the top panel. Sometimes its already there sometimes not.

Typical scenario if its not installed:

You get a...
Forum: Building and Construction 2018-04-03, 07:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,382
Posted By Rottn
A walk behind plate compactor will not do much. ...

A walk behind plate compactor will not do much. To use one of those you need to compact every few inches of base as you go.

They will add base and roll/ pack with a large machine before paving. ...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-04-01, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 784
Posted By Rottn
Might as well just repaint the areas you need....

Might as well just repaint the areas you need. Even if you were to match the colour with a paint chip or by bringing home the Sherwin Williams scan tool, texture and sheen will never match an 11 to...
Forum: Building and Construction 2018-03-24, 02:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,227
Posted By Rottn
That's actually a good time of year to be doing...

That's actually a good time of year to be doing the framing. The roof will be on by the summer and then everything gets a chance to dry out.
Forum: Building and Construction 2018-03-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,171
Posted By Rottn
This contractor definitely seems shady. I'd send...

This contractor definitely seems shady. I'd send him on his way. Probably the type you call with an issue 3 months down the road and the number is out of service.
Forum: Building and Construction 2018-03-19, 10:23 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,171
Posted By Rottn
If you want to save some money, just skip the...

If you want to save some money, just skip the roxul / spray foam / rigid panel and do a standard builder type insulation of a framed 2x4 wall, set out from the concrete 2" with tar paper or housewrap...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-02-16, 10:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 883
Posted By Rottn
If you move or cover it, the security company...

If you move or cover it, the security company will either call the builder or be out there very shortly to move it back / uncover the cam.

Id call the monitoring company directly and see where you...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-02-05, 09:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 702
Posted By Rottn
Water could be travelling down the wire from the...

Water could be travelling down the wire from the attic then dripping off at or near the box. Id get it checked out, could be any number of things going on up there.
Forum: Ottawa 2018-02-01, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,376
Posted By Rottn
Believe me, Jeld-wen has had more than its fair...

Believe me, Jeld-wen has had more than its fair share of issues in the past. Grandor (Newmar) has had bad runs as well, and yes, so has Mason.

Beteen those three thats about 99% of new tract home...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-01-16, 02:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,607
Posted By Rottn
No problem. You always want to make sure the...

No problem. You always want to make sure the insulation is done properly so that was the right decision.
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