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Forum: Ottawa 2019-03-06, 08:06 PM
Replies: 4
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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: 1,249
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: 1,249
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: 1,041
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: 1,566
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: 503
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: 679
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: 1,626
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.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 398
The PDI is your opportunity to inspect the...

The PDI is your opportunity to inspect the painted surfaces in your new home. Once in a while a wall or two look poor and need to be repainted. - but don't focus on them too much while ignoring more...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-01, 08:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,560
Putting mouse traps beside walls in the basement...

Putting mouse traps beside walls in the basement will get them. Mice have poor vision and run along walls so that's the best place to put them. A short cut lawn in preparation for the winter helps...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-30, 07:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Balancing is the first step. Have them do that...

Balancing is the first step. Have them do that asap to see if that improves the situation and that it does not cause problems in other areas of the home.

As stated in the previous post, have them...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-24, 07:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,117
And don't forget the equipment that you will need...

And don't forget the equipment that you will need for the TV. Converters, etc.
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,117
Well, I guess one option is in the corner at...

Well, I guess one option is in the corner at right of the fireplace. If you google "corner tv stand" and check the images you will see that there are lots of options.

Unless there is a mantel...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-14, 06:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Shame. It was worth a try. Looks like a call to...

Shame. It was worth a try. Looks like a call to the manufacturer is in order.
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-11, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Try unplugging it and plugging it back in after...

Try unplugging it and plugging it back in after about 10 seconds.
Forum: Oakville 2018-12-06, 03:31 PM
Replies: 12
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For local home inspectors in Ottawa I suggest you...

For local home inspectors in Ottawa I suggest you check the Ottawa section on this forum for referrals.

Before you worry about this you should actually confirm that the vent is an "intake" for the...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-05, 05:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,246
Because basements in new homes are typically...

Because basements in new homes are typically unfinished.

It's best though to decide on where the cold air return should go as part of the plan for the basement - where the walls are for example....
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-05, 10:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,246
Just make sure the basement HVAC air-return is...

Just make sure the basement HVAC air-return is relocated from the ceiling to the floor. Just like in most other rooms in the house.

Where I am that is an absolute requirement and it only makes...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-03, 10:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 719
Humidity comfort purely depends on the...

Humidity comfort purely depends on the individual. Some people want, need, or feel they need higher humidity while others could care less.

Yes, when it is cold out the HRV does remove humidity...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-29, 07:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,140
Add "PDF" to your future searches. For...

Add "PDF" to your future searches.

For example search - Tarion Construction Performance Guidelines PDF.
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-28, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,140
Unfortunately warranty coverage in Ontario is a...

Unfortunately warranty coverage in Ontario is a game and no one knows how to play this game better than builders. Tarion, and their convoluted rules need careful reading to understand and can be full...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-27, 07:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,140
^ That's a good answer. Where I am if the...

^ That's a good answer.

Where I am if the new home owner identifies cupped hardwood during the PDI the builders reps often do what ever they can to avoid putting it on the PDI list. I have even...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 398
Of course. It's for the garage mandoor, not the...

Of course. It's for the garage mandoor, not the garage door.
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 398
That's not garage door weatherstrip and it's not...

That's not garage door weatherstrip and it's not likely that it was installed by the builder. In the photos that is a type of exterior door weatherstrip. Garage doors do not have weatherstrip similar...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-18, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 420
Where I am, not likely. In fact I would be very...

Where I am, not likely. In fact I would be very surprised if they were done at the site of every home unless the home being built is a one-off.


The other suggestion would be for the OP to...
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