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Forum: Ottawa Today, 09:09 AM
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The manufacturer may know what the problem is...

The manufacturer may know what the problem is BUT,,,,

Often builders don't like to tell new home buyers where they get products or who manufactures products. Anything from doors to bathtubs to...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-12-13, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 328
I would want the floor replaced. If push comes to...

I would want the floor replaced. If push comes to shove - then this will need to be one of the issues noted on the PDI. I suggest you call the manufacturer for their opinion.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-12-01, 09:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,223
When it comes to builders and their negligence -...

When it comes to builders and their negligence - often during 30 day inspections, among other things, caulking is missing at various locations - at for example - around some window frames, or at...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-12-01, 09:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 508
IMO and from what I have seen - burying a...

IMO and from what I have seen - burying a downspout never works. Unless of course it goes straight down to the perimeter drainage around the house but that is much different than trenching it to the...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-23, 08:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 764
Foaming around a window frame after it is...

Foaming around a window frame after it is installed is standard practice these days so it should never be missing. Of course once the home is finished the only way to confirm that it has not been...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 764
Maybe your laundry dryer exhaust is not venting...

Maybe your laundry dryer exhaust is not venting properly. You should make sure you know where the vent for the dryer is - turn ON the dryer - and then make sure the flaps all easily open and that the...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 764
24/7 in the winter would certainly remove...

24/7 in the winter would certainly remove moisture but the furnace would also run much more to keep up with the cool air being brought into the house.

While the HRV does transfer heat from the...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 764
Points - If you have an HRV then in the...

Points -

If you have an HRV then in the winter it will remove humidity from the home.

Hold a tissue to your bathroom exhaust fans to see if they are sucking air from the home.

Leaving your...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-11-17, 08:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 565
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: 713
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: 565
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: 713
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: 713
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: 713
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: 713
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: 30
Views: 2,223
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: 915
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: 30
Views: 2,223
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: 30
Views: 2,223
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: 30
Views: 2,223
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: 30
Views: 2,223
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: 30
Views: 2,223
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: 604
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: 338
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: 2,372
My make up air system is to slightly open my...

My make up air system is to slightly open my kitchen window when needed.
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