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Old 2019-05-23, 07:41 AM
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H. . . We were wondering if you recommend sticking with an inspection prior to Tarion's 1 year to capture the winter freeze/thaw cycle or would it be better to have you in prior to the 30 day closing.
I don't make a recommendation about which warranty claim submission is better than the other, as there are good arguments for each being a "best" option. For example, if there is insufficient insulation in walls or the attic, then there could be adverse effects such as cold rooms [winter] or hot rooms [summer], condensation issues that lead to mold or leaks, etc., then early defection and correction would blunt negative impacts. On the other hand, waiting to year end presents the potential to discover seasonal issues over the span of all seasons, such as air infiltration past doors and windows, or water leaks that only occur under specific conditions.

My process and deliverables are the same regardless of which submission milestone is selected.
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Old 2019-05-24, 08:25 AM
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The City building inspectors can order a builder to take something apart if they suspect that there is a non-conformance to the Building Code. For example, if the inspector was concerned with how the insulation was installed in other houses they've inspected in the same area, they may request the builder to open up the drywall to permit the inspector to review the specific issue. This can apply to several homes, to ascertain either deviations or compliance for a specific issue.
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The inspector came in, open a hole in the garage ceiling checked the insulation and they closed it up.
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Old 2019-05-28, 08:53 PM
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Hi Phil,

For the dryer exhaust vent that's installed by the builder, is there a minimum length it must stick out from the wall? Ours is sticking out maybe an inch (or less). It's barely enough for a hose clamp to wrap around it.

The appliance people refused to hookup our dryer. They mentioned that they would need to hookup the exhaust foil from the dryer to the exhaust vent, but the vent wasn't sticking out far enough. The foil would be making direct contact with the drywall, and it was a liability for them. Their expectations is the dryer vent should be sticking out 5-6 inches from the wall, so they can attach to it without any contact around it. I'll likely just go out and buy an extension, but just wanted to see what the builder is responsible for when they install that duck.

If pictures are needed, I can provide them.

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Old 2019-05-31, 07:51 AM
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For the dryer exhaust vent that's installed by the builder, is there a minimum length it must stick out from the wall? Ours is sticking out maybe an inch (or less). It's barely enough for a hose clamp to wrap around it.

The appliance people refused to hookup our dryer. They mentioned that they would need to hookup the exhaust foil from the dryer to the exhaust vent, but the vent wasn't sticking out far enough. The foil would be making direct contact with the drywall, and it was a liability for them. Their expectations is the dryer vent should be sticking out 5-6 inches from the wall, so they can attach to it without any contact around it. I'll likely just go out and buy an extension, but just wanted to see what the builder is responsible for when they install that duct.
There is no Building Code requirement for the duct length protruding from the wall. For the section of ducting provided by the builder, there are requirements such as that the duct must exhaust to the outside, that the duct must be insulated if it runs through an unconditioned space such as an attic or bulkhead, that at the outside the exhaust hood cannot contain a grill or screen etc.

Although you can discuss this with your builder, I suspect the assumption is that as long as there is a duct to connect to, then whatever is needed for the connection of the duct to the dryer is outside their responsibility.

One thing I keep seeing is that appliance installers take liberties in walking away from jobs they should be responsible for completing. In this case, the installers should have a supply of whatever is typically required to complete the job. It would be logical that they carry tools, devices, clamps, duct extensions, etc to get the job done that they were there to perform.
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Old 2019-06-12, 12:09 PM
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Hi Phil,

One of our rooms is extremely warm in the summer (even now) and cold in the winter. Originally there was one vent in the room and one in a tiny walk-in closet. We complained and the builder sealed the vent in the walk-in and moved it by the door to the closet, but in the room.

This vent is not blowing air as much as the other one. We got a picture and it shows that just a few inches down, the duct is turning at almost 90 degrees (see pic). Could it be the reason? Is there any way to fix this problem? Thanks!
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Old 2019-06-15, 07:45 AM
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One of our rooms is extremely warm in the summer (even now) and cold in the winter. Originally there was one vent in the room and one in a tiny walk-in closet. We complained and the builder sealed the vent in the walk-in and moved it by the door to the closet, but in the room.

This vent is not blowing air as much as the other one. We got a picture and it shows that just a few inches down, the duct is turning at almost 90 degrees (see pic). Could it be the reason? Is there any way to fix this problem?
You can expect to see bends in duct-work. You can also expect there to be a difference in how much air flow there is when comparing one register to another, because each run will be of different lengths and each run will have a different number of bends. Air flow is affected by friction, so the longer the run, the less the airflow, and if 2 runs were of the same length, the one with the most bends will have less flow at the register than the one with the fewest bends.

Conditioned air supply to a room is not the only reason a room is cold. If there is a return air duct at a wall location, with the furnace blower running, use a tissue paper to check if air is flowing into this register. If the tissue is showing air return flow, then this eliminates one possible cause. If there is no return air register, then see if leaving the bedroom door open has any effect.

Its also possible that there is missing, displaced, compacted, or insufficient insulation in wall cavities and the attic. You may wish to ask the builder to check this out.
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Old 2019-06-19, 08:23 AM
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Question regarding flooring.
I attended a relatives PDI/PDO this week. They have installed laminate flooring. When you walk across main floor mostly dinning room you feel soft spot and the floor is uneven. You visually can not see this but you can for sure feel it, you feel like you are going slightly up and down as you cross it. I laid one of the unused boards over it and you can see a gap. the gap is not big. But for sure floor is uneven in this area. The home owner had to push the builder rep to add it to the PDO list, as they would not state their opinion on floor either way. It was added to PDO by builder rep as "homeowner feels floor is uneven". I have looked at the tarion guidelines for uneven floors and it is pretty vague in my opinion. It does talk about a 6mm variance (5.1). How do I measure for that to find out if it is over 6mm? and if floor is left this way does will more issue with the floor develop in time?
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Old 2019-06-24, 09:30 AM
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Hi Phil,

We contracted you out a few months ago. Thank you for your time you guys were very thorough.

I have a question regarding road noise.

We live next to a somewhat major-ish road and we can hear every car that drives past as if the window was open. Is there anything we can do to get the builder to replace with the windows with something that is more effective?
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Old 2019-06-27, 08:33 AM
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They have installed laminate flooring. When you walk across main floor mostly dining room you feel soft spot and the floor is uneven. You visually can not see this but you can for sure feel it, you feel like you are going slightly up and down as you cross it. I laid one of the unused boards over it and you can see a gap. the gap is not big. But for sure floor is uneven in this area. The home owner had to push the builder rep to add it to the PDI list, as they would not state their opinion on floor either way. It was added to PDI by builder rep as "homeowner feels floor is uneven". I have looked at the Tarion guidelines for uneven floors and it is pretty vague in my opinion. It does talk about a 6mm variance (5.1). How do I measure for that to find out if it is over 6mm? and if floor is left this way does will more issue with the floor develop in time?
In brief:
- Tarion is vague on the specifics of loose flooring; however, I choose to include this under Tarion's Construction Performance Guideline item 2.3, Loose Subfloor.
- If you were to attempt to measure for uneven flooring, the method of measurement is given in Appendix A4 of the Construction Performance Guidelines.
- If this issue is not resolved before occupancy, then enter this issue in the Tarion 30-Day Warranty Claim submission.
- This condition is more annoyance than anything else. Humidity can affect the performance of engineered flooring products. Ideal indoor humidity is in the range 30% to 50%. This should be monitored daily.
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Old 2019-06-27, 08:40 AM
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I have a question regarding road noise.

We live next to a somewhat major-ish road and we can hear every car that drives past as if the window was open. Is there anything we can do to get the builder to replace with the windows with something that is more effective?
If the window is open, there is window that would restrict noise coming in. With the windows closed, it is likely that you will notice muted noise from traffic.

I do not have expertise in window acoustic applications. You may wish to contact the window manufacturer to confirm that acoustic windows are installed in your home. You can also check with the City building inspections department to see what the requirements are.
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