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Old 10-07-2012, 10:22 PM   #16
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Fixing others' crap work is what's keeping me busy these days. Just finished replacing a roof on a house that had a major reno back in '93. Every wall has had to be rebuilt, rotted joists replaced because someone built a concrete deck against them, level with the floor inside. THEN installed the EIFS cladding abutting the top of the concrete!

A couple of weeks ago, I started repairs to a 10-15 year old long run steel roof on a commercial building. I was intending to replace the fasteners with the correct type and number, and replace a few badly installed flashings... pulled up one dodgy flashing next to a skylight... noticed some insulation material on top of the roofing under the flashing; realised it looked different to the shredded paper stuff that's common here, so got it tested for asbestos (tested positive for brown asbestos). Returned the next Monday to carry on... uplifted one of many sheets that had been laid with the laps backwards intending to re-install correctly... noticed that not only is there another chunk of asbestos under the ridge, and some more on top of the underlay, there is no netting to support the underlay on the low slope roof(required by code), AND that asbestos insulation is broken up and lying EVERYWHERE throughout the ceiling cavity... it was applied to the underside of the previous roof for soundproofing and had been smashed to pieces and left there by the previous hack roofers!

This is the worst of many fix up jobs I have had to face! Hardest part, ringing up the client to tell them that the cost for the job has increased VERY substantially because of the hidden problems I have uncovered, and i now have to bring in a professional abatement contractor!

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Actually, if most of my fellow concrete contractor's here weren't slobs when it came to their standards, I'd probably have went out of business years ago for being too picky............
For some if you donít go fast you donít have a job. People go fast and mistakes get made.

Most things with a little fudging here and there are easily dealt with. Other things such as the overall foundation being a couple of inches to wide on one side of the house and trusses coming next Tue can get irritating fast and we all know a do over aint going to happen.

Misplaced HD bolts has probably been my biggest peeve over the years and it happens way to often and can create a lot of unnecessary (unpaid) work. ďNo I canít just move that window or door over a few inchesĒ.
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Fixing others' crap work is what's keeping me busy these days.
Me too, at least thatís probably about half of what I do anymore.

I know some contractors that will say that all of the DIY shows and sites like this cost them work. I see it as job security.
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I'm working on a DIY built deck that was then enclosed. They left the old 5/4 deck boards in place, set the bottom plates leaving 1-1/2 of the decking exposed on all three sides.
Installed to many windows in to small an area. The nailing fins where over laping with no way to nail the sides in place or seal them so they just left them uncovered. On the ends there was only about 4" from the corners so they cut the outside corner nailing fins off to fit.
For a header they just had a single 2 X 4 laying flat.
One odd ball window on the end wall was a replacement window, to trim it out all they did was use J moulding with not even window tape or a piece of Z moulding over it so the water just ran down the wall taking out all the sheathing.
All the tabs in the J moulding were backward, they tap the sides and bent them over into the top piece making a great funnel for water to get in better.
Where the walls met the house they did not even use an inside corner or cut the old siding. They use J moulding and about a case of caulking.
No house wrap on the outside walls.
3/8" sheathing.
The roof is all of a 2-12 pitch and they used 3 tabs with 5-1/2 exposure, no starter strip or drip cap, no tar paper.
When I removed a 6' slider the 2 X 6 "header" fell down and hit me in the head because it was never nailed as well as about a 5 gal. bucket of shims.
Half the walls were not insulated the others were just stuffed with newpaper.
There was no nailers for the sheetrock in the corners, the rock was just hanging in the air.
For a floor all they did was lay a layer of 1/4 louon with not one fastner in it.
For the ceiling they just used 1/4 plywood, tryed to tape the seams and painted it.
The walls were 1-1/2 out of plumb and the sides were 3" long longer on end then the other.

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