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Old 02-03-2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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I get a call from a moduler home company to install the foundation plates on a new foundation.
I pick up the plans so I will know what to go pick up at the lumber yard and head for the job site.
I start laying out where the lumbers suppost to go and find out one wall is 2' to long.
I hear something coming down the road and it's the 6 "boxes" that get assembled to make up the home.
Little late now to make any changes.
No one was happy that day.
After a big delay to fix the foundation and the home is set in place the home owner ask me what it would cost to add a single car garage to the end of the house.
I give him a price and do not hear back from him until I get a call from the home owner saying the building inspector will not pass the garage he had someone else build instead of me.
Door knob was on backwards, they had taken a truss and just nailed it to the side of the house right through the siding to tie it to the house.
There was no 5/8 sheetrock used on the abutting wall.
The sheathing was installed 1/2" above the foundation so the foundation plate showed all the way around.
The only switch to turn on the garage light was a single pole switch inside the house.
There was to differant shades and two differant manufactures of the shutters.
The siding had been nailed so tight it was buckling as soon as the sun hit it.
They had wrapped the pressure treated over head door jambs with aluminum coil stock.
They used three pieces of brick moulding shaped coil to wrap an 8' length.
There was 0 flashing between the garage and the house.
Put the switch for the outside lights on the back side of the door.

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I get a call from a moduler home company to install the foundation plates on a new foundation.
I pick up the plans so I will know what to go pick up at the lumber yard and head for the job site.
I start laying out where the lumbers suppost to go and find out one wall is 2' to long.
I hear something coming down the road and it's the 6 "boxes" that get assembled to make up the home.
Little late now to make any changes.
No one was happy that day.
After a big delay to fix the foundation and the home is set in place the home owner ask me what it would cost to add a single car garage to the end of the house.
I give him a price and do not hear back from him until I get a call from the home owner saying the building inspector will not pass the garage he had someone else build instead of me.
Door knob was on backwards, they had taken a truss and just nailed it to the side of the house right through the siding to tie it to the house.
There was no 5/8 sheetrock used on the abutting wall.
The sheathing was installed 1/2" above the foundation so the foundation plate showed all the way around.
The only switch to turn on the garage light was a single pole switch inside the house.
There was to differant shades and two differant manufactures of the shutters.
The siding had been nailed so tight it was buckling as soon as the sun hit it.
They had wrapped the pressure treated over head door jambs with aluminum coil stock.
They used three pieces of brick moulding shaped coil to wrap an 8' length.
There was 0 flashing between the garage and the house.
Put the switch for the outside lights on the back side of the door.
So... why did it flunk inspection?

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Old 02-03-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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So I hope the homeowner realizes it's goin to cost him double to rectify the cheap labor put into the garage in order to get it to pass. That's a good one, Thanks for sharing.....
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They also had someone fall through the ceiling, installed a 4' light in the kitchen ceiling using just sheetrock screws in the sheetrock, left the cap off of the cleanout for the sewer, assembled the roof on the second floor before setting the sheetrock and one piece tub in place up stairs with the crane so the outstairs could be finished later on.
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until I get a call from the home owner saying the building inspector will not pass the garage he had someone else build instead of me.
so what did the h/o want from you ?
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He was ready to haul him into court and his so called warrenty was going to run out so he told the builder he would drop the sute if he hired me and my crew to fix everything.
Took 60 days to get paid and he refused to have me finsih out any of his new homes. So to this day he's still using the same crew and screwing up every house they work on.
So if I need money I just go talk to the owners of the homes he's set up in the past year.

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He was ready to haul him into court and is so called warrenty was going to run out so he told the builder he would drop the sute if he hired me and my crew to fix everything.
Took 60 days to get paid and he refused to have me finsih out any of his new homes. So to this day he's still using the same crew and screwing up every house they work on.
So if I need money I just go talk to the owners of the homes he's set up in the past year.
I know what you mean here, I had another contractor call me and wanted us to fix up a total mess on one of his high end houses, you could literally stick your hand between the ceiling mold and ceiling in several places, the ceiling looked like the waves on the ocean. There are way to many things to mention but you get the picture, after seeing all the garbage done in that house I just told him no way, I didn't want my name on that house.
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I've parked outback and pulled my sign off the truck on one job.
It was a brand new house the home owner was trying to "save" money by doing all the finsh work himself.
He insisted on doing the stair treads risers and skirts himself.
The framers had screwed up and did not add a 2 X 4 behind the stringers, but they were still exposed.
He would not let me take the time to move the stringer over.
He insisted on putting in the risers and treads before the skirt.
He spent a week trying to make it work.
He was trying to cut treads with a 8" table top compound saw.
He had to use two of the biggest cans I'd ever seen of water putty to fill all the gaps.
All I was there for was to install the railings, but I did not want anyone to know I was even there. In fact I called the building inspector to let him know I had nothing to do with the steps.
While looking around outside I see where he had tryed to use vinyl soffit material running lenght ways and only butted up the ends without even nailing in the center of it.
I look around on the inside of the house and every door and window had a differant style casing.
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Come-on man, If you are going to post this stuff, you need to show pictures.
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come-on man, if you are going to post this stuff, you need to show pictures.
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just checking one thing. Is it bad to wrap PT with aluminum? I see it done all the time.
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just checking one thing. Is it bad to wrap PT with aluminum? I see it done all the time.
Don't do it----http://www.finehomebuilding.com/PDF/Free/021160082.pdf
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So I hope the homeowner realizes it's goin to cost him double to rectify the cheap labor put into the garage in order to get it to pass. That's a good one, Thanks for sharing.....
Homeowner: So how do we go about fixing this?
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Thanks Mike. Forgot about the "new" PT lumber issues.
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I've parked outback and pulled my sign off the truck on one job.
If you really felt the need to do this, why did you take that job in the first place? Wouldn't it be better to just stay away completely if you didn't want to be associated with the project?

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