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Old 11-30-2012, 01:23 PM   #16
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Don't be surprised if the reply is " that's normal and the way we do all of them ".

Here is hoping it is better than that because that phrase is about worn out and builders need to come up with a new one.

If it were me I'd probably be looking for another house built by a different builder because that short cut may be minor compared to others that may have been taken.


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Old 11-30-2012, 03:21 PM   #17
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If I'm not mistaken don't they make different transitions for different surfaces like carpet to tile, carpet to wood, tile to wood, and so on?
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If I'm not mistaken don't they make different transitions for different surfaces like carpet to tile, carpet to wood, tile to wood, and so on?
Yes they do and some of us, use them.
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Thank you so much everyone. I brought the CRI 105 installation standards up and the builder finally admitted it--so they're going to have the carpet re-installed with shorter pins on the tack strips.

But I also would like to see what you guys think about this, the inspector noticed that there's honeycombing or air pockets visible on the foundation walls. The builder, as usual said that this is something normal. I don't trust anything they say anymore, do you think this is something normal or should they fix it?Name:  pookie.jpg
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Thank you so much everyone. I brought the CRI 105 installation standards up and the builder finally admitted it--so they're going to have the carpet re-installed with shorter pins on the tack strips.

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Sounds like a typical New Construction deal... Builders will use the lowest grade carpet which is thin and the tack strip spikes pop through.
This happened at my house when I bought and it was my fault for overlooking the carpet grade. We had so many selections to make that the Ole Lady was more concerned with colors but now I'm concerned that I have a house full of el-cheapo carpet to replace

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I'm not a concrete guy but sure doesn't look normal to me, and apparently didn't look normal to the inspector that looks at a lot of homes.
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Good for you on getting an inspector "even though the house is new". I hear so many horror stories.
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I'm not a concrete guy, either, but voids like that are caused by not vibrating the concrete sufficiently during a pour, aren't they? I don't think there's a fix for that, since the air pockets you see are just the ones you see. No telling if the walls aren't chock full of air pockets.

I was just wondering what you're going to replace your carpet with in ten years.

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