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Old 04-10-2015, 07:21 AM   #16
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I agree walls should be built with something like fireboard instead of standard drywall. However, I have seen many a cheap & even upscale place's built cheaply with nothing but studs & a layer of standard drywall between you & your neighbor. All about costs, not about standard of living. The mentality is, no-one is ever going to see what is in the walls, so make it as cheap as possible. The "pretties" go on the outside. If a fire happens, thats what insurance company's are for. It would be hard to distinguish fireboard from regular gypsum board after the inferno turns it to ashes.

Not sure I agree with that. As a matter of city code compliance, if they don't re-build A COMMON wall to code (should there be one) their liability will shoot up!
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Not sure I agree with that. As a matter of city code compliance, if they don't re-build A COMMON wall to code (should there be one) their liability will shoot up!
Agreed. If, however anyone actually finds out about it. Most apt complex have their own maintenance man. He installs whatever the manager tells him to put in, regardless of code or not.

They can claim whatever they want on paper, only way it will come to light is if there is a problem & then it is too late. Might not even come to light then.
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Agreed. If, however anyone actually finds out about it. Most apt complex have their own maintenance man. He installs whatever the manager tells him to put in, regardless of code or not.

They can claim whatever they want on paper, only way it will come to light is if there is a problem & then it is too late. Might not even come to light then.
We are talking about owned condos here, apartments are a different animal. In the college rental one we owned and as the president of the HOA, the only time we sent a repair person in a unit was for an emergency, no regular maintenance guy on staff.

Even our management company, would never have repairs done to the interior of an owners condo, we would stop the problem, call the owner and send them a bill.

I think we agree, this person can fix this, but needs to do it correctly!
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around here, there are a lot of "apartments" that where converted to condo's.

what this comes down to = buyer beware. though it is true that a lot of the times, that is all they could afford.
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around here, there are a lot of "apartments" that where converted to condo's.

what this comes down to = buyer beware. though it is true that a lot of the times, that is all they could afford.
True here also for conversions but I believe they still had to meet fire code or be brought up to fire code.

The college rental condo we owned was new from the ground as a condo community in another Texas city. Walls are standard insulation, but the common walls and ceilings are built with 5/8 sheetrock doubled as I recall.
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Around here (MD burbs of DC) everything seems to be built this way. $150k condo or $600k townhouse, it doesn't seem to make a difference, so it is not a simple matter of going down the street and paying an extra few thou to get a better constructed place. They simply build 'em all to the minimum code. Unless you have the time and $$ to buy a custom built place, not possible for a condo or TH, you get what they make.
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from what little i have seen, around here, all the new condo's are all concrete/block/flexicore. and this is a GOOD thing.
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