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#1 posted 12-23-2010 05:01 PM

MedicKen—I can sure empathize on this one.

20+ years ago, we bought a 7 year old house in Green Bay that had been the ‘builder’s model’ for a housing development. You would think that, being the ‘model’ and also the developer’s office, extra care would have been taken to do things right. Wrong!

We lived there for 6 years and were continually stumbling onto construction shortcuts and screw-ups. All of the outlets in one bedroom were wired like your fixture … the receptacles were held in the drywall with plastic anchors and drywall screws. None of the interior door casings were shimmed, and the door trim was just stapled on so when one of my daughters would throw a temper tantrum and slam a door (anybody else have teenage girls?), the door casings would literally come right out of the wall. When they installed the windows, they didn’t bother to flash or caulk a window on the north side of the lower level, so when water would sheet off the garage roof, it would run down behind the siding, which rotted out some of the framing and the window casing.

The worst one, though, was the way they installed the roofing around the chimney. This house had two fireplaces and a double chimney (no chimney covers!). A year or so after we moved in, we noticed some ceiling stains above the fireplace in the living room, so up to the rood I go, and, lo and behold, discovered the problem right away. There was gap about an inch wide around three sides of the chimney … no flashing, no caulk, no nothing! I called in a roofer (I don’t do plumbing or roofing), and when they peeled back the shingles, the sheathing was rotten and the fiberglass insulation over pretty much the whole living room was soaking wet.


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