We've got a serious problem with our new house. While visiting the job
site today, I noticed the first floor seemed to be sagging in one
corner of the master bedroom. I couldn't believe it. I told the
foreman, and he started checking it out. He went down in the basement
and I could hear him yelling to the other guys. They were down there
for about a half hour, and when I went down to see what was going on
they met me at the steps and told me they had to work on something, and
that they'd call me later. They never called, so I went back out and
confronted them in the basement. I couldn't believe what I found. It
was worse than when I left. Then entire floor had caved in. They were
blaming it on the architect, who was already out there, saying the
beams he specified were not adequate, and the architect was blaming it
on them, saying that it should have been assumed that they also needed
to use certain joists, blah, blah, blah... Bottom line is that the
entire mess is caving in, and the builder says he wants nothing to do
with it, and he's quitting the job. What do I do now?!? Somebody
Is this a custom design by this architect/firm, I assume? First, of
all, start w/ a calm discussion of the problem with them. If they're
licensed and certified, they have an obligation against poor/inadequate
design and/or incomplete construction drawings/details. Find out what
they propose to make it right first and when (if) that isn't
satisfactory, press on. If, otoh, the builder did follow the plans and
details to the letter, that's pretty much all you can expect of him and
the onus will fall back on the a/e. If, however, the a/e is right that
there wasn't something done that should have been (and not by relying
on non-documented design details not on the drawings/plans, then he's
got a problem. If, after some discussion they're both pointing to the
other, you may need an independent opinion from an architect/engineer.
Certainly should touch base w/ your legal counsel (you do have one of
those, don't you?) to ensure you do the right things legally.
No, I think a troll is a person that re-posts somebody else's and
spoof's their username (Sasquatch with llnux4all@... instead of
Sasquatch with linux4all@...) for the sole purpose of complaining about
said post. That's like a split personality, dude. Yikes. Sick stuff.
Yikes, sounds hauntingly familiar to what a friend of mine went thru
with builder quitting job. She got some helpful info from
http://www.hadd.com regarding what steps to take in a dipsute, to
protect your own interests, and www.jlconline.com and
http://www.buildingscience.com as far as sorting out who had done what
wrong. I can't recall any of the other links she talked about offhand.
The real problems began when the builder, who'd quit, demanded the
rest of the money. Good luck.
Yeah, that is a hilarious link--great link to send to a lover of
conspiracy theories, of which there is no shortage these days.
Doesn't really apply to pranksters, though. :-) Still funny
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