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    Need to vent

    Our house was built by a local builder for us in 1998.Every time we turn around something else is going wrong with it.I could write three paragraphs of problems we have had since we had it built.Last Saturday we had wind gusts to 45 mph or so,and we lost some shingles.The same day (dont know why) several tiles in the kitchen floor buckled upwards.Several are cracked,and more than that sound hollow when tapped on.
    Today,I was on the roof replacing some shingles and noticed the pieces I was pulling up didn't have the clear tape removed on the sticky strip along the backside of the shingles.I'm no roofer guys,but isnt that strip supposed to be removed before you apply the shingles?
    Foundation is shifting. Well,it turns out the 10 year warranty on the foundation is covered seperately from the rest of the house.Apparantly I neglected to sign and send in some document to that company when I signed the monstrous stack of papers to buy the house,so I am S.O.L. on the foundation.
    I am calling him tomorrow but would like to know prior to that conversation about that strip on the shingles,so he wont give me any crap about the winds.What do you think guys?
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    wow, thats terrible work.

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    You can see where the shingles flew off in these.
    Incidentally,that brick wall on the left of the garage collapsed in year two,the contractor neglected to install the fasteners that attach it to the frame.
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    Bert, what part of central Texas are you in?

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    For some reason I remember the plastic strip is supposed to be left on. I was under the impression that it was to be taken off as well, years ago...but I seem to remember seeing it in writing somewhere on the packaging that it's not to be removed...not a 100% sure mind you. Go to a HD or Lowes and check out a new bundle of shingle like yours...check it for installation instructions...the wrapper should have them on them.

    It does look as though...if you live in a high wind area that they didn't install the shingles with enough nails in them...for instance...a standard three tab will take four nails...one at each end and one above each seam between the tabs...in a high wind area you should have two nails for each tab.

    As for the tile floor...something's happened with the sub floor...gotten wet, swole up? Was there backer board used?...doesn't seem to be...I've never seen ceramic tiles pop like that on a properly prepared sub-floor.

    I hope you were able to get satisfaction from the brick mason or builder re your wall.
    Last edited by VaRedneck; 02-28-2007 at 05:19 PM.

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    ...also...the floor seems to have popped right in front of the dish washer too...hmmm.

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