Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Independent Inspection please!!

Arrgg what a past week it has been... Sorry guys a bit of a rant ahead...

Tristan and I have chosen to have an independent Inspection done before our plaster goes up, We only decided this Monday night and considering the plaster is meant to start next Monday we are cutting it fine. The reason we have decided to do this is because on Sunday when we spent approx 3 hours at the house (putting the chip board in) there were little things that we picked up that we were not 100% sure about, and Tristan can only check the carpentry side of things, and considering we have had our insulation installed theres alot of things that we just don't understand enough to be able to check, but the thing that really set us off is the back external garage door, Last Thursday Tristan meet our lock up carpenter which i mentioned in my last post, anyway while there he pointed out that the brick layers had started the bricks next to the back external door but the door was out of level therefore the bricks had been layed out of level and now that he had fixed it, it left quiet a big gap between the brick and the door, the lockup carpenter gave this message to our SS who supposedly told the brickie to pull down the wall and start again, but to our surprise Monday when Tristan dropped by the house they had just keeped going and now had just pushed the door frame back to where it was in the first place (out of level) and bricked down the other side leaving us with the external door frame on an angle ,basically and the top of the door is hard up to the door frame and the bottom is about 10mm out. So Monday night we decided that paying for an independent inspector was going to be worth the money just to ease our minds. After speaking to our SS yesterday morning he said that he told them to pull the brick down and he was on he's way out there to have a look him slef, i also informed him that we were going to have and independent inspection done, hmmmmm he did not seem to like this at all and went on to inform me that the plaster is being delivered Friday and will be going up Monday, and he will not be stopping that, also that if there are problems and he only has a day to fix them that isn't long enough and that will hold progress up (glad that he seems so sure there ARE going to be problems :/... ) i said to him we know its late notice but we think its something we need  to do and we will try and have it done asap, lucky i was able organised for New home Inspections to come out today at 2:30pm (thanks Deb i found him from your blog) and they are going to give me the report tomorrow morning so they have a few days to fix what ever it is that needs to be fixed. So when i rang Dean back to let him know they were able to do it tomorrow, he said fine but please get them to call me before going on to site, he also tried to spin me something about the back external door being certain brick width and that they would have to out Quad in to fix it, i told Tristan this and said the bricks would have been fine at any width as long as they were done at level in the first place and using Quad is just a band aid for the problem but would not fix it... So i guess all we have to do is wait for the independent inspection to come back tomorrow and we will find out.... I will keep you posted :) Fingers cross for a good result!!


Janine K said...

Wise move Tash & Tristan, we also intend on getting an inspection done at pre-plaster, mainly because we do not have any expertise in the building area at all. I think it is money well spent for peace of mind. Nice to know we are not the only ones having brick walls pulled down.

I plan on calling Kevin myself next week after David finally gets to meet our site supervisor after a battle to get an appointment with him, to find out how things are going and get some sort of timeline.

Good luck, look forward to hearing what he has to say!!!

Debra said...

Best $ you will spend on your home Tash and Tristan....Kevin is well respected in the Industry and removes all emotion from 'your home'.

We too arranged for him pronto and held up plastering until any defects were corrected....so be it; you have every right. There will be plenty of days Metricon hold you up!!

Kevin inspected Pre-plaster and PCI - in hindsight had he inspected at Lock-up our more major issues would have been addressed before PCI. Kevin returned at Handover to ensure rectification work completed. Live and Learn.

Your in the best hands; Independent Inspections will keep SS on his toes.

Good Luck

Reinsey said...

Tash...what happened with your inspection? I've had my toes crossed thinking of you :)

Janine K said...

I'm hearing you Reinsey, have been wondering the same thing, hopefully no news is good news :)

Jay said...

Tell Metricon to get stuffed Tash. Tell them they are not to proceed until your inspection is done and all items rectified, otherwise you will not be paying their progress payment. You have every right to put the job on hold and there is nothing they can do about it. Just make sure it is in writing.

BTW they installed the incorrect Solar Hot Water Lagging in your house.
If you need a hand at looking at things im free this weekend. Just come around and knock on the door.

I finally have the internet so if you want i can email you progress pics during the week.

There were a few people there this week working on your house.

Tash said...

Hey Guys sorry i havent posted anything yet i have been in Caberra since friday morning.. ill make a post tonight :)