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1.20 How can i tell if i have masonite siding that is included in the law suit?

Q. I have siding problems with boards that are buckling and deteriorating. We just moved into the home two years ago and I have no idea what brand of siding this is. How can I tell if it is the Masonite siding invovled in the current lawsuit?

A. Ask your neighbors. Most builders used the same products house after house. And, most of the siding problems were in concentrated areas.

1.20 I have Aluminum siding on my house and I want to put Vinyl siding on. can I put the vinyl siding over top.?

Q. I have tar paper under the original siding already and I was told by one contractor that I could just put vinyl siding right over top but another contractor told me I needed to take the aluminum siding off and start all over again, so which is it?

A. I would take it all down and put up that Tyvek insulation all over before replacing with vinyl... You can get a ton of money for your old siding at the scrap yard.

1.20 Any law students, lawyers, or anyone knowledgeable about the law? I am remodeling a house, and we have hit ?

Q. Speed bumps, and I need some advice. Here's the short of it: I hired a company to do my remodel job, siding, windows, new roof, new heat and air unit, remodel kitchen, bath, refinish hardwood floors, and lay new tile throughout. I do not have to sign anything or pay anything until all work is complete. The hardwood floors looked like kids finger painted them, literally, and the kitchen cabinets looked almost as bad. The only thing I was happy with was the siding, windows, roof, and the central h/a unit. So, they agreed to redo the floors, and said the kitchen cabinets would have to be painted instead of stained and varnished for some reason. I really didn't want to paint the cabinets but finally agreed, and picked a color. I had already chosen my tile floors, and couldn't change that, my walls were already painted and didn't want to change that, and the new countertops were in place and I was happy with them. So I was just hoping the color I chose for the cabinets would blend. Luckily, it did, but they hung some of the cabinet doors wrong, to open the wrong way, and a corner door especially won't open because of the handle on it. It should open from the other side. When they were redoing the wood floors, the sander was parked in a corner and must have been hot because in the night, a fire started and burnt through the wood floor. Now, the floor had to be replaced. The wood floors look beautiful this time around. They had to hire another crew to redo them. The tile floors look great. But, they still have so much to do. A few kitchen cabinets are missing. Pulls on some of them are missing. Some are still hung crooked. They need to finish placing the sinks and toilet in the bath. The kitchen sink is yet to be installed. They haven't even wiped the walls down from the soot from the fire, and the walls that the sander was parked by when it burned need to be sanded and repainted. The contractor is pushing me to sign and saying, "These are minor details, and we can finish them after you move in." On top of all this, I was told we would be in the house by Dec 1, and told it was safe to give my notice at my apartment. I gave a tentative notice, which my apt. mgr. interpreted as a final notice. The fire happened on Nov. 28, and when I went to tell them I needed to stay at least another month, I was told I had two days to move. So my kids and I moved our belongings into a rental storage and moved into a motel. The remodel company is paying for this. My legal question is: If I move into the house unfinished, am I in a way saying I accept it as it is? and if they do not finish it, can I do anything? OR Should I refuse to move in until it is complete, and demand that they continue to pay for our present accomodations, which are really pathetic, considering it is Christmas? Should I contact my attorney, and let them know we will do what we have to do to get the job done? We are having to eat out every meal, and the room is getting smaller every day!! HELP! What should I do?!


1.20 We just bought a fixer, what should we do first?

Q. We are still trying to close on this house, but I'm making my preparations since we have only 2 weeks of having somewhere else to live while we get the place in a condition we can live with while we make upgrades. It has a nearly finished basement apartment that only needs a few appliances, so we plan to probably live there while we work on it. We're planning on : Ripping out the carpets & linoleum and refinishing the hardwoods Painting Buying and installing new appliances Buying and replacing most/all of the light fixtures Tearing out an inset cupboard to make room in one bathroom Re-staining the kitchen cupboards Making concrete counter-tops for kitchen cupboards Replacing the kitchen sink Replacing the kitchen flooring Moving some plumbing around in the bathrooms Tearing out bathroom cabinets Putting new tile in the bathrooms, possibly tanking and making a wet-room Replacing the bathroom sinks with wall-hung sinks Replacing the bathroom window (maybe making larger or replacing with glass block?) Replacing the rusted fireplace box and facade Paint-stripping the fireplace mantle Paint-stripping the trim, built-in-cabinets and doors and replacing mismatched trim Replacing the gutters and flashing around the chimneys Fixing the sub-standard window trimming outside Tearing off the vinyl siding, removing the asbestos siding underneath and re-siding Adding vents to the roof Removing a possibly leaky greenhouse-style sun-window Putting up a fence Ripping out a deck This list is so huge and a bit overwhelming; which should we do immediately and which should we wait on? Obviously we won't want to install new tile bathroom floors before moving the plumbing, for example; and we won't want to paint after finishing the floors, nor before we strip the trim. However, some of the larger projects, like replacing the window with glass block, we may not get to for a long time, and it would be a pity to have our external window seals leaking while we wait and plan. My fiancee is a remodeler so we're pretty sure we can tackle all the projects, but in the interest of making the place as livable as we can as quickly as possible... does anyone have any advice on getting things into good shape quickly without causing more problems for ourselves down the road? We are buying this foreclosed house very cheaply, my fiancee, as I already mentioned, remodels houses for a living. You rarely find legal duplexes in the city for $73 a square foot. The structure is sound, the floorplan is decent, there are so many good things about this house that I shouldn't have to explain why we want to make some custom cosmetic tweaks. I could buy some other house that has had $3,000 put into cheesy cabinets and ugly countertops that is selling for $10k more as move-in-ready and still want to rip the whole thing apart.

A. You are going to have to check your local laws because Asbestos Removal is heavily regulated!Also, make sure you do your floors last so you don't screw them up trying to complete other projects.

1.20 How many homes have both sprinkler systems and vinyl siding?

Q. There are 80 homes in a subdivision. A realtor tells you that 50 of the homes have vinyl siding, 20 of the homes have automatic sprinkler systems, and 15 of the homes have both.

A. 80 times 0.15

1.20 How to deal with contractors?

Q. Can you give me practical tips on selecting and dealing with contractors: carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc.? This is for house renovations, not new construction.

A. 8 Tips for Dealing With Contractors There seems to be a communication gap between homeowners and their contractors. Too often, homeowners are suspicious of contractors, worrying that they're about to be taken advantage of. Meanwhile, contractors have been known to roll their eyes at the naïveté of some of their clients. Both parties could benefit from trying to speak the same language. Here are a few tips for dealing with contractors and home improvements -- they may help you when it comes time to repair or renovate your home. 1. Know what you want This is critical. Too many people sign up with a contractor to have a certain job done, but in the middle of the job, they realize that they want something else. Maybe they wanted to expand a living room, for example, but later decide they'd rather devote some of the new space to an expanded kitchen. That's a big deal, and can wreak havoc in a contractor's plans, perhaps causing him to have to undo some of what he's done, or to spend more time than he'd budgeted on your home. It can also end up costing you a lot more than it would have if you'd been more sure of what you wanted at the outset. 2. Expect messes, then work to minimize them Contractors often scratch their heads when they run across clients who are surprised that working on a house can be messy. ("How come there's so much dust?") If you're going to have work done on your house, take some time to find out from your contractor what you can expect, mess-wise, and how you should prepare the work areas. You'll save yourself from some unpleasant surprises and you can minimize the pain, too. For example, if a wall is going to be torn down, you can prepare for that by removing as many objects in the room as possible and covering as many things in that room and nearby rooms as you can. (Clouds of dust don't know to stop at thresholds.) You might also want to find out ahead of time about any safety issues. When certain kinds of work are done, there may be fumes or dust that's best to stay away from. If you have asthma, for instance (and even if you don't), you might want to sleep somewhere else for a few nights while some work is being finished. 3. Don't assume the world revolves around you It's easy to forget that the world doesn't revolve around us, but trust me, when it comes to home repairs and renovations, you're probably not the only client in your contractor's life. Some contractors may be able to work only for one client at a time, but many will be juggling a few while they work for you. Part of the reason for this is that they may have promised to start work somewhere at a certain time, while work at another site has dragged on a bit longer than originally expected. Think about this: If your contractor is a cooperative one, she might oblige you when you enlarge the scope of the job over time. ("Actually, we now think we'd like a new sink as well as a new toilet." "Before you paint, could you change all those light fixtures?") But if she's doing this for you, she's probably doing the same for other clients -- and that can consume extra time. 4. Be prepared for delays Have you been watching a lot of HGTV? If you're a devotee of the many home-improvement television programs out there, don't let them lead you to believe that major projects can be completed in half an hour -- or even a day. And remember that on these programs, the craftspeople often have plenty of assistants working with and for them, behind the scenes. Simply installing a door or sink can take much of a day if there are a few unexpected developments, which isn't unusual. Don't forget the role of weather in all this, as well. If you're having outdoor work done, rainy days will likely delay things. Temperatures also matter -- it might be too cold to paint, for example. Even indoor work can have such delays -- sometimes wood that gets installed indoors (floors, cabinets, etc.) needs time to dry out or warm up or otherwise get comfortable before being locked in place. A final timing consideration is one of language. Make sure you're on the same page with your contractor. If he estimates that the job will take "10 days," don't assume that that means two weeks. It could end up taking 10 days of work over the course of a month, due to the weather or the contractor's schedule. 5. Your help can hurt Sometimes clients like to hang around contractors while work is being done, helping out. This can be a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. Find out from the contractor exactly what kind of help is and isn't welcome. If a floor is being torn up, you might offer your brute strength in tearing up some tiles. But think twice before attempting to install Sheetrock or change an outlet. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, and if you do certain things on your own initiative, you may end up causing damage or generating more work for the contractor who may have to undo what you did. 6. Your job may cost more than you expect You're on a budget, right? Well, make sure your contractor is fully aware of it. (A good one will probably discuss this with you, anyway.) Expect some variation between the estimate you get and the final cost. You might even want to plan to spend 15% to 30% more, in total, on the job. Why? Well, things happen. Over the course of a few months, the price of lumber may skyrocket. In the course of renovating your home, there may be some expensive discoveries, such as lots of rotten wood under vinyl siding that's removed. The cost can also rise if you keep adding to the scope of the work, or if you opt for more expensive materials, many of which are good to opt for, as they may last longer or look better. One good way to discuss your budget with a trusted contractor is to say something like, "We'd like to spend no more than $X on this job, but if need be, we can spend an extra $X -- and absolutely no more than that." This can help him decide where he can upgrade materials and where he must be as frugal as possible. 7. Not all contractors are shady Many of us are used to thinking negatively about contractors, having heard horror stories about inept ones or, worse, scam artists. Perhaps not too surprisingly, the home-improvement area received the second most consumer complaints in 2002 (after automobile sales), according to a recent survey. Still, remember that bad experiences are typically shared more often than good ones. While there are certainly more than a few dastardly contractors out there, preying on unsuspecting homeowners, there are also lots of skilled and honest ones. You've probably read about various contractors ripping off clients -- but believe it or not, contractors get ripped off, too. After doing all or part of a job, they may end up with a check that bounces or a client who refuses to pay. Don't assume that your contractor is automatically an adversary. He may well be a valuable ally in your quest for a lovelier home. 8. Find a good contractor Now that you're ready to hire a contractor and spiff up your house, here are a few tips on finding a good one: Do try to find a contractor you really like, one you feel you can trust and whom you'll be comfortable communicating with. You should be able to ask questions and get answers you understand. Don't just rely on the Yellow Pages in your search. If a contractor has been working for more than a year or two and is good, he probably doesn't need to advertise. He likely gets offered much more work than he can take on. Ask around. Find people who have had done to their homes what you want done to yours. See who had good experiences with their contractors. If need be, try asking for referrals at your local hardware store. Yes, you might end up with a mediocre professional this way -- but possibly not, since the store should want to keep its customers happy. Make sure she's licensed and insured. (Yes, she -- there are some female contractors out there.) You don't want someone uninsured working on your home. If your state requires any licenses, make sure your contractor has them.

1.20 Custom Home?

Q. Hi. We're building a custom home on our lot in TX and want to know ANY and all pitfalls anyone can think of. I am researching references and BBB but we're nervous. Thanks in advance. I read all answers and will rate the best! I should add that we're working with a builder, and he's BBB, and we're choosing the model, so we know what it looks like for all our stuff! I'm mainly worried about permits, construction loan, getting the equipment in-if we'll need to use our neighbor's lot- it's vacant, but she won't want her trees messed up. I want to know what is my responsibility but that the builder might try put one over on me.

A. Are you building the home yourself? There are a ton of potential pitfalls, and the majority of them revolve around scheduling. You want your subs in as quickly as possible, but not to the point where you have 3 subs working in the same 10 sq. ft. area at the same time. Get the house closed in as soon as you can. This makes life much easier in the event of rain. Focus on getting the roof on, the doors and windows installed, and siding. Then you and your subs can work no matter what. Keep on top of lien waivers, as your bank will want them when they issue draws on your construction loan. Develop a good rapport with your building inspector, since he will be more inclined to help you and will point out errors your subs may make. Document EVERYTHING! If there are any issues down the road, it's much better to be able to put your hands on a piece of paper, especially if it's signed by the sub involved. If you are at all uncomfortable being the boss, hire a good general contractor. You will pay for their time, but it may save you in the long run. Don't be afraid to ask for references, and check the references. Hope this helps. Good luck.

1.20 Can you be allergic to your house? My sister had her dream home custom built and has had a rash ever since?

Q. She moved in. The doctors don't know what is causing the rash. Her cat has got itching skin as well. Any ideas what it could be.

A. Tell your sister to check with the home builder and ask WHERE the Sheet rock came from and what is the brand that was used on the house. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but on a major tv channel just last week they warned people with current new homes about cheap dangerous black mold producing sheet rock being put in new houses. This sheet rock was made in China.This has been covered up except for one nation wide news station who blurted it out before it got censored from the news last week!!!! These builders quickly put up these toxic walls and then put brick, stone or siding on the house. This sheet rock is deadly when it gets wet. Black mold collects quickly on it. Ask your sister to contact the builder and find out where they got the sheet rock.Also ask what kind of and brand name of house wrap was put on the house.. Even that will probably not help because as with all recalls there is always a cover up until enough people get sick, or die. A new house owner in our town got ANGRY and tore down the wall on one side of his house due to water leaks. What he found was terrifying!!! Black mold everywhere!! No house wrap either.These are brand new brick 2 story homes with 2500-3500 sq ft. Another culprit of her rash can be the drinking or shower/ bathtub water in the house. That can also cause a horrible rash . NERVES being frazzled can also produce a rash. . Good luck in finding the source of the problem.

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