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Old 06-11-2018, 01:25 PM   #31
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Don't know anyone but my one comment is be careful in the selection. There are a few down there that push the water/debonding issue real hard. It is not true but cost a lot of money to prove that point on an individual case. I have two similar cases in FL right now. One is a house and the bill is approaching $100,000, mostly legal fees, my part was less than 10% of that.
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Thank you Dave.
I was hoping you would chime in on this. I sure wish you were local.

What is the exact type of inspector I need to look for? An engineer or floor specialist?
If I google for this I do not get relevant hits.

OUCH! We hope it doesn't come to litigation. The unit owners are flaming mad though
ATM because to them we have dragged our feet on this.

So we need to get something done other than talking soon.

Thanks for the tip. I am no expert, but I know BS when I hear it too.

We just want to do due diligence as an condo owner's association and hope
this is solved amicably.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:47 AM   #32
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:19 AM   #33
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Thank you again Dave.

I emailed John and asked him if he knows anyone too. His web page says
he also does some inspections too. He is a stone's throw from where I'm located
in Houston. I know he is *retarrd*. He may be out of pocket too being summer and he has his RV.

I'm leery to just look in a phone book or google.
One of fellow board members is going to see if the home inspector she had
check her unit prior to buying it can do an inspection like this, but I'm not sure
that is the correct type of inspection needed.


Good news it Jericho foundations came back with a letter showing they found
nothing of note. If the second company can be coaxed to make a similar letter
or maybe even without them we are in the clear.

HOA documents state clearly interior surfaces are unit owners' responsibility.
If a part of the common area (the foundation) is not responsible for the tile popping
then it is not our problem to remedy.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:01 PM   #35
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@Houston Remodeler Thank you.

I'll take the phone number, but we do have a good HOA attorney.
He specializes in HOA law (his mentor wrote portions of Chapter 82 of TX Property Code)
and litigation but I don't know how versed he is with construction defect matters.
Might need backup.

I sincerely hope it will not go that far. These folks seem reasonable, but given their misconception that the foundation is at fault I'm not sure how far this may go.
Jericho Foundations is a well respected company I think I the Houston area so maybe
their letter to us will be enough to convince them.

As a somewhat loaded question. Given the scope of what I've said here the wall to wall tile
lifted, tented, broken etc. What should one expect to pay for the removal, then floor prep
and replacement of the tile here in Houston from a competent tile setter doing it all the correct
way?

The existing tiles are 12 or 13". They looks like either Lowes or Home Depot 'special buy'
grade ceramic. As I said originally area is about 400 square feet including kitchen/dining hallway and bath/laundry room. Tile goes under all cabinets, appliances in the kitchen and bathroom. Just trying to get a ballpark number if we end up having to pay out on this.
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Typical pricing? (this will get you typical work which is what is being removed)

Demo normally runs about $2 to $3 per sf, depending on what they leave behind and if its dustless removal or not.

Installation would run $6 or $7 per sf depending on the installer.

Add $2 or $3 per sf for membrane

Since you are eyeball deep in this, I'd be double checking to make sure they installed as per the manufacturer's instructions for every product used, as well as the 2018 TNCA guidelines. Interviewing the prospective installers to make sure they can quote you the installation requirements would be a good first step.

Let them tell you how they plan to;

1- demo the old installation
2- protect the home
3- prep the slab (grinding the old overspray from original contruction is quite normal)
4- handle in-plane cracks
5- have them explain EJ-171 to you. If they don't know what EJ-171 is, show them the door.
6- handle expansion joints as per EJ-171 for this particular installation
7- the thinset used and why
8- the grout used and why
9- IF or not, they are planning to seal the grout
10- if they are sealing a cement based grout, how long after installation of the grout will they be sealing? (check this against the grout and sealant manufacturer instructions)
11- get an original copy of their liability insurance
12- get a written guarantee
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