Friday, 19 June 2015

Private PCI issues picked up so far

Had our private inspector review the house yesterday and he picked up lots of little things. Firstly, here is my list of issues for attention that I noticed while private inspector was reviewing the house. Overall the house looks fantastic, dont be fooled by my list. PD have done a great job so far & I just think the PCI was done too early and most of these things are already in progress of repairs and completion.

My Mini PCI - Things yet to be finished/fixed
·         Kitchen Sink on window side is scratched.
·         Kitchen tap window side should be a Teknobili Oz T7 300 & not 137 (as per island bench). P.20 of WOS document.
·         As per WOS notes all baths are meant to have push/pull plugs (Mizu 32/40 Overflow Push Plug) and not plastic plugs (also noted in PCV 1-1390). Baths yet to have these plugs installed.
·         Drain covers in shower yet to be installed
·         Silicone seals yet to be done around baths
·         Kitchen sink two drip trays need installing as per p.20 of colours document.
·         Missing downpipe on west side of dining room wall.
·         Bottom white pipes of downpipes still white, when will they be colour matched?
·         Baths not sealed in any rooms yet.
·         Laundry – need adapter/holes drilled through under counter dividers so washing machine hose can go into the drainpipe under counter/sink.
·         Yet to be installed -  towel rail 1 single in Bathroom, 1 double towel rail bathroom, 4 toilet roll holders, towel rings 5 (guest, powder, WC, master, bathroom), robe hook master & guest ensuites
·         Electrical – Please ask – Where did they run the figure 8 cables to?
·         Smoke alarms are connected to lights and it is specifically mentioned that they are to be on their OWN circuit – need reworking. It is noted on ## amendment on Clipsal document and electricians were reminded onsite during installation.
·          In study two of the joins/gaps in plaster where previous power points were need the wires to have correct junction boxes in the wall or install extra power point at that location (current wire junction not acceptable to be left as is in a wall).
·         Slimline points to kitchen bench NOT fat ones.
·         lights under kitchen overhead cupboards 2 don’t work
·         Flood light on external dining room wall not working.
·         Yet to Check heating and evap cooling working
·         Understairs meant to have a data patch switch & router as per network 8 pack with argus home network section.
·         Master bedroom a few LEDs not secure.
·         Powerpoints in recessed cabinets are not slimline, why?
·         Kids bath tile edge elevated and sharp
·         Various areas with no/insufficient grout.
·         Various chips and tile defects marked in tiled areas around house
·         Tiles have been overcut where tap/shower hoses have been installed and have now got horrid flanges on them, most are not flush with tiles and will be a nightmare to keep clean and need to be removed. All the tapware/shower hoses are per Reece don’t have flanges install nor need them if tiles cut correctly. Why installed on our bath and shower taps? Also in the upstairs WC the hideous white flange under the sink, why is that there, did they overcut tile?
·         See independents comments re this.
·         Render on alfresco wall weird flat marks in various places.
·         Stairs stain at the bottom still needs doing (I don’t think carpet waterfalls to base)
·         Wood not stained or painted on garage north door.
·         Spare paint tins for wallaby colour, calcium colour, render colour.
·         Kitchen – under the overhead cupboards aren’t yet painted and a few little holes.
·         Laundry – door needs 2nd coat of paint on outside and removal of all the paint brush hairs from paint work.
·         Top of some doors still not fully painted let alone 3 coats.
·         Lots of spots need touch up, lots of paint drops and things on paint, even paint brush hairs especially bad on laundry door, top of door frames some not painted fully even once.
·         Garage door needs adjusting as doesn’t close fully
·         Privacy Lock missing on master bedroom
·         Check deadbolt in laundry door Lockwood symmetry 7107 double cylinder Deadbolt (p.20 of WOS). Front door charged twice for Deadbolt paradigm 005 TR, 2nd should be on laundry door.
·         Door locks – privacy lock missing on master bedroom. Laundry door meant to have deadbolt like front door (charged for it).
·         Door drafts in laundry door to outside very drafty & seal damaged, paintwork really poor on outside and needs a second coat. 
·         Dining room sliding door damaged on lower tracks, probably needs replacing.
·         Sliding doors – no tracks and shudder when touched. Base of laundry sliding door there’s a hole below door in tile.
·         Front door – needs replacing as very vertically bowed. Needs weather entry seal. Door handle not installed yet. New hinges yet to be installed. Couldn’t unlock/open to check seals.
·         Garage internal door shakes and shudders, drafty.
·         All Windows not assessed for scratches as they are still covered in render and paint.
·         Flyscreens missing on master bedroom and Bedroom 3 (but tradie arrived as I left to install them)
·         Bedroom 3 & Bedroom 4 window right side very drafty and doesn’t seal properly on right.
·         Kitchen top right overhead cupboards can’t open without hitting bulkhead
·         MISSING - WIP shelves, adjustable. See page 10 of contract Cabinets section item 6.
·         Missing pot dividers in kitchen draws.
·         Slab needs shaving off at front door area that wont be covered up by graded driveway.
·         RHS of garage concrete needs removing from neighbours garden. (also did Michael get plants voucher he was promised)
·         Driveway crossover repair & council bond refund.
Confirm activation of gas on day of handover & electricity to be transferred into my name.
Termaguard – needs to surround house and continue around RHS garage.
 Carpet – stairs needs finishing. Master bedroom carpet stains and also need nailing down all areas/edges.
Awaiting installation of towel rings, robe hooks, toilet roll holders, towel rails, external venting of rangehood, all appliances, fireplace etc etc.

Yet to Check heating in 2 separate zones (upstairs and downstairs) & evap cooling works.

Private Inspectors other things
Garage floor not checked due to rubbish
Windows not checked due to render and paint all over window
The stormwater PVC riser pipes have not been painted.
The aluminium window frame sill rubbers are sitting up from the rendered sill ends. I also noted a large amount of render excesses on these window sill rubbers.
The finished render surfaces around the dwelling are showing areas of damage and dirt markings as well as areas of patched looking render finish.
There is termite reticulation pipe left uncovered in numerous areas around the home This in effect nullifies the rest of the termite protection system as it has left a gateway for the termite’s entry into the home. Also incomplete on RHS garage.
RHS – The storm water pipe has been installed in a manner that has the top of the pipe at finish ground level or just below by less than the minimums mandated.
Alfresco – the aluminium sliding door frame sill section has a large amount of scratching to the black insert pieces.Meals – the aluminium sliding door frame bottom sill section has a large indentation in the black insert.
Alfresco – I noted an unsightly structural steel section protruding beside the pitching beam. The builder will need to rework this area to present with an acceptable level of finish.
Rear – there are render excesses on the fascia and gutter abutment to the rendered walls.
Rear – the aluminium window frame has a large indentation to the bottom sill section.  The builder will need to rework this damaged area in a manner that does not present  with a patched looking finish.
LHS – the rainwater tank pipes have not been painted.
LHS – the lower roof fascia and gutter abutments to the main dwelling are showing a large gap beneath the roof soaker flashing. The builder will need to install a cover section to stop possible vermin entry into the roof space.
LHS– the meter box door stay is damaged and will require replacement of the complete meter box door.
Front – there are grout excesses within the door frame sash area from installation of the facade tiling.
Entry – the entry timber door is showing a bow of about 5 mm over the height of the door.
Although this is technically within the allowable tolerance, the door will now not seal tight against the frame and is allowing their cold air into the dwelling.
Guest room – the wall and skirting return to the LHS of the ensuite opening is showing a bow in the wall and out of square at the skirting and plaster above. This skirting has been marked with masking tape.
I noted all bathroom shower outlets and bath tub outlets have been installed with an external type metal flange fitted beneath the plumbing connections The cover plates to the shower and bath water outlets is not part of my clients documented tap ware finish. The cover plates have been installed to cover over the overcutting of a tile. The defect itself must be rectified, not covered. The use of a cheap unsightly cover plate that is not high chromed, like my clients tap ware, and will tarnish very quickly is unacceptable and needs to be removed. The tiling needs to be reworked, and the openings installed to suit the tap ware selected.
Guest ensuite – the cavity sliding door frame reveal is showing out of square at the bottom by about 5 mm.
Guest ensuite – the vanity shelf has a large hole that is not covered by the plastic flange.
Laundry – the vanity cabinet rear carcass section has been overcut by the plumber and will require reworking.
Laundry – the external door frame aluminium sill section has a loose seal. The design of this doorframe is very difficult to replace the seal without complete removal of the frame.
Powder room – the cavity sliding door guides are broken and will require replacement.
Kitchen – There are a number of cabinet door margins that need to be reworked to ensure that all are aligned. This includes the draw fronts.
Kitchen – the sink vege sprayer tap has not been installed as per supplier instructions.
The weight has not been fitted at the mid-point of the feeder line and the shelf has no opening to allow the weight to pass through.
This equates to a non-functional return of the tap and lead apparatus which was not the intent of the installation.
Kitchen – I noted the dishwasher provision space has services conduits within the area where the dishwasher is to be installed.
I noted the plaster wall below the cornice is showing a noticeable bow. This bow is causing visible fattening of the cornice adhesive at the junction to the cornice bottom edge.
Upstairs – I noted the carpet has areas of paint and rust marks.
Ensuite WC – the wall tiling is showing an unsightly mitre joint which is a result of lipping in the tiles.
There are paint touch ups and minor plaster defects throughout the dwelling and these are marked with blue masking tape
Ensuite – the wet areas wall tiling are showing unsightly abutments to the cornice above.
Upstairs powder room – the wall tiling below the vanity basin has not been caulked to the floor tiling.
Upstairs powder room – the plumber has installed an unsightly plastic cover over the wall tiling to hide a large gap beside the bottle waste.
When looking forward from the upstairs room I noted the garage roof has a large amount of dirt and builders refuse on finished clip lock roofing.
Roof Space - The insulation in the ceiling has the following defects.
 Large areas of ceiling batts have been left out around the ducts and exhaust fans. The batts will need to be installed snug to the ducts and just clear of the fan outlet.
 Other trades appear to have removed batts from their work areas with little regard for the information inserted below. Note that batts must be installed up to the 50 mm area around protected down lights.
Garage – the panel door top section requires adjustment to close with an even gap against the rendered returns. The current installation shows the top panel leaning away from the door head.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, who did you use for your PCI?