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FFFA! Condo Hell.

Ladies. Gentlemen. Does anyone have a timepiece on them?

What time is it?

Oh, yes. I see. It’s Friday Free-for-all time!

So lets waste no more time and hop right into it.  This is what we do at the end of every week, our traditional link round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

Let’s go!

Hell is life in a Condo
$91M saves $1.1B Boondoggle
Mo money, mo problems
$1M mouse infested house
Sad you can’t buy?
25% regret buying a house

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

We’re still building leaky condos

We received this PDF from Robert Funk, a building technologist who specializes in four story wood frame envelope failure.

Robert says that despite the Leaky condo crisis across the lower mainland we’re still building condos that will have water problems.

Here’s an excerpt and a few pictures from the PDF, download the full PDF here for the complete story.

“The way we’ve always done it”

Written by Robert Funk

Leaky Condo remediation has come a long way in the last decade. In the last decade we have realized what a mess has been made and covered up in the walls of our homes. There are countless stories of heart break caused by financial devastation. First you purchase a home that you can afford and make payments on for the next 25 years in which time your building falls apart. Then comes the infighting of strata and owners, some for some against remediation. You pay a large sum of money, usually more than your original savings and down payment. Then for the next 18 months you live like a hostage under a tarp with loud apelike construction workers climbing in and out of your windows and banging on your walls. Welcome to Home Owner Hell.

I’m a building technologist and I specialize in Four Story Wood Framed Envelope Failure. This means I take buildings apart for a living. Things have changed allot, Rain screen,we discovered was used on 100 year old houses, (we never had to take them apart so it took a long time to discover this). Many more things have changed but some things have stayed the same and some have gotten even worse.

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