Cabinet Warranty In Unfinished Buildings
From contributor B:
This is really simple. If the house is not heated or air conditioned as in the environment that people are going to live in, there will be no installation unless the builder accepts full responsibility for anything that happens. Thatís how I have done it for last 25 years. The builder pays to fix everything unless house is stabilized. Your builder is probably pushing you so he can collect the next step payment from the bank.
You probably can't do much about the faceframes but you should keep doors, drawer faces and applied end panels in your shop until after everyone else is done. I find that other subs do the most damage to my stuff.
From contributor C:
Someone needs to buy a $125.00 dehumidifier and keep on working.
From contributor D:
What about all of the other items in the house that are going to be affected - wood windows, doors, drywall mud, wood floors etc. Your concerns are justified and the builder should be responsible for this short sighted shortcutting.
From the original questioner:
Thanks for the replies. The idea of buying a dehumidifier doesn't make much sense. We generally keep 3-4 houses going at a time and I don't think a small dehumidifier would do much good anyway when the houses are being left open. The best option is to install at the very latest time possible but trying to convince the contractor of this is another thing. If any of you have any other suggestions, please let me know.
From contributor B:
Get another builder! That is my second suggestion - if this cheap so and so wonít get those houses either air conditioned or heated before installation then dump him - but not till you get a better one.
From contributor E:
This is the first part of the warranty section of our current contract:
ē All our work is stored and processed in a climate controlled environment to closely match the existing conditions of the average home in our area. All new home construction with any type of heating and cooling system and any existing homes with forced air heat and/or central air conditioning must have an automatic humidification/dehumidification system to keep humidity and temperature at consistent levels before and after we deliver. We suggest running the heat and/or air conditioning along with your humidification/dehumidification system for a minimum of 4 weeks before new work is installed. The humidity range should be between 30%- 40% and the temperature should be between 62 and 78 for a minimum of one week before we deliver. Large changes in humidity and temperature will affect framing of your home and our woodwork. This may cause movement and settling of framed structures and woodwork, causing racking of woodwork or gaps to open between newly installed woodwork and existing home. Problems caused by this are not covered under our warranty and repairs will be charged on a time and materials basis.
Most builders donít care about anything but their progress payments. They just have the cabinetmakers make repairs and the painters recaulk and repaint after everything settles and shrinks. I agree with contributor B. Either get paid for the repairs or find other contractors.
Have we ever kept a thermometer/hygrometer on a job? No.
Builders will either learn the lesson the first time or decide they donít want to use you anymore. Either way you are better off.
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