L. Scott

05:09PM | 02/02/03
Member Since: 02/01/03
2 lifetime posts
We gutted our basement and did the (new) framing in November. We just started the electrical work - as we were drilling through the new studs we discovered that they are moldy. Our carpenter purchased the wood through 2 different home supply centers. One brand is fine, one is moldy. The home supply store suggested cleaning the wood with bleach. We don't think this will solve the problem so we want to replace the wood (re-frame). The store offered to replace the wood (no, thanks - we don't want their bad wood). Our concern is the labor cost. Our carpenter purchased the wood and installed it & we paid him a lot to do this. Do we have any recourse with him? He is aware of the problem but hasn't offered any solutions. Thanks in advance for your advice.


05:22PM | 02/02/03
Member Since: 01/01/03
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When you spec'd the work, you told the carpenter to use a certain grade of wood. That's the wood he bought, and installed. If it later proves that the wood did not meet the spec, you can't blame the carpenter. The store perhaps, but the carpenter had no control over whether the wood met spec or not.

I'd raise hell at the store the wood was purchased from, and try to get them to pay for rework. It's a hell of a longshot, but if the store really values it's reputation it should stand by the products it sells -- even if it has to then in turn go after it's suppliers. If they don't, whatever public campaign to let other possible customers know that the store doesn't stand by it's products may be enough to convince them they should make you happy.

Or you can talk to a lawyer.

That wood certainly has to go. You can't ameliorate moldy studs. If you can get someone else to foot the bill, great. You may have to rework this out of your own pocket, though.


L. Scott

05:41PM | 02/02/03
Member Since: 02/01/03
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Do you have any idea what is bad in terms of mold? We're wondering if we just see a few spots if we can simply bleach it or is it best just to remove all studs that show even the smallest amounts of mold?

[This message has been edited by L. Scott (edited February 02, 2003).]

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