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jeter88

08:42AM | 02/28/07
Member Since: 02/27/07
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I live in a 1.5 yr old modular center hall colonial built in a development of 15 similar homes in Westchester County,NY. So far I have had no major problems but there has been an area of the flooring in the hallway upstairs that is very noisy when walked upon. Its about a 6-7 foot area along where the bottom of the hallway separates one of the bedrooms. If you walk along the wall in the bedroom, or walk along in the hallway on the other side the result is the same: loud clanking and the sound of "loose" wood banging round/moving. The "builder" came back, said "all houses do this" (BS) and lifted the carpet and installed wood shims bewteen the subfloor and the bottom of the wall partion which seemed to improve it for a day or so but that was it. Something else I recently noticed is that when I look at the bottom of the baseborad trim in the hallway there is about a 1/2 inch gap running the span of where this noise can most easily be made, which disappears as you move along the floor further down. Coincidence? Could the floor be sagging? Is this a major structural issue? or is it just some weird settling and something I need to live with? I had an engineer inspect the house last July after we moved in and he deemed it structurally sound but this gap/noise is bothering me. any thoughts will be appreciated. Keep in mind I have a "10 year structural warranty" from RWC, but I have heardd those only cover if your house is about to collapse...

flooringworldDOTorg

07:32PM | 03/14/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
311 lifetime posts
get an inspector in there if he wont fix it.

armed with the inspectors determination of cause, you can act against the contractor.

or tell the contractor you are hiring an inspector is he doesnt fix it within a certain date.

http://flooringworld.org/floorsearch.php?query=construction+inspector

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