Posts Tagged ‘rectification’

Spanner In The Works

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Bathroom
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You want drama, I’ll give you drama…

As if the last three and a half months weren’t stressful enough, just as we’re nearing completion, a leak is discovered in the bathroom faucet. To make matters worse, the pipes have to be accessed from the bedroom.

So the freshly painted walls have to be hacked up, the cabinets destroyed, and tiles pried off. Certainly not for the faint of heart.

To our contractor’s credit, once discovered, the leak was traced and everything was sorted out in a day and a half. Considering this was an exercise that involved the plumbers, the carpenters, the masonry guys and the painters, there’s really nothing else I can complain about.

Ready For Round Two

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Main
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More sanding and patching. I’m not sure what kind of plaster is being used to smoothen the floor, but I’m having doubts about whether it will hold up to the abuse that flooring has to take.

Epoxy is going on tomorrow, so its another another couple of days of downtime for us.

Time for more retail therapy…

Grind Baby Grind

Posted: February 23, 2011 in Main
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Contractor concedes that the floor needs reworking, so we waste no time in getting started once her workers are back from their CNY break.

Day 1 of floor rectification, it looks like someone has taken an orbital sander to the floor. The bulk of the bumps and ridges have been sanded down, and there is a layer of epoxy dust every where.

If they had prepped the floor properly the first time round, none of this would have been necessary.

Still, better late than never, and we’re going to make sure we oversee this ourselves because our contractor seems incapable of doing so.

Guess you can tell I’m still in a major POed mood…

I sure am. I walked home last night and noticed that the epoxy coated cement flooring at the void deck is smoother than in our house!

And We Take One Step Back

Posted: January 27, 2011 in Main
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In case you’re wondering, no that’s not some fancy venetian plastering paint job…

Despite the house being already painted, we’ve gone ahead to rectify some of the problem areas. Contractor wasn’t happy with this wall, so its been redone.

Plaster and corner beads added to these two beams.

We hacked out and repositioned a couple of the electrical switches and sockets as well. Getting them aligned to within reasonable specs has been a major pain in the butt. I’ve half a mind to do exposed wiring and wall boxes for any future projects, just to avoid this issue.

Ok…so we’re being a little melodramatic with the title of the post. There was a lot to be happy about today, with some significant things accomplished. But some of the end results left a lot to be desired, and made us wonder if we were the fussy ones, or if the standard of sub contractors in SG was simply just low.

Moving along with the photos…

Remember the Shera light from this post? It’s been replaced by this outdoor cage light. It looks a little crooked in this photo, but has since been somewhat straightened by the electrician after some nagging.

While we’re still at the entrance, here’s the nice straight wall the masonry guys built up, but the painters ruined with some over-generous last minute plastering. The once flat wall was quite literally bulging with plaster, and had to be hacked up again in order for the light switches to sit flush.

The intercom handset has finally been moved. This was a seemingly simple request (move handset 5 feet to the left) which has dragged out for the longest time. Contractor seeks MCST approval. MCST takes a few weeks, reverts and points us to original installer of intercom. Installer deflects our request to distributor of the intercom, who after some back and forth correspondence with contractor, eventually caves in and comes down. On top of fees to hack and move the point, we’re going to have to pay for “testing” of “systems”…

Having said that, it was worth the hassle. Shifting the intercom handset was the final piece of the puzzle in making that wall clean (we also relocated a light switch and buried the doorbell). At its new position, the intercom handset will be hidden from view behind the fridge.

The kitchen pendant lamps. These are getting quite common, I’ve seen them being used in quite a few of the houses featured in Home & Decor. They’re actually test lamps used by mechanics, and you can get them for as low as $11-$12 at the hardware shops around the Jalan Besar area. The electrician managed to mount the right-most lamp slightly lower than the left one, so that’s another thing which we’ll need to rectify soon.

Behind and to the right of the kitchen pendants is fresh cement. These are the final patches of wall which needed to be “made good”.

The track lighting for the living room. Turned out nicer than we expected, but unfortunately, needs rectification too. Seems our ceiling is not entirely level, so one of the tracks is unable to sit properly without warping. In the photos, you can see how the track nearest the kitchen has a kink near the middle.

Our original concern was that the tracks laid out this way would be too imposing (which is why we chose not to suspend the frame the way we originally intended). Curiously, the black tracks on a white ceiling seems to provide an optical illusion of a higher ceiling, so we’re really glad for that. It feels like looking at the underside of some space craft when you look up at the tracks, if that makes any sense at all.

Close up of the warped track with the kink in the middle. We’re looking at the possibility of hacking slightly under the track to balance things out. Another alternative might be a spacer or something that would let the track hang slightly. Done that way, minor adjustments could be made to make up for the unevenness in the ceiling.