Friday, August 5, 2016

be kind


Ian MacLaren, a noted Scotsman, author of “Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush,” cared deeply about those around him. His oft-quoted words offer wise counsel: “Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.”

Ian MacLaren was the pseudonym or pen name of Rev. John Watson. Wikipedia has an entry for MacLaren. His book “Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush” was a best seller in the 1890s. In 1965 in the Chicago Tribune the words attributed to Ian MacLaren are a close match to the quotation we are tracing [CTM]:

"Most of us are acutely aware of our own struggles and we are preoccupied with our own problems. We sympathize with ourselves because we see our own difficulties so clearly. But Ian MacLaren noted wisely, “Let us be kind to one another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle.”
http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/06/29/be-kind/






Thursday, August 4, 2016

hazzards of rebuilding in a flood zone





I feel deeply for the people of Ellicott City who got hammered by the flood. We, including government, should do everything possible to make those who suffered losses whole again. IMHO, the government should condemn the property along Main Street, purchase it from the owners, and return it to it's natural state (natural drainageway), extending to the flood zone limits. No construction of any kind should be ever permitted again within the limits of the flood zone.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." 
  Albert Einstein


Sunday, November 15, 2015

comments from Hondo

Hondo has left a new comment on your post "Silver Spring Transit Center": 

I lived in Sun City Hilton Head from 2008 to 2013. My stucco house was built in 2005. I started to address the cracks in the stucco in 2011 having an infrared study done by a resident in Sun City. It passed the initial home inspection. The first year was ok but with sections on the border of failure. In 2012 the test revealed a failure and Pulte had to replace one side. The problem here is that they did not change the location of the expansion joints around the windows and set up another failure in the future and the other sides were headed for failure. Pulte did not charge me anything because they want to mitigate the class action suit but there is no guarantee that they will continue to fix stucco problems free of charge. Infrared test costs are paid by the homeowner and have to be done once a year or once every two years at a cost of @ $200. Furthermore, I had cracks in the foundation, and the overall quality of the house for being built in 2005 was poor. The HVAC system and roof were going to need replacement earlier than one would expect. I had cracked tiles and window leaks. All things that you would think I would have seen or read about in the home inspection when I bought the house. But you get caught up with the allure of Sun City and a house on a lagoon that you put the practical side on the back burner. The major reason I moved back north was that I felt that within 10 years I would be spending a chunk of my retirement savings to maintain a house that was fairly new.
Plus, Sun City was not the best fit for me. Politically, it is tea party conservative and I felt I was living in a large nursing home at times because there is a large segment of the population who have owned there for twenty years and are now in their 80s. Also the expense of having three golf courses would increase the POA at some point. This is just my opinion and I also felt that a large segment of the residents felt self-entitled. I worked for the management company there in a customer service position for 5 years which added to my perception. I guess the bottom line is that I am highly suspect over the construction quality of all the homes built there (even the new section) and would recommend that perspective buyers look at the overall fit of moving into a large, and aging senior community. 









Wednesday, November 11, 2015

retired


When I was working, I was a civil engineer. 
I was also a consumer, and I paid taxes.

Now that I'm retired, I'm a taxpayer and a consumer, 
who just happens to be a civil engineer.


http://silverspringtransitcenter.blogspot.com/

update, 8/31/14:
http://pileofsteamingbs.blogspot.com/2014/08/controlling-silver-spring-transit.html
http://peretiredwhistleblower.blogspot.com/
http://customertalk.blogspot.com/


Here is a recent exchange on my other Pulte blog:
https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=3052466448585769837&postID=4402949646143873349

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

the truth about Pulte Homes


I started this blog in 2007 when I discovered that Pulte Homes was putting out false information about the nails that they substituted for hurricane clips in the house that I owned, and THOUSANDS of other houses, at Sun City Hilton Head in Okatie, SC. (SCHH is located near the coast where the SC building code requires that houses be capable of withstanding a 130 mph wind gust from a hurricane.)

In late 2011 we put our Pulte house at SCHH on the market; it finally sold in mid-2013. We are now part of a VERY large group: FORMER owners of Pulte homes.

Unfortunately, Pulte Homes, or Pulte Group, or whatever they're calling themselves these days, isn't the only bad builder; and, unfortunately, shoddy construction isn't limited to private construction. Check out http://silverspringtransitcenter.blogspot.com/ . Not only is government failing to protect us from shoddy construction in the houses that we buy; but also, government is taking OUR money (taxes) and using it to fund shoddy public works' projects.



Back to 2007...


 


Monday, November 9, 2015

Pulte Homes' propaganda team pushes shoddy houses




...........Pulte Homes' propaganda team pushes Pulte's shoddy houses
................................while feeding at the Pulte trough
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

in a nutshell

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Take it from someone who knows construction, and who made the mistake of entering into a contract with Pulte to build a new house. * 

You don't want to sign a sales contract for a new house with Pulte Homes. 

Pulte builds shoddy houses and treats their customers poorly. Pulte Homes is dishonest, reckless, and arrogant.



* The sales contract, which includes a binding arbitration clause, is based on a lot selected by the purchaser and a house "description". Detailed construction plans are NOT made available by Pulte to the purchaser--ONLY a "sales-type" description of the house and schematic "floor plans".  The house that Pulte built for me (under contract) was different from the model home.



http://pultegeist.com/forum/83-trust.html.
http://www.kens5.com/home/Problems-with-Pulte-What-SA-residents-can-learn-from-companys-history-83208397.html

Friday, November 6, 2015

Pulte Homes' mantra



When problems occur with Pulte Homes' houses (they do regularly), Pulte Homes always says: "Pulte Homes is fully committed to customer satisfaction and quality."


Really?


If that’s the case, then why did Pulte Homes deliberately build thousands of houses with unreinforced concrete foundations on expansive soils in Arizona in the early 2000s, and then do the same thing in Texas years later, leaving customers in Arizona and Texas to deal with devastating consequences of failed foundations? Why did Pulte Homes deliberately substitute nails for hurricane clips in thousands of houses in coastal South Carolina? Why did Pulte Homes install defective stucco in thousands of houses at the same location?

There are widespread problems with Pulte Homes' houses at many other locations. Pulte Homes’ mantra is always the same: "Pulte Homes is fully committed to customer satisfaction and quality."


Dishonest, reckless and arrogant Pulte Homes

Thursday, November 5, 2015

shame

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Pulte Wall of Shame
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pulte roof truss connection

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This is how Pulte Homes connects roof trusses at Sun City Hilton Head, SC. The SC building code requires that houses at SCHH be capable of withstanding a 130 mph hurricane.

In articles by The Island Packet (eg,  http://www.lowcountrynewspapers.net/archive/node/14423 ):
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· Pulte installed hurricane clips at these connections BEFORE 2004 and AFTER 2007



· TWO THIRDS of the truss-to-truss connections in houses built between 2004 and 2007 that The Island Packet inspected had either one nail or NO nails or the substitute two nails were short, driven in split wood, or missed their target COMPLETELY

· Beaufort County, SC issued occupancy permits for houses here with KNOWN and documented, but uncorrected, defects

· In 2007 2,749 houses at SCHH built between 2004 and 2007 were re-inspected and repairs were made to 668 of them

· In 2009 The Island Packet reported that roof truss connections in BRAND NEW HOUSES here CONTINUE to be defective

· Dishonest, reckless and arrogant Pulte Homes CONTINUES their SOP to “DENY, DENY, DENY” (see Rasmussen article, pg 12A, The Island Packet, 4/28/20 and http://peretired.blogspot.com/2010/04/kewpie.html )

SCHH roof design does NOT meet SC building code:

http://www.structural101.com/Valley-Trusses-Sun-City-SC.html


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Monday, November 2, 2015

stucco


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For 8 YEARS there was nothing apparently wrong with the stucco on this house. Then, this happened--SUDDENLY!
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Don't buy a Pulte/Del Webb house!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pulte retaining wall

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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