Monday, January 31, 2011


One year later
collapsed retaining wall
Hills of Rivermist
San Antonio, Texas

thanks to HomeOwners for Better Building

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011



A recent ruling from South Carolina's highest court has general contractors throughout the state worried that they could be liable for paying potentially huge financial damages that their insurers traditionally covered.

Property owners who sue builders for faulty workmanship -- such as sloppily installed windows, an improperly poured concrete foundation or a poorly sealed building exterior -- can be awarded generous settlements from the court system.

Insurance carriers usually pay that money on behalf of builders through a common type of policy called commercial general liability. But the S.C. Supreme Court shifted that responsibility to general contractors on Jan. 7 when it ruled on a 10-year-old case about a poorly built Myrtle Beach condominium development.

ATTENTION, SC residents!

Builders are already lobbying state legislators for a law to reverse this ruling.

Write your state legislators TODAY!

Tell them you want a RECORDED (NOT secret) vote.

2/8/11 It didn't take long!



Friday, January 21, 2011

Same song, different verse

A year or more ago I was contacted by Jeanne Holland, a retired schoolteacher, who lives with her husband, Bill, a US Naval Academy graduate and former Navy pilot, in Potomac Green, a Del Webb retirement community in Ashburn, VA, near Washington DC. Jeanne told me about cracks in the ceilings and walls of their Pulte home, and asked me about the framing repairs that were done to 668 homes here at Sun City Hilton Head, SC. Our stories are similar.

Jeanne said that scores of her neighbors with the same model house have the same cracks. Pulte said that the cracks are not structural; therefore, they are not covered in the 5-year framing warranty. The Loudoun County building inspector, Dennis Mitchell, also said that the cracks are not structural.

We talked about the roof framing problems here. Pulte substituted nails for hurricane clips in houses here, and then didn’t put in the two nails per truss-to-truss connection that their engineer specified (typically, there are MANY truss-to-truss connections in each house). When it was discovered, like Potomac Green, Pulte denied that there was a problem. Beaufort County did also. It was only after The Island Packet got involved that Beaufort County agreed to re-inspect more than 2,700 homes built over a 3-year period. Repairs were made to 668 of them.

Similarly, despite overwhelming evidence that lagoons here were not built deep enough, Pulte denied that there was a problem for more than 3 years. It was only because of the TENACIOUS efforts of a small group of residents that Pulte was forced to fix the shallow, poorly built lagoons.

After several years of trying to get Pulte to fix the cracks in her home, Jeanne contacted WUSA, CBS, Channel 9, in Washington, DC. The video that WUSA ran on the air can be seen at

Coincidentally, we lived in northern Virginia for our entire lives before we moved to SC six years ago. While we were visiting our daughters at Christmas, I went to see Jeanne and Bill.

Jeanne said that she was in the bedroom, and the wind was blowing, when she heard a loud noise, and cracks opened up in the ceiling and walls. Any IDIOT (take note Pulte and Loudoun County) can tell that the cracks in Jeanne and Bill’s home are structural. The fact that the same cracks appear in scores of other houses of the same type says that the STRUCTURAL problems are systemic.

Jeanne and Bill’s ordeal is not over. Pulte Homes continues to follow their playbook of “deny, deny, deny” and “delay, delay, delay”. The more that Pulte denies the problems, and the more that Pulte delays in fixing the problems, the harder that Jeanne fights them. And, the negative publicity for ("Masterbuilder") Pulte Homes keeps building (excuse the pun).

"When will they ever learn? When will they EVER learn?”


Monday, January 17, 2011



don't try this on a Pulte house!

you'll punch right through their cheap, paper thin roof sheathing.

on a sunny day you can count the roof trusses from the OUTSIDE, because they reflect up between the cheap, paper thin roof sheathing sagging between them.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011



Recently a story ran in The Island Packet about a couple who were forced by developer Pulte Homes from their community, The Haven, in Bluffton, SC. Some of the comments to the on-line article are as enlightening as the article itself.

As the article points out, federal law, the Housing for Older Persons Act, allows PRIVATE developer, Pulte Homes, to rule over the community with tyrannical impunity. A majority of the Haven’s governing community association board of directors are Pulte employees.

Another Pulte community, Sun City Hilton Head, is located only a couple of miles from The Haven. Like the Haven, Sun City Hilton Head, which is going on 15 years old, and 7,000 homes, is governed by a community association board of directors, the majority of which are Pulte employees. documents the dishonest, reckless and arrogant actions of Pulte Homes at Sun City Hilton Head.

My question for you is this: Do you think that in a free United States of America, that a dishonest, reckless and arrogant PRIVATE company, Pulte Homes, should be able to exercise such tyrannical control over communities?

I don’t. I respectfully request that Congress investigate the matter of PRIVATE companies exercising tyrannical control over US citizens under the authority of the Housing for Older Persons Act. I look forward to your response.

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do NOTHING." Edmund Burke

Sunday, January 9, 2011

bottom feeders

  • Builders that hide shoddy construction and code violations under a thin veneer
  • Contractors and subcontractors that do shoddy work
  • Government building inspectors who don't do their jobs
  • Service providers who take clients who produce shoddy products
  • Sales and real estate agents who peddle shoddily built houses
  • Stock brokers who, out for a quick buck, push short gains from shoddy companies
  • Advertisers who promote shoddy companies and products
  • So-called “independent” evaluators who promote shoddy products
  • Anyone who promotes shoddy companies and products to an unsuspecting public

Thursday, January 6, 2011


How many BILLIONS do you suppose that investors in Pulte Homes lost between July 2005 when Pulte stock was $46.81/share and November 2010 when Pulte stock was $6.26/share?

The government gives Pulte $900 million in stimulus money that’s unaccounted for. There should be an investigation. First question: Why are investors and taxpayers investing in a company that builds shoddy houses and treats their customers poorly?


Sunday, January 2, 2011



Conduct a search of the internet and you will find examples EVERYWHERE:

* building code violations in SC and elsewhere

* shoddy construction in South Carolina, Virginia, Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, Tennessee, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, etc.--EVERYWHERE that Pulte operates

* shabby customer treatment in ALL of the above

Who holds Pulte accountable for their shoddy construction and shabby customer treatment?

* NOT government building inspectors

* certainly NOT those feeding at the Pulte trough: real estate sales agents, stockbrokers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, politicians, JD Power, etc.

* for the most part, NOT homeowners who are victims of Pulte's shoddy construction and shabby customer treatment, who may complain about Pulte PRIVATELY to others, but who don't speak up PUBLICLY

As a result, dishonest, reckless, and arrogant Pulte Homes continues to operate with impunity cheating customers with shoddy construction while government and apathetic customers do NOTHING.

Saturday, January 1, 2011



Pulte and Loudoun County building official Dennis Mitchell say that the problems are NOT structural. ... Then Dennis Mitchell says that "there's a disconnect between the architectural design and the engineering of the roof trusses".

WHAT KIND OF BS IS THAT, MR. MITCHELL?!? GET REAL!!! If it's ""NOT structural", BUT, there's "...a disconnect between the architectural design and the engineering of the roof trusses", then what do you define as "structural"??? BS, PURE BS!!!




2010 is over; 2011 has begun. It's a new year. Out with the old; in with the new.

My New Year's resolution is to continue speaking out PUBLICLY against dishonest, reckless, and arrogant Pulte Homes. I resolve to stop wasting my time with apathetic neighbors and private forums that do NOTHING towards holding Pulte accountable for their dishonesty, recklessness, and arrogance.