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Insurance Contractor Not Doing Work To Code - Now What?

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Insurance Contractor Not Doing Work To Code - Now What?

I had some damage to my house recently. Insurance has hired a general contractor to rebuild. All has been fine until they started insulating.

Now, I haven't been on a construction site in my life, but I've watched enough Holmes on Homes to know that some of this stuff was done either carelessly or by a complete noob.

One photo here shows a wall, with a VB installed, and large gaps in the insulation. Another photo shows no VB box around the receptacle.

What should I do now?

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Get it inspected?
Is there a permit?
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Who uses pink these days???
Gbill2004: Thanks but I'll just smell the couch before/if I buy it.

jonnyb: I go in there like PICASSO and toss the glue everywhere, I don't care what house I'm on.
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Sloppy work on the insulation and that looks like a plastic box which doesn't require vapour barrier
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Poor workmanship is not against code.
Don't think a vapour barrier box is a code requirement. The plastic and tuck tape acts as a vapour barrier and you pulling the tape off the box as you are in your photo compromises the barrier.
Oh and what you see on TV is not the real world, it is TV world where everything is perfect...especially if it is on Holmes show
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Run a 6ft level along the studs and see if they crowned the lumber and the drywall will sit flat....
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Lol Holmes on Homes... He probably mentored the guy who did OP's insulation.

If I could get a dime everytime he did/said something stupid, I'd have hit a crisp $50 by now...
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The insulation job here... Meh, could be wrost I guess but not by much.
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The only thing in these pics breaking code is the finger that pulled the tuck tape to break the envelope.

Shitty work by hacks is shitty work by hacks and it has nothing to do with code. There is code and there are industry best practices don't confuse the two. This is up to code...and probably the cheapest contractor your adjuster/insurance could find.
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Large gaps in the insulation isn't against code?

Don't exterior outlets require a VB?
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RCGA wrote:
May 20th, 2017 2:40 pm
Large gaps in the insulation isn't against code?

Don't exterior outlets require a VB?
Nope and Nope.
Like I sad, poor workmanship is not against code.
Poor insulation job just costs you money and there is a vapour barrier, you just undid the integrity by pulling the tape off.
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Poor workmanship should be reported to the insurance company. It's (sadly) not against code unless you have an awesome inspector. Those walls with those gaps are not insulated to the correct code.
Gbill2004: Thanks but I'll just smell the couch before/if I buy it.

jonnyb: I go in there like PICASSO and toss the glue everywhere, I don't care what house I'm on.
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Jerico wrote:
May 21st, 2017 8:41 pm
Poor workmanship should be reported to the insurance company. It's (sadly) not against code unless you have an awesome inspector. Those walls with those gaps are not insulated to the correct code.
This. You'll have a better chance of getting this fixed by pointing out the insurance is to bring your house to it's pre-dammage state and the house was not a fly-by-night hack job quality prior to the dammage.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
May 21st, 2017 7:51 am
Nope and Nope.
Like I sad, poor workmanship is not against code.
Poor insulation job just costs you money and there is a vapour barrier, you just undid the integrity by pulling the tape off.
So what happens when the drywall goes up and pushes that tape off?
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