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Construction issues resolution in Sydney - Part 13

The builder started demolishing the bathroom and shower 07/10/2014 (three weeks ago) and then proceeded to do waterproofing, bedding, tiling etc.

As appeared, from the words of tradesmen who worked on the site there was barely any waterproofing originally.
This is a question to original sub-contractors and certifiers who did the original work - how that might have happened?

Anyway until last week everything went well when I went to check the shower drain and found that the water stays there on one side and doesn't flow out completely.

The builders closed it with the grate and were about to finish the whole job, but I pointed that problem to them and said it should be rectified before they finish everything.
They started saying that "it's normal and the water will evaporate". Then they started saying that they couldn't do another drain and this is the only possible solution. The whole floor and shower walls were ripped off - why the hell didn't they find the right solution when it wasn't tiled yet?
The plumber let the word out that he already said to the builder that the original drain won't work properly, but they insisted on using the old drain to save money. In my opinion it's retarded to save a couple of dollars on a job where you have already spent about $10000 or more and running into a risk of re-doing the work again!

Nevertheless the builder's sub-contractor kept saying that it's normal and that I should go to manufacturer of the drain or the builder or strata or somewhere else. I requested to fix the problem before completion of the whole work. They have gone mad at me and provided two options:

- Finish the work apart from the drain problem and accept it
- Stop all the work right now

In response I requested them to fix the problem. Anyway they stopped doing everything and left. Also saying that I shouldn't contact them directly.

The Fair Trading inspector has confirmed that they shouldn't leave the place like this and have to fix the problem. The next step is to renew the proceedings in the NCAT (tribunal).

More adventures to come - stay tuned!

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