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I just recently bought a brand new house in Haslet Texas built by First Texas Homes. Since moving into the house July 1,2012, we have had a couple of strong rain and along with these rain is a water leak from the ceiling in the master bathroom by the arched window. I contacted the warranty department of First Texas Homes. They came to look at the spot where the water leaked (like a dripping faucet). They could not find anything wrong with the window or the roof. They patched the hairline crack on the wood siding outside the window which did not solve the problem. Last saturday, we had another leak and then my husband and I realized that our brand new house does not have any gutters or downspouts. We thought maybe this is the reason why we are having a water leak. When we called First Texas Homes, they said that gutters and downspouts does not come standard in their houses. I just can't understand how that is. They claim that these are upgrades. My question is, is installing gutters and downspouts not a standard construction requirement in building new homes in Texas?

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I am glad these folks (first Texas) do not sell cars as I can see it now

"We had no idea you expected an engine with a new car"

Thank you for the heads up as  I don't think I will be looking in your nexk of the woods for a home.


I remember once doing roof drain installations and the roofing membrane was giving out to contract

1- bid was  2.7 million

2- Bid was 2.1 million

3- bid was $900,800   He was awarded the contract

After a long dry spell we had a major rain storm and  the accounts below the roof had buckets to catch the rain the roofer was called back and he stated "Hey for under million there is no way I would state there would be no leaks !!!

I think this contractor moved on to TEXAS    IMHO  

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drain cleaning, water jetting ,snaking, hydro pneumatic, jobbing, alterations, expert witness, hydronics, formulas, codes,video inspection and locating

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Organizations
Disabled American Veterian, NRA, JWV, NFPA, NAPHCC, NBBI

Publications
Newsweek, Plumbing mechanical, domestic engineer, several new papers, cleaner publication

Education/Credentials
7/13/65- 7/18/68 United State Navy Boiler Tender/Rigger (17 -21 years old)
1969 - Joined plumbers local Union # 2 for year apprenticeship (1969-1974) (10,000 hours training)

Received 5 certificates of completion (1 for each of the 5 years)code,theory,welding,blue print drawing/reading gas piping systems, water supply. drainage (all types)

Passed Federal testing for Stationary Engineer to work on Air conditioning plants and high pressure steam 125# and Electrical services up to 440 V

1981 - Passed an American Society of Mechanical Engineers course of low pressure Boiler and unfired pressure Vessel inspector as given by Oklahoma University (Federal Boiler inspector and unfired pressure vessel inspector) for the US government

1982 - received my Master plumbers License. Continued taking technical course like roofing inspection and several courses on welding from Nassau Research.

1983 - started my own business doing plumbing, hydronic heating,gasfitting,drain cleaning and low pressure boiler inspections.
Bought out another plumbing/heating company and started another company doing high rise fire suppression systems and pump installations and large boilers continuing my repair business and alterations. Doing commercial, residential, institutional and industrial work.

Going to other area's and taking several more master plumbers licenses and doing roof drain installations (specialization). Continued taking courses and receiving more diplomas in heating and Fire suppression training. As a New York Master Plumber. I am Licensed and Certified do all aspects of "Gas fitting" "drainage" and "plumbing".

1986 - Received my master fire suppression piping contractors license.

During my free time LOL (laugh out loud) I was an Auxiliary police officer for the city of NY going on patrol and taking several police emergency courses and passed my Sergeants test.

For the US Postal Service I gave welding safety classes and instructed the safety department how to find cross connections of the potable water systems and did numerous asbestos abatement inspections.

I worked as a Safety inspector for the plant Manager of Manhattan and as a certified unfired pressure vessel and low pressure boiler inspector for the North Regional office.

I worked on writing plumbing codes and fire safety.

For the General Services administration I was certified for plumbing and roofing.At the Federal building in Manhattan I was in charge of the operation of the plant including the elevators. I continue to take courses relating to my profession as this is a never ending education.






Awards and Honors
NYC police department, US Navy,

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