Punch List: Hiller HVAC Installation

The goal of this page is to serve as a central location for logging, tracking, and aligning on the work needed to both complete my HVAC installation and to resolve the numerous instances of damage, safety hazards, and lacking workmanship.

This page will be removed from grathwohl.me upon satisfactory completion of all work listed, and upon work sign-off.

Summary

Work Completed

Rooms

Room# of IssuesStatus
Living Room (LR)6Incomplete
Kitchen (KIT)1Incomplete
Master Bedroom (MBR)3Incomplete
Guest Bedroom (GBR)2Incomplete
Basement8Incomplete
Power Room1Incomplete
Server Room1Incomplete

Registers

Register #RoomStatus
R1LRIncomplete
R2LRIncomplete
R3LRIncomplete
R4LRIncomplete
R5BRIncomplete
R6KITIncomplete
R7MBRIncomplete
R8GBRIncomplete

Airhandler

TaskStatus
Unblock hot water heaterIncomplete
Water pan replacementIncomplete
Properly incline the unitIncomplete

Misc Items

TaskStatus
T1 wire routing outside of return ductIncomplete
F1 wall re-mountingIncomplete

Ducts

TaskStatus
4-ft reinforcement of flex ducts with <= 1.5 inch sagIncomplete
Re-ducting power roomIncomplete
Adequately support return ductwork D1Incomplete
Locate all ducts away from ceiling lightsIncomplete

External Work

Living Room

Registers R1, R2, R3, and R4. Thermostat T1. Return filter F1.

Registers

R1 R2

All four Registers R1, R2, R3, and R4 are not flush with the floor and the metal grilles protrude from it, posing a safety hazard.

R4

Register R3 is placed too far from the side wall (~1.5ft).

R3

Return Filter & Thermostat

F1+T1

Return filter F1 duct connects to wall bracket through exposed dry wall with no surrounding insulation. Return duct should connect flush with the return filter bracket to ensure the filter does not begin to fill with materials from the dry wall over time. It should have any exposed drywall treated to prevent damage to the wall supporting the bracket.

Low voltage thermostat T1 wire is fed through the return duct attached to return filter F1. This is not to code nor does it follow electrical safety best practices.

Damage

Several holes were made in our living room wall without our permission to install the thermostat.

T1 T1

Bathroom

Register R5.

Register

R5

Register is currently installed in the middle of the bathroom floor.

Damage

R5

The bathroom will be left with a hole in the middle of the floor, presenting not just a regrettable aesthetic flaw but also a considerable safety hazard given its proximity to the door, vanity, and shower.

Kitchen

Register R6.

Register

R6

Register R6 was improperly installed perpendicular to the side wall, and was positioned to be directly underneath the path the back door takes while opening it. The grille hole was uncleanly cut, resulting in the metal grille protruding off the kitchen floor by more than 1 inch. As a result of the unclean grille hole cut, the grille sometimes collides with the kitchen door while it is being opened.

R6

Damage

The kitchen floor will be left with an unfilled hole, directly in line of the walking path people take to enter and exit the house through the back door. This presents not only a need for floor replacement, but also a considerable safety hazard.

Master Bedroom

Register R7. Return duct D1.

R7

Register

Register installation location makes no sense. It is installed 2ft away from Living Room Register R2, and no care was taken to vertically align them. There were viable locations for installation directly under the two windows in the bedroom.

R7

Damage

The master bedroom will be left with a hole in the floor within 10 inches of the path taken to enter and exit the room, presenting not only an aesthetic flaw but also a considerable safety hazard.

When individuals walk in and out of the master bedroom, the poorly-supported return duct can be heard vibrating up and down with the added pressure of the footsteps. A video of this shockingly poor workmanship can be found with further details in the Basement section of this page.

Guest Bedroom 1

Register R8.

Register

R8

Register was installed ~2ft away from the south-facing window, causing it to be within footfall of people getting in and out of bed.

Damage

R8

Guest bedroom 1 will be left with an empty hole in a heavily-used part of the room’s floor. This presents not just an aesthetic issue but also a safety hazard.

Basement

Air Handler

A

The air handler was installed far too close to the water heater, about which the PM was notified before work began. As it is currently installed we will be unable to service it without disassembling the ductwork blocking the door from opening.

The air handler’s water pan is dented, increasing the likelihood of water leaking onto the basement floor.

A

The unit is not at a slight incline towards the condensate drain trap connection as is indicated on one of the unit’s warning stickers.

A

A

Ducts

Duct Sagging Duct Sagging

The general quality of the duct installation is poor. There are unacceptable levels of sagging occurring at every room being served by the system so far.

Duct Sagging Duct Sagging

Ductwork is installed directly next to a ceiling light.

Duct Light

Return Duct

The return duct hardware was mounted with nothing to support it other than adhesive materials. The duct both visibly and audibly shakes up and down with light pressure applied, indicating its poor reinforcement. When people walk along the floor boards above, the ductwork can be heard vibrating up and down due to poor reinforcement.

Damage

In the main basement area, there has been damage done to wall paneling that will need to be repaired & replaced, as it was done without permission and did not follow the installation guidance which was approved.

Power Room

WTF?! WTF?!

A floor joist was removed from the closet in the power room without permission, and now the subfloor is not being supported in this area. The closet has had sections cut out from the front paneling in an effort to maneuver vents back up towards the ceiling.

Repairs will need to be made to extend the closet out to 24inches depth, in order to reinforce this area of floor and repair the structural integrity of the closet.

This flex duct has several significant sharp bends in its material.

WTF?! WTF?!