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no house wrap

just found out from my new neighbors that the builder never installed a house wrap. I pulled off some of the vinyl siding to check, and he's right. No house wrap of anykind. No tar paper or tyvek.
Now ive been in this house about 6 months (all this winter) and the drafts were no worse than "normal" (some around outlets).
**Isnt it a code requirenment for a house to be wrapped?** I live in Northern IN.
House under 1 year old so i guess its still under warranty.?

BTW under the siding is regular OSB
 
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Old 04-03-05, 09:05 PM
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According to the Indiana Residential Code http://www.in.gov/sema/osbc/techserv/res_code.pdf amended on 3/24/2004, building paper was not required prior to that date. According to that document, Table R703.4 was amended so as to require building paper on all residential applications effective on 3/24/2004.

Why anyone in their right mind thought it was OK to skip the building paper is beyond me. Someone ought to get sued over this, but I'm not sure who.
 
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Thanks very much for the Code Quote!
I was going to call my county building Comish tomorrow to get the low down.
I figured it needed at least the tar paper. You betch someone is going to pay...and it wont be me. I have a few other issues to that will be discussed with the building comish.

Thanks again for the info!!
 
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It's possible the wrap is under the OSB. If so, you wouldn't see it.

Why do your neighbors say there is none?
 
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there is none under the osb in the spots that i can check.
neighbors are very watchful and all three noticed they put the siding up without any housewrap.
 
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The only reason a builder would not use a house wrap is because he is CHEAP! I would inspect everything I could to make sure that is not the only corner he cut. Wish you luck
 
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yeah i agree except one thing. The code was recently ammended to include wrapping the house. About 4 months prior to the building. Still.....inspectors should have caught the situation.
Anyway, i talked to the local building comish today and he said , yes it is code. So, next step will be to contact builder about the situation.
Before i tell him about this im going to have him fix the minor problems, than spring this one on him. Because I suspect he may give me problems after i inform him that all the brick veneer (sp?) and siding needs wrap.
 
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good idea Chicago111. Let us know how it all turns out!
 
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