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Question DetailsAsked on 4/27/2017

SIDING INSTALLER PUT A NAIL INTO THE AIR-CONDITION LINE . HIS NAIL WAS NOT IN THE STUD IS HE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPAIR

NAIL WAS 3 INCHES LONG ,PUNCTURED THE LINE .HAD TO CUT DRY WALL TO FINd DAMAGED AREA ,COST $1762.labor to fid problem ,repair to line ,freon

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I would say his cost - damage to utilities is part of the cost of doing work, and there are several ways to trace and mark out utility runs before starting to put up siding. Especially easy with A/C lines because both electronic tracers and thermal scanners (if A/C is operating) will pick them up easily - though granted most siding contractors just cross their fingers and hope they don't hit anything, counting on proper nail length to protect tham against such incidents.


The length of the nail would be an issue too - generally, siding nails standard wood penetration for most siding products is 1-1/2 inches of wood (including any firring strip) - which theoretically leaves at least a half inch "safe zone" for utilities through the centerline of the studs. 3 inches is pretty long for a siding nail, considering the siding was probably 1/2 - 3/4" thick, so assuming the tubing was roughly on centerline the nail length might push the blame even more strongly onto the contractor - but either way hitting utilities is part of the risk of the job and should be paid by him.


He can collect cost from his insurer to reimburse his costs as he pleases, but your part of any such claim would be limited to possibly confirming it happened. If it turns out his contract with you has fine print making such incidents your responsibility (I have never seen that), then your hoemowner's insurance might cover it.


Also - the cost sound exhorbitant by a factor of 2 or 3 to me - or maybe he found a HVAC contractor who charges price-gouging prices for the refrigerant - maybe one of those charging $100-200/lb for freon that costs him $25-40/lb.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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