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Old 06-29-2008, 03:54 PM
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My wife and I are having lots of stuff done to the house this summer, but we're also having a lot of guests. Since we didn't want the house to be under construction all year (like it pretty much was last year), especially while guests are here, we took out a line of credit so that we could get all the stuff done up front. What we never counted on was the house being under construction all year anyway, because the effing contractors won't show up when they say they will.

We hired one guy back in April to remodel both bathrooms. He finally showed up on Thursday, gutted the hallway bathroom (the one that the guests will need to use), installed a tub (the wrong one) and hasn't been back since.

We need a door (a flippin door!) installed in the basement, to separate the storage area from the media room, and that guy has now stood us up two weekends in a row (with no calls).

This is the same guy who redid the media room, which was a weeks worth of work, that he took 2 months to do because he missed so many weekends. The door is all that's left.

One part of the basement remodel was installing two heating vents off of the main supply duct. Ever since this was done, I've noticed it significantly warmer in the rest of the house, and the AC seems to be working more. Last weekend I decided to raise the light bulbs in the fixtures to cut down on glare, and notice a ton of air gushing out from around the lights. I pulled one of the vents off to find that he never connected the vent to the duct. He just cut a huge, gaping hole in the supply duct (one for each vent) and the vent just sits 2" below it. So I basically have two 6x10 holes in the main supply duct that just blow cold air into the basement ceiling where it does... NOTHING. I'm fixing that today with some sheet metal and some duct tape.

So yeah, I think this guy is fired, and if the bathroom guys don't get on the move soon, I think they're fired too.
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:01 PM
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My dad is the best contractor I know. I would totally have you call him if you didn't live a few states away good luck finding someone good
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:31 PM
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Awe that sucks! Time to call Holmes on Homes!
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love that show!!! haha
my landlord actually bailed all month on fixing something on the house and is now just working on it, its our whole 3rd floor so im super excited to get it done!
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This day and age, you would think contractors would be all over getting the work when they could get it and getting the job done. I don't get it. Guess they don't need the money all that much. Wish my job was like that, being able to just not show up cuz I did not want to.
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This is always a problem - getting them to show up. After Katrina the mexicans saved our butts.
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that totally sux, did you already pay them?
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:29 PM
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that totally sux, did you already pay them?
Nope. Paid the basement guy only for what he's done, and haven't given the bathroom guy a nickel. So I can fire with impunity.
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:19 PM
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That is really a crappy situation. Sorry to hear about it. Sounds like you need to hire a contractor with then knowing that if they miss one day that they say they'll be there, their gone. There are some good ones out there, you'll find one.
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Yeah dude... Sorry to hear that. It is so hard to find good contractors. If they get better jobs, or just plain decide they're bored, they bail.

Good luck finding someone that is committed Oreo... I hope you find 'em soon!
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This is always a problem - getting them to show up. After Katrina the mexicans saved our butts.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:17 PM
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Well, good news. I spoke with the owner of our local hardware store, and he has two great guys to hook us up with. Once the extreme makeover thing is done (the hardware store, being a Benjamin Moore dealer) is on call 24/7 for this makeover thing.

Good to use people who other people we know have used
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Haha, you liked that, huh? True, they put my roof on when nobody else would even return a call. Many have stayed in the area and now our grocery stores sell all kinds of new food that I don't have a clue what to do with.
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Many have stayed in the area and now our grocery stores sell all kinds of new food that I don't have a clue what to do with.
But once you do....................oh man..................it's good!!!
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:16 PM
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Bathroom guy called back this morning. He admits it's the wrong tub, but his plumbing guy swears he can make it work and not have it look like a hack job.

I told him that if it looks like a hack job, it's coming out and they're doing it over.
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