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13 June 2007 @ 02:27 pm
The Joys of Homeownership  
I'm sitting here waiting for a contractor to show up to give me an estimate on some work we want done. Half an hour late is not filling me with confidence. But, eh, contractors, what can you do?

We don't have a lot to do, but some delayed maintenance is taking its toll. Our deck is now literally falling apart and is getting dangerous. And there are several holes in the liner of the bath/shower stall which probably mean the wall behind it is full of mold. Hopefully the floor is okay.

What I really want to do is bulldoze the whole thing and start over!
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My way of staying sane: UB fangirlsmamaboolj on June 13th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Don't even get me started on contractors! I swear, every conversation among home-owners always involves some amount of bitching about contractors. Grrrr.

Hope yours showed up and doesn't take some money up front and run! (Luckily I've never had anyone run, just start the job four months later than he said - and take over a month to finish.)
lizardbeth: Jack - DOH!lizardbeth_j on June 13th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
Well, since he still hasn't shown up, now almost two hours since the appointment, it doesn't look like money running away is going to be a problem.... :/

I was going to call, but I guess I'll wait til tomorrow. It's not so much the not showing up that I hate -- it's the not calling that they're not showing up. Why do they even bother taking your phone nmumber? it's not like they ever call!
My way of staying sane: what themamaboolj on June 14th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
It is so frustrating! They show up when they want - or don't show up if they don't want. Promised quotes never arrive. et cetera. I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods, but here there is so much demand for contractors' time that they can yank customers around and still get away with it.
lizardbeth: Helolizardbeth_j on June 14th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
we have many but demand is high here too. He did come, so YAY (at least for now).

Now I get to call another one and get another bid going. lovely.

Rosierosiethehobbit on June 14th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Oh yes, the joys of homeownership. For me it's the roof that needs to be replaced. Ugh. I don't know how these people stay in business. You would think they could spare the time for a simple phone call
lizardbeth: Martouf-Samlizardbeth_j on June 14th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
ah, yes, the roof. We did that a few years ago. Fun times.
carpenyxcarpenyx on June 14th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Bulldozers would be fun. Hee.
lizardbeth: Mitchelllizardbeth_j on June 14th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
OMG YES! I watched it done once, when a house down the way got knocked down. it was COOL!
weissmanweissman on June 14th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
I saw that you mentioned mold. I would be real careful with that. Molds can be very dangerious. If is does turn out that mold is present you might want to get that checked by a professional.

Hey my lawn mower died over the weekend

Bob
lizardbeth: Helo-Sharon fanficlizardbeth_j on June 14th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
hopefully it won't be too bad. But we are horrendously prone to mold and mildew here, so I'm afraid of what's been building up between the actual wall and the shower enclosure. Water damage for certain, and that's bad enough!

Awww. Bye-bye lawnmower!
weissmanweissman on June 14th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
I would just be careful with the mold as it can lead to health issues. Aren't there things you can do to reduce mold issues.

My lawnmower, I dropped it off at Sears Parts and service to see if it could be fixed with a $75 limit (its a $275 mower) . I shoul dknow in a day or two what its status is.

Bob