House Week 14 & 15: How can people charge so much and do so little?

Thank you to everyone for checking in to make sure that i’m not dead or in jail.  After the last month of crazy house drama i’m pretty impressed i can say no to both of those.  I have limited the drama in the previous posts, but for an update for the weeks 14 & 25 of the Jones Evolution project there is nothing but scenes reminiscent of Days of Lives if they ever produced a construction special…

I was finally coming to terms with the fact that my contractor was an idiot and was not coming back to the job site.  Yep, he just walked away and didn’t even turn back to ask for his final check.  This is just dumb as he can lose his contractors license for abandoning a job site when we probably had another 2 weeks of work left and then he would have been done.  Oh well right?  Move on to bigger and more trust worthy people.

Queue the enlisting the help of a general repair man that has been working with my father on his house in So Cal laying floors, installing windows, etc for years.  We all decided to bring him and a another gentleman up north for a couple of weeks to get things finished up where the contractor left off.  This was the perfect solution as we knew we could trust him as he has worked for my dad for years!

Damn were we wrong.  First he lied to us about what the inspectors and previous job workers had said while on the site starting email chains and awuful confrontations with everyone involved trying to find the truth.  Second he refused to shop at local stores where we are currently receiving volume discounts since we are basically rebuilding my house and would only shop at a home improvement store that has home in the title leading to large amount of wasted money going to big businesses that won’t even take all the crap he bought back so i’m stuck trying to find a use for things like $500 worth of extra plumbing supplies that were purchased for absolutely no reason. Third he was slow, beyond slow, snails move faster than this guy when we weren’t watching him.

Final straw was when he decided to walk off the job site with only a “i’m going home” to my mother on the way out Saturday morning.  Blessing in disguise as now we didn’t have to fire him, lame because the guy is a 60 year old child that walked away because when he told me to do something i said that i thought something else needed to be done first so i was going to check with my dad to confirm.  Why is it that so many contractors and guys in the construction business have such a hard time working with women?  Lame!

Well we did finally get passed a couple of inspections regarding the electrical and plumbing that is under the floor so week 16 will have pictures and progress!!!  The moral of all of this seems to be turning out to be something that all of those years watching the X-Files i should know by now … “Trust No One”.  A fantastic discovery that I can in fact run wiring, install insulation, lay plywood sub floors, read building plans, and so much more.  AND that my family and friends and beyond awesome, thank you everyone for all of the support keeping me going and hard work getting me there!


Week 16 soon, just need to get some pictures of my sea foam green floor insulation, and my FLOOR!!!

1 comment:

Inder-ific said...

Oh dear. That is dramatic. Sorry, hon!