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House of Pain

Saturday, December 06, 2014

I finally have a chance to write a blog. Yea!

As most of you know, we are building a house. It’s been a very long, very rocky path, but last week showed some progress finally. It had been a while since there were so many people up there working. I'll try to give more details soon, but here’s the short version to keep you posted as to how it’s going and why I wasn’t on SparkPeople much. .

Here's a short rundown on the subcontractors:

The close circuit TV installer isn't done after five attempts.

The cabinet installer almost quit, but changed his mind.

The countertop installers were on vacation until today.

The plumber quit and went back to working with his dad.

The new plumber just started up again yesterday (luckily, he’s very good).

The electrician was arrested and is awaiting trial.

The electrician's assistant did a couple day's work on his own and is now nowhere to be found.

The new electrician is "doing a favor" for the old electrician's boss.

Those are the reasons right now as to why we're calling it the "House of Pain" instead of "Raven Palace".

More soon!
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    I can relate. emoticon
    1344 days ago
  • UNIQUE55
    1357 days ago
    emoticon IT WILL BE WORTH IT.
    1357 days ago
    That is funny and sad at the same time. I pray that the Lord will give your family the peace that passes all understanding.
    Grace and peace to you.
    1357 days ago
    This sounds like a funny movie ! The electrician was arrested?! Really?! I had to emoticon ,but I am sorry you are having so much pain with your workers on your house. I remember when my dad just wanted a sidewalk put in and the workers left all the materials on a Saturday and said "We'll do it on Monday morning "as they had to finish another job and were dragging their feet.My father was so UPSET with THEM ,he mixed the cement himself {they had even left the mixer!} and DID THE JOB HIMSELF!
    Boy,were THEY SURPRISED when they came to find the job DONE! {i THINK MY DAD HAD PAID 1/2 IN ADVANCE FOR THE MATERIALS and the OTHER HALF was supposed to be when they FINISHED THE JOB ,so they NEVER GOT TO COLLECT THE REST and my father got his sidewalk for 1/2 PRICE! emoticon
    I also remember my parents getting our kitchen remodeled and the" workers" made it last the WHOLE SUMMER! So I do understand about the wanting to JUST GET IT DONE ! ~You have my sympathies! emoticon
    1357 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/29/2016 11:23:34 AM
    We are lucky that my hubby is a government retiree and invested well (was a bachelor until his late 30's). Plus we have a disabled adult son and a partially disabled adult daughter and we're building the house for them -- mainly for our son who will be our dependent always.

    I don't get frustrated -- what good would it do? Hubby is a very Irish redhead (with a little Dutch mixed in), and he goes off the handle a lot. For example, I went up there to take pictures today, and I was prepared to see the master bath walls ripped apart when the electricians were looking for the wires for the vanity light fixtures. That's how it was described to me by hubby. But when I git there, the fixtures were on the wall, and there were two large cookie-size holes that need to be patched. Whoopee. Even I could do that.

    I asked hubby -- Do you think if you get cranky with these subcontractors that they're going to do a better job? No. They have most of their money up front, they don't really have a deadline, they aren't waiting to move into the place. If anything, they'll move slower. It gets to the point where you just want to get it liveable and screw it, we'll do the rest. I will try to remember to post some pictures on my page this week!
    1807 days ago
    The headaches of building a home. In the end it will all be worth it...hang in there Cat. You are one tough cookie! emoticon
    1808 days ago
    This is so funny. Really, it sounds like the background to a particularly far-fetched Hollywood romantic comedy. You don't sound too frustrated, which is good. I guess the only way to survive this experience is to laugh about it. On the up side, you at least have the resources to have a house built! And that is nothing to sneeze at. I wish you all the best. You'll have to post a pic of the house when it is ready to be inhabited!
    1808 days ago
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