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Old 03-19-2015, 08:33 PM   #21
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Drilled a water pipe before the home shutoff. City water shutoff in driveway was broken.
Guy was nice and gave me more work, because I worked my ass off to fix it.

Other nightmare job was finishing drywall that was hung by a homeowner. Never again.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:35 PM   #22
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Cancel the halogen and only do what will work with the natural /artificial lighting of The building or you'll be there a year
Pot lights galore. These walls will be lit up like a Christmas tree. White on white, they need to be perfect before the second coat of primer. :s

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After 2 coats of primer and a finish you can still see the tape lines. Polish coat my behind

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Old 03-19-2015, 08:57 PM   #23
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nightmare.....lol, yea, seems about right! This 9x12 bathroom addition is the first big (big for me) job we took on. We usually just do kit and bath remodels, carpentry, flooring, etc.

lets just say the school of hard knocks you guys speak of.......I just enrolled. Doing this $32,000 bathroom for free. Granted, it could be costing me money, so grateful thats not the case. But it is a freebie job at this point. Couple weeks left, will see if I do end up negative....
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nightmare.....lol, yea, seems about right! This 9x12 bathroom addition is the first big (big for me) job we took on. We usually just do kit and bath remodels, carpentry, flooring, etc.

lets just say the school of hard knocks you guys speak of.......I just enrolled. Doing this $32,000 bathroom for free. Granted, it could be costing me money, so grateful thats not the case. But it is a freebie job at this point. Couple weeks left, will see if I do end up negative....
Yeah, I learned the hard way how much bathrooms really cost.
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nightmare.....lol, yea, seems about right! This 9x12 bathroom addition is the first big (big for me) job we took on. We usually just do kit and bath remodels, carpentry, flooring, etc.

lets just say the school of hard knocks you guys speak of.......I just enrolled. Doing this $32,000 bathroom for free. Granted, it could be costing me money, so grateful thats not the case. But it is a freebie job at this point. Couple weeks left, will see if I do end up negative....

What problems did you run into? Miss your labor budget? Difficult customer? Something else?

I have done and had both and I'm just curious. Good luck pushing through the finish.
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140 grand remodel and add-on.....100plus change orders, 30 plus change order to change order and a dozen change order to change order to change order. All the c.o,s had an accumulated added 350 days to the contract. Customer moved all their **** in the house one weekend before I was finished and acted like a complete fool that she wasn't getting her way. I think of that drama often even though it was 16 years ago.

This was my nightmare job too. Less zeroes at the end and less days involved but same nightmare client. It changed the way I run jobs and took awhile to get over.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:31 PM   #27
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and don't have to ch1t in a bucket in the back of your van in the driveway... or perhaps you do...
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I missed adding profit to a small job staining a fence.

I had allready bought 300.00 of stain for the job. So ...... when I showed up to do the job I told the HO, "Mrs. Smith I made a mistake on your estimate. The estimate should have been for 750.00 not 450.00. However this is my mistake and I am going to do the job for the price quoted."

After I finished and was loading the van the HO leaves. I figure she ran to the bank and will be back with money to pay. After I get everything loaded I give her a call and she says she won't be back that evening and she wants to wait for her husnband to get home and see the job before she pays. Ok no problem. I call the next day to set up a time to pick up the check. She says My husband won't be home for 3 weeks.

I did get paid eventually and hubby was very pleased with the work.
This was when I was first getting started and 300.00 was most of the money I had. It hurt alot. Now I get a deposit equal to materials when the materials are delivered.
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Pot lights galore. These walls will be lit up like a Christmas tree. White on white, they need to be perfect before the second coat of primer. :s

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After 2 coats of primer and a finish you can still see the tape lines. Polish coat my behind
Thats beyond ridiculous. A friend of mine has some mudders giving him the same problems. I walked in and he was about to put them in the nut house making them fix stuff. Then I started pointing out mistakes
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Thats beyond ridiculous. A friend of mine has some mudders giving him the same problems. I walked in and he was about to put them in the nut house making them fix stuff. Then I started pointing out mistakes
I know, my dad (40 years exp) walked in while helping drop off materials and the first thing he says is 'this job isn't close to ready, everything needs another coat'. While pointing this out to the owner/taper with 30 years experience refused to see any of these issues. When we pointed to mud that hadn't been sanded he said 'it's just a thin coat of mud, you won't even see it'.
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I know, my dad (40 years exp) walked in while helping drop off materials and the first thing he says is 'this job isn't close to ready, everything needs another coat'. While pointing this out to the owner/taper with 30 years experience refused to see any of these issues. When we pointed to mud that hadn't been sanded he said 'it's just a thin coat of mud, you won't even see it'.
Sounds like he's burned out. I would switch to someone else.
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This was my nightmare job too. Less zeroes at the end and less days involved but same nightmare client. It changed the way I run jobs and took awhile to get over.
Yep, there needs to be a contractors rehab center after dealing with these types.

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