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Old 02-25-2011, 11:31 AM   #21
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:47 AM   #22
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I might just have to consider suicide if that happened to me. Thats like a nightmare come true
I was rather upset about it to say in the least.. but my dad was cool about it because he carried a million in insurance. The HO allowed us to come back and fix the plumbing even though she still sued us for the other damage, and it was not as bad as I thought being that the water was contained to the bathroom floor, the foyer and kitchen below, and then the unfinished basement.

And my dad always had a backup plan for everything so while I am looking at this busted contraption that I made, he had already called a real plumber who swapped out the threaded pipe. They were nice guys and pretty cool about it. They simply came in, fixed it, and left without any "what were you thinking" kind of comments...but I'm sure they are probably laughing about us on another forum somewhere.
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Rushed a Home Depot exterior spray in order to beat the rain...

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We came back to see fresh concrete tilt up, and not even a speck of paint on the ground.

it was GONE!
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Reminds me of a commericial roof that was part of a larger job.
The roofers papered it Friday afternoon.
That night we had gail force winds, woke me up.
Went to the job @ 0500 and 8,000 sq. ft of 30# roofing felt was gone,
and not a scrap to be found.
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Another communication lesson...

I was 21, going to college, working for myself as a painter. A GC hired me to paint a roughly 1000 sqft addition. The homeowner asked what I would charge to repaint the living room in the old part of the house while I was at it. His wife was cooking meatloaf in the kitchen across the house... As a joke, I said I'd do it for a meatloaf dinner.

I planned on quoting a real price, but never did... I bought two gallons of paint, and had my helper roll it out the following day. When I gave him the bill, there was a little back and forth, but in the end, he insisted I accept a meatloaf dinner and nothing more.

I dont joke about pricing anymore. No, I didnt eat any meatloaf.
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Reminds me of a commericial roof that was part of a larger job.
The roofers papered it Friday afternoon.
That night we had gail force winds, woke me up.
Went to the job @ 0500 and 8,000 sq. ft of 30# roofing felt was gone,
and not a scrap to be found.

Lol been there, had a 30 sq roof, getting dark we just wanted to get it dried in. No cap nails, someone pulls out their stupid hammer stapler. Thought good enough, we're just gonna cover it up in the next two days anyhow. Got one of those freak late night thunderstorms that cover a 1/4 mile area. Of course it was directly over this building. Gale force wind, come the next day we had 75' pieces of synthetic felt wrapped around trees all over the damn neighborhood.
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Just this last summer, I had a bathroom where I poured SLC. The 2 bags I used mixed/poured like normal. Everything looked like normal....
Next morning I took the tape off the door and laughed cause I saw a fingerprint in the cement, figuring the HO did it after I left the night before.
Stepped into the room...the slc hadn't even begun to cure. This stuff is normally set after 2 hours. Had to use a dust pan to scoop all of it off, then clean the floor, then go to the supplier to get fresh product...

What a p.i.t.a!!

Figured out the bags were a year and a half old.
I buy this particular SLC all the time, but did not rotate the stock I carried on the trailer.
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Landed a very nice 12000 sq ft commercial paint job. Had my Sherwin Williams paint rep come and give me an estimate gallon/price for required materials. He came in at 120, it ended up being 340 or so. I ended up buying all the black dryfall in Ohio just to get it done. Lost $2000 on that, then $2500 in labor overages. Figured it was a good learning experience. Monday morning after finishing late sat night get a call from the buildings owner saying the fire marshal is pissed. Long story short my guys painted 60+% of the sprinkled heads with (overspread)........ Replacing the heads cost $4000. Tough break during the slower winter months. I figure it was my fault for not better communicating with the guys and for not better managing the project. I will never forget this and it has taught me more about my business than all the jobs I made money on combined.

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gail


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Lol . Gale force wind,


I must have been thinking about my wifes cousin.



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Never "scale" off the plans... there's a dimension there somewhere, and if not... someone better get me one.
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Here's why I won't finance jobs -

Many years ago I was doing a major reno for a client. As is not uncommon, I was upside down a large sum.

I knew I was in trouble when one night I'm watching the news and here is my client being escorted out of his office by the RCMP in handcuffs.

I lost a ton of money, client went to prison for 5 years.

Ever since then it's been money first, work second, or find someone else.
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Ever since then it's been money first, work second, or find someone else.
I typically will have at least 1/3 up front and 1/3 at the agreed halfway point so i've got most of my money in my pocket before any job is completed so at least if I get screwed my bottom line is hopefully covered.

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Had a post frame building frame up, and the posts were attached to a sill plate....not in the ground. Trusses were stacked, purlins and girts ran, and I went to stake off the building to ground ties...the customer wanted me to wind brace with nail strap.....his building, and he said there wouldn't be any wind that night anyway before we ran sheeting the next day. Needless to say, a front blew through, and the frame laid down, trusses still bridge braced on top.


I never let a any customer get me to do anything that I know is contrary to what we KNOW is the right way to go.....and the better lesson is never leave anything for the night that weather can affect. from a roof open to inadequate bracing of anything.
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......and the better lesson is never leave anything for the night that weather can affect. from a roof open to inadequate bracing of anything.
It wasn't my hard lesson. I greatly prefer to learn from others mistakes....but..... about a block down the street a tiny house got reroofed.
It was a well respected roofer, but somebody trusted the weatherman.

They tore the roof off and didn't cover it since there was no chance of rain.... you guessed it... it rained and rained hard for a short spell but it caused a few problems.

Never trust a weatherman and
tarps are cheap was my takeaway.

My latest mistake was not believing the weatherman this past June. I was finishing some siding and was told a bad storm was coming; "yeah, right!"
A painter cleaned up his tools but I just kept working, but I was listening to the reports.

I didn't take it too seriously until it got super dark and the wind kicked up. It was a front that arrived at 70 MPH and there was very little time to react. It arrived in force in the time it takes to climb down a ladder.
By the time I had grabbed the loose tools and ran around the side of the truck I thought my scaffold was going to blow away. As I threw the tools in the front seat of the truck....it was pouring now..... I looked about 125 feet away and watched numerous trees being blown over and uprooted. I thought; OH fcuk!! I'm right under an oak tree!!" Started the truck, gunned it without really being able to see where I was going..... just a bit down the lane. The wind was so loud that I didn't hear the tree limb fall behind me seconds after I departed.

The moral; listen to the weather guy.

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When running 2" plastic h20 supply line 400' when u enter the office space in the basement and immediately switch to 2" copper make sure to secure the copper to masonry wall before charging the 400' line. I found out on a late 8pm Friday evening that the pressure when hitting the 90 will just rip it from the sch 40 and flood the basement with out a doubt! Thank god for insurances and some great employees who stayed to wee hours in the morning !!!!
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When running 2" plastic h20 supply line 400' when u enter the office space in the basement and immediately switch to 2" copper make sure to secure the copper to masonry wall before charging the 400' line. I found out on a late 8pm Friday evening that the pressure when hitting the 90 will just rip it from the sch 40 and flood the basement with out a doubt! Thank god for insurances and some great employees who stayed to wee hours in the morning !!!!
I always crack the valve and let it roll through nice n easy... never seen one blown apart though. Must have been one helluva mess
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Since I downloaded a picture, I will share what I had to do last Saturday.

Long story short version...scissor lift, JLG 1932, hasn't been plugged in to charge in 2 months.

Two nights running with temps at -20 below....record low for Oklahoma.

Need to use the lift on Feb 12.

Lift dead, charger will not even come on, batteries frozen and split.

Lift is inside my new home.....release all the safeties and roll to the door, about killing my back in the process scooting it over with a 2x6 as a pry bar since the steering cannot be released.

Use the T200 Bobcat to ease carefully between the front columns of the house to stab the lift and bring it out, and turn the Bobcat just a smidge, bumping the column I could not see directly behind me, ...destroying one 19 foot brick column.


And this is my Saturday as a mason....helping put it back.
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I trusted... the "best lead guy I ever had" finish up a concrete job for me when I moved from Cali to Texas. Long story short...wrong concrete stain, a drive halfway across the country to fix it, and 2 yrs to get my "discounted" final check from the homeowner.

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