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Old 08-09-2006, 06:42 PM   #1
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I'm Working In A Mine Field

Current project we are working on is like working in a mind field or a booby trapped job site. So far...

Used toilet in powder room before lunch, came back after lunch toilet still running. Visions of the thing overflowing for 45 minutes while we were gone...

Turning the main water shut-off of the house to off, the valve is jammed, once it breaks free it starts leaking, ends up just turning forever and ever without shutting off the water , end up having to go out to the water meter in the yard and turning it off there.

Tearing out old carpet in one bathroom, discover the plywood subfloor behind the toilet was installed with the plywood not overlapping the floor joist

Locking up the house one day, the lock simply breaks and doesn't lock...

Looking up at the subflooring from the basement below, I see all of the screws sticking through the plywood from our hardi board layed down for the tile floor, look up and notice a copper water line that was installed flush with the bottom of the floor above, 2 screws missing it by about 2 inches If we had hit it, we never would have heard it and the leak probably would have went for hours and hours in the partially finished basement.

Theres more, but you get the point. If we get out of this place alive I think we will be lucky
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Old 08-09-2006, 08:23 PM   #2
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Re: I'm Working In A Mine Field

gotta love those.


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Old 08-09-2006, 08:45 PM   #3
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What fun! I get a few of them a year. Older are better, lots of time for HO's and jacklegs to have at them.
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:51 AM   #4
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All u gotta do is find ya a witch doctor..and remove them evil spirits..
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:49 AM   #5
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Yeah, love those ones that seem to disintegrate in front of you as you go.

Like the witch doctor plan, you gots to get rid of the eeevil juju.
From where does knowledge come? If you need to know what is in a box, you could ask someone (not reliable), you could pray, (not useful), you can consult with the scripture (not helpful) or you could open the box (science)
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Old 08-10-2006, 10:39 AM   #6
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We refer to those places as a "match job".

There is nothing wrong with the place that a match wouldn't fix.
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Old 08-10-2006, 10:42 AM   #7
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Is that a waterproof match?
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:23 PM   #8
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Some of our jobs have gremlins that live in the attic. They come down at night to mess things up. I swear, there really is no other reasonable explaination for some of these phenomenons.


Looks like some pros were here.
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