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Ever do work at the wrong house? Yep... It happened to me today.

Got the "the house". During the previous telephone discussion with the homeowner we arranged for the back door to be left unlocked because he would be at work. This is quite a normal arrangement in my area. The back door was locked, but there was a key laying on the window sill right next to the door. It opened the door, so I just assumed that one of the other of us was confused about the arrangement on getting in the house.

I proceeded to the kitchen. The service call was to protect the kitchen counter receptacles in this older home with GFCI's. I was working in the house for almost 1/2 an hour when a quite groggy homeowner came down the stairs from the bedroom, presumably. He said, "Can I help you?". I replied that I'm almost done, and since he's there I'll go ahead and make up the bill in a few minutes. He told me that since he just rents there, I'd have to send it to the landlord. He went on to say that he wished that the landlord would have let him know that someone was going to be in to do some work, and he apologized for the dirty dishes in the sink. I was getting a very weird feeling by now.

I went outside to recheck the address on the front of the house... I got two numbers reversed. I was at 263 and I was supposed to be at 236. DUH! Well, at least I didn't get shot or hit with a baseball bat. All I lost on this one was a few GFCI receptacles and a little time. I never did tell this tennant that I was at the wrong house. I just went with the flow, since he assumed that the landlord sent me. I finished, packed up, and went down the street to the right house and did the work. That back door was unlocked there... no surprise.

Any of you guys ever do such a stupid thing? This was a first for me.
 

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Ha! Great story!

Send the landlord a bill with a good-hearted letter explaining your mistake, who knows, maybe he'll send you the money?!

I've measure the wrong house a few times, but never actually performed the work. Whew!
 

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I worked for a company that did a lot of complete bath remodels and one morning the demo crew went into the wrong house, getting in was similar to the way you got in. Well they did their job... removed fixtures and started smashing tiles,etc..

In the end the homeowners got a new bathroom and a nice dinner. We did the other bath a few houses down and both customers were pleased!! I left the co. shortly thereafter but I do believe they ended up getting another bath on the same street fom the way they handled the mistake and the quality of both baths overall!!

It is not a very good feeling! You are lucky!
 

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Grumpy said:
I've never done this but have heard quite a few stories of roofing subcontractors tearing off the wrong roof.
Putting in a few free GFCI's is pretty easy to swallow. Putting on a roof or remodeling a bathroom for free would drive me to drinking, I think.
 

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I was set up to measure a house and take samples of flooring for State Farm. I found the house address and the numbers matched up.
State Farm told me that There was tile in the entry, lam floor in the kitchen, and carpet everywhere else except the bathrooms which had Vinyl.
I knocked on the door and waited......
I knocked again.....
I am used to nobody being there, but there was no lockbox from the restoration company.
I opened the door (it was unlocked) and yelled into the home.
I looked down and sure enough there was lam floor in the kitchen, but the lam was in the entry too, instead of tile.
I have to cut into the flooring to take samples, and I also have to take pictures.
The restoration company told me there were samples in the garage, so I didn't have to cut into anything.
The funny thing was, that I saw no damage from water. There were no drying fans going, but the address on the front of the house was a match.
So I started taking pictures of the bathroom with toilet paper on the tub, and the living room with clothes all over the place, the kitchen with a little bit of spare change and some cash hangin around.
When I was done, I started making my way to the garage to grab the floor samples although I could not see where any of the flooring had been cut.
wait a minute.....

There is NO GARAGE!

O.K. now I really need to investigate.
So I walked over to the street and sure enough it turns out that off this street are Cul-de-sacs each with a different name, but the house numbers are repeats.
So sure enough I go to the next Cul-de-sac and enter the real house I was supposed to be in.
Fans going on everywhere, flooring completely tore up, and what do you know...there is a GARAGE! with samples in it even.

After measuring I drove past the wrong house, and there was a car in the driveway.
Apparently I missed em by a few minutes.

I still have pics...
I will share...
 

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Flor.. have you considered that you might have an undiagnosed fettish? An uncontrollable urge to enter unlocked homes and take pictures of the flooring? It's possible...

When I went to college in Columbus, Ohio, there was a guy that would enter homes while women were sleeping and suck on their toes. They called him the "toe sucking bandit". I'm not sure what catchy name we could dream up for you.
 

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kevin k said:
Ha! Great story!

Send the landlord a bill
I definetly would NOT establish a paper trail that connects you to the house - it might have "issues" that you don't want to be part of remedying.
 

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Grumpy said:
I've never done this but have heard quite a few stories of roofing subcontractors tearing off the wrong roof.
Grumpy,

Same here with the roofers. I met one roofer where the GC gave the roofer the wrong address and the roofer put the roof on the wrong house. Believe it or not the owner of the house actually split it with the GC because he needed a new roof anyway. So the roofer got paid to do two roofs, that one and the right house.

Joe Carola
 

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There you go grumpy. Just tie into an old roof and hope for the best! Why bother advertising?
 

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Joe Carola said:
Grumpy,

Same here with the roofers. I met one roofer where the GC gave the roofer the wrong address and the roofer put the roof on the wrong house. Believe it or not the owner of the house actually split it with the GC because he needed a new roof anyway. So the roofer got paid to do two roofs, that one and the right house.

Joe Carola
This is exactly the reason I try to show up at all my job sites.
 

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Alright, a little off topic, but it was work none-the-less:

We went to NC Outer Banks and rented a bohemoth house for about 16 people. Had the picture in-hand while the spouses went to the rental place to check in and get keys. The rest of the clan was to arrive later. Leave it to my kids to find an open door. We proceeded to unload (actually just me, my disabled father-in-law supervised) two carloads carrying suitcases up 2-3 flights of stairs. Then, we stocked the fridge with 3 cases of beer, a couple cases of bottled water and enough food to feed a small army. Mind you, the kitchen is on the top floor.

After unloading and the spouses showed up, I finally cracked open a cold one and threw my feet up. Kids in the pool, relaxing.

Not 30 minutes later, a caravan pulls up. We greeted them thinking they were the rest of the group. A bunch of strangers with strange looks got out. After two minutes of talking and my wife (yeah, we're still together) checking the agreement, we realized we were in the wrong house! Ours was next door and about $500/week cheaper.

Fortunately, its easier carrying a bunch of stuff down stairs than up.
 

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Grumpy, funny that I never thought of that, just go out and try doors and demo a kitchen. What can they do? Sue you?

Neil, I've done the same thing in many places but always got the address correct. Good story.
 

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PipeGuy said:
I definetly would NOT establish a paper trail that connects you to the house - it might have "issues" that you don't want to be part of remedying.
Exactly my feeling, which is why "I was never there". :cheesygri

There's a saying in the electrical trade (and maybe others). "The last person that touched it, owns it."
 

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mdshunk said:
There's a saying in the electrical trade (and maybe others). "The last person that touched it, owns it."
I think that goes for all trades. Infact roofing has two sayings, that one and "It's always the roofer's fault."

I remember once I went to inspect a roof leak. I spent an hour looking for the leak in the attic. I cold find no wet spots or water stains. Turns out the water came through a crack in the of the basement foundation.
 

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I was moving furniture for atlas van lines years back and the homeowner was supposed to meet us there at 8 a:m.We figured w2e would get a jump start and unload the truck just to fill the driveway ,at 8 a:m the homeowner pulled in the NEXT DOOR DRIVEWAY and sais hey guys what are you doing?Anyway we got the stuff where it belongs just in time before the owner of the home came home.
 
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