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Re: Dave’s house
« Reply #400 on: September 19, 2018, 07:14:33 AM »
Looking good Dave. What?s the eta on move in?


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« Reply #401 on: September 19, 2018, 07:52:51 AM »
Well at some point last month the date of oct 1 was told to my wife.  As of this week our cabinet company has had some hiccup with loss of employee to run the spray booth. So that has bumped two of our houses back.    Not sure at this point  maybe a week or two more past that?s.  Final close date with extension and December 5 I think is what the wife counted up for worse case

Today I start putting in the laminate floor in our house. I?ll take some how to photos.


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« Reply #402 on: September 19, 2018, 06:25:01 PM »
I said I was going to write a how to until a seen the you tube video and was told that every brand or company has there own video to watch. So watch a video and simplify my day. 
To hold our straight line we checked off the adjacent wall. Chalked lines and measured to outside edge.  I use nails to pin my boards in place.   The first three or four rows are a B$&;? To get going but once you can turn around and stack some weight on the floor it goes really smooth. 
 



If you are competent with a tape measure and can plan seams around your doors you will save lots of time vs this idea where I beat this piece in after installing the small part around the door.   It was a whole lots of hammer swinging


They have special tools which we have non of.  Crain makes some adjustable shims for the walls instead of nails. They make plastic bearing blocks vs a scrap piece I smash the hell out of and get a new piece.  Cuts are made with a simple 5 inch battery say or a jig saw. 




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Re: Dave’s house
« Reply #403 on: September 21, 2018, 12:36:12 AM »
Finished the floor today. Some small spaces are hard to work
 

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Re: Dave’s house
« Reply #404 on: September 21, 2018, 02:57:15 AM »
Got caught coming out of the closet?
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Re: Dave’s house
« Reply #405 on: September 21, 2018, 07:40:03 AM »
Got caught coming out of the closet?

That?s exactly why the coworker took the photo.  Figured have a little laugh was fine


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« Reply #406 on: September 21, 2018, 07:56:44 AM »
Oh. Painters finished outside as well this week.


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Re: Dave’s house
« Reply #407 on: September 21, 2018, 10:23:58 PM »
Looking good Dave


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Re: Dave’s house
« Reply #408 on: September 22, 2018, 10:20:16 AM »
Really nice Dave.


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« Reply #409 on: September 22, 2018, 12:33:48 PM »
What will you do with all that room.
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« Reply #410 on: September 22, 2018, 06:07:15 PM »
Sell it Jr.  Build a small house because the process has been so much fun


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« Reply #411 on: September 23, 2018, 01:57:51 AM »
Now that right there is scary stuff Dave....

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« Reply #412 on: September 23, 2018, 06:40:58 PM »
That place looks proper!

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« Reply #413 on: September 23, 2018, 06:43:00 PM »
Thank you


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« Reply #414 on: September 28, 2018, 08:28:55 AM »
Painters have been back and it honestly isn?t any better than when they did it originally

Tile guy has started walls in the bathroom and rain gutters are installed




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« Reply #415 on: September 28, 2018, 12:55:39 PM »
It will get done,,,,,,,,,
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« Reply #417 on: October 03, 2018, 12:09:20 AM »
I have lost all faith in my paint contractor.  Today I found he has over sprayed the only part of the paint in my house that wasn?t driving me crazy.

Look at what looks like a shadow.  It?s lacquer from the top cap on the white paint. 



He managed to run 12 inch paper only on the wall and overspray the rest

 He also got the floor which is extremely aggravating since this is why I wanted paint fixed before they installed other things ie my FING! Floor!!!

The carpet guy managed to damage the carpet while ?stretching? it into place.   We have all these mini tails sticking out where ever they used the big barbed pad



I spent the better part of the evening vacuuming the whole house, hand cleaning all of my hard flooring and the wife brought to my attention the tile in my shower.   Picture to come tomorrow.  I think I could have done a better job with one eye closed and my right hand in my pocket.

 Holly cow at this point my advise to anyone looking to build a home on this forum.  Look at all references, physically view the subcontractors work previous to hire. Don?t allow your general contractor to control your construction loan funds.  Find a loan company that all checks have to go through YOU before subs get paid!!!! I have three subs that have been paid out for work I am not happy with and I have nothing to hold to get it fixed.   The cabinets are seven weeks behind, the paint needs redone (I?ll get started on that in a week or so after we move in myself) the tile guy has cleaned up and left and I will rip out his tile and install my own. 


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« Reply #418 on: October 03, 2018, 12:22:46 AM »
Just seems to be one thing after another, sorry about that. I have been there, but not this bad!

Looks like they have a lot of work to do, hold those checks!
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Re: Dave’s house
« Reply #419 on: October 03, 2018, 12:40:37 AM »
My brother has those issues and he does handle the checks. Contractors around here won't work without 50% upfront.
I know it's super frustrating, but you won't find anyone that will do it as well as you. No one.

Still looking good though.

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Re: Dave’s house
« Reply #420 on: October 03, 2018, 07:59:48 AM »
Sorry Dave.  That?s one of the reasons the casita is taking so long. I refuse to half do it even on the stuff behind the walls that won?t be seen.  As I get to the finishes it will be hard to not let my anal retentiveness take over. 


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Re: Dave’s house
« Reply #421 on: October 03, 2018, 08:48:36 AM »
Just remember Dave - small children, especially boys will distress things for you in short order!  Houses are things!  Buy them, build them, use them, sell them.....still just things!
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« Reply #422 on: October 03, 2018, 03:36:15 PM »
Just remember Dave - small children, especially boys will distress things for you in short order!  Houses are things!  Buy them, build them, use them, sell them.....still just things!
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« Reply #423 on: October 06, 2018, 10:17:28 PM »
I got to play in this today out at the house


Drive this around


Transport, rack, eyeball, spread a whole bunch of this


And I will put this tool in my list of holly crap I need my own personal, this saw is a monster!




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« Reply #424 on: October 06, 2018, 10:37:59 PM »
The bad now

My cabinets

Not installed because most of them are wrong shape, layout, locations or simply don?t make sense
for instance this cabinet on the top is 11 1/2 inches deep leaving 15.5 inches of wasted space behind it ? No vent requirements, no logical reason.
Next is the frame I am supposed to use brick to fill in the holes.  What does brick stick to here?

Next is my double oven that I have to get on my knees to open because who puts a double oven on the floor?


My master bathroom has a two inch gap between tub and vanity? How do you clean that? Dry out a splash of water? Broom handle and towel I guess? 
It should fit tight against tub, or enough room to at least stick three fingers in and clean.

The next bathroom vanity leaves almost 3.5 feet of wasted space from edge of vanity to toilet.  You would have to get up and walk to wipe your butt because the toilet paper is so far away,  this was previously mentioned as the excess space was to accommodate three sets of three drawers for each boy to have his own row.   Instead the vanity was built with a draw and a swing door. Only two not the three boxes we asked for.

In the basement.  The drain clean out is under a drawer not in the open box under the cabinet
This cabinet was removed and tossed off of the damn deck and smacked because at this point I am $18k in crap that I can?t use.   The guy installed the vanity cut a whole for the pipe, didn?t put the drawers in because the pipe was in the way.   Yes the pipe can be cut down but you still need to be able to access it. 

Next was mommas list of demands on initial design of the kitchen. Only three things asked.
1. I want a slide out cabinet for spices and seasonings.   Hint...... it didn?t exist.
2. A very large drawer under the range to accommodate our larger cast iron pans that we use. We wanted it deep enough to stand the pans up and not lay them down in the ?nesting? fashion.  They make a simple metal rack that you can adjust so each pan has its own space that You screw to the bottom of the drawer.   We picked it out at the cabinet shop in his catalog and said order it.
3. Was a cookie sheet size cabinet.  That also didn?t exist.

Next.  40 inch cook top range  needs a similar exhaust hood right?   Oh no. They put up a hood that was 30 inches.  Then put very large cabinets on each side overhanging five inches into the cooking surface area of the gas range.   Can anyone think of how that could go very wrong?    Now I wasn?t able to measure the height but some guesses are about 15 inches maybe a few more but that?s not including the granite, or the actual range to measure off of.

The cabinet guy tried to debate the double oven being a standard until I opened up his website that shows many really amazing kitchens not a single kitchen had a double oven that didn?t have at least one drawer under it if not two.   The spice rack he asked for documentation that that is what I wanted.  I again returned to my phone opened the text messages which he responded to for our final choices.   

So next.   

I made peace with my concrete guy over a corona on Friday eve as I helped him put in forms for the massive driveway. He asked if I would come help him and his other guy pour on Monday.  I just may do that.




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« Reply #425 on: October 06, 2018, 11:07:42 PM »
Dave, did you not sign off on final design prints for the kitchen? I used to work part time in a custom cabinet shop 20 years ago that my cousin owns & that?s how he operated.
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« Reply #426 on: October 06, 2018, 11:18:06 PM »
Where are the property brothers when you really need em.

I would tell them it's in writting, "MAKE IT RIGHT"
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« Reply #427 on: October 06, 2018, 11:23:20 PM »
Dave, did you not sign off on final design prints for the kitchen? I used to work part time in a custom cabinet shop 20 years ago that my cousin owns & that?s how he operated.
Funny you ask that question.  I figured I was covered via the my neighbor is the cabinet shop manager and looking out for me.  The drawing is extremely basic as the guy is computer illiterate so. It looks like this


After much discussion with my boss.  This is a very large issue.  No one is protected, no documentation. Nothing to hold up in court

He is going to fix my cabinets to my requests as most of the mistakes are common sense stuff that should have been caught at the final walk through of my house to measure each room. But this all costs me time and $


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« Reply #428 on: October 07, 2018, 11:04:15 AM »
What a flippin' mess!
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« Reply #429 on: October 08, 2018, 07:12:45 PM »
Finally something that looks good!



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« Reply #430 on: October 08, 2018, 07:39:14 PM »
Hey, it didn't wash away and they wasted little.
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« Reply #431 on: October 09, 2018, 12:09:52 AM »
They have more to pour tomorrow, get that front sidewalk, finish the front porch,  A/C unit pad, back porch and stair landing


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« Reply #432 on: October 09, 2018, 01:38:00 AM »
Didn't need a truck for this, but it is 4x60 bags. Pool heater.
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« Reply #433 on: October 09, 2018, 06:48:43 AM »
That wi so just fine.   Hope the weather holds out!!


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« Reply #434 on: October 11, 2018, 08:36:46 PM »
Well some small steps forward today.






The last photo is of my back porch under our hurry it?s raining tent.  It dried up ok with out any further complications from the rain. Saw cut all of the joints and it looks really good so far.   


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« Reply #435 on: October 11, 2018, 09:29:01 PM »
So much progress!
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« Reply #436 on: October 15, 2018, 08:43:01 PM »
Today the election got power actually on to switches.

The garage lights up wonderful!!

Got the garage heater working too


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« Reply #437 on: October 15, 2018, 08:48:31 PM »
Sweet!!!!

Heater in the garage corner.

Thought those were footprints IN the cement, not the cut slurry, whew! Below grade, will that be an issue?

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« Reply #438 on: October 15, 2018, 10:35:05 PM »
What do you see is below grade JR?

Went out and took some evening pictures since I love can lights





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