Small Hiatus

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by user4, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. user4

    user4 New Member

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    Some of you know and most of you don't... We bought a house. A fixer upper. I also discovered that I'm not very handy. What I AM good at is getting on the internet and hiring crews of manly men who DO know what the hell they're doing and will do it for not very much money in the hot Texas heat.

    Here's the run down:

    Removal of cat piss covered parque floors - $100
    Removal of bearing wall and assigning outlets to another wall - $100
    Installation of header beam to replace bearing wall - $150
    installation of laminate floors including scraping the old glue - $500
    AC compressor repair - $100

    Considering it all, I think I got off extremely easy. I've been cleaning and scraping and stripping baseboards, painting and sheet rocking the last two weeks. Still have some work to do, but I intend to move into this bad boy THIS weekend.

    I tell you all this so that you may excuse my long absences and mirthless commentary until my return. I heard either Benning or Skull was planning to hand my title of "wittiest man on the internet" to some n00b hack. I assure you I will regain my title... IN THE OCTAGON against all pretenders foreign an domestic.

    In the mean time, know that I shall, on my return, be introducing Mr. Elbow forthwith.

    Thanks for your understanding.
     
  2. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    Godspeed, brother. Good luck with that cat piss...
     

  3. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Prices in your thread here seem awfully damn good for the work you hired done.

    I did a fixer upper a few years ago and it costs alot more for the work I hired out that I didnt have time to do. Of course I live in California and things do cost alot more here than Texas to have done. And I hired a liscensed contractor to finish what I sarted.

    This house was built in 1951 and had alot of structural damage from dry rot (floor joists and sill plates) and thank god no termites.

    Good luck and congrats on your home.
     
  4. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

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    I got a laugh when I read this because it reminded me of a TV commercial:

    Finding some sucker to do all of this for such a low cost....PRICELESS!


    PS - I paid "friends" more than this in 1989 when I built my house...:mad:
     
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  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Who is this Mr. Elbow you speak of??

    Good luck Brother - Remember it's a cash market these days, you should be able to find some fools to carry you around in your thrown while you are inspecting your new lair.... Oh, I see by your human carriage you already have....

    JD
     
  6. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Yeah, the electric work and the AC compressor work for his project seems dangerously low priced to me.
     
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Hey if you want it even cheaper go and hire you a couple of mexicans they will work for next to nothing.

    Nothing against mexican people. Just stating how to get it even cheaper.
     
  8. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Keep in mind, my friend, that nobody can expect to be on top forever. :D
     
  9. bobbyb13

    bobbyb13 New Member

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    Considering you are buying the supplies, and a economy in the crapper. Guys probably glad to get the work.
     
  10. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    Yeah. Electrical is no place to skimp, you may want to hire someone else to inspect their work and make sure its up to code when they are done. I know I'm always the negative guy to bring people down, sorry.

    I hope I'm wrong and you just found a good electrician hurting for work willing to do it cheaply.
     
  11. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    One of my brothers lives in Texas and he says that air conditioners run nearly 24-7 to bear the heat. Two years ago he had to put a new attic unit in his house and the compressor was good then. Last month the compressor went out and he had to spend $4000.00 to replace it. His house is 15 years old.
     
  12. WDB

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    Good luck with completing the house. I bet you can't wait to move in an make it a home.
     
  13. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Good luck. I've been where you are now and I'm very handy. It's not a lot of fun, but the results are well worthwhile.
     
  14. tigman

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    Just finished up on a HUD foreclosure that one of my sons bought. It will all workout fine, just don't get discouraged. If a welder can redone an old house you can too.
     
  15. user4

    user4 New Member

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    I hired and electrician's apprentice. He was chomping at the bit to show that he knows his stuff. He was quite good.

    Just until I die.

    Shall I make an introduction? Did you forget I am the toughest guy on the internet?

    Thank God for concrete floors underneath the parque. God loves me.

    As was mentioned by Bobby in an earlier post, this economy is in the crapper. So many people are looking for anything and are willing to fight for it. But here's the secret. I detailed the job on craigslist, and said I'd pay $9 an hour, but if they could get it done in 4 hours or less, I'd give them a crisp hundred dollar bill. Everyone, with no exceptions, busted their ass and did an exceptional job. That's the key. Don't ask what someone would charge to do such and such a job. Once they know you need them, the rates change. Dictate the terms and YOU are the man.
     
  16. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    You couldn't handle that? I would have come help you out for a round trip ticket and beer.

    I might have made a bigger mess than the pros, but it's all pretty simple stuff.
     
  17. Benning Boy

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    Whoa, wait, wasn't me.

    I was merely waiting till the 70's era lead-based paint chips took their toll on your brain, then I'd just slide in there unopposed.;)