A new shop in the making #14: Roof is on and now we are painters- not!

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 06-28-2008 10:40 PM 1680 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: The electrical is done - the roof is done! Part 14 of A new shop in the making series Part 15: The floor is down and I still wait for the gas fitter »

As I mentioned on my last entry we got the roof on Thursday.
The guy helping me got two calls from his girlfriend when up on the roof and within 6 tiles of finishing he had vanished from the property.
Friday night he called , obviously concerned now about his paycheck. As it a long weekend here still have to clean up from the roofing and haul out the extra bundles of shingles in the truck for a refund I told him to come and see me Tuesday at work and I would issue him a company check. I was going to pay him cash but … things can change. Some one still has to go around and trim the overhangs and true up the eaves, that must be me again!

Friday I ran around town looking for and airless sprayer. They were all out despite trying to reserve on Thursday. ( most don’t take reservations)
One of the outfits sent me to “Snowbird rentals here and they had one but it was reserved for Saturday.
I asked the mgr if he could rent it to me for 3-5 hours on Friday and he declined saying his reserved clients come first. ——- that cost him $70.00 in rental fees and a client.
I got one at 11:00 on Friday from some very nice folks at Days painting and got on the job about 12:30 pm
I ran 10 gallons of paint by 3:00 PM and cleaned up the machine and had it home by 3:45 PM.
Did i mention I ran out of paint and had to dash out to HD to get another 5 gal. pail during the spraying?

I was a bit tired after that.

I have yet to butter in the big cracks left by my framer between his sheets and the poly but I am working on that as we write.

Wednesday the gas fitter comes.

I am saving a special edition of horrible service re the infra red heater for a separate entry . Stay tuned on what to watch for ....comming soon.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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View CanadianWoodChuck's profile


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#1 posted 06-28-2008 11:08 PM

You must be very frustrated with the trades you have had in. Every contractor had several issues. You will certainly enjoy seeing the rear end of all of those guys, but you certainly will enjoy your new shop. I built mine about 4 years ago and the only contractor I had a problem with was the concrete guy – not quite the slope I wanted but nothing compared to your headaches. Keep smiling.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#2 posted 06-28-2008 11:22 PM

Bob. It’s looking good. After all of the trials, the problems will disapate as the fun begins.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 06-28-2008 11:37 PM

Bob – sounds like you are on the home stretch. Frustration has been forefront, but once it’s a finished project and you are making sawdust of the project variety – it will all be forgotten.

As for the kid on the roofing deal…. sounds like a teaching opportunity to me. He’s got to learn to stay and do the job he’s hired for. If he didn’t finish the job, he should not be paid for the whole job. If he expects to get paid for the whole job, he should have stayed on the roof until it was done. Just my thoughts.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 06-29-2008 12:38 AM

You could have hired me. I charge a lot and show up late, but I make up for it by leaving early.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 06-29-2008 01:16 AM

Todd, you must a a couple of brothers up my way. <vbg>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 06-29-2008 01:48 AM

I haven’t shown up at all! It’s looking good, Bob!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 06-29-2008 02:04 AM

My last clients met my wife and I for a beer and tipped me a $100.

You can see the project in my site listed as “Lucy’s Bathroom.”

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 06-29-2008 05:59 AM

Even with the dash to HD for more paint you probably still saved time with the sprayer then brushing it. Looks pretty good, I bet you can’t wait to get the tools in and start making sawdust.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 06-29-2008 02:42 PM

Bruce, the worst thing you can ever do is build anything during a boom like we are experiencing. I will get through it but not without some scars.
, I can hardly wait to return to normal.

Betsy, the “kid” on the roof was 50 years old and trying to get his “green card” here in Canada.
He charges $20.00 /hour for odd jobs and seems to lack the normal assets of time management.
I am trying to replace him but with what?
I gladly give a tradesman a $100.00 for a job well done.
By the same token I would deny him full wages for anything less.

Mot, nice to see you post again. Are you allowed out of the house yet? <g>

Mark, the 13 foot ceiling pretty much made up my mind about trying to brush it..
If I had been better organized it could have been done in about 2 hours for 10 gallons of paint.
Airless spraying is the only way to go when the situation is right.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 06-29-2008 10:18 PM

Hi Bob;

Some guys are slow, some guys are fast, and some guys are half fast.

That’s life right.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 07-06-2008 03:04 PM

Ah, to be a contractor….not returning peoples phone calls, promising people you will show up on certain dates and at certain times and then blowing them off without so much of a phone call…overcharging for materials and labor…making up lame excuses why you missed an apointment…leaving in the middle of a job without telling anyone….showing up two weeks later than promised, doing just enough work to start the job, then not coming back for another two weeks….I wonder if they go to school to learn those skills??


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