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sammytko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-30-10 12:01 PM
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1. I feel for you. Here is a big hug.
I thought about hiring a contractor to finish my kitchen, but changed my mind. I'm a female also, but I know my way around construction etc. Used to have to do all kinds of things like that when I was in the Air Force. I hate to pay someone to do something that I know I can do myself, or act as my own contractor.

I won't do major plumbing or electrical, but other than that - fair game.

My sister swears by her contractor, but I can see things that he didn't do or could have done better. I don't tell her, just let her keep thinking that way. She can't even stand to paint, so she gets everything done by someone else.

He's done 3 big jobs for her, and I swear each one, he slacks off a bit more.

He came to put in a bid for my kitchen and he said a couple of things that I knew were just not right.

Big flag was when he didn't even go up in the attic to check the vents for the new range hood or gas lines.

We used to install comm equipment in control towers and we had to go through every nook and cranny to make sure we had all the right material.
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  -Contractors at my house. I need some DU love! hamsterjill  Jul-30-10 11:22 AM   #0 
  - I feel for you. Here is a big hug.  sammytko   Jul-30-10 12:01 PM   #1 
  - It is a positive thing that you know about construction!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 12:07 PM   #2 
  - My mom had a guy like that  LibertyLover   Jul-31-10 10:54 AM   #31 
  - You have some love from me! Have remodeled many houses  mnhtnbb   Jul-30-10 03:01 PM   #3 
  - Thanks for the love and good luck with your project!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 03:25 PM   #6 
  - if they were nice people, they wouldn't be contractors  pitohui   Jul-30-10 03:07 PM   #4 
  - Contractors in my area DO have a reputation for being difficult!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 03:30 PM   #7 
  - You're painting with a rather broad brush. I'll admit that there are a lot  Arkansas Granny   Jul-30-10 03:41 PM   #10 
  - I'm a "nice" contractor!  gardenista   Jul-30-10 11:58 PM   #26 
  - Thanks for the insight.  hamsterjill   Jul-31-10 08:30 AM   #28 
     - You're doing all the right things. Glad the general is at least working with you  gardenista   Jul-31-10 12:09 PM   #33 
     - there are "always" "miscommunications" because they profit from this  pitohui   Jul-31-10 02:40 PM   #36 
     - no one goes w. the low bidder yet no one's job is ever finished  pitohui   Jul-31-10 02:36 PM   #35 
  - The best contractor I've used is a RW loony  Mopar151   Jul-31-10 02:14 AM   #27 
  - husband is a masonry contractor  Kali   Jul-31-10 01:59 PM   #34 
  - Here is the way contractors typically work  MajorChode   Jul-30-10 03:16 PM   #5 
  - That's right.  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 03:32 PM   #8 
     - That's why I never pay them in full up front  MajorChode   Jul-30-10 03:37 PM   #9 
  - I scared off four contractors this year.  El Supremo   Jul-30-10 03:47 PM   #11 
  - Ohhhh been there done that  MorningGlow   Jul-30-10 04:35 PM   #12 
  - I know what you're saying about not being able to bear being around one  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:36 PM   #19 
     - Yes!  MorningGlow   Jul-30-10 10:07 PM   #25 
  - Get it ALL in writing, and stick to it.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jul-30-10 05:53 PM   #13 
  - Nope - half up front; half when completed to my satisfaction  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:38 PM   #21 
  - yeah we are trying to find a plumbing contractor to redo the one bathroom  tigereye   Jul-30-10 07:00 PM   #14 
  - you want I should kick some contractor ass, hamsterjill?  Skittles   Jul-30-10 07:26 PM   #15 
  - Could you, please, Skittles???!!!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:30 PM   #17 
  - Duplicate  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:30 PM   #18 
  - we are just about done with the inside job. i hear ya.....  seabeyond   Jul-30-10 07:32 PM   #16 
  - Hang in there!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:41 PM   #22 
     - we got the plumber bill. it is a messed up barter type contracting, hubby doing it all  seabeyond   Jul-31-10 09:19 AM   #30 
  - Here's a hug for you. I sympathize with you.  Curmudgeoness   Jul-30-10 09:36 PM   #20 
  - Thank you for the hugs!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:45 PM   #23 
     - Good idea to go to workshops, although I would buy the products  Curmudgeoness   Jul-30-10 10:01 PM   #24 
        - I know! I've had a few projects go wrong, myself!  hamsterjill   Jul-31-10 08:33 AM   #29 
  - I, too, am a single female  NV Whino   Jul-31-10 11:16 AM   #32 

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