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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Story

One upon a time Trevor and Carla hired a company to insulate, hang the drywall, mud and tape the walls, and texture the ceiling of their new house. This particular company was selected based on their competitive price and good reputation.
The insulation goes in and the drywall goes up lickety split.
"All right, looking good," Trevor and Carla say to each other in the middle of November.
Next, the mudding and taping are completed and the ceiling is textured.
The ceiling looks like it was the guy's first day on the job. Head drywall guy is difficult to reach but after a number of attempts we do. Head drywall guy agrees that the ceiling looks bad. The original crew for that job disappeared so crew #2 comes in to redo the ceiling and finish sanding the walls. Delayed a two weeks with all this.
Head drywall guy then says, "yeah, my guys are done, go ahead and paint.
So Trevor and I put primer on all the walls of our house. As is customary, we then get drywall guy to get his workers back to repair any missed marks and holes in the wall. He says, "they're coming in two days."
They don't show up. We call again.
"Yeah, excuse, excuse, they'll be there tomorrow."
This time they show up and are there for a short while and declare themselves done.
Nope, they didn't sand. Some more phone calls to reach head drywall guy and after a few more days they sand.
Head drywall guy says, "You are cleared to continue painting."
The first coat goes on. Many, many more imperfections appear with the paint. How did they miss them? They apparantly went around a scrutinized the walls with a 200 Watt bulb!
Hmmmm. Trevor and I are quite annoyed and since we feel like we've been pestering head drywall guy a lot we proceed to repair some of the large ones ourselves; it is also over Christmas. Coat #2 goes on over many of the walls.
Finally, Trevor talks to head drywall guy and expresses our dissatisfaction with the repair work. Head drywall guy gets irritated that we didn't call him but sends crew #3 to the house. They patch up the walls in approximately 100 more spots. This of course takes more time.
With delay after delay and phone call after phone call Trevor's anger is mounting. Trevor finally snaps. The most patient accomodating man you'll ever meet has reached his limit. He lets head drywall guy hear about it. Head drywall guy attempts excuses with no success and finally offers the use of his painter for two days to make up for the situation.
"Okay, that's reasonable and it helps us out with the time factor," we say and feel better.
The painters are scheduled to come Monday. Monday arrives - no painter. On Tuesday Trevor gets a phone call from head drywall guy who says, "My painter refuses to do it because it's so poorly done thus far, you really shouldn't have painted so soon. Anyway, we can do your basement or garage if you want. "
Trevor replies, "You're the one who told us we could paint. I'll have to talk with my wife but the garage or basement really does't help us out."
Trevor and Carla talk and agree that it's time to fire head drywall guy and his crews. They aren't completely finished but Trevor and Carla are tired of dealing with him. Trevor speaks with head drywall guy and head drywall guy was also about to terminate the job so no more drywall guy. They have yet to meet and discuss the terms of settling the bill.
Trevor and Carla are now behind because there is a lot of work left in regards to painting that was not in the plans. Carla met with a professional painter this morning who has no problem with what was painted so far. Carla is awaiting a quote to see if this is a viable option.
Carla had a breakdown last night; she is completely done. She has no more in her to keep at this house in order to get in by January 31. It's not just the saga with the head drywall guy, it's everything combined that finally peaked for her. She feels like she's irritable and on edge and not nice these days and doesn't like it. All she wants is a break. Carla wants to be able to not think, talk, or do, house for a little while. She wants some family time with just Trevor and Sierra. Since Trevor has staunchly refused the option of pushing back the move in date this is not possible.
Carla doesn't know how she will go on.
She will though.
She has to.
At least Trevor and Carla are happy with the appearance of the house so far.

Not happily ever after.

The End.

6 comments:

Tammie said...

house situations are so frustrating. i feel for ya.

hang in there:)

kraftykash said...

I bet that felt good to get that off your chest. I truly believe tht EVERYTHING happens for a reason. What the reason is here.....we have to wait patiently and see. As Tammie says....hang in there! :)

Carla said...

Thanks! We've more or less hired a painter so I feel better already.

Carla said...

Cancel the feeling better part - it must have been a moment because today was awful again.

Carol said...

So sorry to hear things aren't going well...house construction is not for the faint of heart!
It WILL get done - and it all will be a distant memory (is it kinda like labour where it fades with time?)

Carol

Carla said...

Labour was considerably shorter - and I experienced it for 64 hours! But you're right, it will soon be a distant memory with a great result. That's what's keeping me going.

 

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