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Old 03-17-2013, 05:38 PM   #241
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He will be there in my place. He was at the first one also but we were still digging the last hole when the inspector came. Lol

happens all the time, good to have the contractor there to handle issues found (if any) by the inspector.

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Old 03-18-2013, 10:38 AM   #242
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Passed framing inspection. Today is a rain out day though so no work until tomorrow if weather holds out. Should be down hill and hopefully fast from here.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:12 AM   #244
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How fast do you guys think 1 person can put up hand/stair rails and decking down on a 16x30 deck with 2 stair cases and one stair platform? He's saying it will be done by Thursday or Friday but I know that once he gets going he can move along pretty good. I'm hoping he can finish up Wednesday or Thursday at the latest so I can have the final inspection done this week. If it wasn't for all the rain we've had over the last few weeks I could be cooking on the deck tonight for sure!
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:30 AM   #245
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I also measured the stair framing and one is 46" wide and the other is 55" wide. I have seen 46" gates but I can't find any for the 55" opening. Closest I saw was 49". Any suggestions there?
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Have your carpenter make them?
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Have your carpenter make them?
I want them to be white vinyl to match the rest of the rails. I can make a gate out of wood but do they make vinyl sleeves for the 1x pickets and 2x top and bottom? I've only seen 4x4 sleeves.

I like this a lot but can I buy pieces to customize its size?
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:58 AM   #248
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So far it's been a decent day with no rain but the builder decided not to show up or answer his phone. Not sure what's going on with him and I hope it's nothing bad but I'm a little irritated because now I know for sure ill have to wait another weekend at least before the final inspection. All that's left is the decking and hand rails. I'm wondering if I can just do that part myself but I've never done it before. I know the 4x4s have to go up first but with the stair openings I'd have to cut the vinyl railings a little around the stairs and where ever else to make everything fit together. I don't even know where to start on something like that. Then with the decking, could I put one whole length piece on one side, and put a piece beside it starting on the other side of the deck? That way there will be a 14' or so difference on where the ends of the boards land. Does that make since?
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Maybe he thought it was too wet to work.
Maybe had a previously scheduled appointment.
Maybe he took his poor old mother to the doctor.
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he isn't there. I wouldn't fire him for
missing a few days.
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depends on your contract with your builder. if you mess up something and he has to fix it it'll cost you more.

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We spoke yesterday after framing inspection and he said it was going to rain today and I told him it wasn't and he said he'd keep an eye on it. It hasn't rained a drop so he should be there. I'm being patient but I can only be patient for so long. If something happened then I would understand completely and would wish him the best. My pet peeve is bad communication. It's so easy to call or text me anytime. I'm not firing him for one day but now I will never know if he's going to work or not and I will have to wonder while I'm at work all day.

Like I said, I hope nothing bad happened. I'm just hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. So, worst case scenario, how do I lay decking boards and cut vinyl hand rails to fit? Lol
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You can only be patient for so long?
He just started it! Relax, enjoy
the process. It'll get done.
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We spoke yesterday after framing inspection and he said it was going to rain today and I told him it wasn't and he said he'd keep an eye on it.

So, worst case scenario, how do I lay decking boards and cut vinyl hand rails to fit? Lol
maybe it's raining where he is, I know it's raining where I am right now, of course it was snow a little earlier ....

not to be a smart *ss, but use a tape and saw if you can't wait for his return. lay the deck boards on the flat.

as long as it has taken to get to this point (this being post #253) sit back and pop the top on a cold one and chillax, it'll all be fine
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You can only be patient for so long?
He just started it! Relax, enjoy
the process. It'll get done.
It's been about 3 weeks. He responded to me now so at least I know what's going on. It's hard to enjoy the process when I have to walk my dog to the fenced in back yard at 5:30am in the cold rain. Not to mention my wife asking when it will be done all the time. It's taking so long mainly because of the weather which obviously can't be controlled. When I start dreaming about it never being done then I know I'm getting tired of the process. Lol This is why I am getting irritated today because its a good weather day. Things happen I guess.
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maybe it's raining where he is, I know it's raining where I am right now, of course it was snow a little earlier ....

not to be a smart *ss, but use a tape and saw if you can't wait for his return. lay the deck boards on the flat.

as long as it has taken to get to this point (this being post #253) sit back and pop the top on a cold one and chillax, it'll all be fine
Lol, since your the 2nd person to tell me to relax maybe I'm over stressing about it. It's like being a kid when you get in trouble and your parents tell you to go to your room and all your friends are out side laughing extra loud due to the fun they are having and all you can do is stare at them out the window. I want to go outside and play on my deck!

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