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Old 03-09-2010, 11:30 PM   #16
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As a "Household HandyMan", my worst pet peeve is when the homeowner and I reach an agreement to do the work, then when I show up on time and prepared: There are animals within the house and small kids running loose. I love animals and kids-really. But it can be so hard to do a job with the dog/cat crawling under the sink with you and the kids taking the tools off while Mom is in another room watching TV or on the d**n phone loudly. Just give me room to do what I was hired for, then IF I want to stay a minute and play with the dog/cat or kids, that's my decision. David
I have three dogs that run loose in my yard. Most of my tradespeople who regularly come into the yard know them and play around with them. But I always try and keep the dogs under control when needed.

I've started trying to meet people in the driveway to find out how they feel about the dogs - this was after I got a call from the driveway from some movers I hired. They weren't getting out of the car until the dogs were LOCKED UP. And, well, good for them.

My pet peeve about houses is when I am expected to remove my shoes at someone's house. I HATE seeing that pretentious presumptuous pile of shoes next to the door. Of course, if my shoes are overly wet or soiled, I am happy to remove them. But as a matter of course, it's irritating.

OK. OK, yeah, it's cause my feet smell.

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ANIMAL SMELL! ugh. Abandoned animals especially, but even well kept animals with weak bladders are pretty bad.
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As a "Household HandyMan", my worst pet peeve is when the homeowner and I reach an agreement to do the work, then when I show up on time and prepared: There are animals within the house and small kids running loose. I love animals and kids-really. But it can be so hard to do a job with the dog/cat crawling under the sink with you and the kids taking the tools off while Mom is in another room watching TV or on the d**n phone loudly. Just give me room to do what I was hired for, then IF I want to stay a minute and play with the dog/cat or kids, that's my decision. David
This is why velcro tape was invented. You construction glue or hot gun glue one side on to the pet, child, or Mom. Staple the other side to a wall, ceiling fan blade, or whatever. Aim well, heave and toss. This approach will not solve your problems but will bring absolute silence to the project long enough to work a sink basin wrench. The only problems I have ever had with the approach are when, in trying to get everybody attached at once, I threw the cat to the wall and Mom to the ceiling fan blades. Never, ever velcro a big fat cat to a drywall wall is the lesson I learned.
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ANIMAL SMELL! ugh. Abandoned animals especially, but even well kept animals with weak bladders are pretty bad.
Actually you can buy natural bacterial bug mixes that will break down anything that animals cause, even pet urine in soaked carpeting and the floor under it. People usually don't want to pay for as much as is needed though so they skimp. Or they just pour flowery fragrant stuff on the carpeting without injecting it down through into the subfloor. The bugs just eat what they like and die. Just like they have been doing for ages.

Instead, homeowners will, however, pay oodles for fancy cat litter they forget to change and that has cute glowing crystals the damned color blind kitty ignores if the litter box is filled with liquid and shall we say poop? Dog gets taken out once a week?

An illustrator/cartoonist friend had a lovely old place just North of NYC I almost bought once. It has a simple farmhouse with a stream and protected forest land in at least one direction. His studio was gorgeous and built in the loft of an old horse barn.

Wish I had known about the bugs I found to get rid of pet stuff then because I would have bought the place in a heartbeat. The stench, even with horses not having been in the place for 25 years got to me though. It wasn't awful but lingering.
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Cat people, your homes have an odor, if ever so faint.
The very same can be said about dog people. I'm aware that my house smells, despite my attempts to make it not. We have no carpet, just an area rug in the living room, runner in the hallway, and small rugs by the doors and in the bathroom. We're very clean people. The rugs & hardwood get vacuumed twice weekly and the floors get washed with murphy's ever week, but still, dogs stink. They get baths every 3-4 weeks, more often if they get muddy. Still, they stink. Yeah, our dog odor is very mild compared to a lot of other people with pets, but I know people without pets can definitely notice it when they come into our house. Dogs are dirty, but they're so worth it.
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Edit: My previous comment was off topic... Anyway deleted and now back to topic.
One of my pet peeves is work that looks like it was obviously done by the homeowner. If I were looking at buying that house, I would deduct from the price how much it will cost to make it right at a pro's rate.
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One of my pet peeves is work that looks like it was obviously done by the homeowner. If I were looking at buying that house, I would deduct from the price how much it will cost to make it right at a pro's rate.
That's a depressing comment on a "DIY" forum
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Were you referring to my comment? If so, I think it was on topic. One poster said that a pet peeve is pet odors, cats in particular. I was rebutting that others may well feel the same about dog smells. A home buyer could very well be put off by a house that has been lived in by cats or dogs.

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That's a depressing comment on a "DIY" forum
I think Clutchcargo means jobs that look like they were done by somebody that had no idea what they were doing. A job can be done by the homeowner and look great, or it can look like a total hack job. I'd assume he means the latter is his pet peeve.
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Were you referring to my comment?
No not at all, I was commenting on ScubaD's comment. I was having a bad day yesterday and changed my tune. Anyway, the title of the thread is about pet peeves, right

Edit: I just realized how that got misconstrued... now I get it.
I meant I deleted my previous comment because it was off topic.

I should have said... DIY work that was poorly done and clearly done by the homeowner. My point is if you are going to DIY it, DIY it right and DIY it so that it looks pro. That includes everything from painting to framing to tiling to finish work, etc.
DIYing it right is what this board is all about.
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Okay, I just decided that I'm not inviting any of you over to my house any time soon. Yes, the dog and 3 cats aren't the most pleasent smelling, especially during winter months when the house is closed up.
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Okay, I just decided that I'm not inviting any of you over to my house any time soon. Yes, the dog and 3 cats aren't the most pleasent smelling, especially during winter months when the house is closed up.
Yep, me too. I live in the country (ag community+mud, dust, mice, etc.). I have 2 labs (they are pets), 2 indoor cats, and a few outdoor ones. Yep, my house smells. I clean it the best I can.

I always ask tradesmen if they are bothered by the dogs, and I keep these nuts out of their way...or try too. The cats will it and watch, and if the dogs feel the need to supervise, I make sure they stay out of the way. You all know how supervisors are...
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This may be usual but I want to know the maintenance history of a home.

When was the roof last re-shingled, any plumbing work, electrician work, what about the furnace.

I want to know the the previous homeowner kept up on these things because deffered maintenance is a mo fo.
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I have to agree with the pet odors, especially cats.

I almost forgot multiple layers of anything. What I mean by that is when repairs and "improvements" are done by covering up existing work. Sometimes one cover over makes sense but when you find multiple layers of floors or siding or whatever it bugs me.

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Well, it changes dramatically between before/after I bought it.

Before I bought it, I generally don't get bothered unless they dramatically over rated the house, which wastes my time.

But, *after* I bought it? I don't care about paint, carpet or landscaping. When that's in bad shape I get the property for significantly less.

What bothers me is when I find major problems that were not disclosed before I made the purchase. That'll get me every time.

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Cob webs and dust. On an occupied home. If they have that and are trying to sell you the house it gives insight to there overall cleanliness.
Cat pee for sure. I have cats don't get me wrong but the only time they come in the house is when I am getting ready to boot them back outside.
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