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Old 01-22-2013, 10:12 PM   #16
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When I first started out, somehow I ended up doing some work for a house flipper.
He was more then that, He was some sort of religious pastor that helped troubled people, bought cheap wrecked homes and made them livable, Bailed kids out of jail and rented to young familys at a cheap price...... He helped many and was a decent guy.

I am like day 3 on the job and have all new doors and trim on the upstairs and moved my chop saw and everything down stairs.
He had some kid he bailed out of jail and a rented paint sprayer, painting upstairs. It was ready for paint and fine.

I am out in my truck eating lunch and come back in the house, and the kid is coming down the stairs painting everything.
He was so pleased with what he was doing, I actually had to unplug his paint sprayer to get his attention.

I am not finished with trim, I have $1k+ tools in the room, over spray going every where and kid is trying to paint the wall with all my tools stacked against.

I call the contractor and tell him is not ready for paint and needs to get the kid out of my way.

So I came back a day or so later after I finished my job for a paycheck, the kid panted the outside of the 2 story house.

From the sidewalk, you could see a 12" swath of white paint all around the brand new 3 tab brown shingles, he painted all the vent pipes and extrusions through the roof, was so much white paint on the brown roof.
I asked the contractor what will you do to clean it?
Aww, he is fine .... he is learning, but I do not care about the paint over spray.
Last time I worked for him.

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:05 AM   #17
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We were gutting and redoing a whole house for someone who also flips homes.
The painter shows up to look at the job to give a price and I tell him all the windows are being replaced as well as the shingles. There was pallets of shingles sitting near the foundation under a tarp.
All the trim inside was in great shape and was all stained and sealed.

I had to go out of town for a day and he calls me to ask if he could use my generator and use some of the OSB on site to lay on the hardwood floors so he would not have to use plastic on the floors, I told him ok.
I show up the next day and he had spray painted the whole outside without taking the gutters off, painted the brick foundation, steps, brick chimmney, my generator, my compressor, he had used my tarp over the shingles and there now all painted.
I go inside and find he used my 1/4 sanded underlament not the OSB to cover the floors.
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Joe, I had put about 30 sheets of underlayment down in a house on a Friday. When I came back Monday morning, the painter had layed all the cabinet doors in the middle of the new underlayment and spray painted them. Then I guess, to smooth it out, he had spread his over spray with a roller.
The HO was not happy when he had to pay me to take it all up and put new down.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:34 AM   #19
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And some people think we make this stuff up.

I tell one of my laborers to use a chain and the tractor to pull out all the shrubs in front of a house because there's a french drain going in.
I come back and he's used a chain saw and cuts them all down to the ground leaving the roots in the ground.
Not bad enough the bar and chain were distroyed because of running it without oil, and in the dirt.
Hmm wonder where he's working now?
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And some people think we make this stuff up.

I tell one of my laborers to use a chain and the tractor to pull out all the shrubs in front of a house because there's a french drain going in.
I come back and he's used a chain saw and cuts them all down to the ground leaving the roots in the ground.
Not bad enough the bar and chain were distroyed because of running it without oil, and in the dirt.
Hmm wonder where he's working now?
This reminds me of a kid where we were building a large addition to a home. This teen's mom told him to take the chain saw and her little S-10 truck up by the entrance and cut all the small pine trees down that lined the drive there. These trees were about 4 or 5 inches at the trunk. The boy cut and hauled several trees away then came back down to the house and got a nylon rope that was about 1 inch thick or so and went back to the trees. About a hour he came back all upset saying his mon was going to kill him. LOL

I looked out and the tail gate and back of the cab of the truck were torn up pretty bad and the back window was smashed. I asked him what happened, he told me he was tired of cutting the trees down so he decided to pull them up with the truck and nylon rope.

He backed up close to the tree, tied the rope around the tree and took off kinda slow, nothing happened but the rope streached a lot, so he backed up again and really took off, the tree came out of the ground like a missile, glanced off the tail gate glanced off the cab of the truck and shot way out in the woods. The boys mom gave him fits.
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Wow Tinner, that's a scary picture. I'm no pro, but I'm pretty sure a house isn't supposed to be that wonky.

I really, really wish I could go around to the homes in my town and put up pictures. I live in a remote rural area with no municipal building codes. Things get creative. One guy bought an old one-room adobe "house". It was a ruin. It was just four walls that were nearly falling down and are at all kinds of angles, with no roof, flooring, windows or doors. He wanted it bigger, so he simply built a second story right on top of the existing adobe walls. So now it's a crumbling adobe house with a new room built on top. But he did repaint the bottom.
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I remember a time getting called out to a new home to finish the wiring of a electrician that walked off the job. I was kind of hesitant of finishing someone else job, but I just happened be wiring a house nearby so I took a look. As soon as I saw it, I had to decline because the place had already been rocked and all the wire was bare.

It had been scheduled for inspection and the inspector told the guy to remove the jacket from the wire in each box before he could sign off the inspection. Well the inspector came back to find the guy removed everything from the wires so that there wasn’t anything to insulate the wires.

The inspector red flagged the house and told him to call a electrician. I told him he need more than a electrician and I could not help him.

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