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Old 03-10-2019, 04:01 PM   #1
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The Most Dangerous Phrases in Home Remodeling


Some of the most dangerous phrases heard in home remodeling are:

"As long as we are..."

"Why don't we..."

"We might as well..."

"Since we had to open this up, now you can.."


What phrases have you uttered or heard in your projects. How costly were they and do you regret it?

Mostly I do not regret mine. They usually turn out pretty good. About the only that I came close to regretting was putting glass block in our master bath. It is no longer an issue though. We sold the house.

Another one that turned out pretty good was putting a gravity fed hot water circulation line in. I had upgraded the 1/2 hot water line to a full inch due to adding a soaker tub and a multijet shower. I kept the old line in and from the tub, the farthest point away from the DHW, I put in a one way valve on the hot water line and connected it to the 1/2 line. And then connected the other end to the cold water inlet. It really helped with the wait time. From a couple of minutes to less than 30 seconds.
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"That can't possibly be a load-bearing wall........"
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Those cracks don't mean anything.
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"That can't possibly be a load-bearing wall........"
As John "Cougar" Mellencamp sang: "And the walls come tumblin' down...."
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Yeah it's on the 200 year flood plane, but what are the odds.
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Buying a auction house site unseen, "how bad can it be, someone is living in it!" never doing that again!
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"I can do that myself, it won't take long..."
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Yes Honey, I read the instructions

Yes Honey, I saw Tommy on This Old House (Mike Holmes, Dean Anderson, Pamela Anderson, or whoever is your favorite TV remodeler) do it. It should be easy since I have seen it done now.
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Husband: "Bubba down the street did it and he told me how to do it. It can't be that hard."

Wife: "Didn't he have the fire department over last week? Because of a gas leak?"

Husband: "Yeah, but they told him what he did wrong. And then he told me. The plumber wants $200 to run a gas line and connect the dryer. I know I can do it!!"

The wife agrees. Two weeks later.

As they enter the gates of heaven. The husband turns to the wife:. "I told you we should have had the plumber do it...."
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"Can't you just . . . " I actually hear that from missus a lot. It presages that I'm going to be doing a lot of explaining why I 'can't just'.
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" I can work on it a couple of hours per day... in a week or two I will be all done "
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It's even more fun when the contractor/sub says that.

Next one, and this is from this past weekend.

Wife: I want to get the plywood on the walls tomorrow, so we need to move that gas pipe.
Me: I just need to finish drilling the hole for the tubing to go through. We can do it in the morning. it shouldn't take long. Then we can put up the plywood.

Next morning, after coffee, watching some home improvement shows, doing one other thing, I finally got going on "finishing the hole". I had to drill though a beam but at an angle. It took me 5 hours as I was drilling overhead. One drill, which was on it's last legs anyway, burnt out. I switched to my Rigid 18v Gen iv and Gen v drills.

At 6 I finally got through the beam but I was too damn tired to do more. So, continued on Sunday.

Sunday Morning, same ritual as the prior morning.

ME:I thought you wanted to get stuff done?

Wife: Yeah, let me just finish this game.

Me: When you come down, bring me my drink bottle. I am going outside to shut off the gase.

Me, shouting upstairs, 15 minutes later: "can you bring down a hammer too"

In the meantime, I am scrounging up the parts I need, which I bought a while ago.

Me: Can you get up on the other step ladder and hold the black steel pipe so it doesn't fall?

Wife, up on the stepstool, is this the one you want me to hold? I am on the other end of it, with the pliers on it, trying not to be exasperated: Yes Honey. We get it loose and we move it out of the way.

Me: Help me run the tube through the hole. Can you pull on it when it comes through?

Yes, she asked which tube again. (I switched to CSST as I needed the flexibility.)

I also had to turn a piece of the black steel pipe 180 degrees, Thankfully, I put in union joints to make it easier.

The tool I was using to cut the CSST got dull so I went looking for a different tool. Not of the tools I had would work so I found my file and sharpened the original tool.

I finally got the clean cuts I needed, made all the connections. Made sure that the gas worked with no bubbles and that the appliances all worked ok (including my tankless units)

Wife: Now we can put up the walls!

Me: Not today, it is 6 and I am tired, hungry and the dogs need to be fed.

Wife: OK, I understand. We can do it tomorrow. ( her daughter and grandson are coming this weekend and we are making them a room in the basement.)

So, in essence:

Wife: Honey, we need to get the room ready, can we move the pipe and put up the plywood?
Me: Yeah, I just need to drill the hole and then take out the old pipe and put in the new CSST tubing. It shouldn't take that long, we can put up the plywood in the afternoon.

Two days later

Me: Ummm, Sorry honey, that took a lot longer than I thought. We can put up the plywood tomorrow night after you get home from work.

The moral of the story? Make sure that you have the proper tool for the job. Even if you may only use it occasionally.

Besides, it is always good to increase one's tool supply especially when the wife can't ***** about it.
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One I heard quite often was... we have the house in the dry with windows and doors now, look at all the money we got left, maybe we can go ahead and...

Go ahead, you will be out of money before the house is built completely.

Or: I know the fireplace has been finish for three days, but I was wrong, I don't like it like this after all. Two times later of tearing out the fire place, I don't know if I like that fireplace like that or not. Me: get your sledge ready, I'm not tearing it out for the fourth time. Then they get bent out of shape because the budget was shot to heck, they just can't understand why.
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One I heard quite often was... we have the house in the dry with windows and doors now, look at all the money we got left, maybe we can go ahead and...

Go ahead, you will be out of money before the house is built completely.
Just ask them what % complete they think they are.
The answer will shock you.
But not half as much as your % complete will shock them.
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